I am trying to fix a machine with the error "NTLDR file is missing."
I do not have the owners original XP boot CD, but I do have my own XP recovery disc. After reading some of the other answers on EE I've come to the following solution to try: Posted previously by Nubos:
"here what you need to do :
Boot using the Windows XP installation disk, press R. Then type the following commands:
ATTRIB -arsh ntldr
ATTRIB -arsh ntdetect.com
I logged into the recovery console using my disk, and when I went into FIXMBR I received the caution message about "this computer appears to have a non-standard or invalid MBR. FIXMBR may damage your partition...etc.
Is this still the option that I want to use? I don't want to damage this machine any further. The caution and "non-standard MBR" warning kinda scared me off.
I also went into FIXBOOT but did not run the command.
I guess I just want to make sure that this is the correct solution for this issue and that I can use MY disk to recover the files without damaging the machine.
Also, there is no floppy or CD in the respectable drives. This is a Dell Dimension 4600.