XP won't boot off the hard drive all of a sudden. When I put in my Dell Windows XP cdrom, it won't even come up to where I can see it, even if I take the hard disk out of the BIOS bootlist, leaving only the CD in the bootlist. So I can't reinstall even if I wanted to because I can't bring up the programs on XP cdrom. Just keeps getting the same 'ntldr is missing.
But for some reason, if I put my Ubuntu Linux cd in and change the bootlist so the hard disk is NOT in the list (only the cd is), it will boot off that Ubuntu CD. So I installed Ubuntu right beside my Windows install (in a different partition). Ubuntu worked fine. I can move all around on that disk and I can even see my Windows files and update or delete or change them using Ubuntu. But, when I shutdown Ubuntu and tried to reboot it, it would not do so, even after I changed the BIOS to boot off the hard disk. So I can't boot Windows or Ubuntu off that hard disk. Is my MDB toast? What to do?
I work For Comapq and Hp computers and can understand your issue...
when ever we get the issue like Ntldr is missing ..
we perform the recovery on the computer, in all HP and Compaq computers we have a recovery partition on the d: drive so for xp we can just restart the computer and keep on tapping f10 on the keyboard and for Vista we can restart the pc and keep on tapping F11 on the keyboard and we can reload operating system back on the computer...that too without and disk..
And if we have any other brand computer then can reload Operating system with XP or Vista disk.
Good Luck !
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Re: ntldr is missing
Seems your MBR is damage. but you can repair it if only you can boot in windows cd and entering in the recovery console.
To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted. 2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. 3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console. 4. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. 5. At the command prompt, type this commands one at a time.
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you are missing a key boot file for windows that is special to XP.
Load your installation disk.
restart your computer and when the F2 setup appears in right bottom corner (right after starting) press the F8 key (couple of times) and choose CDrom drive. (if you miss, try CTRL ALT DELETE--to reboot and try again.
(if that does not work, you will have to go into F2 setup and tell the computer to boot from the CDROM--you will find it by looking on each tab for a list of CDROM, Hard Drive, and listing of boot disk priority. Save you change by exiting BIOS set with F10.
At this point you can choose R for repair.
windows should repair itself. Once done, PC will reboot and you should be good.
** if other files are suddenly missing or other weird things, I would recommend a new install of windows. You should have up to date files for antivirus and malware.
boot from cdrom?
did you answer (Y)
then hit spacebar?
have the bios set to boot from cdrom/first boot device cd-rom?
If any of these settings are not applyed you will not restore xp on your computer
go into bios and conferm settings
first boot device if set as floppy or hard drive change to cdrom
on some systems you can hit the (f12) key to bring up a boot window and select the cdrom and boot from there then it will ask the normal questions
Sounds like your not booting up to the CDROM that you XP PRO disk is in you booting to the hard drive .... what you need to do is go into your bios (usually this is the DEL key, maybe F2, or F10), you will need to look at the screen as it boots up to know for sure... it will say something like Press DEL to Enter Setup. Under the boot menu choose to boot to the CDROM first... it has you put the CDROM and Hard drives in a boot order... ofcourse make sure CDROM is first. Save the Bios usually by hitting the ESC key after making the needed changes and then it will ask you if you want to Save, ... yes you do want to SAVE Changes. Good Luck!!! I hope this works for you!!!
Remove the hard drive, then see if you can boot to the XP CD. If you can, then the Hard DIsk Drive has most likely failed. Reseat the HDD and try booting to CD again. If problem comes back, try a new hard drive.
under the laptop xp home sticker. have u backed up personal files ? pics docs music ?
turn pc on .repeatedly tap F12 then put xp cd in it. then choose cdrom. then it will boot to a blue screen. loading stuff on bottom 2 minutes.then 2 options repair console or install windows. choose second. then F8 i agree to licensing terms and then drive is listed.. at that point u can delete and create partition then it will ask to format i do quick. then rest is easy.
try to go to bios and load bios defaults, esc then save and exit. boot from the cdrom by, tapping on F12 at dell screen. at boot menu screen, choose cdrom, press enter, when you see the message, PRESS ANY KEY T5O BOOT TO CDROM, hit any immediately, that should allow you to install xp directly from the cdrom.