When i start my computer, there's an error message that says " NTLDR is missing. press control, alt, delete. when i do this it goes back to the same thing. i have some files and and programs that i need to access ASAP but my computer is stuck. i don't know what to do. i tried calling tech support at Compaq/ HP but they won't help me unless i pay $69.99 for 45 minutes of over-the-phone support w/ no guarantee they could help me. i have several disks and was wondering if i could use any of them to fix my problem WITHOUT deleting or loosing any files or software that's already installed. I have the following disks and am not sure which one to use.
1) operating system cd
2) quickrestore system recovery cd ( i have 4 of these cds and don't know what the difference is)
3) quickrestore application recovery cd
i would appreciate it if someone could get back to me soon. By the way, they didn't have the model of my notebook as an option so i selected 900US but i actually have a presario 900Z notebook.
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Re: problem with my COMPAQ Presario 900Z Notebook
I already answered this question. Your operating system cd is the cd you need to follow my instructions.
If you MUST get the information out NOW, you can bring the laptop to any computer repair center or buy a laptop drive adapter at your local Office Depot or Staples, and then plug it into your pc via USB.
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MISSING NTLDR FILE To repair missing NTLDR or corrupted system file/s, boot up with the Windows installation CD then - Press R to repair when instructed. Press 1 or Enter to repair the C:\Windows folder. Then type chkdsk /r and then press Enter. The repair process will take quite a long time.
Plz check the below link from HP. It will help you in resolving the issue. ?Missing NTLDR? Serious Error Message Appears During Startup http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00213449&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en Let me know if you find any difficulties doing this.. I hope this will help you to get it work. Plz vote for me..Dreamkam
First check to see if you have a floppy disk in your floppy drive, if so remove it.
Second check if you have a CD disk in the CD/DVD drive, if so remove it.
If there are no disc in the drives, then the ntldr file is missing or corrupted and needs to be replaced. Please follow these instructions :-
when you see the compaq screen press the f10 key then go to boot sequncing a make sure it says cd rom than hard drive try to find this option. Then save the settings and put the xp cd in then reboot again and it sood enter windows xp setup.
You need to repair the Operating System. Insert the Windows XP Setup Disk to the CD/DVD Drive and restart, if you are prompt to press any key to boot from Cd, press any key. wait until you see a message that you should press r key to repair, press enter key to continue, then it will now try to detect your current OS information, then it will now tell you the type of OS you have on your PC. it will show you options to either setup new OS or Repair the current one. Then press they Option key given to repair the current one. follow the instructions that follows. after the repairs, your PC will boot normally.
When a PC system or notebook displays NTLDR is missing you can still recover with out re-installing windows. Follow the instructions on the link provided; http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm
Scroll down to: Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
The fix is a bit different for Win 2000 &Win XP.
Their is typically 2 reasons to get that message. 1 your system has corrupted some files by being shutdown improperly, virus / spyware, or random microsoft glitch. 2. Your harddrive has devloped bad sectors and cannot read that area of the disk.
Grab your install disk, boot to the "Press any key to boot" when you see it. Press Enter Press F8 then press R for the Restore Console
It may ask what keyboard you want to use, then default to english. At this point you will see a screen that looks like dos. Type in chkdsk c: /f /r /x Once that completes restart and see what you get. If that does not fix the problem: You will need to reinstall windows. You can just do a repair install, and that will not delete any files on the machine.