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Cannot find the system file in the standard locations on drive C

Description

When attempting to perform the sys c: command you receive the error message ‘Cannot find the system file in the standard locations on drive C:’

Symptoms

  • You receive the error message “Cannot find the system file in the standard locations on drive C:” when attempting the command sys c: on your Windows XP computer
  • You have booted the computer using a boot diskette created with Windows ME (MIllenium Edition)

Explanation

This is error is occurring because you have upgraded your computer from Windows Millennium Edition and system files that the sys command needs are missing. Solutions Below….

Solution – Restore The Correct System Files

  1. Boot the computer using a Windows 95/98/ME startup boot diskette or bootable CD
  2. Issue the following commands at the command prompt pressing ENTER after each:

    c:

    cd windows

    Note: If you get an error to the above command then your Windows folder may have a different name. Type dir and hit ENTER to see a list of the files and folders on C: and locate the name of the windows folder. Once you have found the correct folder, issue the ‘cd’ command as above replacing the folder name windows with your windows folder. For Example: cd winxp

  3. Once you have managed to change into your Windows folder, issue the following command and then press ENTER:

    cd command

    Note: You may receive an error message that the path is not found. If you do, issue the following command md command and press ENTER. Now repeat step 3 above.

  4. Once you have managed to change into your Command folder, issue the following command and then press ENTER:

    cd ebd

    Note: You may receive an error message that the path is not found. If you do, issue the following command md ebd and press ENTER. Now repeat step 4 above.

  5. Issue the following commands, pressing ENTER after each:

    attrib -s -h -r c:\io.sys copy c:\io.sys winboot.sys a: sys c:

Discussion


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  1. virgo says:

    WHAT FILE SHOULD I BE LOOKING FOR HERE IM STUCK AT ‘DIR’

  2. Ganesh patil says:

    Ntldr is missing press Ctrl+alt+del

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