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Ntldr missing

by rdoyle3 / November 8, 2004 12:46 AM PST

I have a machine with xp home on it that is coming up with "Ntldr missing" at boot up. I have tried to boot from the CD but it asks for a password and I don't ever remember entering any.

I pulled the HDD and slaved it into an xp pro machine and did a scan for viruses. I also tried to replace ntldr and netdetect.com from the original cd. It didn't work.

Is there anything else that I can do short of reloading the OS? The drive seems to work well as a slave.

Robert

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Re: Ntldr missing
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2004 12:57 AM PST
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Re: Ntldr missing
by rdoyle3 / November 8, 2004 1:13 AM PST
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I tried the return key and it didn't work. I have also followed some of the links listed and most assume that a second computer is not available. My circumstanses might be a little different from the articals mentioned.

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Re: Ntldr missing as well as the password.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2004 1:31 AM PST
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If the password is unknown and no other machine is available as well as the former discussions don't apply, you have reached the bitter end and will have to salvage what files you can with possibly a KNOPPIX CD (use google.com) then start over.

There is a pay service to get the password at http://www.lostpassword.com but only you can determine if it's worth it.

Bob

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Re: Ntldr missing
by retired / November 8, 2004 1:35 AM PST
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when you have the drive slaved to the other computer see if you can get into the registry and make a simple change that will cause it not to ask for a password.

HKEY local machine
software
microsoft
windowsNT
current version
setup
recovery console
set the DWORD SecurityLevel value to 1

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I would add that other key too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2004 1:42 AM PST
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Re: Ntldr missing
by rdoyle3 / November 8, 2004 1:52 AM PST
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This sounds interesting. Can you tell me how to get to the registry of the slaved drive. I know how to get to the active drive, but I have never tried a slave drive.

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I use REGEDT32
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2004 2:07 AM PST
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It allows you to open the hive on another drive or location. But in XP the rules may have changed to...

"Windows 2000...
regedit = no
regedt32 = yes (well, probably) -> Registry, Load Hive

WinXP or Win2k3:

regedit = yes -> File, Load Hive"

Bob

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Re: Ntldr missing
by retired / November 8, 2004 2:09 AM PST
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(Un) Load Hive and free acces using Recovery Console ?
by Cetin Denislam / November 8, 2004 2:56 AM PST
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1. Click Start, Run, type regedit and press Enter.

2. Click (hghlight) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

3. Click File, Load Hive.

4. Browse to the x:\windows\system32\config folder.

Note

x is the drive letter for the problem windows XP.

5. Select Software and click Open.

6. Type a name, for example Test and click OK.

7. Browse to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Test\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole

In the right pane, create the DWORD names:

SetCommand
SecurityLevel


and set their values to 1.


Select (highlight) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Test and click File, Unload Hive.


So, on your problem HDD you have now the registry keys for removing the Recovery Console's Password as well as the key for the free access any drives or folders. Further, you should read the message in particular points 3,4,5.


Good Luck,

Cetin


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And piece together the past and the future,


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