Attempted Service Pack 3 causing missing Boot Files

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DCBNSB

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hi im having a bit of a booting error. evertime i boot up i get Missing Ntldr and windows wont load.

i was trying to install SP3 with the direct download from Microsoft. I backed up all my settings n everything so when i get windows finally started i can clean things up.

I have full access to my drive Via my other box the problem is where or what do i need to do to it to have all the boot files recognized to start windows... ?

any help would be nice
 

Bobbye

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i got SP3 installed too... and theres no difference
I realize this is after the fact. But if you got SP1, SP2 and the updates since, you don't need SP3.
 

LookinAround

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Bobbye said:
I realize this is after the fact. But if you got SP1, SP2 and the updates since, you don't need SP3.
I don;t believe that's true:
  • The general statement about content i've noticed several places says "Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is the final Windows XP service pack, a collection of previously-released fixes and product enhancements, as well as a few new features that are unique to this release."
  • Microsoft releases a number of hotfixes that are not provided in general updates. A customer has to request it from MS. It wasn't clear whether all or some of these hotfixes u need by request remain outside the SP3 list of if some do get migrated into it.
 

Bobbye

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I do not intend to argue this point. It can be documented on numerous sites on the internet.
 
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