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ntldr error message encountered while trying to refresh computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mbennett, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. mbennett

    mbennett Flightless Bird

    I have searched and reviewed many posts on this subject already, but none
    seem to have fixed my problem - although to be truthful, none are trying to
    accomplish exactly the same task I am working on. I am working on a 4 year
    old Dell Inspiron E1505 with Windows XP Home Ed. My ultimate goal is to wipe
    the hard drive of all files and totally freshen up the computer so I can hand
    it down to my daughter. I don't want to save any files; I want to make it
    like a brand new computer. I do have a Windows Reinstallation CD Sevice Pack
    1a. I first started out with a 'Missing System32\hal.dll' file error
    message. Tried to boot off of the CD as recommended, now I have a 'ntldr
    missing' error message. Is there an easier way to accomplish what I am
    trying to do rather than chase around error messages around one by one?
    Failing that, suggestions on what to do next. Thanks much.
     
  2. Michael

    Michael Flightless Bird

    "mbennett" <mbennett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:564D1307-A97F-4D35-A986-1CB22B92BC64@microsoft.com...
    > I have searched and reviewed many posts on this subject already, but none
    > seem to have fixed my problem - although to be truthful, none are trying
    > to
    > accomplish exactly the same task I am working on. I am working on a 4
    > year
    > old Dell Inspiron E1505 with Windows XP Home Ed. My ultimate goal is to
    > wipe
    > the hard drive of all files and totally freshen up the computer so I can
    > hand
    > it down to my daughter. I don't want to save any files; I want to make it
    > like a brand new computer. I do have a Windows Reinstallation CD Sevice
    > Pack
    > 1a. I first started out with a 'Missing System32\hal.dll' file error
    > message. Tried to boot off of the CD as recommended, now I have a 'ntldr
    > missing' error message. Is there an easier way to accomplish what I am
    > trying to do rather than chase around error messages around one by one?
    > Failing that, suggestions on what to do next. Thanks much.


    Get into your BIOS and check boot order. The last time I experienced that
    error it was due to the BIOS trying to boot to my network card. Go
    figure.....

    --

    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
     
  3. mbennett

    mbennett Flightless Bird

    Re: ntldr error message encountered while trying to refresh comput

    Right now I have my computer set-up to boot from the CD I mentioned earlier.
    It seems to load a number of files fine, then comes up with a message that
    'Set-up is starting Windows', then I get a screen that says Windows Set-up
    and has three options: Enter to Continue, R to Repair, and F3 to Quit. I have
    tried different variations of all three but always end up at a deadend with
    no obvious next step. Thoughts?

    "Michael" wrote:

    >
    > "mbennett" <mbennett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:564D1307-A97F-4D35-A986-1CB22B92BC64@microsoft.com...
    > > I have searched and reviewed many posts on this subject already, but none
    > > seem to have fixed my problem - although to be truthful, none are trying
    > > to
    > > accomplish exactly the same task I am working on. I am working on a 4
    > > year
    > > old Dell Inspiron E1505 with Windows XP Home Ed. My ultimate goal is to
    > > wipe
    > > the hard drive of all files and totally freshen up the computer so I can
    > > hand
    > > it down to my daughter. I don't want to save any files; I want to make it
    > > like a brand new computer. I do have a Windows Reinstallation CD Sevice
    > > Pack
    > > 1a. I first started out with a 'Missing System32\hal.dll' file error
    > > message. Tried to boot off of the CD as recommended, now I have a 'ntldr
    > > missing' error message. Is there an easier way to accomplish what I am
    > > trying to do rather than chase around error messages around one by one?
    > > Failing that, suggestions on what to do next. Thanks much.

    >
    > Get into your BIOS and check boot order. The last time I experienced that
    > error it was due to the BIOS trying to boot to my network card. Go
    > figure.....
    >
    > --
    >
    > "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    > If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  4. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    Re: ntldr error message encountered while trying to refresh comput

    "mbennett" wrote:

    > Right now I have my computer set-up to boot from the CD I mentioned earlier.
    > It seems to load a number of files fine, then comes up with a message that
    > 'Set-up is starting Windows', then I get a screen that says Windows Set-up
    > and has three options: Enter to Continue, R to Repair, and F3 to Quit. I have
    > tried different variations of all three but always end up at a deadend with
    > no obvious next step. Thoughts?



    Follow these steps exactly:

    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html


    >
    > "Michael" wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > "mbennett" <mbennett@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:564D1307-A97F-4D35-A986-1CB22B92BC64@microsoft.com...
    > > > I have searched and reviewed many posts on this subject already, but none
    > > > seem to have fixed my problem - although to be truthful, none are trying
    > > > to
    > > > accomplish exactly the same task I am working on. I am working on a 4
    > > > year
    > > > old Dell Inspiron E1505 with Windows XP Home Ed. My ultimate goal is to
    > > > wipe
    > > > the hard drive of all files and totally freshen up the computer so I can
    > > > hand
    > > > it down to my daughter. I don't want to save any files; I want to make it
    > > > like a brand new computer. I do have a Windows Reinstallation CD Sevice
    > > > Pack
    > > > 1a. I first started out with a 'Missing System32\hal.dll' file error
    > > > message. Tried to boot off of the CD as recommended, now I have a 'ntldr
    > > > missing' error message. Is there an easier way to accomplish what I am
    > > > trying to do rather than chase around error messages around one by one?
    > > > Failing that, suggestions on what to do next. Thanks much.

    > >
    > > Get into your BIOS and check boot order. The last time I experienced that
    > > error it was due to the BIOS trying to boot to my network card. Go
    > > figure.....
    > >
    > > --
    > >
    > > "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    > > If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
    > >
    > >
    > > .
    > >
     

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