Windows XP is the most widely used operating system of Microsoft. It has been the choice of millions of users across the world despite facing stiff competitions from newer Windows operating systems. It has got online tutorials on the Internet as its users are all over the world who contribute regularly to such forums. It is a very robust system that emphasizes on performance and flashiness alike.
Also, the drivers of certain hardware for Windows XP are easily available over the Internet. However, despite being such an efficient system it can sometimes pose problems. These problems can occur because of power surges, virus infections, human errors, file system corruption, etc. In such cases, you should employ corrective measures to resolve the issue. However, if you are unable to do so, you should use a third-party Windows data recovery software to recover Windows files.
Consider a scenario wherein you get the following error message when you start your Windows system:
“File is missing or corrupt: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\Pci.sys”
The most possible cause of this error message is that pci.sys file is either missing or corrupted. Because of this, you are not able to boot Windows system. Even if you are able to access the system, it may freeze frequently.
To resolve this error message and to access the Windows system, you need to perform either of the following methods:
Restore the file by using the Windows Recovery Console: Use the Recovery Console to expand Pci.sy_ from the i386 folder on the provided CD to the \%SystemRoot%\System32\Drivers folder on the hard disk.
Use in-place upgrade to restore the file: To do this, you should replace all missing and corrupted files using the Windows Installation CD. This process takes the same time as taken during the installation process. Moreover, you can lose some of the customized settings for the system files.
However, if you are not able to recover Windows system even after using the aforementioned methods then you should use a third-party Windows data recovery software to recover Windows files.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery software is a Windows data recovery tool that is used to recover Windows files. It is used to recover lost information from the FAT and NTFS file systems. The software can recover more than 185 different file types from various media such as hard drives, memory cards, external hard drives, pen drives, etc. It is packaged with a Boot CD, which proves quite handy when the system is unable to boot. This Windows recovery utility is also capable of recovering email items from MS Outlook and Outlook Express. It is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server 2003, XP, and 2000.
Windows recovery when the pci.sys file is missing