NTLDR Missing. Press CTRL-ALT-DELETE to restart

I recently just got a computer working and i was installing some soundcard software when it told me a problem had occured and it froze, I then proceeded to restart it. Then after i restarted it i recieved an error message saying NTLDR Missing. Press CTRL-ALT-DELETE to restart. I have no idea what that means. I looked at other posts and they didnt work. I looked on the Microsoft website and it said it was cause by installing XP over another windows. But that didnt make sense since i had rebooted many times before. It also said that it was caused by-"After you use the Windows Disk Management snap-in tool to mark your primary partition as active, the computer may not start". I have no idea what that means but im pretty sure i didnt do that. Well does anyone know how to fix it? Thank you in advanced.

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  1. I had that problem once before, but with win2K. the only way I was able to fix it was to format and re-install the OS.

    If you can, put your HDD in another computer as a slave and copy and important data, then reformat and reinstall.

    Spec:
    Intel P4 2.4B
    MSI 645E Max-U Mobo
    512MB DDR333
    GF3 ti200 64MB
    SB Live 5.1
    WD 60GB
    Maxtor 120GB
    LG 24x24x32 CDR
    WIN2K PRo SP4
  2. A couple of things:
    1. Sometimes a disk left in the floppy drive will give you that error. Especially when the floppy drive is 1st in the boot sequence.
    2. There are worms/virus that infest the MBR that will give you the same problem.
    3. NTLDR is NT Boot Loader.

    This may help:
    http://www.buildorbuy.org/win2000ntldr.html
    (Some Windows2000 tricks work w/ XP)
  3. No way to fix it that I know of...Best bet is to put the HDD in another computer as slave and copy all important data off, then reformat and reinstall your OS.


    Spec:
    Intel P4 2.4B
    MSI 645E Max-U Mobo
    512MB DDR333
    GF3 ti200 64MB
    SB Live 5.1
    WD 60GB
    Maxtor 120GB
    LG 24x24x32 CDR
    WIN2K PRo SP4
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