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#1 MaxMilesFox

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 02:40 PM

So, I have an Acer Veriton 2800 that runs Windows XP Professional SP3. This PC is eleven years old since I bought it.

When the system storage is running low, I decided to uninstall some unused program. The HP Deskjet is the largest program in the hard drive. When the uninstall completed, its told to restart the PC. After restarting, it tells me that my NTLDR (known as a boot loader) is missing.

Does this mean that the HP Deskjet software is in the system files?

Any ideas?

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:08 PM

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 drive. 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 12 November 2017 - 02:28 AM

I wonder what is the likelihood that after 11 years (about like my XP) that you (or anyone) can get your hands on a genuine bootable Windows XP SP3 installation CD?


Edited by joseibarra, 12 November 2017 - 02:30 AM.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 09:06 AM

If an install disk is not available.

 

http://tinyempire.com/notes/ntldrismissing.htm

 

On the page is a link to a zip file with ntdetect.com, ntldr, and boot.ini. A bad boot.ini file can also cause a NTLDR missing error.



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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:51 PM

The only way to fix this though is from the recovery console and the good old command line

In the beginning there was the command line C:\>


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 01:10 AM

There are more ways to fix than the Recovery Console and there are many cases where even that will not help.

 

If you are going to suggest the RC why don't you include a method that describes how to launch the RC and then how to use it to fix the problem?

 

...and if you were to boot into the RC and find yourself looking at a prompt that only says C:\> (instead of C:\Windows) you are not going to get very far.

 

That is what you are likely to see if the system has SATA drives which many do these days and the RC does not understand unless the RC is installed as a boot option.  So if the system has SATA drives, even booting into the RC is not going to help - you will not be able to navigate.

 

In those cases even a simple 'dir' command will result in Entering "An error occurred during directory enumeration".

 

Try it on your own system and see for yourself.

 

Even the link to http://tinyempire.com/ that ZIP file contains pre Service Pack 3 files so even that might not work (I'm not trying it to find out).

 

Hopefully someone has recreated the problem on a SP3 system and actually tried that to see if it works.


Edited by joseibarra, 13 November 2017 - 01:11 AM.

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#7 hamluis

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:30 AM

There are many attempted efforts to overcome the stated error.  AFAIK, none of them is guaranteed to work.

 

Dreaded NTLDR is missing press ctrl+alt+del to restart - Windows XP Home and Professional - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/522262/dreaded-ntldr-is-missing-press-ctrlaltdel-to-restart/

Fix NTLDR is Missing and Related NTLDR Error Messages - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/ntldrmissingxp.htm

 

NTLDR is missing in XP - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/521458/ntldr-is-missing/page-3

 

NTLDR is missing, Computer Hope - http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm

 

Simple ntldr is missing fix with boot floppy, CD-R, or USB flash - http://www.tinyempire.com/notes/ntldrismissing.htm

 

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