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#1 deeyell101

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 03:43 PM

Hi, this is my first post, and I'd like to prematurely thank anyone who helps me out - I'm pretty lame with computers.

OK. I got the "NTLDR is missing" message on bootup, so I inserted my XP disk and ran Windows from there (none of the other solutions online helped). Rather than install over the C:Windows directory I reinstalled XP in another folder, from which it now runs. Thing is, the files in Program Files, which survived the reinstallation (unlike My Documents, to my horror) seem associated with the old Windows account; maybe because I installed from a different (possibly pirate) XP disk, as I've lost the original.

Anyway, I'm not sure exactly what to do, because I don't want to screw thingsup even more than they already are. As it is, my beloved machine feels like a stranger, rather than my old, weary comrade of last week.

Cheers,

Dom (ps I don't suppose there's any way to retrieve the contents of the My Documents folder - it had all of my music)

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 06:21 PM

I think that I would have done a repair install of XP, rather than a new install.

Actually, those NTLDR is missing messages...can have various causes: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm

I would have tried fixing the MBR first...by using the fixmbr command from the Recovery Console (on the XP CD).

BTW: I have done exactly as you have done (smile)...so I know the feeling. I think that I wound up doing a repair install of the first XP and deleting the Windows folder of the second.

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

TweakXP.com - How To Do a Repair Install of XP - http://www.tweakxp.com/article36955.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documen...ons_fixmbr.mspx

Windows XP Recovery Console - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...;EN-US;q314058&

We're all pretty lame with computers (smile)...no matter how much we might know, there is always much more to learn.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 06:14 AM

Most common would be to check that there is no stiffy/floppy in the machine
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 08:48 AM

Issue:

NTLDR is Missing.

Related errors:

Below are the full error messages that may be seen when the computer is booting.

NTLDR is Missing
Press any key to restart

Boot: Couldn't find NTLDR
Please insert another disk

Additional Information:

See our NTLDR dictionary definition for a complete definition on this term.

Cause:

1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
3. Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
5. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
6. New hard disk drive being added.
7. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
8. Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
9. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable.

Solutions:
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm




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