Missing NTLDR - how to recover it?

#1
I have an HP laptop with Vista pre installed and wanted to dual boot with Ubuntu.

All is well with the Ubuntu install but I thought I might put the Vista bootloader in to see what that is like.

I installed EasyBCD and added the the linux install before writing the MBR. I reboot and can get into Vista but could not get into Linux (it tried to load the recovery part) So I figure I selected the wrong part and will change it to point to the correct one, no big issue.

So the trouble started when I though well I dont really need the windows boot loader and so I clicked the uninstall windows bootloader and hit the write button. I then reboot and hey presto GRUB cannot load Vista as the NTLDR is missing.

I have had a read around this formum and I am going to try loading the Recovery Console from the XP cd I have and try running fixmbr and fixboot.

Any other assistance is greatly appreciated.

Cheers
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Hi ben, welcome to NST.

You need the Vista recovery console, not the XP one.
Boot from the Vista DVD -> Advanced/startup repair -> Repair my Startup.

That should take care of it :smile:
 
#3
Hi Guru.

Thanks for the reply.

I inserted the recovery DVD (OEM version - built from recovery program) and the only options under the advanced button were:

1. MS System Restore
2. File Backup wizard
3. System Recovery
4. Factory reset

There was nothing like startup repair even beyond these when selected.

Cheers,

Ben
 
#5
I think the snag is that I have an OEM version of Vista which means no Vista DVD which incidently is the only way to get the recovery console.

This seems a little odd when I paid for the OS and I do not get access to the tools to repair it like other Vista users.

I called HP and asked how to get the Console up and they said to use the recovery tool and reimage the laptop, I said no I just want the console to which I was told I could not recieve support because I have installed another OS (linux) next to Vista and that I had deleted the partitions and that was when the line went dead.

I am at the stage where I simple reimage and install the apps again it would take less time but leave a nasty taste in my mouth after being treated so poorly by HP Support.
 
#6
Guru,

here is my suggestion:

That there is some where in the program EasyBCD, when a user decides to install and then uninstall the windows bootloader that it does not delete the NTLDR.

That way OEM users of Vista can recover without reimaging the box.

Cheers
 
#8
I think the original issue applies with OEM vista users that I dont get a DVD and so no access to bootrec or recovery console.

Can I get boot rec on it's own and run it from say a bood CD?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#9
I should think so...