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I have a Dell running xp home.
When I booted it I got a ntldr missing error. So I decided to do a windows repair. The repair went well until it got to installing network. It just stops not hangs but stops. The ads keep changing. I have removed all pci cards replaced the video driver and disabled all onboard peripherals. None of this helped. I installed a new drive and loaded windows from scratch and if loaded fine. Just for the heck of it I copied the doc & settings, program files and windows folder from the old disk to the new one. I have the same problem with the new one.
Is there a way to stop it from restarting the installition? I am open to suggestions. I would like to repair the old windows so I don't have to reinstall all the programs.

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by:bigjimbo813
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First, try another cd, if that doesn't work...

Download and burn this:
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Boot to CD...

Run MemTest
Run your harddrive vendors harddrive diagnotics
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by:whiwex
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I ran memory test and it was clean.
The same thing happens when I copy the folders to a new drive. So it's not the drive.
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by:ded9
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check Event viewer

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by:whiwex
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I can't look at the viewer because the repair never finishes.
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by:ded9
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did your try to boot in safe mode
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by:whiwex
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I don't have that choice.
I did a repair from the XP CD. The repair stopped at installing network.
Now when I reboot it says restarting installation and continues the installation untill it gets to installing network then it just stops.
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by:ded9
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okay get in your bios and restore the default setting to factory default and then try to install.

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by:whiwex
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I did that already no help
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by:ded9
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did you try the link
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by:whiwex
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Did all that last night. I found this link last night.
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by:ded9
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Remove the cmos cell and wait for 1 full day so that all current is discharged from motherboard.

I am providing the above solution because you have done almost all possible solutions.

Try this

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by:starstruckgeezer
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as well as taking out  cards try disabling any onboard network cards, usb devices should also be unplugged any thing that isn,t essentail basically
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by:PUNKY
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First of all, have you tried to reset the bios, if not, please see the link below:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21797028.html#16347844

Second, have you tried repair console on old drive? The NTLDR missing could be fixed thru this repair process. Make sure you do commands:

FIXMBR C:
FIXBOOT C:
COPY x:\I386\NTLDR C:\
COPY x:\I386\NTDETECT.COM C:\
BOOTCFG /rebuild

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by:bigjimbo813
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disable or remove the network cards.

Try the repair again.
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Unless you can boot the old damaged OS to remove ALL traces of networking and the drivers, NO, you are not going to get this to work.  It is theoretically possible to do it at the recovery console, but once again, you would have to know the names of all the networking components and drivers so you can laboriously remove them one by one from the recovery console -- then there are the NS setup files that you cannot remove without a reinstall of networking -- so to be frank, the chances of this working are not good.
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by:whiwex
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I ended up reloadeding windows on a second drive and copied the files I needed.
Thank's everyone
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