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NTLDR missing while clean install

I got a used Dell latitude D 600 and formated using bart cd.
Then trying to install XP SP3.
It gives Error saying Ntldr missing, Press ctrl alt del to restart.
When I start everytime I am pressing F12 to enter booting choice and selecting cd rom.

Please help

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  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Did a system recovery with original cd, finalized them rebooted . Now won't do anything but display ; HPCGD missing cntrl alt del to restart

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Well Bart CD that everyone downloads has some nice utilities on it, some free some not.
You have to be carefull using such utilities as they can cause more harm then good...
You now have to reinstall windows before you can apply sp3. Sp3 is not bootable and bart CD doesn't have windows install of any kind on it... Reinstall windows with your disc then browse to your cd and double click on sp3 to update...
Hope everything works out now....
Please rate this solution if it helps... Thank You...

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Ntldr is missing press ctlr+alt+ and delete to restar and i did and don't workz


First I have to assume that you are running Windows XP. This solution should work for other versions of Windows.
The "NTLDR is missing" error displays very shortly after the computer is first started, immediately after the Power On Self Test (POST) is complete. Windows XP has only initially begun to load when the NTLDR error message appears.
Causes of NTLDR Errors
There are a number of possible causes for NTLDR errors, including the most common "NTLDR is missing" error message.
The most common reason for this error is when your PC is trying to boot from a hard drive or flash drive that is not properly configured to be booted from; in other words, it's trying to boot from a non-bootable source. This also would apply to media on an optical drive or floppy drive that you're trying to boot from.
Other possible causes include corrupt and misconfigured files, hard drive and operating system upgrade issues, corrupt hard drive sectors, an outdated BIOS, and damaged or loose IDE cables.
How to Fix NTLDR Errors
1.Restart the PC. The NTLDR error could be a fluke.

2.Check your floppy and optical (CD/DVD/BD) drives for media and disconnect any external drives. Often times, the "NTLDR is Missing" error will appear if your PC is trying to boot to a non-bootable floppy disk, CD/DVD/BD, or external hard drive or flash drive.
Note: If you find that this is the cause of your problem and it's happening a lot, you might want to consider changing the boot order in BIOS so the hard drive with Windows installed is listed first.

3.Check the hard drive and other drive settings in BIOS and ensure they are correct. The BIOS configuration tells the computer how to use a drive so incorrect settings can cause problems, including NTLDR errors.
Note: There is usually an Auto setting for hard drive and optical drive configurations in BIOS which is usually a safe bet if you're not sure what to do.

4. Restore the NTLDR and ntdetect.com files from the Windows XP CD. Restoring these two important system files from the original Windows XP CD may do the trick.

5. Repair or replace the boot.ini file. This will prevent the NTLDR error if the cause of the problem is a boot.ini file that is not configured properly for your Windows XP installation.

6. Write a new partition boot sector to the Windows XP system partition. If the partition boot sector has become corrupt or isn't properly configured, you may receive the "NTLDR is Missing" error.

7. Repair the Windows XP master boot record. NTLDR error messages may also appear if the master boot record is corrupt.

8. Reseat all internal data and power cables. NTLDR error messages could be caused by loose or malfunctioning IDE cables.
Try replacing the IDE cable cable if you suspect it might be faulty.

9. Update your motherboard's BIOS. Occasionally, an outdated BIOS version can cause the "NTLDR is Missing" error.

10. Perform a repair installation of Windows XP. This type of installation should replace any missing or corrupt files. Continue troubleshooting if this does not resolve the issue.

11. Perform a clean installation of Windows XP. This type of installation will completely remove Windows XP from your PC and install it again from scratch. While this will almost certainly resolve any NTLDR errors, it is a time consuming process due to the fact that all of your data must be backed up and then later restored.
If you can't gain access to your files to back them up, understand that you will lose them all if you continue with a clean installation of Windows XP.

