NTLDR missing

  ianeon 14:50 24 Feb 2005
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A computer running XP Home will not completely boot up. After the initial start up I get the message "NTLDR missing press Ctl.Alt.Delete. to restart your computer" I have tried doing a repair, tried doing a setup, it will not boot into safe mode. Can someone point me in the direction of fixing this please - Thank you - Ian

  Chegs ® 14:58 24 Feb 2005

If you have FAT32 partitions, it is much simpler than with NTFS. Just boot with a Win98 floppy and copy the NTLDR or NTDETECT.COM files from the i386 directory to the root of the C:\ drive.

For NTFS:

Insert and boot from your Windows XP CD.
At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
Typically this will be #1
Enter in the administrator password when requested
Enter in the following commands (X: is replaced by the actual drive letter that is assigned to the CD ROM drive)
COPY X:\i386\NTLDR C\:
COPY X:\i386\NTDETECT.COM C:\
Take out the CD ROM and type exit

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