Recovering from a windows boot failure:
Symptom: When booted, the system responds only with "NTLDR not found.
Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart".
- Boot from a windows CD. Enter the recovery console by typing "r"
on the first screen of the installer.
- Check the root of the drive for the following files:
- If they do not exist, copy ntldr and ntdetect.com from the i386
directory of the CD to the root of the hard disk.
- Run "bootcfg /rebuild" to rebuild the boot.ini file.
- Bootcfg will ask some questions. Most are straightforward. The
last one, "load options", should be answered "/fastdetect"
- The system should now boot. If it is necessary, the boot.ini file can
be edited by right-clicking on my computer and selecting "properties".
The "advanced" tab has an item called "startup and recovery". This option
allows the file to be edited.