Cant get DOS to take any commands

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
August 10, 2010 at 18:10:19
Specs: windows xp
I recently formated the hdd, and got the copy of windows then tried to boot from cd rom and told me ntldr file was missing, I then switched the jumper on the hdd and finally went into the command prompt, But will not change directories or anything, the only command that works is c:\ dir but my windows xp is on the removable device can somebody help me????

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August 10, 2010 at 20:20:26
Not very clear. You talk of having a copy of XP and booting from the cdrom. Does that mean you have an XP cd in there?

Or is it some kind of non-XP bootcd and your 'copy of XP' is on a removable and you can't figure out how to get it going once yoiu boot from your bootcd?

If so, this may help:

Now that's what I call a sticky situation

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August 10, 2010 at 20:47:04
I have both a copy of winxp on a cd, but when is was saying missing ntldr file i had to swap the cd and the ntldr file to the usb cause there was not enough room on the disk...

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August 10, 2010 at 21:12:33
The 'missing NTLDR' is probably because you're booting from the hard drive. And since it's formatted, NTLDR is not there.

Check the boot order in cmos/bios setup and make sure the cdrom is the first boot device and (with some bios') that it's enabled as a boot device, usually with a checkmark by it.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation

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August 10, 2010 at 22:17:54
"Cant get DOS to take any commands"

As Windows XP does not have MS-DOS it is not suprising, it seems that you have a non-genuine XP CD, all genuine CD's are bootable from an Optical Drive which is listed as first boot device in the BIOS

NTLDR has no relevence to installing XP from scratch......

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August 11, 2010 at 00:28:53
When a NTFS OS (at least up to XP) is installed on a drive, instructions are placed in the boot sector to look for the file named NTLDR. If that drive is subsequently formatted NTLDR, along with all the other files, is removed. But formatting doesn't affect the boot sector so the instructions to look for NTLDR remain. So if you then try to boot from that drive you get the 'missing NTLDR' message.

In order to remove those instructions in the boot sector you need to run FIXMBR or with dos or 9X, FDISK/MBR. After that, attempting to boot from the hard drive will give you a 'missing operating system' message.

There are other ways to get the 'missing NTLDR' :

but given you've just formatted, that must be the reason.

If you're actually booting from the cd you shouldn't be getting that message. As already mentioned, make sure your boot sequence is correct. Make sure you get the 'press any key to boot from cd' option on the screen. If you don't 'press any key' it will boot from the hard drive after a few seconds even if the cdrom is the first boot device..

If your 'copy' of XP is not the original or not a copy of the original but a disk that somone has cobbled together the above may not apply.

XP doesn't have ms dos but most ms dos commands work just as they do with dos and 9X in XP's command prompt. However, in recovery mode those commands are very limited.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation

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