WinXP boot up error:- NTLDR is missing >

  Giggle n' Bits 20:38 08 Aug 2003

> press any key to restart.

I repaired WinXP again because it wouldn't boot by using chkdsk /p fix boot etc & also tried with r switch.

But no success, as I now get the NTLDR is missing.
Had a look at MS Kb and only can relate to a dual boot.

Does anyone know if this or how to sort this out please ?. Or Would a FDISK, Format and reinstall be the way to go ?.

  [DELETED] 20:47 08 Aug 2003

Have you been using a floppy in the A drive and forgotten to remove it? That error usually relates to trying to boot a non system disk.

  Giggle n' Bits 21:18 08 Aug 2003

will leave post open for the rest of the night.

  [DELETED] 23:42 08 Aug 2003

what does it say ref: duel boot and are you still duel booting?

  [DELETED] 23:45 08 Aug 2003

DONT format not that hard to fix

  Giggle n' Bits 23:51 08 Aug 2003

just repeating what I read at the Microsoft site.

So how do I fix this, Please.

  [DELETED] 00:13 09 Aug 2003

ok, copy your boot.ini ,and place on here please,

  [DELETED] 00:20 09 Aug 2003

click here May help.

  Giggle n' Bits 00:31 09 Aug 2003

Tony1160 don't know how to copy the boot.ini across.

Kudo will try the instruction from the link you posted !.

  [DELETED] 01:43 09 Aug 2003

Don't use the sys c: command unless you want to put 98 back on your computer.

  [DELETED] 04:36 09 Aug 2003

Sometimes one gets the error message "ntldr is missing" because the boot path in the boot.ini file has somehow got wrong.

You need 3 files on your C drive to boot into XP: ntldr, and boot.ini. The first 2 files can be copied from the i386 folder on your XP CD, but boot.ini is created by XP Setup.

Try this. Boot up your computer using the XP CD. At the first welcome screen, press R to go into Recovery Console. Xp will then scan your computer for any XP installation and list them out. If you have only one XP copy, just press 1 and press Enter. Enter your administrator password. You'll get to the C:\WINDOWS> prompt.

At the prompt, type map and press Enter. This will show the drive letters on your computer. Note the drive letter for your CDROM.

At the prompt, type:

copy x:\i386\ntldr c:
and press Enter, where x is the drive letter of your CDROM (probably d). If you are asked whether to overwrite the file, it means you already have it and it's not missing, but say yes anyway, so press y and Enter.

At the prompt, type:

copy x:\i386\ c:
and press Enter. Say yes again if prompted.

Then to re-create the boot.ini file, at the C:\WINDOWS> prompt again, type:

bootcfg /rebuild

and press Enter.

Recovery Console will then scan your computer for XP installations, and prompt you to provide further details.

When asked whether to add an XP installation to the boot list, say yes.

When asked to enter Load Identifier, just type:

Windows XP Home

and press Enter (or Professional, as the case may be).

When asked to enter the Operating System Load Option, type


and press Enter.

When this is all done, back at the C:\WINDOWS> prompt, type exit and press Enter. Computer will restart. Remove XP CD, and see if it can boot into XP.

Note that if you have used the sys c: command after booting up from a DOS or 98 boot floppy, you need to take an extra step in XP Recovery Console. This is because the sys C: command would have copied the DOS or 98 boot files to your C drive and changed the boot sector to a DOS or 98 bootsector. Your computer would not be looking for the XP boot files even if they were all there.

So if you did use the sys c: command, in Recovery Console, before your type exit, do the following. At the C:\WINDOWS> prompt, type:

fixboot c:

and press Enter. Confirm what you want to do. Then exit Recovery Console to reboot.

Hope it works.

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