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The "NTLDR is missing", error displays very shortly after the computer is first started; after the Power On Self Test (POST) is complete. Windows XP might only initially load when the NTLDR error message appears. Causes of this error message 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. Get more help and information for Windows XP hope this helps you.
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
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.
Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS.
Windows XP users
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.
An NTLDR is compressed error is pretty easy to fix(much better then
NTLDR is missing errors!).
First you need to boot to the recovery
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:
cd \ attrib -c ntldr exit
Your computer should now reboot, and everything "should" work!
NTLDR is short for NT loader – a program loaded from
the hard drive boot sector that displays the Microsoft Windows NT
startup menu and helps Microsoft Windows NT load. So when it goes
missing for some reason, your windows cannot load. Cause:
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. if there is attached drive ,remove the drive first before restarting the system if not then if you had access to another computer, copy the NTLDR and
NTDETECT.COM which is available from the recovery CD which comes with
computer. If you do not have the recovery CD, its available on microsoft site or is available from another computer using
the same Operating System (Windows XP ). The location may be
use a bootable disc to restart the computer
(the Win XP bootable CD or Win 98 bootable CD worked).
After entering MS DOS mode, copy these 2 files to the C drive in
the proper location. After restart, then pressing F10 on start up (used
for system recovery ), then start the repair of Windows via system recovery This will reinstalled all Windows drivers
and system files, while preserving all data on your computer.
Create a Windows 2000 boot disk that contains the following
For more information about how to create a boot disk, click
the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge
How to create a boot disk for an NTFS or FAT partition in Windows
How to use a Windows boot disk to prevent boot failure
Modify the Boot.ini file to point to the correct hard disk
controller and to the correct volume for your Windows installation. For more information about how to create a boot disk,
click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft
How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows 2000
Insert the boot disk into the computer's floppy disk drive,
and then restart the computer.
Copy the Ntldr file, the Ntdetect.com file, and the
Boot.ini file from the boot disk to the system partition of the local hard
Method 2: Use the Recovery Console
Use the Windows 2000 Setup disks to restart the computer,
or use the Windows 2000 CD-ROM to restart the computer.
At the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to
repair the Windows 2000 installation.
Press C to repair the Windows 2000 installation by using
the Recovery Console.
Type the number that corresponds to the Windows
installation that you want to repair, and then press ENTER. For example, type
1, and then press ENTER.
For more information, click the following article
number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Description of the Windows Recovery Console
Type the Administrator password, and then press
Type map, and then press ENTER. Note
the drive letter that is assigned to the CD-ROM drive that contains the Windows
Type the following commands, pressing ENTER after you type
each one, where drive is the drive letter that you
typed in step 4 of "Method 2: Use the Recovery Console," of this article:
copy drive:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy drive:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\ If you are prompted to overwrite the file, type
y, and then press ENTER.
NOTE: In these commands, there is a space between the ntldr and c:\, and between ntdetect.com and c:\.
Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
type c:\Boot.ini A list similar to the following list appears:
[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect If you receive the following message, the Boot.ini file may be
missing or damaged:The system cannot find the file or directory specified.
If the Boot.ini file is missing or damaged, create a new
one. To do so, follow these steps:
Use a text editor, such as Notepad or Edit.com, to
create a boot loader file similar to the following boot loader file:[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect For more information, click the following
article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Boot.ini and ARC path naming conventions and usage
How to create a boot disk for an NTFS or FAT partition in Windows
Save the file to a floppy disk as
NOTE: If you used Notepad to create the file, make sure that the .txt
extension is not appended to the Boot.ini file name.
Type the following command at the Recovery Console
command prompt to copy the Boot.ini file from the floppy disk to the computer:
copy a:\Boot.ini c:\
Type exit, and then press ENTER. The