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I have just installed Win2k on my machine. The hard drive was partitioned so that C: had Win98 and D: had Win2k on it. Everything was working fine, when i started the machine i was given the option of either booting to W98 or Win2k. After i had finished copying all my personal files from my Win98 partition onto my Win2k i then formatted the Win98 partitiion (the C , thinking i didn't need it anymore. Now when i boot up my machine i get an error saying 'NTLDR is Missing'.
What can i do to resolve this ?, can someone tell me where to get the 'NTLDR' from ......

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by:tituba2
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NTLDR is on the NT 4.0 CD.  However, what I would do is boot with the Win2k CD and do a repair.
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I know a way to temporary solve your problem.

Format a floppy with NT or 2000.  Not 9X.
Copy on this disk those 3 files :
boot.ini
ntldr
ntdetect.com

You can use files from another NT/2000 system.

Your 2000 is on the second partition, so edit the boot.ini files and make the following changes :

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)

Now, with this disk, you should be able to boot.
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by:AntBon
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"I know a way to temporary solve your problem", this sounds good, but as it is a temporary how do i go about making a permanent solution (presumably after i have access to Win2k )???

Thanks v.much !
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Sorry, I don't know.  Can you reformat drive C:?  If yes, you can try this on C:.  But if you reinstall Win 9X on C, it'll probably remove the boot files or MBR.

If you solve your problem, post the solution here.
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by:AntBon
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Hi DanielBlais, i did what you said and editted the Boot.ini file and copied the other files onto a pre-formatted (via NT) disk, after it booted and Win2K started i then created a Emergency Repair Disk (ERD), and then i created the Setup disks (4 disks).

Next step is to re-boot  via the Setup disks, when this is complete you are give the option to repair to a previous installation of Win2k, then select a (M)anual repair and select the repair to use the ERD - This worked fine for me and Win2k boots ok now :-)

Note, for some reason the above process screwed up the Sevice Pack, so i need to re-install it, but i reckon this is a small price to pay !!!!!
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by:DanielBlais
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you did a full repair?  you may loose some settings, like Service Pack or users informations / security informations.
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by:AntBon
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Yeah i selected repair (all 3 options were selected 'boot' 'system files' and something else. I then re-installed the Service Pack.

I wasn't aware of any security issues !! How can i check this out ?
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I did it one time and I had lost users, sharing and proxy settings.
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Well at the moment the only users are me and Admin, i had no sharing set up so this should still be ok - i dont know about proxy settings, what are they ?

I had done a standard install of win2k pro and SP1 and installed Office 2000 - and that was it. So i dont think i will have many problems with the restore !!
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Cheers ! Thanks very much for your help
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