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When NTLDR is missing from your operating system it means that there is a problem with your boot loader, a bootstrap process that begins when you turn on the computer. A missing NTLDR means that your computer cannot boot to the operating system. This issue is only a problem on computers running Windows XP or previous operating systems as Windows 7 and Vista don't utilize NTLDR. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable. Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS. Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CD ROM First verify that no Floppy Diskette or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette. Fixing the missing NTLDR is relatively easy so long as you have your installation disc.
Locate your Windows XP/2000 installation disc and place it in your CD/DVD ROM drive. If you don't have this disk, then you cannot proceed further. Restart your computer. When the computer restarts press any key on your keyboard when you are prompted, "Press any key to enter setup." Most computers are configured to boot to another device other than a hard drive. Since the Windows XP/2000 installation disk is bootable, you should see the prompt. However, if you don't see the prompt you may need to change your boot priority in your BIOS. To do so, enter the system BIOS by following the onscreen instructions upon startup. Then navigate to the Boot Priority menu and modify another device, such as a CD-ROM to boot prior to the hard drive. Then reboot your computer. After you have pressed any key, the Windows XP/2000 setup screen will appear. After loading, press the "R" key to repair the Windows installation. The screen will appear black. The computer requests which installation you would like to log in. Generally speaking, press "1" and "Enter." If you have more than one hard drive or more than one partition, the procedure may be different. You must know which hard drive or partition your Windows operating system is installed in. You are subsequently prompted for a password. If you haven't set up one up, you can just leave the query blank and press "Enter." The phrase "c:\WINDOWS>" and a blinking cursor subsequently appear. Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\windows" (without quotes), where "D" is the letter of your CD/DVD ROM drive (your optical drive may be different, especially if you have more than one). Eject the CD from the drive and type "Exit" (without quotes) to restart your computer. The NTLDR file will be copied from the installation disc to your hard drive.
or If you've started your Windows XP computer and you see an error message to the effect that the "NTLDR" file is missing or corrupted, you've probably also noticed that the computer refuses to boot any further. This is because the NTLDR file is an integral part of the boot process and needs to be restored before the boot process can proceed normally.
Insert your Windows XP disc into your computer. Restart the computer and press any key on your keyboard when the message prompting you to do so appears. Press the "R" key to open the Recovery Console and then press "1" and "Enter" in order to select your operating system. Type in your Administrator password (if needed) and press "Enter." Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\" and press "Enter" and then type "copy d:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\" and press "Enter." Restart your computer and let it boot up normally. Since the NTLDR is freshly restored, the computer boots up properly. Hope this helps.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
although i am not conversant with your model i would suggest that when you try to boot up ,hit what ever key it suggests to recover your pc ...........possibly F11 then follow the onscreen directions,let me know how you go
Posted on Mar 06, 2008
Did you just recently run "Disk Cleanup"?
The only way I know system files get compressed is through "Disk Cleanup" unless it's done manually.
You can try and boot into safe mode and decompress the file:
1. Restart computer
2. Start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard until you get a menu of boot options.
3. Select Safe Mode
4. Your machine will boot in a diagnostic looking mode, but should allow you to get to your desktop
5. Go to the START MENU and select RUN
6. Type in: cmd
7. Click OK (this will take you to a command line)
8. Type in >cd c:\windows
(Note: not necessary to type the ">". It's only there for reference)
9. Hit the ENTER key
10. Type in >compact /U /S /A /I *.*
11. Hit the ENTER key
12. Let it run it's course until you return to a c:\windows> with a blinking curso.
13. Type in >exit
14. Hit the ENTER key
15. Restart the computer.
I would be anxious to see if this works for you. NTLDR is a system file and might not allow access to it while in the actual operating system. The next option would be to use a 3rd party boot utility like BartPE with the "compact" application packaged with it or the only other option to reload the Operating System. Remember to backup your files before reloading. You could use an IDE/SATA to USB converter to connect your Hard Drive in your computer to another computer using the USB interface and backup all your files. The converters usually cost close to $30.
Let me know if I can be of any other help.
Posted on Jul 13, 2008
you have a complex problem or a simple one! you may need to provide more details as we go through this (I'll try my best)
basically your system is looking in the wrong place or simply can't access the system partition (where your windows installation files are) and it could be as simple as removing a forgotten floppy disk from the floppy drive or it could be complex as to be a bios issue that may require firmware update.
let's start by checking the obvios:
1.remove any floppy disk if you have any in the floppy drive and test.
2. go into your bios and check the boot order, for now make sure your first boot device is your hard drive (the order can be changed at a later time if needed)
first explain clearly how you got the ntldr is missing error.
how do you say you completed the installation from the recovery disk?
at what point you get the cltr alt del message after you have reinstalled the os, does it really complete the installation?
did you check if your device has the master boot record protected while you were doing the installation... make sure the mbr is writable before you start the installation. (check your bios and set it accordingly).
your recovery disk does have a compressed image of your system as it was when you purchase your computer. and that's normal.. if you did not do a backup of your files or do not have the installation cd's for your applications you pretty much have lost everything at this point but the operating system and the default programs that are part of the image on your recovery disk, and that was expected with the procedure you conducted.
post your findings and the answer and we will follow up with you.
Posted on Dec 06, 2008
First you need to boot to the recovery console.
To boot to the recovery console follow these steps:
1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer. Click(or press any key) to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.
2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
3. When prompted type "1" or if you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console.
4. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
5. Now you should be at the comman prompt and ready to repair the ntldr file!
Now all you need to do is enter the following commands(in order) and each command on a new line just like you see them here:
attrib -c ntldr
Your computer should now reboot, and everything "should" work!
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Posted on Jan 26, 2009
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