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'NTLDR is Missing' ctl+alt+del to continue

by Mack1611 / September 15, 2004 9:47 AM PDT

I recently upgraded my mother board and processor, I used a fresh hard drive and made a clean/fresh install of Windows XP (formatted the drive in NTFS). When I restart my computer, I get a message saying "ntdlr is missing ctl+alt+del to restart computer". I search for some help elsewhere and tried to go to the recovery console in XP setup, copied ntldr to c: as well as to c:, I restart and it works. When I get into windows and remove the windows xp cd from the drive, and restart, I receive the same message ntldr is missing, I can't seem to get past it, the only thing that works is when I leave the Windows XP install disk in the drive and let the computer ask me to boot from cd or wait to boot from hard drive. I can't simply boot from hard drive because it says that file is missing.
Is there anything I can do?

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Install XP again. Use this guide.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 10:15 AM PDT
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Re: 'NTLDR is Missing' ctl+alt+del to continue
by joehawk1 / September 15, 2004 12:11 PM PDT
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Whoops, I think it directed to a site
by joehawk1 / September 15, 2004 12:17 PM PDT

where the download is one that Microsoft charges for. Please delete my post, my apologies. Joe

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