For some time this computer has been out on loan to a young relative. I got it back recently because it had crashed and was no longer usable. It was in such a mess I started it with a boot diskette and reformatted the HD. I then tried to install XP ( using the same disk I used the first time I put XP on the machine)
I got a message that it could not boot from the CD as the "NTDLR file was missing" (I think this is what it said, but as I am using one monitor between that computer and this one, I can't check at the moment.)
I tried booting up with a floppy and then installing the XP disk, but that didn't work as it couldn't recognise the CD.
I then thought I would reinstall the original 98SE , and then upgrade to XP from there. I had no problem installing 98SE......................until it cane to putting in the "key number" That was on the back of the instruction manual I got when I bought the computer. I have searched high and low but I cannot find that manual.
If there any way I can get this number again? I can't go back to "Time Computers" where I bought the machine, as they have long since gone out of business. (I am really frustrated as this software was legally bought and paid for and now I can't use it because I can't find the number.)
So I have a computer with 98SE installed, which I can't use because I can't find the key, and a copy of XP, complete with the key, which won't install because of the missing NTDLR file.
Although the computer is old and low spec (1.1 celeron processor, 20 gig HD and 256 ram) it was always reliable. I promised an elderly friend she could have it once I had it sorted out. I can't believe I need to scrap a machine that has nothing actually wrong with it.
Any advice, suggestions etc. would be very much appreciated.
(Moderator edit: modified topic title. jgweed)
Edited by jgweed, 21 September 2006 - 02:32 PM.