Win XP NTLDR Missing, Repair?

  Kilty 13:34 24 Nov 2011

I am trying to repair the NTLDR missing problem. I have a copy of Win XP Home Edition (same as on the broken Packard Bell desktop which is at fault), but when I go into the repair console, it asks for a admin password, although there isn't one set. I have run Orphcrack and this also states no password for admin.

Could this be a problem of trying to repair with a standard XP disc and not the packard bell disc?

Thanks in advance for any help given.

  northumbria61 13:37 24 Nov 2011

Have a read through this enter link description here

  northumbria61 13:40 24 Nov 2011

The XP disc should do it enter link description here

  Kilty 13:41 24 Nov 2011

Thanks for the quick reply. Will take a look.

  northumbria61 13:43 24 Nov 2011

You are asked for the admin password – this is usually blank so just press ENTER to continue

  northumbria61 13:44 24 Nov 2011

More here - probably easier for you enter link description here

  Kilty 13:46 24 Nov 2011

Tried just pressing enter, no luck.

  northumbria61 15:11 24 Nov 2011

Follow the instructions from the last link I gave you A to F - it is the 2nd option you want To Repair a Windows Installation Using Recovery Console, Press R’ – press the ‘R’ key now to enter the recovery console

See the warning in between C and D Warning: the first option is ‘To Set Up Windows XP now press Enter’ – you do not want this so do NOT press ENTER. Then follow on from there.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:58 24 Nov 2011

It takes just one floppy disc,

First format a Floppy disc in XP

Run type Format A: /u

Then open Notepad and copy and Paste this

[boot loader] timeout=-1 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, first partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, second partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, third partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, fourth partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, first partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, second partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, third partition" /sos multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, fourth partition" /sos C:\="Previous Operating System on C:\"

Save as

in Notepad as BOOT.INI

Then in search find


Add these to the floppy disc

you can now try starting your computer with the floppy disc

Once computer is started from the floppy you can copy NTLDR from the floppy to the root of C: drive.

  Kilty 09:17 25 Nov 2011

Tried most things in the list provided, but no success. I do not want to wipe the disc yet, as when I use a caddy the disc seems to work just fine, and I can access all files etc. on the disc.

I wonder if there is any way to get into the repair console? Any other pieces of software that may reveal the password? Could it be a password set by Packard Bell at time of manufacture?

Thanks in advance.

  Kilty 11:07 30 Nov 2011

I am still struggling to get round this issue, I have tried most ideas mentioned, but still no luck with getting round the password issue. I think if I could get into Recovery console I would be able to solve the issue. Thanks agin for all help given and any more that you may be able to give.

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