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I am at a friends house and his computer will not boot, all it says is NETLDR is missing, press CTRL+ALT+DEL to continue.

Please help guys

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Most likely a boot.ini problem. Fix/replace the boot.ini file.

Also check boot order, if he has more than 1 HDD it might be checking the other one first, but I doubt this is why.
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Done all that, but still the error is happening
    
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Hmmm... it might be time to do a repair installation of XP... This is XP right?
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post #5 of 14
It's a common bootloader issue. Did he mess with the partitioning of the drive?

Reinstall XP is easiest...or you can fix the ini file.
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post #6 of 14
That means something (someone) has messed up Windows and you need to re-install.

On the other hand the HDD could be broken, to be sure you could do a HDD test. For example Hitachi drive fitness tool (bootable).
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post #7 of 14
The infamous ntldr error. The only fixes I know of is to either copy ntldr from a working Windows install (this would take a physical hard drive swap unless you can somehow boot into a pure DOS system), or I think it's time to reinstall Windows. Well, scratch that, I'd go ahead and do a fresh format alongside the install.

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post #8 of 14
You can also get this if you just leave a floppy in.
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how did this happen?
    
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post #10 of 14
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I am at a friends house and his computer will not boot, all it says is NETLDR is missing, press CTRL+ALT+DEL to continue.

Please help guys

Nostrano
Nostrano, can you be more specific? Is his machine overclocked? If it is was there any stability tests done? Did he install any software before this problem occured? For starters I'd start running a diagnostic on both the memory and hard drive. Like everyone else says he may have to perform a clean install. Perhaps some critical system files were damaged. Make sure he backups his data before doing this. Was there a power outtage recently in his home?

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