Yesterday morning my system refused to start stating that winlogon.exe was missing. As I've been thinking about getting a second HDD anyway I purchased a 120gb Samsumg 8mb Cache ATA 133 OEM, with the idea of setting the new drive as master, old drive as slave or at least copying over as much data as possible before formatting the old drive etc.
I disconnected my original HDD & hooked up the Samsung. It was recognised by my mobo and so I continued to load XP Pro, half way through it decided not to install stating that shell32.dll was missing, I tried a further 3 times with the same message. Out of interest (and desperation) I installed Windows ME and it went in fine, I tried to upgrade it to XP Pro same thing again.
I left the HDD over night and tried again with a fresh install of XP Pro, this time it allowed me to get as far as entering the CD Key then it stated that the CD key was invalid and therefore I'm stuck again.
My other idea is to put the new HDD in my second machine and try to format and install XP Pro from there. If that works, would it indicate that my mobo is cream crackered, or simply that the settings are wrong somewhere.
A few things to note:
- My mobo is an ATA 100 one, I was assured by PC World that the Samsung ATA 133 would still run on it;
- Secondly my mobo supports S.M.A.R.T. and from the website the Samsung HDD is a S.M.A.R.T. drive, do I need to enable it? my old drive is not a S.M.A.R.T. drive, (its a western digital cavier 120gb);
- I'm assuming the jumpers are correct I can't swear on it that they are;
Some breadcrumbs please, it's completely stumped me.