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Jessi Lynne Davis

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I recieved a computer from my work place, and it order to use it i had to get everythig work related off of it. with that i shut it off when it was in the process of doing something (i know i know bad me, but it was closing time, and i was ready to go) and i went and hooked it up when i got home, and it went to the black "boot" screen saying that it's missing a NTLDR file, and to push ALT CTL DELETE so i did in fact push it. it did nothing. So now i think i found the recovery disk for said computer tower. Is that all i need is to put these in and hope that it boots off of these or am i know a lost cause and nothing will work to get this beast fixed?

thanks :)
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It could be a corrupted file system. You are going to have to get into BIOS Setup on your computer to set the CD/DVD drive as the first bootable device, so you can then boot your XP CD, unless it provides the ability to press a Fn key at boot time to bring up the boot selection menu. If it does, use that.

How you do this varies with each manufacturer. Normally you press F1, F2, F10 or Del when you see the manufacturers logo. Often there is a clue somewhere on the screen when you boot normally telling you what key to press. Some computers (most newer ones) have a key you can press (often F12) to bring up the Boot Menu from where you can select the CD/DVD drive to boot from.

If you don't have an XP CD, download and run ARCDC by Artellos. It will download the required files from the Microsoft Web site and create a .iso file. It will also offer to burn the iso image to a CD for you. If you don't do it then, there is a good freeware burner called ImgBurn which will do it at a later time. If you're unsure how to do this, you can follow the tutorial here: How to Burn an ISO File. This can be done from any computer.

Boot the CD and at the first opportunity, enter R to start the Recovery Console.

Next, choose which XP installation you want to login to. Normally this will be 1.
Lastly you will be asked for the Administrator password. Just press the Enter key as the Administrator does not have a password (unless you gave it one, then you would enter it).

From the command prompt, enter: chkdsk /r
Allow it to complete undisturbed. It can take an hour or more depending on the size of the hard drive.

Remove the CD, type exit and the computer will reboot. Hopefully that will have fixed the problem (corrupted file system).
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thank you so much. i will have to go and try this out!
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