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Fixing “c_1252.nls is missing or corrupt” Error

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A Windows-based computer system becomes unbootable when its boot process halts. Few main reasons liable for stoppage of boot process are file system corruption, MBR (Master Boot Record) damage, MFT (Master File Table) corruption, missing of necessary of booting files, and operating system damage. In such cases of unbootable system, a user encounters an error message stating the exact cause for the error message. This error message does not allow the user to access the data saved in Windows-based hard drive. In such situations, if the user is able to surmount the error message, then s/he has nothing to worry. However, if the user is unable to understand or solve the problem, then an easy way to access the data is to restore it from an updated backup. But, in case of backup unavailability, the user needs to find an effective disk recovery solutions.

Consider, the below error message that appears when you attempt to boot your Windows XP based system:


The file C:\windows\system32\c_1252.nls is missing or corrupt”


After the above error message pops up, the system becomes unbootable and the data saved in the hard drive becomes inaccessible. Furthermore, you encounter the same boot error message each time you try to boot your system.


As stated in the error message, 'c_1252.nls' file is corrupt or damaged. This is a critical file required to boot your system.



To resolve the error, you need to:

  1. Check your hard drive for errors. If you find any errors, run CHKDSK/ R command.

  2. If problem persists, replace the 'c_1252.nls'.

  3. If the error message still appears, then reinstall Windows XP on your system.


While re-installing Windows XP is a definite answer to the above problem, it also has a disadvantage of erasing the data from your hard drive. To overcome the disadvantage of re-installation, you can use an advanced disk recovery utility. A disk recovery software ensures complete recovery of formatted data by employing powerful scanning algorithms.


Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a powerful disk recovery software that allows even a non-technical user to recover data from a formatted hard disk. The tool is compatible with FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT , NTFS and NTFS5 file systems. The read only software keeps the hard disk components intact during the recovery process. It supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.

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