Help! what’s this? missing command interpreter

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I always receive an error saying "Misssing command interpreter" whenever I boot my computer.

What do you think is the problem with this?

is there a problem with my hard drive?

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Answered By 10 points N/A #113243

Help! what’s this? missing command interpreter

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Hi Lindacollins,

This error is encountered when some of the important files such as COMMAND.COM which are essential for booting are either missing or corrupted.

There could be several pairs of reason and solution such as –

  1. Boot option is incorrectly setup and there is a non bootable floppy disk or CD in the drive – In such a case, follow these steps –

    1. fix the boot option in the BIOS to boot from Floppy, Hard disk, CD-ROM in that order and thereafter remove any non bootable disks.
    2. Shut down, remove the bootable floppy disk and restart your computer. You should be able to login into Windows
  2. Boot options are correct, but system files are missing – If this is the cause, then you will need the bootable floppy disk which was created during the initial installation, follow these steps once you have the bootable disk with you.

    1. Place the bootable floppy disk in the drive.
    2. Configure the boot options so that booting from Floppy disk is the first option.
    3. Get to the floppy disk drive by typing a: at the command prompt.
    4. Transfer system files by typing sys c:
    5. Shut down, remove the bootable floppy disk and restart your computer. You should be able to login into Windows

Hope this helped.

Answered By 0 points N/A #113244

Help! what’s this? missing command interpreter

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First of all you should back up all your data in case there are some issues with the hard rive.
 
Several reasons may cause the error:
1) Absence of bootable diskette or CD.
2) CMOS is not configured well.
3) A corrupter Hard drive.
 
The solutions I would suggest are:
1) Remove any diskette or CD before booting.
2) Change the boot option priorities. While booting in initial stages, press 'del' key or any other vendor specific key to enter BIOS menu and set boot sequence as: 'Hard drive'>'CD'ROM'>'network'
4) Do not meddle with the CMOS/BIOS setting and configuration unnecessarily.
5) Use fixmbr command in Windows(XP) recovery console. Boot with a repair/install disc. In command prompt type '/fixmbr' and execute it.

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