Windows XP Protected OS files on root directory safe to copy over?
Posted on 2011-03-17
I've got a user's XP machine that I've been working on, and all seemed okay in general before I rebooted, but when it came back up, it wouldn't boot because it was "Missing ntldr"
I've got the hard drive in an external case, and have connected to my personal XP machine. With protected operating system files made viewable from folder options, I can see that what's on my root C drive (autoexec.bat, boot.ini, config.sys, luo.bat, io.sys, ntdetect.com, ntldr, and pagefile.sys) isn't on the other user's root directory.
My question is: is it safe to copy all the files listed above from my drive to theirs to get this machine booting normally? I've read that supposedly ntdetect.com and ntldr are able to be copied over from one OS to another, but was wondering about the rest. Thanks!