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NTLDR is missing

HP Pavilion 9600
Model: D7203K
Pentium III

The above machine had Windows 98 installed which was always freezing up so I reformatted the HD and installed XP Pro. XP appeared to install with no problems but on the first reboot all I get is the message "NTLDR is missing press any key to restart". I tried to boot from the Windows XP CD and get the same message.

Phil
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slam69Commented:
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slam69Commented:
when yuo try and boot from teh cd make sure you change teh boot order within teh bios as it sounds like its nto booting from cd
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slam69Commented:
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 disk. 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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nobusCommented:
here is how i tackle it :
Boot using the Windows XP installation disk, press R. Then type the following commands:
note : you can test after each command

      FIXMBR
      FIXBOOT
      BOOTCFG /rebuild
      cd\
      copy E:\i386\NTLDR
      ATTRIB -arsh ntldr
      copy e:\i386\NTDETECT.COM
      ATTRIB -arsh ntdetect.com

E: should be the location of your CDRom where you have the Windows install disk located.
and check if those files are in the root :   NTLDR   boot.ini     ntdetect.com

Contents of the boot.ini file :
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

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philschwartzAuthor Commented:
I tried what both you gentlemen have suggested and still have the same problem. Do you think it would be worth a try for me to reformat my HD and reinstall XP?
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slam69Commented:
does it try and boot from cd when you restart?

have you ogne into teh BIOS and change dteh boot order so that it boots from cd first? do you get a prompt asking you if you want to boot from cd?

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philschwartzAuthor Commented:
Yes I did change the boot order to boot from the CD drive first then it asks me if I want to boot from the cd.
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slam69Commented:
and you press a key right?

does it start to load teh recovery console?

if the error occurs once you have performed teh above steps then might be worth running a chkdsk /r from recovery console to see if tehre is any corruption to teh disk
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philschwartzAuthor Commented:
When I reboot this is the order of events:
The monitor shows:
Boot From CD - ROM:
No Emulation
Press any key to boot from CD

When I press a key it goes into the Windows XP Pro Setup
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slam69Commented:
yup and once you enter that set up you get teh choice to go to the recovery console can you ocnfirm thats what you did?

Sorry if thats a yes but ive never not known the above steps to fail unless there was an issue with the hd>
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philschwartzAuthor Commented:
Yes it does go to the recovery console.
I can try different HD if you think the problem is with the HD.
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slam69Commented:
run teh chkdsk /r on the current one first see if it highlights any corrupt sectors it might be able to repair
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philschwartzAuthor Commented:
I ran the chkdsk and no problems were found.
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nobusCommented:
check in the boot order that it is set to boot from disk..
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philschwartzAuthor Commented:
I did set it to boot from disk first.
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nobusCommented:
then boot to recovery console, and do this :
you log on to c:\windows
do then :     dir c:
and verify if the NTLDR and ntdetect files are there
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philschwartzAuthor Commented:
Directory of C:\

          0 System Volume Information
          0 Windows
222368 ntldr
  45124 ntdetect.com
      293 boot.ini

5 file(s) 267785 bytes
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philschwartzAuthor Commented:
Thank you both for your help I reformatted and reinstalled XP and is appears to be working fine.

Phil
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