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Solved: NTLDR Missing

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by thikr, Oct 3, 2008.

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  1. thikr

    thikr Thread Starter

    Jun 21, 2007
    Obviously I know what I need to fix, the problem is getting on the computer to fix it. Previously I would use my flash drive (or PSP) to copy files back and forth to fix my computer when I was missing files (kernel32 was a common one I think). Problem is, back then I had a linux boot disc and even a Bart PE boot disc. Now I have neither and though I can copy the files from my other computer (Same exact OS and SP) I cannot get them from the flash drive onto the computer. Thanks a million...
  2. Claymore


    May 20, 2005
    If you have youe XP CD (any one will do), then this is the normal fix for this problem:

    [Courtesy of ComputerHope]

    1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
    2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
    3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
    4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
    5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
    6. Copy the two files indicated below to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the example below 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:\

    {There is a space after 'copy' and before 'c:\'}

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


    If the problem persists, you may have a corrupt boot sector and/or master boot record.

    1. Insert your XP CD and restart your computer.
    2. At the Setup screen, press 'R' to access the Repair Console.
    3. Select the installation you want to repair. Usually there's only a single one listed, such as C:\Windows or C:\WINNT. Type in the number and Enter.
    4. On the next screen enter your password (if you have one).
    5. On the next screen, at the prompt, type in chkdsk /r {with a space before the /r parameter} and press Enter. Let it run.
    6. At the prompt again, type in "fixmbr" {without the quotes} and press Enter.
    7. At the prompt again, type in "fixboot" {without the quotes} and press Enter.
    8. Remove your XP CD and restart the computer.

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