I have a 2001 dell inspiron notebook with windows xp home on it. It has always worked fine until now. I turned my computer off one night, then the next day i turn it on and it says: NTLDR is missing, press ctrl-alt-del to restart. So I went to Microsoft.com and found out how to create a boot disk with a floppy. That worked, but that screen that tells you to pick which O.S. you want to boot came up, it listed two O.S.'s and i only have one, but i tried both of them on different boot ups and they both came up with something like : <windows>\system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt, please reinstall another copy.
So I went back to Microsoft to try to fix that problem. It just said to change the boot sequence to cd-rom first, and boot with windows xp disc. I did all that, but since the computer only boots one thing at a time the cd-rom drive started and the floppy drive did not. This means that when the computer tells you to "press any key to boot from a cd", you have to press it real quick, otherwise the "NTLDR is missing, press ctrl-alt-del to restart" message pops up, and disables you from booting from a cd.
When you press any key quickly before "NTLDR is missing, press ctrl-alt-del to restart"
pops up, a blue screen appears that says something like welcome to windows xp. While it is still on that screen, the bottom of the window flashes the computer's or cd's system information. about 30 seconds later, afer it has finished loading or what ever, the options screen come up.
It asks if you would like to load xp, run the recovery thing, or cancel. I pressed 'R' to run the recovery, like microsoft.com said to do. it worked, asked me which system i would like to install, I typed '1'. Now here's the PROBLEM; it asks me for my administrators password, i type it in, or at least my log in password which is to the administrative account, and it's also the only password I have got. It tells me that the password is incorrect every time I type it in.
Does anyone have any kind of SOLUTION?
p.s i would give more points if i had any more.