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Loading A Non-boot Disk On New Hard Drive


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#1 esteben

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 10:27 PM

I just installed a new motherboard (Asus P4P800) and new harddrive (Seagate 300GB) and would like to install Windows XP PRO from my backup disk and keep getting the same message, NTLDR is missing. I realize the disk is not a boot disk and that is the reason for the message. The only operating system I have available that can boot is Windows 3.11. Can I load that operating system on the computer and than load XP PRO or am I wasting my time? Is there any other thing I might try? Remember, I have no operating system on the computer now and the computer I am using as I write this does not have a CD writer. I can download to a floppy disk though.
I appreciate any help I can get.

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 10:42 PM

I believe you will need a retail copy of XP in order to install XP on this HD.

If the version of XP you had was oem and validated using another motherboard previously or preinstalled on a computer by a computer manufacturer or assembler you will not be able to validate the XP installation.

Only a retail version is transferable.
If you have a retail CD and the 25 digit key number and the previous installation is no longer active you may be able to transfer your license to this new computer (Microsoft considers a new motherboard a new computer).

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 12:24 AM

And if you do get it to boot, and it is on another PC Microsoft will disable both copies when you log onto the update server.
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Posted 23 May 2006 - 09:34 AM

Here is the fix for this NTLDR is Missing.

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm#b

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 02:59 PM

Here is the fix for this NTLDR is Missing.

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm#b

Except that this fix requires a Windows XP bootable CD, which esteben doesn't have.
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Posted 23 May 2006 - 03:34 PM

Yes and with out a legal install disk it will be difficult also. But if he gets the right disk that is the correct solution to his problem. Have a good day.




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