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Machine wont start. I did wrong. Stupid me.

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HP Compaq dc5700 Microtower PC
Microsoft Windows Vista

I accidently deleted 2 system files and the screen went blank. Before this I saw an error message

"\windows\system32\winload.exe  oxooooooe Not loaded or corrupt".


I am 77 years of age and almost always alone so this machine was given to me to occupy myself. I play card games and read books on the Internet, primarily Bible based  and Westerns.

I really need your help.

I know I was stupid to do what I did, but I did it and now I really need help. It's the only way I can keep from going gaga.

Thank you for your consideration and help


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Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!


More recent versions of Windows come with a boot option that allows you do do minimal repairs, and those MIGHT be able to rebuild the file you deleted -- but from what I recall, Vista did not come with that.

What MIGHT work is creating a Rescue Disk using a program known as Macrium Reflect.


You would need the following to do this:

1) A working PC running Win7 or newer

2) The PC must have a CD or DVD burner

3) A blank CD or DVD


If you have those, then follow the directions in this thread up through step 09:


Once you have Macrium Reflect installed, then jump to step 13, insert the blank CD or DVD, and follow the directions.


When you have finished creating the Rescue Disk, then boot your PC from it.  Be patient, it will take A WHILE for the rescue environment to load.


Once you get the Macrium Reflect screen, on the left side, there should be an option to repair the windows boot loader -- select that and follow the directions.

Good Luck

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