Cause for the NTLDR missing:
Computer is booting from a non-bootable source
Windows XP users
- Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
- Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
- Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
- Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
- Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
- New hard disk drive being added.
- Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
- Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
- Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable. are
Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file
- Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
- When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
- Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
- Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
- You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
- 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:\
- Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.
Edit the boot.ini on the root
directory of the hard disk drive and verify that it is pointing to the correct location of your Windows operating system and that the partitions are properly defined. Additional information about the boot.ini can be found on document CH000492
Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32
If you are getting this error message while you are attempting to upgrade to Windows 2000 or Windows XP from Windows 95
, Windows 98
, or Windows ME
please try the below recommendations.
New hard disk drive being added
- Boot the computer with a Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows ME bootable diskette.
- At the A:\> prompt type:
sys c: <press enter>
- After pressing enter you should receive the "System Transferred" message. Once this has been completed remove the floppy diskette and reboot the computer.
If you are attempting to add a new hard disk drive to the computer make sure that drive is a blank drive. Adding a new hard disk drive to a computer that already has Windows installed on it may cause the NTLDR error to occur.
If you are unsure if the new drive is blank or not try booting from a bootable diskette
and format the new hard disk drive.
Corrupt boot sector / master boot record
It's possible your computer's hard disk drive may have a corrupt boot sector and/or master boot record. These can be repaired through the Microsoft Windows Recovery console by running the fixboot
Additional information and help in getting into the Microsoft Windows Recovery console can be found on document CH000627
Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP
If you have tried each of the above recommendations that apply to your situation and you continue to experience this issue it is possible you may have a seriously corrupted version of Microsoft Windows. Therefore we would recommend you reinstall Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
If you are encountering this issue during your setup you may wish to completely erase your computer hard disk drive and all of its existing data and then install Microsoft Windows 2000 / Windows XP. Additional information about erasing the computer and starting over can be found on document CH000186
Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable
This issue has been known to be caused by a loose or fault IDE
/EIDE cable. If the above recommendation does not resolve your issue and your computer hard disk drive is using an IDE
interface. Verify the computer hard disk drive cable is firmly connected by disconnected and reconnecting the cable.
If the issue continues it is also a possibility that the computer has a faulty cable, try replacing the hard disk drive cable with another cable and/or a new cable.
RNJ VINOD KUMAR