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this is a very common Issue:NTLDR is Missing. Related errors:
Below are the full error messages that may be seen when the computer is booting.
NTLDR is Missing Press any key to restart
Boot: Couldn't find NTLDR Please insert another disk
NTLDR is missing Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart
Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
New hard disk drive being added.
Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable.
Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS.
Windows XP users
Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying
these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e."
This letter may be different on your computer.
Well Bart CD that everyone downloads has some nice utilities on it, some free some not.
You have to be carefull using such utilities as they can cause more harm then good...
You now have to reinstall windows before you can apply sp3. Sp3 is not bootable and bart CD doesn't have windows install of any kind on it... Reinstall windows with your disc then browse to your cd and double click on sp3 to update...
Hope everything works out now....
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I can get into the Boot First Screen but can't seem to change anything within it... These screens seems to be selectively responsive to my key presses.... I can get the bios screen up, boot order screen up but not necessarily do anything within them... e.g. I can't restart the pc using ctrl alt del when the missing NTLDR message appears.... also I have put an XP disc in and it says to press any key to BOOT from CD .... I Do so but obviously it doesn't recognise it so it gives me the missing NTLDR message again! :(