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Raven McCoy

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Hello!
Lately I have been having a problem with my computer (it's quite old..an HP Pavilion a 1646x running Windows XP Media Center Edition)...It would freeze on a black screen with a blinking cursor at startup. It has been warning me for months that 'hard drive failure is imminent', so I assumed that was my problem. Yet after some looking around (and after double checking the order of my boot priority) I found that by burning an NTLDR fix onto a CD, I was able to boot up and access my computer as normal (no lost data! I have since backed it all up..but anyway) Now, however, I cannot boot into windows without this CD.

I was wondering if I accessed the NTLDR files I found located in an I386 folder (NTLDR and NTdetect in my windows folder) and copied over them with the ones from the boot CD I have..would that work? I noticed that the NTdetect files are the same size, but the NTLDR I have on my computer now is slightly larger than the one from the CD. I didn't want to just do it and then not be able to access my computer at all...so any thoughts on this would be very appreciated!

I apologize in advance if this is the wrong area to post this topic..thank you for your time!
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If you have your Windows XP install CD, then click on Repair Common Windows Startup Problems on my signature and follow the instructions.
If you don't have the CD, then go here: http://sites.google....-console-for-xp
And burn a copy of the Windows RC. After doing so, follow the instructions mentioned before.
Hope this helps! :D
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You can copy NTLDR and paste it to C:. Before you do that you must have access to protected system files. Click My Computer > tools > folder options > view. Uncheck Hide Protected Operating Sustem files (recommended, click apply and agree to the warning message. Now double click C and paste NTLDR. At the end, please hide the system files, like they were at the beginning.
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Thank you for your responses!
I attempted to boot the Windows RC by burning the RC.iso onto a CD and booting...however once it loads up it is simply a blue screen with only the words Windows Set up at the top and nothing else..no options, nothing. Then another screen comes on, an error screen, that says "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer" and it warns of viruses.
After this, I booted with my NTLDR-fix CD and ran a virus check, some viruses were found and removed. After re-attempting to boot the RC again, with the same error, I re-checked the computer for viruses and none were found. I re-burned the .iso CD and got the same error screen.
Is there maybe another way to access the recovery console?
Maybe I should just paste over the files and hope for the best :D
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Is there maybe another way to access the recovery console?

If you have the XP installation cd.

I re-checked the computer for viruses and none were found

What did you use to check it with?
Infections have a habit of hiding and\or disguising themselves as legitimate files.
I suggest you go to the Malware Removal and Spyware Removal Forum and run all the steps located in the
START HERE. These self-help tools will help you clean up 70% of problems on your own.
If you are still having problems after doing the steps, then please post the reguested logs in THAT forum.
If you are unable to run any of the tools then start a new topic in the malware forum and put this in the subject line...I am unable to run any malware tools

If you are still having problems after being given a clean bill of health from the malware expert, then please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).

Add a link to this topic so that malware tech can see what steps have been taken here
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You could paste the NTDLR file over and hope for the best, but I strongly agree with rshaffer that you should post to the malware forum first to see if there is anything they can do that might help us finish solving the problem in this thread. Many Windows startup problems are caused by malware, so follow rshaffer´s instructions. Good luck. :D
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Have you tried what I suggested? It's the simplest and fastest of all possible solutions.

Regarding windows repair: This should be your last option, never the first one. Very often windows repair fail and when it does, in most cases your only option is to reformat.
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