XP: NTLDR is missing

Compaq / Presario 2100
January 18, 2009 at 09:27:14
Specs: Windows Vista, 191 mb
When I try to boot up I get NTLDR IS MISSING
Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart

I know that I can fine a million corrections
to a missing NTLDR file online, but most of
them involve booting from the windows CD,
going to repair and copying the file. This is
a problem since for some reason when I try to
boot from the CD I get the same message. I
believe that for some reason it is not
reading from the CD, but recently the drive
was operating properly.


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#1
January 18, 2009 at 09:34:12
Are you seeing the prompt, "press any key to boot from CD"? It may be hid behind the Compaq splash screen. If you don't hit a key, the system will bypass the CD & attempt to boot into Windows.

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#2
January 18, 2009 at 10:33:28
Or you may not have the boot order in the setup screens set to CD BEFORE the hard drive.

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