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List of Files in Recovery Console

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Funny (embarassing) story...

I do some freelance repair work on the side (when I'm not busy studying at GeekU :)). Yesterday I went to a buddy's house to try and fix a new XP install. His problem was the NTLDR is missing. I figured it's a relatively quick fix- I've seen hundreds of the same problem all over the place. The first step for me was to copy over two files from my recovery console CD to his hard drive: NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM.

For some reason, NTDETECT.COM copied over no problem, but NTLDR didn't- the file location was invalid. I popped the CD into my laptop to look at the contents- and NTLDR wasn't there! That's not normal- I have no idea why it wasn't there.

So my question is- what other files am I missing? Is there a list of every file that's supposed to be on a recovery console CD/install? I tried finding a list of every file- no luck. :)

Any idea? rshaffer61? :)
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If you have your Windows CD
  • Insert your Windows XP CD into your CD and assure that your CD-ROM drive is capable of booting the CD.
  • Once you have booted from CD, 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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  • You will be prompted to select one of the listed Windows installation (typically number "1").
  • Select the installation number, and hit Enter.
    If there is an administrator password for the administrator account fill out the password and hit enter.
    By default you can leave this blank and hit enter.
    (If it does have a 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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  • Please make sure you follow the instructions of this guide exactly as given or you might risk more problems.
    NOTE; Make sure you press Enter after each command.
    Make sure all commands are exactly as shown in this guide, including "spaces".

    First, we will start off with these 6 commands.

    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 will search 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.

    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).
    For the OS Load Option portion of this command, you should enter the following: /FASTDETECT /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN
    It is very important that you do one or both of the following two things:

    Here is what you should see:
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  • The 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 and that it contains no bad sectors or other corruptions that might be causing issues.
    Take note that this scan might take a long while. Leave it running uninterrupted!

  • 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" and hit Enter to confirm your decision:

  • It’s time to reboot your PC by typing:
    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.

If you don't have Windows CD
Please download ARCDC from Artellos.com.
  • Double click ARCDC.exe
  • Follow the dialog until you see 6 options. Please pick: Windows Professional SP2 & SP3
  • You will be prompted with a Terms of Use by Microsoft, please accept.
  • You will see a few dos screens flash by, this is normal.
  • Next you will be able to choose to add extra files. Select the Default Files.
  • The last window will allow you to burn the disk using BurnCDCC
Then, follow instructions from Step #1 above.
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I knew I was someone was going to post that canned...

I know how to fix it. I want to know why my recovery console CD doesn't have NTLDR on it.

Is there a list of files that should be included; or can anyone tell me why my recovery CD doesn't have that specific file?

EDIT: I tried using the Artellos CD (great program, by the way :)). Looking at the contents of the disk- still no NTLDR. Can someone explain what's going on? Am I missing something major?

Edited by FNP, 11 May 2010 - 12:05 PM.

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