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    NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    A friend was installing software for his new digital camera and when he restarted the computer, he got (gets) the following message - NTLDR is Missing - hit CRTL, ALT and DEL to restart. He does that but gets the same error message. I have google searched for the error message but there are several different suggestions for fixing the problem. Wondered if anyone here knows a quick and easy way to do so.

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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    Sounds like it's time to boot with the Windows XP CD-ROM, and let setup repair the boot sector. I'd also back up critical data after that....pronto.
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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    Make sure that it isn't something as simple as having a floppy disk in the floppy disk drive.
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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> Good call, Unk! The same message appears in that situation as well!
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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    Trebor--

    Past thread on this:

    NTLDR Missing 9/16/03

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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    Tried all the recommended ways to replace NTLDR but no luck. Did the BOOTFIX and the MBRFIX - still no luck. Going to try doing a REPAIR installation of XP but not holding my breath. Did pull the HD and put it into another system so I could back up his documents and files. Interestingly enough, could not find his WAB, any of his outlook express messages (*.dbx) or his favorites. Must be more screwed up with the unit than just NTDLR.

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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    You may find something on this thread--OE Transfer Address Book, and this OE thread Backing up Folders to help you with OE.

    Also be sure to look at Tom Koch's Tomsterdam site to get some help with OE and WAB. There are other backup threads in the OE section dealing with WAB and .dbx, backup and transfer.

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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    Thanks for the tips. But I had pulled the HD and put it into another system so I could access it and copy files such as email addresses, messages, documents, etc. I was able to copy MY DOCUMENTS and also some MUSIC he had downloaded. But could not find any trace of WAB or Outlook Express message boxes. I did searches for *.WAB and *.DBX and found nothing. I searched for the OE Messages store folder and it was not to be found. As I said, I think something more than the NTLDR issue happened to the computer. In any event, I have formatted the hard drive and am reloading WIN XP and the programs and the files I was able to save.

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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    In the future you will need to enable viewing of hidden files and folders to locate your Outlook Express mail and your Windows Address Book located in the Documents and Settings folder with your name.

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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    Thanks for the suggestion but "been there, done that". They were simply no where to be found. And you do not need to have hidden files enabled for the WAB to be located. Another computing mystery??

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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    Doubtful that it's too much of a mystery; these files are fairly common and it's been roundly discussed on these boards several times. Have you checked the Outlook Express forum for clues?

    I find that most of the time when I run into something like this, there is a simple explanation that has been overlooked. <img src=/S/hiding.gif border=0 alt=hiding width=70 height=24> After all, computers only do what they are told to do.
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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    Trebor--

    One of the links above was Move the WAB from OE MVP Tom Koch's Tomsterdam and see if that registry key will help locate it. I thought Tom indicated it would.

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    Re: NTLDR is missing (WIN XP HOME)

    Ultimately, I reformated the HD and did a clean install of WIN XP. I never did find the OE messages or address book. And really, I looked everywhere - hidden and unhidden folders. In any event, the system is back up and running fine. My friend is happy to be back on-line. Thanks to everyone for their help and input.

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