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NTLDR FILE IS MISSING


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I have a dell Inspiron 9400, just replace motherboard, did diagnostic check, everything passed, but when I turn it on, it loads dell screen, then says NTLDR is missing, please press ctrl alt delete.
I tried the USB fix on this web page http://www.tinyempir...drismissing.htm
but it did not work. i just bought this motherboard, and am real anxious to get this baby going again! I am runing windows XP and do not have any recovery disks
please help
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If you have Windows CD...

1. Insert your Windows XP CD into your CD and assure that your CD-ROM drive is capable of booting the CD.
2. Once you have booted from CD, do NOT select the option that states: Press F2 to initiate the Automated System Recovery (ASR) tool.
You’re going to proceed until you see the following screen, at which point you will press the “R” key to enter the recovery console:

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3. After you have selected the appropriate option from step two, you will be prompted to select a valid Windows installation (typically number “1").
Select the installation number, and hit Enter.
If there is an administrator password for the administrator account, enter it and hit Enter (if asked for the password, and you don't know it, you're out of luck).
You will be greeted with this screen, which indicates a recovery console at the ready:

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4. There are eight commands you must enter in sequence to repair any of the issues I noted in the opening of this guide.
I will introduce them here, and then show the results graphically in the next six steps.
NOTE. Make sure, you press Enter after each command. Make sure, all commands are exact, including "spaces".
These commands are as follows:

CD..
ATTRIB -H C:\boot.ini
ATTRIB -S C:\boot.ini
ATRIB -R C:\boot.ini
del boot.ini
BOOTCFG /Rebuild


Note about the above command.
BOOTCFG /REBUILD command which searches for pre-existing installations of Windows XP and rebuilds sundry essential components of the Windows operating system, recompiles the BOOT.INI file and corrects a litany of common Windows errors.
It is very important that you do one or both of the following two things:
A.) Every Windows XP owner must use /FASTDETECT as OS Load Option when the rebuild process is finalizing.
B.) If you are the owner of a CPU featuring Intel’s XD or AMD’s NX buffer overflow protection, you must also use /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN as an OS Load Option.
For the Enter Load Identifier portion of this command, you should enter the name of the operating system you have installed.
If, for example, you are using Windows XP Home, you could type Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition for the identifier (it's not crucial, however what the name is, as long, as it's meaningful).
Here is your computer screen:

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5. Following command verifies the integrity of the hard drive containing the Windows XP installation. While this step is not an essential function in our process, it’s still good to be sure that the drive is physically capable of running windows, in that it contains no bad sectors or other corruptions that might be the culprit:

CHKDSK /R

6. This last command writes a new boot sector to the hard drive and cleans up all the loose ends we created by rebuilding the BOOT.INI file and the system files. When the Windows Recovery Console asks you if you are Sure you want to write a new bootsector to the partition C: ? just hit “Y”, then Enter to confirm your decision:

FIXBOOT

7. It’s time to reboot your PC by typing
EXIT
and pressing Enter.

With any luck, your PC will boot successfully into Windows XP as if your various DLL, Hive, EXE and NTLDR errors never existed.



2. If you don't have Windows CD...
Download Windows Recovery Console: http://www.thecomput...om/files/rc.iso
Download, and install free Imgburn: http://www.imgburn.c...hp?act=download
Using Imgburn, burn rc.iso to a CD.
Boot to the CD...let it finish loading.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
Then, follow instructions from Step #3 above.

Thanks To Broni For The Instructions
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Thanks you always help me out! I will download that recovery right now, and try it.
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Thanks for the update and I will await your results. good Luck :) :)
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Ok, i made the Cd and, inserted it, it then says, press any key to boot from Cd, so I did, then it starts loading files, then it says, starting windows, whenever it tries to start windows, a blue screen comes up, and says a problem has been detected and your computer has been shut down to prevent damage! :)
I tried another hard drive I have here, and the computer works with it.
any suggestions?
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Did you take the cd out and allow it to boot to the hd?
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no, am i suppose to? I even tried it with no hard drive in the comptuer, same thing happened. I even burned a new cd, to try it again, same thing :)
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Did you get to the Recovery Console and run the commands in order as instructed?
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no it never got that far, the cd was just loading files, then said, starting windows, and the blue screen came up
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Did you click R at all?
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the only thing I have done, is press any key to boot from disk, never got to any screen where I had to push another button
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You never get to the first Blue Screen shown in the instructions?
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unfortunately no
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There really shouldn't be any files being loaded.
Another way is to borrow a XP of the same type you have on your system...Home, Media or Pro
The steps would be the same in the instructions then starting from step 3
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i got a full copy of windows xp home, and it worked, well the repair never worked, said I had no hard drive for some reason, but let me do a fresh install and now just getting all my drivers!
thanks
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