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#1 ibm8999

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:00 AM

Hi all

 

A friend has asked if I can help fix her computer.

When trying to boot, a message is displayed almost immediately:

'NTLDR is missing'

'CNTR ALT DELETE to restart'

 

If I press those it repeats the message.

I'm told that it has XP Home installed. Computer has no floppy drive.

 

Please help.

 

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#2 ElfBane

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 06:51 AM

This may help ... https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080517144114AAWccWN .



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 07:54 AM

Thank you for your reply.

 

We have not got an XP Home installation CD but I have an XP Pro installation CD - will this do?

 

Thanks.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:05 AM

Thank you for your reply.

 

We have not got an XP Home installation CD but I have an XP Pro installation CD - will this do?

 

Thanks.

Yes.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:10 AM

I'm a little confused about how to replace files e.g. NTLDR on the broken computer, having booted from the installation CD. Could you take me through the basics please ? I haven't done this before but I will be able to follow your clear instructions.

 

There are quite a few files in My Documents that I wish to retain, so I am needing a method of fixing the PC without destroying these files.



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 12:05 PM

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 06:34 AM

Update:

Thank you very much hamluis for pointing me to Puppy Linux; I booted from this disk and proceeded to make a backup of Documents and Settings folder on the broken PC. I used an external hdd to store the backup, (It was 29GB).

 

Now what to do next?

I did a lot of internet research but got very confused.  In the end I decided to first of all to replace NTLDR and NTDETECT.com

On my own PC these two files are on the root directory.

On the broken PC they are Not in this directory, (using Puppy). I can only find them in i386 folder.

Is this right? Or shall I put fresh copies in the root directory of broken PC?

 

Feeling good about this

Many thanks.



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Posted 28 August 2014 - 09:18 AM

Update :

 

I faffed about a bit feeling that I could make things worse if I just copied these two files over, but I did it anyway.

 

Well I never did ............ it now boots from internal hdd like it always did!

 

I put the two files in the root directory C:\ of broken PC, using Puppy Linux disk to boot from and it worked.

 

I thank hamluis for his helpful link. MANY THANKS



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Posted 28 August 2014 - 09:47 AM

PS.

 

The two files NTLDR and NTDETECT.com were copied from my XP Pro installation CD

 

Kind Regards



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Posted 28 August 2014 - 10:57 AM

Glad you resolved, all thanks are due the Advisor who provided all direction in the link I posted.

 

Happy computing :).

 

Louis






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