NTLDR missing

  PC guy 14:19 17 Nov 2007

How can I fix thix problem, i turn on pc and it says NTLDR missing what shall I do?

  brundle 14:25 17 Nov 2007
  mgmcc 14:28 17 Nov 2007

See if this helps - it wasn't written by me and it requires a proper XP CD:

This error message is often difficult to resolve. More often than not, the file is not missing, but the boot process somehow cannot locate it.

Boot up the computer with the XP CD, then press R to enter Recovery Console.

Then it should say 1. C:\WINDOWS (where C is the drive letter of the partition where xp is installed - it can be another drive letter).

Then press 1 and Enter. Enter admin password.

At the C:\WINDOWS> prompt, type:
"copy x:\i386\ntldr c:\"
without the quotation marks, and where x is the drive letter of the CDROM drive, and press Enter.

If asked whether to overwrite, say yes (if asked, it means the file is actually there, but overwrite it anyway). Then type:
"copy x:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\"
without the quotes, and press Enter. Say yes to overwrite.

Then type:
bootcfg /rebuild
and press Enter.
Say yes to Add All.

When asked for Load Identifier for C:\WINDOWS, type:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
and Enter. If it's the XP Home edition, type Home instead of Professional.

When asked for Load Option for C:\WINDOWS, type:
and press Enter.

Then type:
fixboot c:
and press Enter. Confirm.

Then type exit and Enter. Computer will restart. Remove XP CD, and see if it will boot up into Windows.

If the above steps do not solve the problem, try doing a repair installation of XP.

Boot up computer with XP CD again. Press Enter to enter XP setup. F8 to accept agreement. Then C:\WINDOWS should be listed and you will be asked whether to install a fresh copy, or repair the existing installation.

Make sure that C:\WINDOWS is highlighted. Press R to repair existing installation. Follow the prompts. This is installing XP over itself.

Programs and data are kept intact, but after installing it and booting into XP, he has to reapply all Windows updates subsequent to the CD version.

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