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Computer working fine yesterday , but when I went to use today it will not boot up getting messages that can't find NDSL and do restart , but just reboots into same error message. Have turned off power , checked cables etc and restarted but still with same problem. Did a brief systen diagnostics which said IDE failed too? Any ideas?

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  • laura_sim663 Apr 06, 2011

    I will check when I get home but I am fairly sure taht Dell did not provide XP bootable CD when delivered , it was already preinstalled and activation completed on line by downloads.

    Where can I get hold of CD if this is the case.

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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


Try this:

  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. 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.

    copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
    copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\
  7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.

Posted on Apr 06, 2011

  • Reparatii PC - Service IT

    Download the Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD Image File from microsoft -->click here
    Download imageburner -->navigate here
    Install imageburner .Insert a Blank CD into your CD/DVD RW and start ImgBurner application.And select write image file to disk.Select your iso file ..and click on Write button.

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    Or borrow a disk from a friend.(windows xp disk)

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