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Removed XP from dual-boot, NTLDR is missing

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September 18, 2009 9:13:14 PM

Ok heres the situation: I'm working on a customers netbook that had windows xp installed on it originally. They installed win7 RC on a different partition of the same disk and decided that they liked it so much that they would just remove windows XP by formatting C. Now of course they're getting an NTLDR is missing error. At the moment, I have no external CD/DVD drives available, only another workable PC with XP on it and a 2GB flash drive. I'm wondering what the best way is to get their system back up and running. Is there any way to set the computer to boot from the win7 installation on D: w/o being able to use the disks? Thanks
September 18, 2009 10:34:09 PM

well n/m, as usual i solved the issue prior to getting any sort of response. used a boot cd and copied the win7.iso as well as some other needed files to an external drive, plugged said drive into another machine and extracted the .iso to it and set it as active. went into netbook boot order and set removeable drive to be first, doin a fresh install of 7 now.
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September 19, 2009 3:23:17 AM

steiner666 said:
Ok heres the situation: I'm working on a customers netbook that had windows xp installed on it originally. They installed win7 RC on a different partition of the same disk and decided that they liked it so much that they would just remove windows XP by formatting C. Now of course they're getting an NTLDR is missing error. At the moment, I have no external CD/DVD drives available, only another workable PC with XP on it and a 2GB flash drive. I'm wondering what the best way is to get their system back up and running. Is there any way to set the computer to boot from the win7 installation on D: w/o being able to use the disks? Thanks



Common mistake thinking MS will install a 2nd OS on another partition. Most of it wilol wind up there but various boot files still reside on the old OS boot partition. IMO, letting MS manage your boots is a bad idea.
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September 21, 2009 2:09:28 AM

I just set the bios back to default, and there went the error, now i have xp, and windows 7 back on
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September 21, 2009 7:21:05 AM

Why on earth would you have to do a re-format? You could have just stuck the bootable flash in, logged into the command-line repair utility, type in 'fixboot' and then re-started the netbook. NTLDR is the file responsible for loading the OS into the main memory and the loading of drivers and essential services at boot-up. And then, while you're at it, you could also run 'fix mbr' to reset the boot loader and only have the 'Boot into Windows 7' option. If you're a repair technician, why didn't you know this off-hand?
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September 21, 2009 8:46:56 AM

don't have a go at the community because they didn't respond within 1hr 20 mins, we have lives to live you know.
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September 21, 2009 10:39:17 AM

13thmonkey said:
don't have a go at the community because they didn't respond within 1hr 20 mins, we have lives to live you know.


lolwut? Any technician worth his or her salt can diagnose and fix a missing NTLDR problem in 10 minutes easily. Its not that hard, or that complicated really, because its one of the first things you get drilled into your head in college.
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September 21, 2009 10:55:33 AM

not you... the OP's comment
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well n/m, as usual i solved the issue prior to getting any sort of response
wasn't exactly praising of this free community support service.

Snow_Patrol said:
lolwut? Any technician worth his or her salt can diagnose and fix a missing NTLDR problem in 10 minutes easily. Its not that hard, or that complicated really, because its one of the first things you get drilled into your head in college.



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September 21, 2009 11:45:37 AM

why do a complete reinstall? did you try a repair first?

im sure the windows 7 CD/ISO still has a repair option right?
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