Q. kernel memory leak - xp

Sounds like you will need to re-install windows, you can do what is called a repair install, iv'e already written how to do this so have copied the procedure from another answer below.

it refers to XP SP2 but SP3 or SP 1 will work just the same way, You should use the same version of Windows to do the repair with as is installed on the computer, It will probally work without this, ie using a Windows XP SP2 install disc on an Windows XP SP3 installation
but iv'e always used the same one.


A repair installation will re-install the window system files from your Windows XP CD leaving your settings documents and programs still installed.

Please try to backup everything you want to keep before doing this.



To fix this you will need your WinXP SP2 installation disc and have to tell your computers BIOS to boot off your CD-ROM  drive.

To set bios. (you can skip this step if you know your computer boots off CD-ROM aready)

The BIOS is a program that is first loaded when you turn your computer on, it set's up the basic hardware in your computer so an operation system can be loaded, to change setings in the BIOS you need to get into the BIOS setup menu, first if you have your mainboard manual it should tell you in there how to get into the BIOS, If not when you first turn your computer on there may be some text saying something like "To enter BIOS setup press F1" (Might not be F1) if there is no message and just a picture logo restart your computer and press delete when the picture comes up, (if this dosen't get you into the BIOS setup menu try F1 or Shift-F1 instead).

Once you are in the bios Menu you need to look for a setting called Boot sequence, Boot Device or something simalar usally found in the Advanced BIOS Settings menu.
You need to change this so that your CD-ROM if the first boot device and your HDD is second, once that is done choose to save changes and exit to restart your computer.

Restoring System files
Put your WinXP SP2 CD in the drive and reboot, the widows XP CD should ask you if you want to boot from CD-ROM so choose that,Windows installation setup should now start, once in the setup you need to press Enter, (you do not want to load the recovery console) accept the licence agreement and windows setup should find your previously installed Windows, select it and press R to preform a repair install, The setup will copy some files to your HDD and restart your computer (don't start the CD-ROM boot again just let it sit until finished), once this has restarted again your Windows should boot normally, You will need to run Windows update after this to re-install the latest patches.


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Answer:- Sounds like you will need to re-install windows, you can do what is called a repair install, iv'e already written how to do this so have copied the procedure from another answer below.

it refers to XP SP2 but SP3 or SP 1 will work just the same way, You should use the same version of Windows to do the repair with as is installed on the computer, It will probally work without this, ie using a Windows XP SP2 install disc on an Windows XP SP3 installation
but iv'e always used the same one.


A repair installation will re-install the window system files from your Windows XP CD leaving your settings documents and programs still installed.

Please try to backup everything you want to keep before doing this.



To fix this you will need your WinXP SP2 installation disc and have to tell your computers BIOS to boot off your CD-ROM  drive.

To set bios. (you can skip this step if you know your computer boots off CD-ROM aready)

The BIOS is a program that is first loaded when you turn your computer on, it set's up the basic hardware in your computer so an operation system can be loaded, to change setings in the BIOS you need to get into the BIOS setup menu, first if you have your mainboard manual it should tell you in there how to get into the BIOS, If not when you first turn your computer on there may be some text saying something like "To enter BIOS setup press F1" (Might not be F1) if there is no message and just a picture logo restart your computer and press delete when the picture comes up, (if this dosen't get you into the BIOS setup menu try F1 or Shift-F1 instead).

Once you are in the bios Menu you need to look for a setting called Boot sequence, Boot Device or something simalar usally found in the Advanced BIOS Settings menu.
You need to change this so that your CD-ROM if the first boot device and your HDD is second, once that is done choose to save changes and exit to restart your computer.

Restoring System files
Put your WinXP SP2 CD in the drive and reboot, the widows XP CD should ask you if you want to boot from CD-ROM so choose that,Windows installation setup should now start, once in the setup you need to press Enter, (you do not want to load the recovery console) accept the licence agreement and windows setup should find your previously installed Windows, select it and press R to preform a repair install, The setup will copy some files to your HDD and restart your computer (don't start the CD-ROM boot again just let it sit until finished), once this has restarted again your Windows should boot normally, You will need to run Windows update after this to re-install the latest patches.

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