12. Replace the hard drive and then perform a new installation of Windows XP. If all else has failed, including the clean installation from the last step, you're most likely facing a hardware issue with your hard drive.
NTLDR Errors Apply To
This issue applies to the Windows XP operating system, including Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition.
Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista utilize BOOTMGR, not NTLDR.
Still Having NTLDR Issues?
See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Be sure to let me know what steps, if any, you've already taken to fix the "NTLDR is missing" issue.

Jan 29, 2014 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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NTLDR is missing


this is a very common Issue:NTLDR is Missing.
Related errors:

Below are the full error messages that may be seen when the computer is booting.

NTLDR is Missing
Press any key to restart

Boot: Couldn't find NTLDR
Please insert another disk

NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart
Causes:

  1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
  2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
  3. Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
  4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
  5. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
  6. New hard disk drive being added.
  7. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
  8. Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
  9. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable.
  10. Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS.

Windows XP users
  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

    copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
    copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

  7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.
hope that it will be help full
thanks

Oct 27, 2010 | Dell Operating Systems

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NTLDR is missing


Insert and boot from Windows XP CD just as if u want to do a new installation entirely

1- If it detects the operating system - just do a repair
2- If it fails to detect the initial operating system
- Restart and allow the CD to run
- In the first Dialog window press R (Recovery Console)
- then type CHKDSK /p /r at the command prompt

Sep 08, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Xp


Hi There,

I just experienced the same problem you did concerning the partmgr.sys blue screen error. I am installing Windows XP Pro SP2 on a pretty old Dell Latitude LS (upgrading it from Win 2000). The XP installation disk gives me the option to format in NTFS, FAT, and both formats in a "quick" mode. I usually do not recommend using the quick mode, however, after trying both NTFS and FAT and receiving the blue screen, I decided to try NTFS (quick). That has allowed me to actually get further into the installation, so you may want to try that.

May 27, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Xp recovery


You need to download all the drivers installer files from manufacturer website first, and also all the software you want to install automatically with Windows. Then you build a Windows Xp boot CD with all the software setup embedded.

See the links below:


Build an XP-SP2 Recovery Disc - Solutions by PC Magazine

Geek Repair: Create Your Own Ultimate Recovery CD :

Bart's way to create bootable CD-Roms

Slipstream a Windows XP SP2 Recovery CD

Build your own XP SP3 Recovery Disk -

Build an XP SP3 Recovery Disc

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NTLDR missing on changing harddisk connection


put the xp bootable disk in computer and boot from it, choose repair option. it will slove your problem.

Feb 24, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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NTLDR missing


I can get into the Boot First Screen but can't seem to change anything within it... These screens seems to be selectively responsive to my key presses.... I can get the bios screen up, boot order screen up but not necessarily do anything within them... e.g. I can't restart the pc using ctrl alt del when the missing NTLDR message appears.... also I have put an XP disc in and it says to press any key to BOOT from CD .... I Do so but obviously it doesn't recognise it so it gives me the missing NTLDR message again! :(

May 24, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Missing ntldr for laptop


YOU HAVING THE PRODUCT CD OF XP...

YOU CAN SETUP BIOS BOOTING AS 1ST BOOT CD-ROM AND 2ND BOOT HDD


AND SAVE AND EXIT


YOU CAN RUN SETUP AS NORMALLY AND THERE IS RUNNED SETUP AND IT WILL ASK 3OPTIONS ARE..

DO YOU WANT TO FRESH INSTALL PRESS ESC

2ND IS REPAIR OPTION PRESS R

3RD OPTION ESC FROM SETUP

USE 2ND OPTION RUN AS REPAIR OPTION AND IT WILL ASK WHICH DRIVE DID U INSTALL OPERATING SYSTEM AND ANSWER THAT DRIVE..
AND GIVE ADMINISTRATOR PASSWORD
AND CHECK WHICH DRIVE CD AS SELECTED FOR EXAMPLE IT WAS IN (G:\) MEANS AND TYPE THIS COMMAND..

G:\DIR
G:\COPY NTLDR C:\

(OR)

G:\COPY NTLDR C:\WINDOWS


IT WILL COPIED AND RUN AS OK CONDITION

Apr 30, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Installing windows xp pro


Visit here:
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm

I hope that helped
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-Cam

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