NTLDR file is missing error

December 3, 2010 at 15:43:57
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, 128MB
I am trying to resolve an issue with an IBM Thinkpad R-31 laptop with Windows XP Home Edition. When it boots up it says, "NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart"...according to gal that I'm trying to fix it for the last thing she did with it was try to install some software that was for security or was to be used for anti-virus purposes.
She has some important documents on the laptop saved to various locations in the system.
Anyway, I had went online and found some directions on dealing with the above error and saw steps that dealt with the software aspect of this error as there were no USB drives, floppy disks, or CDs that were inserted that it could have been trying to boot from and considering the last change was said to be software.
So, I had booted off a Windows XP CD and selected the Repair option the system could read from the "C:" drive as it displayed folders and files in line-command from the hard-drive.
One of the first steps that I noticed it said to take was to repair or replace the boot.ini file yet it did not specify exactly how one should go about doing that. Can somebody enlighten me on how to go about doing that?

Another way I thought of dealing with the issue was to boot it off a Lubuntu 10.10 Linux CD that I have and run it as a trial without installing it and then search the Windows XP folders for important files to backup to a portable USB drive once Lubuntu 10.10 was running off the CD. The to format the computer and reinstall Windows XP...putting back pertinent programs that were running on it...and reinstalling drivers to have the components of the laptop operate. Would this be a feasible alternative solution?

Thanks very much for any helpful feedback or response.


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December 3, 2010 at 15:51:59
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