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NTLDR is missing press Ctrl+Alt=Del to restart

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Hi guys,

I just reformatted my 20G HD. I have an Intel D845GLLY motherboard with a Pentium 4 processor. When I try to load Windows XP Pro from the installation disk it says "NTLDR is missing", so either it is not on my installation cd, or most likely the files are corrupt. I got my XP Pro from the MSDAA; I am in school to be a Computer Forensic Specialist. So, I got a floppy disk and copied NTLDR, NTDETECT, and boot.ini to it. When I put the floppy in my computer though, it says that it is not bootable. How do I get those (3) files on my computer that has been formatted? Are there other files that I need on my floppy?

Thanks, Silvertip
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That's the problem, I don't know anyone with XP Pro that has an installation disk I can use...everyone I know that has XP either has Home, or has an HP which is proprietary, or was put on at the factory and they don't have the physical disk. -pulling my hair out-
I have my own key/license for the darn thing, is there no way that this will work??? I'll be damned if I'm going to buy ANOTHER one.
Someone posted this --> in another thread. They sell restore disks there for something like $35.00 U.S. plus shipping which is something like $20.00. That's the cheapest I can think of right now. You can try ebay, perhaps they have something there. Here's one on Ebay for around $50.00 U.S. plus delivery -->
You can also try bidding for this one -->

The thing that I think is still kinda funny is that when I try to boot from my XP PRO disk, it STILL says that NTLDR is missing. I know there is a way to get NTLDR onto my computer using the floppy drive. Doesn't anyone know how to do this?????
I seriously don't think that there is anything wrong with my installation disk, besides the fact that it doesn't have a useable NTLDR. 3 years ago, I was able to get past that using a boot disk with ntldr, ntdetect, and boot.ini. I don't know why it's not working now. But I know that there is a way.
The reason I'm not being supportive about this is because it doesn't appear to be looking for ntldr on the computer it's looking for ntldr on the CD. You'd have to rip the CD, replace ntldr, then burn the CD again with the El-Torito standard so it can be bootable.
Let us know if you're successful with that. :)
I suppose another option is to download the installation floppies from Microsoft and point the installation floppies to your disk.

When nothing is in the computer, no cd, no floppy, and the system is rebooted it says that ntldr is missing. So it is looking for ntldr on the computer, and not finding it.
Then it's not trying to boot from the CD or it is and the CD isn't bootable. If your install CD is bootable and your computer supports booting from CD then you should be able to perform your install. If you can't get it done that way then download the floppies from Microsoft and use your Windows CD to complete the installation. You just have to make sure the CD is in the CD Drive once you have the install routine up and running.

OK, I just got done downloading the (6) XP setup disks. I have them all numbered and in order. I have my XP Pro installation disk in my cd rom, and my bios boot priorities are
1.) cd-rom, and the floppy drive is ENABLED. Thank you very much for your continued patience CoolHandJoe. I'm crossing my fingers and will let you know how it goes.

Regards, Silvertip
Good luck, I'm crossing my fingers for you. :)

Well, that didn't get very far....after I put the first setup install disk in, it said:

"File \biosinfo.inf could not be loaded.
The error code is 4103

Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit."
Well, I tried the XP PRO Servce Pack 1 install disks, and that went as smooth as can be. After the 6th disk it asked me to insert my XP install disc in the cd-rom, and it's not working. So my disc must be corrupt?? I just might have to break down and buy another one. Can't figure out why it's not working. But at least I have all the setup files I need now on my pc ie. hal.dll, etc. Thanks again for your time and patience.

Best Regards 'til we meet again, Silvertip
Post back when you get it all working, I'm curious.
Good luck

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