Windows 7 Boot Error, Missing NTLDR?

My client has a Windows 7 machine that has been working just fine for several months.  All of a sudden when he boots up, he gets a "NTLDR is Missing, press any key to continue".  When he hits any key, the machine boots up just fine.

Why would a Win 7 machine be looking for a XP boot manager?  And how do I stop it?
epsilon3Asked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
he hard drive initialization problems ..  you could try repairing the boot record from here bootrec.exe from recovery console, but I'd backup and replace the hard drive.
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epsilon3Author Commented:
But Win 7 does eventually boot, plus why is NTLDR even showing up at all?  is it not the XP loader?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
some bios's will show this error even with a blank disk.
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nobusCommented:
maybe XP was installed some time ago on the disk
check with msconfig (from run box) in start computer  tab
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Kody-BurgCommented:
Try following the steps in the resolution section of this Microsoft Article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315261/
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
@kody that is a win xp solution.
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nobusCommented:
any chance you find these in the rot :   NTLDR   boot.ini     ntdetect.com   ?   that would confirm an xp install
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epsilon3Author Commented:
I haven't had a chance to check, I will follow up tomorrow AM.
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epsilon3Author Commented:
Well, this is what was going on.  The client added an external USB drive for backup purposes.  The BIOS was trying to boot off of the external.

Case closed.

i will awared points to all that attempted to help.
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