want to retrive ntldr

Microsoft Windows xp home edition - comp...
August 8, 2010 at 01:38:50
Specs: Windows xp
I have accidently renamed my ntldr file. Now I am unable to boot. How can I boot into dos or something and then rename it back to original.
Plz help

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August 8, 2010 at 03:25:51
What did you do that for and more to the point, how did you so it? Ntldr is a hidden, read only system file and is made that way to stop people from messing with it as it is an essential part of the Windows boot process.

The only way to reverse it is to boot from a bootable CD. The Windows XP CD will do it if you boot to the Recovery Console. Any bootable CD that allows access to the file system will do it. While you are at it make sure that NTDETECT.COM and boot.ini are still there as well.

You cannot boot in DOS because there is no DOS in Windows XP.


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August 8, 2010 at 12:35:29
If you have any problems doing as Stuart suggests--recovery console dos commands are limited--you can download NTFS4DOS and install it on the computer you're using now. Run it and create a floppy bootdisk. Boot up the XP computer with it and you can access the hard drive.

Or if the drive is less than 32 gig you were given the option to install XP on a fat32 partition. If you did that then you can access the hard drive with a regular 98 bootdisk.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation

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August 9, 2010 at 01:18:05
I have tried booting from a boot CD(which I created using Nero). But the comamnd prompt does not allow me to rename the file and gives err like "system erro" or dir not found. I tried with ren command. I even tried attrib command to make sure that it is not a system file (attrib -s -h ntldr_1)., but to no avail. Is there any special type of boot CD required to modify the system files?

Y I did this?
I had two OS installed on two partition of hard disk. I wanted to format C-drive. So i copied ntldr,ntdetect, boot.ini from C:\ to D:\, hoping that system will boot from D -drive as system drive. So I renamed ntldr on C-drive.

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August 9, 2010 at 01:43:39
You can check at a place like bootdisk.com for XP bootdisk or bootcd downloads.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation

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