NTLDR is missing

  Ticketyboo 13:07 12 Aug 2005

What do I do now?

  mattyc_92 13:10 12 Aug 2005

What have you recently done to your system.

To get this error, you must of got/done one of the following:

1) formatted system and not installed an operating system

2) formatted system and your operating system was installed correctly

3) got a virus

4) corrupt file(s) on the system.

More info needed on what you did on the system the last time you sued it.

  mattyc_92 13:11 12 Aug 2005

formatted system and your operating system wasn't installed correctly

  Ticketyboo 13:29 12 Aug 2005

Well I fitted a new motherboard kit to my comp and now I am trying to build a spare out of the old bits left over, but It won't boot so I am trying to format the drive to install ME on it.

  mattyc_92 13:33 12 Aug 2005

Is this problem on the system you are trying to build?

  wobblymike 13:57 12 Aug 2005

This message means that your PC is trying to boot probably to a hard drive without an OS on it - are you trying to load your OS from CD? if so it may well be that you have not set your CD drive to a higher position in the boot order than the Hard drive. If this is so change it in BIOS if you don't know how post back.

  Ticketyboo 10:33 13 Aug 2005

On the system I am trying to build,I have changed the boot order so the cd is now first but it keeps telling me to cntrl+alt+delete which takes me back to square one.

  concise 10:41 13 Aug 2005

This happened to me under much the same circumstances. I am afraid I don't have the reference but as I remember I posted the error message on Google and was sent to a site which provided a download that restored it.

  User-312386 10:53 13 Aug 2005

Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.

Configure bios to boot from the CD.

When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.

Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.

Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.

You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.

Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter "E". This letter may be different on your computer.

copy e:\i386\ntldr c:copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:

Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot

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