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#1 sarahlinzee

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 08:39 PM

The last things i was doing on my computer were defragmenting files, And looking for updated video driver and it restarted and now says
NTLDR MISSING hit ctrl alt del to recover. which doesnt work.

i have researched that i need a bcupdate2.exe utility. if this is true. where do i get and how do i use it since the computer is just blank screen.

pls and thank you:)

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:37 PM

this is paste from another site

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 11 May 2011 - 09:46 PM

i dont have the windows CD.... should i just bring it into a repair place?

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:50 PM

can you borrow one ?

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:50 PM

While the problem is more then likely a corrupt NTLDR, one quick thing to check is if there is a disk currently in the cd\dvd drive.
Just a possibility that may spare some head aches.

Edited by ThunderZ, 11 May 2011 - 09:50 PM.


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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:55 PM

nope no cd in laptop
and possibly i can borrow one i'd have to ask around.
if i cant....only other option is to take it in??

Edited by sarahlinzee, 11 May 2011 - 09:56 PM.


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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:59 PM

Another related possibility is that the computer is trying to boot from a unbootable source.

Another it that the boot order has been changed, the easiest way to to handle this is to set the BIOS to Auto for the hdd.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:03 PM

i was deleting some programs earlier. im usually really good at making sure they arent linked to anything important, buuuut maybe i accidently deleted something important needed for starting windows????
How does one "set the BIOS to Auto for the hdd"..... i have no idea what that means. sooooo idiot instructions?!?!?

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:15 PM

Let's try something simpler first.

Can you boot into safe mode? Start tapping F8 immediately after starting the computer. This should take you to a page that resembles the picture below.

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Use the up or down key to navigate to Safe Mode and click on it.

A black page with a drivers showing in white lettering will appear, this may take a minute or so to complete. It will show a page letting you know that this is a special diagnostic mode, click next. You will be asked to choose how you want to open this, user or administrator, try user first. Eventually the desktop will open, it will have a poor video quality, this is normal since it is using the native drivers of Windows.

Once in Safe Mode use the instructions below.

Go to Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore.

When this opens make sure that "Restore my computer to an earlier time" is chosen, and click on Next>.

The dates appearing in bold are the dates that you can restore to, click on the date that you want and then click Next> to start the System Restore. This may take a long time to complete, and when it is done it will restart your computer. When the computer restarts and you have logged on as the administrator a Restoration Complete page will appear, click on OK to complete the process.

Edited by dc3, 11 May 2011 - 10:17 PM.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:17 PM

ive tried to get into safe mode a few times
it just beeps at me and goes to the NTLDR msg.
ill try again...

NOPE. def doesnt work.

Edited by sarahlinzee, 11 May 2011 - 10:24 PM.


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Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:32 PM

this person is providing a bootdisk that repairs the two files. (use at your own risk)and involves making a boot disk
http://tinyempire.com/notes/ntldrismissing.htm

If you borrow a disk Recovery Console on the Windows install CD is a DOS like screen where you type in commands. Are you OK with that ?

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:35 PM

ya i can do that. but im going to try and find a disc from someone i know first.

where you find this link?????? think its smart to use?

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:38 PM

looks on the up and up to me. its a simple batch file the renames the the two files then copies new ones. If you don't want his disk he shows you how to make your own on that page

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 11:03 PM

ok well i have a disc on the way to me now. ill try your original instructions with the cd
if it doesnt work ill your second option
thank you:)
may have more questions though!!!

i have OPERATING SYSTEM Resinstallation cd microsoft windows xp professional service pack 3
thtas not right is it.

Edited by sarahlinzee, 11 May 2011 - 11:38 PM.


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Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:46 AM

If you can borrow a retail installation disk you can do a repair installation. The disk would need to be the same version as yours, eg Home or Pro. This will repair the NTLDR and will not effect your data.

Boot the computer from the XP CD. You may need to change boot order in the BIOS so that the CD-ROM is the first device in the boot order.

When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below

This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.
You do not want to choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R.

Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair isn't one of the option end the installation, this will mean that you will need to do a fresh installation of XP.

The repair will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot, the repair installation will continue after the reboot.

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