Newbie here- couldn't read any replies on archived thread about this. Desktop crashed on boot with no warning, showing Windows unable to load due to this missing or corrupt file.
System was well maintained, clean:
Dell Dimension 4400
Pen 4 1600 megahertz
Installed RAM: 512MB
HD: 40GB 77% free
Windows XP Home w/SP2
No major problem, no hardware problems, no 'noises'-whirring or beeps.
Installation CD will not boot
Possible Dell 4400 motherboard problem?
Keep trying, or remove hard drive, try to recover?