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#1 L.messi

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:54 PM

When I turn on my computer it says: 'NTLDR is missing. Press any key to restart'

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:58 PM

L.Messi,

From:Computer Hope:
Windows XP users

  • Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  • 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, which in this case is "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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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:06 PM

I have some disc called Recovery CD-ROM for ASUS computers

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:07 PM

I see in your profile that you have two computers, one of these is a custom build, so I'm assuming that you have a retail copy of the installation disk.

1. Load Windows XP CD into CD drive.
2. Make sure BIOS is set to boot to CD drive.
3. Boot the computer from CD.
4. At menu, press "R" to load Recovery Console.
5. Select the installation to be fixed.
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6. Type "COPY C:\i386\ntldr C:\" and press ENTER.
7. Type "COPY C:\i386\ntdetect.com C:\" and press ENTER.
8. Remove CD and type "EXIT" and press ENTER

* I've made the assumption that your hdd is your C: drive. If this isn't correct, use the correct drive letter.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 04:50 AM

I don't have the Window XP CD, I do have a recovery disc though but I don't know what it is for?

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 11:36 AM

What is the make and model of this computer?

What service pack is currently installed?

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 04:35 PM

The computer is an ASUS A3HF and is running on Windows XP Professional Service pack 3

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 09:31 PM

Recovery CD and partitions usually will format the hdd and reinstall the operating system removing all your data. This was why I was asking if you had a retail copy of XP. With a retail copy of XP you can do a repair installation which will not affect your data.

Do you know anyone that you could borrow a retail copy of the installation CD? I would have to be the same version as the one installed on this computer, eg XP Home or Pro.

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