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I'm having trouble install WinXP Pro on my pc because NTLDR is missing or can't find during installation process. I highly doubt it's my DVD drive because this machine work fine before the install process. The DVD rom work.

Is there a work around for this problem?

edit: this is the problem that i'm having. I'm trying to reformat the hard disk with killdisk.

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Does the missing NTLDR occur as the DVD is first starting up, or upon the 2nd reboot as XP is installing? – Mike Jun 14 '09 at 0:24
@Mike, the problem occur during install process. It said it can't find the NTLDR from the CD drive. – Jack Jun 14 '09 at 0:48

Reboot with the install disk and do the following:

When you see the Welcome to Setup blue screen.

Press R
<Your screen will go black>
Press "1"
<Enter your admin password>
<At the prompt type this, where D is your dvd rom>
<Press Y>
<Then reboot>

Hope that helps.

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If you have multiple harddrives, try installing with only one hdd plugged in as Windows some times has problems booting from secondary drives.

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