Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fix without a password - C:\windows\system32\c_1252.nls is missing or corrupt

Horror of horrors! WinXp fails to open! Webfixes can be found but, what the heck is the administrator password? If I did write it down somewhere, back in 2009, it's long lost in a notebook or pile of papers. I took my time to repair my desktop, as I didn't want to lose any files or have to re-install mountains of updates.

1 I went to my xp latop, searched for, located and copied the same file onto a USB stick. Since this is a 'common error' when googled, I'll keep a copy of the relatively small file on that flashdrive just in case it happens again or to another xp machine.)

2 When my machine first failed it wouldn't enter 'safe mode,' but being patient, I found that after exploring then rejecting the 'Setup' repair option, I was able to get into 'safe mode.'

3 Now it's a cakewalk! Use Windows explorer to get into system32, rename the c_1252.nls to c_1252.old and then open the USB and drag the c_1252 file I'd copied from the laptop into system32 directory.

4 exit, re-start and VOILA!

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