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Freshly formatted Hard disk - now to install new laid Win 7


SparkyJack

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So the Hard drive is formatted - Win 7 purchased from PCW yesterday Insert disk Begins to load then displays message

NTLDR MISSING

Click Crtl Alt Delk to restart

Whats to do now?

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Nontek

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I assume you are using a DVD Drive not CD?

or, This might help

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SparkyJack

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Thank u nontak

It occured to me after I posted,to reset bios to boot from CD so I phoned him that, I notice however in your link that mention was made of DVD.

Are O/S discs now DVD?

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Nontek

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Yes, OS normally on DVD.

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rdave13

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Is the bios set to boot from the DVD first and you need to 'press any key to boot from DVD' showing?

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SparkyJack

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Thanks for that .I have relayed to him will walk over to see how he got on. Though I recalled later how get bios and set the first boot device,it isamazing how much I had forgotten since dumping Windows in favour of Ubuntu about year ago.

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Zeppelyn

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You say the disk is formatted yet the message displayed is "NTLDR is missing." This would indicate that an OS is being looked for and a pre Vista one at that, XP was the last OS to use NTLDR as a loder, Windows Vista and 7 use bootmgr.

Reformat the disk and make sure the DVD is first boot device.

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SparkyJack

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HaD a look at what is/is not happening

The machine has both CD and DVD drives the bios however only says boot from CD-so preumably the board is not DVD compliant

It has the uptionto boot via USB devices,so I have given him my IDE/USB cable to try to see if that is a way in. I have also suggested he reinstals XP-on CD- then run the Win 7 discas an upgrade- we shall see tomorrow.

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KRONOS the First

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Just because the motherboard does not mention boot from DVD and only says boot from CD that is fine. It will find the DVD and boot from it.

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lotvic

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Yes, just press the 'Any Key' to boot from CD and it will boot from the DVD

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rdave13

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Win 7 won't upgrade from XP. As above, the bios will call a DVD drive a CD drive so make the CD drive first in the boot order.

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