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I am getting a message that says "NTLDR is missing Press any key to continue" and the Windows XP never boots.
I tried to run the original XP start up disk (to use the "Repair Dashboard" and got as far as having it ask me for a password. I don't think I ever created one so I left it blank, hit enter, and got caught in an endless "enter password" loop.
Any clues on continuing with this reapir?
Any suggestion on how to remove my files from the hard disk?
Before I waste more time, do you think a full reinstall might work? I've done that 3 or 4 times on this machine with no problem. And I know I might lose my files.
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  1. use a Linux LiveCD to boot from to save your data

    or you could try to use Hiren's CD and boot into Mini WindowsXP and run an error check on the hard drive
  2. Thank you. I've looked online (unsucessfully) to find downloads so I can download directly to a thumb drive. I'm borrowing a laptop and don't wont to $%^& this one too.


  3. Alternatively, http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/download.html which will work on a flash drive.

  4. Thanks. Tried that. I couldn't find anything straightforward to attempt. Today I got to the point with my recovery CD where it matched youtube repair guides, almost. to get to a next point I was supposed to see D:\windows - But instead I saw D:\windows>

    I'll keep trying. I'd like to salvage my files and not pay $125 to someone who "might" be able to.


  5. Were you able to rescue your files while using Linux or Hirens?

  6. No. I cannot find a website taht will enable me to copy or install Linux or Hirens directly on to a flash drive. I don't want to download to this borrowed computer and then copy. I need to put it directly to the flash and then hope I can boot from it on the broken pc.
  7. sjriz said:
    No. I cannot find a website taht will enable me to copy or install Linux or Hirens directly on to a flash drive. I don't want to download to this borrowed computer and then copy. I need to put it directly to the flash and then hope I can boot from it on the broken pc.




    Not possible, I'm afraid because of the need to create a bootable ISO which needs a buner and can't just be downloaded. I can assure you that it can't harm the system it's downloaded to though if that helps.

    An alternative would be to withdraw your hard disk and slave it to another system using a USB converter. You could then run Checkdisk and the manufacturer's tools - Seatools for a Seagate, etc. - and run the SFC to find and fix missing files.

    That cannot harm the host computer either. Other than that, you're looking at a professional fixer but I suspect you're out of my area. :D.

  8. I would download it if I could be sure it was a SAFE download and if I could be sure it was just being SAVED on the borrowed laptop until I could burn it.
    I would prefer to get past the ""NTLDR is missing Press any key to continue" issue so I could just repair my WindowsXP. I watched a lot of youtube videos that deal with the problem but none of them help.
    Thanks anyway.


  9. I've fixed it several times but I've always got away with parachuting a copy from another system or from the C:\Windows\i386 folder into the root of C:\.

    Sorry I didn't point that out earlier but you came across as a person who would have gone through the basics.

  10. I have tried a few basics but there is no way that I can even a c prompt.

    C:\

    so that I could try something like that.

    The closest that I got was during an unsuccessful reapir I got a

    d:\windows>

    The youtubes show this to (maybe work) but all of those examples had

    d:\windows without the >


  11. You usually see the > symbol in command line. Get to that prompt again and run this syntax - exactly and including any spaces

    chdir c:\windows\i386 then press Enter
    at the next prompt type copy c:\windows\i386\ntldr c:\ntldr press Enter again
    and one more
    copy c:\windows\i386\ntdetect.com c:\ntdetect.com and press Enter again then restart the system.

  12. How about this?

    When I turn the laptop on, all I can get is

    "NTLDR is missing Press any key to continue"

    Is there anyway to get to the c prompt.

    C:\

    so that I could try to play with that?
  13. Only with an XP or a Hiren and Pankhar CD - or the method you used to get there before. Tapping |F8 to get to Safe Mode with Command Prompt won't work without an LT Loader running, I'm afraid.

    Alternatively, putting the disk into another system.
  14. I have the XP disk.


  15. OK. Run it to the point where you have to press F8 to accept the EULA - don't worry, you aren't really reinstalling. You see the second Repair option and that will find and fix any errors and it will make a fresh installation and will move your files to a folder called c:\windows.old. You can find them in the usual place - documents and settings - and cut and paste them in to the new system afterwards then delete the whole folder.

  16. I got to the c:\> and typed in exactly chdir c:\windows\i386
    result is
    The system cannot find the filr or directory specified.
    Earlier I did get to a point with the repair options. It went through 3 of 5 (?) tasks and then said something to the effect that it wasn't working.
    I'll keep trying.
    Thanks.
  17. I deleted the old partition and was able to reinstall XP. The screen looks a bit off and there is only shut down and restart. Hibernate and sleep are not appearing. More important is the inability to load the drivers. When I put the recovery driver disk in, either nothing happens or I can only get to a list of probably too many drivers for my machine.
    Any suggestions?
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