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Windows XP computer problem Answered

Hey everyone. The other day, I had to shut down my primary computer by holding down the power button for several seconds. When I restarted, however, instead of Windows loading, this screen popped up that said DHCP and a little spinning thing next to it. Either waiting a few seconds or pressing the escape key took me to a screen that said "NTLDR is missing, Press any key to restart." A friend had fixed this problem before by simply pressing a few keys, but he lives in a different state now and I can't contact him. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? Thanks in advance.

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 12 years ago

NachoMahman, how come you always put a period before your sentences? =]

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. So ppl will ask questions. heehee . Old habit from the BBS days when leading/trailing spaces would get stripped.

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 12 years ago

. aha :]

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SnuffyDaPenguin
SnuffyDaPenguin

Reply 12 years ago

I didn't add any new parts to my computer, it just froze to the point that I couldn't get it to work again, so I had to hold don the power button for however many seconds, like Labot said.

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SnuffyDaPenguin
SnuffyDaPenguin

12 years ago

There has to be an easier solution, because I've had the problem fixed before.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. Googling "NTLDR is missing" (with the quotes) turned up this.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. Somehow I've managed to avoid this problem, so I haven't had to fix it myself, but I've heard that you can boot from the Windows install CD and do some type of restore that will fix the boot-loader without wiping out your data.

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SnuffyDaPenguin
SnuffyDaPenguin

Reply 12 years ago

Unfortunately I don't have the boot CD anymore T_T

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. Then I would: move the HDD to another computer and backup any data you want to keep; re-install the HDD; reformat the HDD and install Linux. If you don't need to save any data, you can skip the first two steps. . Or borrow someone's Win install disc. IIRC, the repair is done without asking for a serial number.

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dsman195276
dsman195276

12 years ago

first you dont turn off a computer by pressing the power button. you click on the shutdown button. that caused the problem.

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 12 years ago

NNNNN WRONGGG If you don't have access to the "Shut Down" button, you can hold the power button for 8 seconds for a safe shut-down. :]

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 12 years ago

Mine's 5 seconds :)

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dsman195276
dsman195276

Reply 12 years ago

ok i never knew that.

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SnuffyDaPenguin
SnuffyDaPenguin

Reply 12 years ago

I know what caused the problem. I had' to hold the power button because the computer froze. I need to know how to fix it, not what caused the problem.

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SnuffyDaPenguin
SnuffyDaPenguin

Reply 12 years ago

well the italics worked great, didn't it >_>

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dsman195276
dsman195276

Reply 12 years ago

wow i am bad at reading arent i?

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SnuffyDaPenguin
SnuffyDaPenguin

12 years ago

Anyway,like I said this guy fixed the problem at the "DHCP" screen by pressing something on the keyboard. Anyone know what that could be?

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Labot2001
Labot2001

12 years ago

Windows XP computer problem

A problem? With Windows? No! I don't believe it!

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