Windows won't start, NTLDR missing

August 26, 2009 at 23:00:47
Specs: Windows XP SP3 160Gb HHD Ig ram
When I turn comp on get error message NTLDR missing
Press ALt+Ctrl+Del to restart
Try to do a recovery F10 and get the options R F Q select R, starts recovery and then goes to blue screen. DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
Stop:0x000000D1 (0x9FA6A725, 0x00000002, 0x00000001, 0xF77A437B)
acpi.sys - Address F77A437B base at F77A3000, Date stamp 3b7d8550
Have to hold down button to turn off computer.
When i try to go to safe mode, F8, will not open console, just goes to NTLDR missing message.
I can select boot menu or setup. I had made a set of recovery dvd's which i have tried to boot from but its not happening. It also runs a partioned hd and its not booting from there either. Am i missing a setting?
So all the info I've found says to start the recovery console but I can't get to this.
Has anyone got any ideas? Thanks

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August 27, 2009 at 01:18:43
Try this if you DO NOT have a dual Boot setup with another Operating system. Exerpt for Win XP from the link below.

Windows XP users

1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.

2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.

3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.

4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.

5.Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ c:\

Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.

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August 28, 2009 at 21:42:12
Thanks so much for the reply, this is very helpful except that I think my recovery disk is no good because it does not boot from the dvd. I also can't get it to open in safe mode, I can press F8 continuously and it goes to the same NTLDR screen message, no matter how I try it. Any ideas on what to try next to get to the stage you have described? I have checked with HP and i can still buy recovery cd's from them if mine isn't any good.

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August 29, 2009 at 00:08:07
Check the BIOS to make sure that it is set to boot from dvd first.

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August 31, 2009 at 03:21:01
Thanks for this, I did as you said and can get it to boot from the CD/dVD drive and i get to the screen where I can select "R F or Q" so I select R to repair and it begins the process and says starting system recovery and then goes to the blue screen error message I mentioned above in my first entry.
Any help on this blue screen error would be appreciated. Thanks

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