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Problem with NTLDR file

After upgrading my hard drive to WinXP, I received the NTLDR is missing message on "first boot." When I turn the power off and boot again, it starts up fine. What can I do to avoid having to boot twice each time I start my PC?

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First, make sure you do not have a floppy in the drive or have CD-ROM booting enabled. Next, if this continues to occur, you need to perform a system repair to correct the problem with the NTLDR file. If this only happens periodically, you could have a lemon hard drive.

As a last resort, perform an upgrade install over the existing XP install. That should repair any problems if files were incorrectly written, corrupted, or deleted.

This was first published in August 2002

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