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NTLDR is missing (can't boot without bootdisk) Win XP Pro

Posted on 2003-10-23
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Hey all,

The other day I did a clean up of files on my XP Pro machine. Problem is that I think I may have deleted some of the files needed for booting that were residing in the C:\

So now on boot up all I get is

NTLDR is missing
press crtl, alt delete to restart.


I have ran through the Microsoft Support documents but I havent been able to find one for this particular problem.

I have tried running the XP resuce program from the XP CD and running fixboot, fixmbr that didnt do a thing.

I ended up making a XP bootdisk which allows me to atleast to boot into XP where all my data is fine.

I tried copying the boot files fromt he A: drive into the C:\ to see what it did but still I get that error.


From the posts I see on other sites regarding this problem I dont really fancy fdisking and reinstalling everything!

I need some help here!
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Ive actually solved it myself. When I was in rescue mode all I had to do was run
bootcfg /rebuild to rebuild the boot.ini file
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Please close the question requesting the community support

Thanks

Sunray
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by:taz11683
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i hav a laptop tat displays ntldr is missing but it will not boot from a floppy or off the windows xp pro disk

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by:infernum
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On Win2k it worked like that:

Select the Recovery Console and copy NTLDR file on the CD-ROM to the root of the system volume...

i am not sure if WinXP the same, but i guess it is.
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by:gogirl37
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I also had this problem and what I did was put the cd in for windows xp, boot to a command prompt and copy the ntldr file off the windows cd into C:\windows\system from the command prompt.
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