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Win98 to the rescue


Permalink 08:49:20 pm, by fumanchu Email , 258 words   English (US)
Categories: IT

Win98 to the rescue

My, that was fun. Four hours of restoring a corrupted SAM on my mother's XP laptop—she has 46k dialup. :/ Here's the error message on boot:

lsass.exe - System Error "Security Accounts Manager initialization failed because of the following error: The handle is invalid. Error Status: 0xc0000008. Please click OK to shutdown the system and reboot into Safe Mode, check the event log for more detailed information."

The final resolution process:

  • On another computer, obtain NTFS4DOS, install it on a floppy, then burn the floppy contents onto a CD.
  • Boot the laptop from a Win98 CD. When prompted, choose "Run the computer with CD-ROM support."
  • Stay on the command line, pull out the Win98 CD, and insert the NTFS4DOS CD. Run NTFS4DOS.EXE.
  • NTFS4DOS loads, then waits for you to type "Yes" or "No" to the question, "Are you using this on a private computer?" Boring nagware, but a useful moment for us to swap CD's again—put the Win98 CD back in, so COMMAND.COM can be found on it.
  • Answer "Yes" to the nagware prompt.
  • Follow the instructions from Microsoft (method 2, step 3) to replace your corrupt or missing SAM with the one from windows\repair:

    copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
    delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
    copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam

Of course I considered Knoppix, but have you ever tried to download a 750MB ISO over dialup?

1 comment

Comment from: Matthew Marshall [Visitor]

but have you ever tried to download a 750MB ISO over dialup?

I have. It took nearly two weeks.


01/01/06 @ 05:21

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