Question about Computers & Internet

2 Answers

NTLDR is missing

This happens on start up , i do not have a boot disc for the laptop but i have other laptops with xp and vista and a desktop with xp

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2009

    I bought a computer that has been wiped clean of windows xp. I have a copy of windows xp I would like to install in it only the message ntldr missing keeps coming. How do I download my cd version of windows xp on it

  • dakota9959 Feb 15, 2009

    was getting the blue screen of death, got in long enough to run the system recovery and now i have the NTLDR message.

  • kalushek Mar 24, 2009

    when i open my hp compaq 6720s laptop a problem occur a problem.Problam is ntldr is missing .what i do to enter its  boot secter and cheek all configaration 


×

Ad

2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 114 Answers

NTLDR missing error usually means your boot.ini file is corrupt. As it is trying to boot from the drive or partition. You need a boot disc like BartPE or Ubuntu Live or remove the hard drive and place it in an external hard drive enclosure and edit boot.ini with another computer. The other choice is to reinstall Windows all over again. :(

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

Ad
  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 108 Answers

Fixes for NTLDR Errors

  1. Restart the PC. The NTLDR error could be a fluke.

  2. Check your floppy and optical (CD/DVD) drives for media. Often times, the "NTLDR is Missing" error will appear if your PC is trying to boot to a non-bootable floppy disk or CD/DVD.

    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 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. 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. Open your computer's case and ensure that the cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard is firmly in place. If this does not resolve the issue, try replacing the cable. NTLDR error messages could be caused by loose or malfunctioning IDE cables.

  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. Finally, 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. Replace the hard drive and then perform a new installation of Windows XP.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

  • Michael Lucas
    Michael Lucas Jan 17, 2009

    We tried several of the possible soultions, but none worked well.
    Finally what worked was that since NTLDR was missing, we decided to substitute the NTLDR file in the right place.
    Since we had access to another computer, we copied the NTLDR and
    NTDETECT.COM which was available from the recovery CD which comes with
    computer. If you do not have the recovery CD, they are available from another computer using
    the same Operating System (Windows XP in our case). The location was
    C:\i386\ntldr C:\i386\ntdetect.com

×

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya Technician can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Technician (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have installed ubuntu in drive C(66gb) with windows xp,giving 13 gb space to ubuntu and rest to xp .now i have deleted the disk partition for ubuntu of 13 gb .when i start computer it shows grub error-17...


when this happened to me on my Vista machine last year, I freaked out until I accidentally fixed it using by booting with my original Vista boot disc, and choosing 'Repair OS'. Try finding a/your original Windows XP install disc and seeing if it will repair and replace your own Windows boot sector. It would be best to find the one that came with your system, or another like it, but if all else fails, just try a hologrammed Windows XP install CD, but instead of 'install', choose 'repair'.

Feb 15, 2011 | Compaq Presario M2000 Notebook

2 Answers

How to format a lenovo laptop


If you have the OEM Lenovo XP disc are you have to do is insert and follow the instruction. If you are using off the shelf software, then switch the BIOS SATA to compatibility mode, and boot from your CD drive with the disc in it, and format the harddrive followed by installing the software.( like Windows XP or the Vista)

Jan 04, 2010 | Lenovo 3000 N100 0768 - Pentium Dual Core...

2 Answers

Windows Vista Home Basic


If it does indeed go to the Desktop, then you have joined a very large group of patient people whom have changed there XP to Vista, myself included.This is an inherant charitoristic of Vista.

Sep 10, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5315 Notebook

2 Answers

NTLDR is missing


problem:nt device loader error message
Solution: Reinstall windows

Aug 02, 2009 | Compaq Evo D500 PC Desktop

1 Answer

Laptop comes on. Writing comes up to start stating -start up windows safe mode ect or choose this one etc I do that and once I enter password it goes and says welcome and then a blue screen


G'day trex440,

Sounds like you've got a corrupt windows.
Laptop brand model?
What version of windows are you running. eg xp home xp pro vista etc.?

Try a chkdsk command first via your windows disc.
boot from your windows disc for now.

Cheers
pcfixit

May 06, 2009 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Can I foramt Vista Partitions using xp cd?


Yes, Insert the Dell XP disc, and when your computer first stars, in the right hand corner there should be setup and boot devices. Choose boot devices and run off the disc. After that, there will be an option to Format All your drives, (even some you might not know about :P). From there you can install XP onto your laptop.

Jan 28, 2009 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

How do I uninstall vista from advent t2250 laptop and install xp


Just Get the original Windows XP disc and boot the PC. It will just overwrites the XP over Vista and formates disc C. But the problem is might be that some new models are designed for Vista and after you erased it you might be having problems with downloading extra drivers for your laptop.
These drivers are included in your boot DVD which you got then buying the laptop, but they are Vista drivers. You will need to download XP drivers from microsoft website and sometimes there will be a compartibility issues
Good Luck

Dec 10, 2008 | Recoton Advent Advent Q2035A 20" TV

1 Answer

Gateway desktop


Only if it's not an HP labele operating system disc. Otherwise you will need an XP operating system disc, the HP recovery disc with XP will not work with your Gateway or any other manufacturer machine other than HP. The operating system on any manufacturer recovery disc is assigned to that specific manufacturer, so if you try to install from the HP disc it might install, but it will only give you thirty days, then shut down, or it won't install at all. It will be cheaper to purchase an XP operating system disc than all the software over again just for Viiiiiista!!! (I enjoy making fun of Vista) If you have anymore questions or need help feel free to ask.

Jul 30, 2008 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
Computers & Internet Logo

Related Topics:

2,650 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Computers & Internet Experts

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

David Payne
David Payne

Level 3 Expert

14161 Answers

Are you a Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...