Follow these easy steps to restore the damaged/corrupted or missing NTLDR and Ntdetect.com files from the Windows XP CD using the Recovery Console.
- Enter Windows XP Recovery Console.
- When you reach the command prompt (detailed in Step 6 in the link above), type the following two commands, pressing Enter after each one:
copy d:i386ntldr c:
copy d:i386ntdetect.com c:
In the command listed above, d represents the drive letter assigned to the optical drive that your Windows XP CD is currently in. While this is most often d, your system could assign a different letter. Also, c: represents the root folder of the partition that Windows XP is currently installed on. Again, this is most often the case but your system could be different.
- If you’re prompted to overwrite either of the two files, press Y.
- Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.
Assuming that missing or corrupt versions of the NTLDR and/or Ntdetect.com files were your only issues, Windows XP should now start normally.