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NTLDR is missing, now file pic.sys is corrupt with CD Boot... I want back in man.

"I had NTLDR is missing press any key to restart, and unable to find hard drive"..., (Dell Dimension 4500s XPpro SP2). Booting from CD leads now to "file pci.sys is currupt" and it just loops back to this blue screen in "Windows setup"!? On the drive starting with the NTLDR problemn, even with a blank replacement Drive, either or it's the same. Who's the answer. I know you? exist. Help me HAL appears drunk at the wheel.
Thanks if you (please!!!) choose to help,

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Re: NTLDR is missing, now file pic.sys is corrupt with CD...


Try removing and cleaning your memory using a pencil eraser. Rub the eraser across the gold pins of the memory to make them shiny. Additionally you can use a soft brush to clean the memory slots. When re inserting the memory, pls make sure that they go in with a positive click.

If the above is not corrective, you may need to replace your memory.

In some instances, you may need to re partition and reformat the entire hard drive prior to installing XP SP2.

Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turns up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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First make sure there are no disks in any of the drives cd floppy and usb Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.

Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
Corrupt NTLDR and 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.

Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CDROM First verify that no FLOPPY DISKS or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette

Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive including IDE,SATA

if ita flat 40 pin ribbon type it will be the first to fail.

The leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a

secure dust free connections and are not faulty

Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections

Computers need power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error


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.

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.


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\ 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

Nov 11, 2012 | Seagate Hard Drives

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Boot certificate expired.

Restart your computer
During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup usually the delete or F2 key

Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS using the arrow keys load failsafe defaults or load optimized defaults press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart if this fails to fix the problem

During the boot process tap the f8 button three times this will boot into safe mode where the only things working will be your mouse and keyboard enabling you to attempt to repair your computer

you could select the option start at last known configuration that worked this will tell what file has been corrupted or missing you might be able to work your way through problem if you are unable to find a solution

restart back into safe mode you might need to select your operating system to load into safe mode

click start control panel administration tools computer management in the left panel events + to expand then system you will see all errors in right panel right click select properties this will tell you what has occurred and the time it occurred

you might use the system restore to restore your system to an earlier time
click start all programs accessories system tools you should see your system restore option

hope this helps you

Mar 02, 2012 | Toshiba MK6028GAL 60 GB EIDE Hard Drive

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Ntlrd missing xp tablet on my hp tc1000 with no cd rom

  1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
  2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
  3. Corrupt NTLDR and 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.

Computer is booting from a non-bootable source

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.

Note: This error has also been known to occur when a memory stick is in a card reader and the computer is attempting to boot from it. If you have any card reader or flash reader make sure that no memory stick is inside the computer. Additionally disconnect all USB drives, cameras, ipods, iphones, etc. from the computer.

If you are attempting to boot from a floppy diskette and are receiving this error message it is likely that the diskette does not have all the necessary files or is corrupt.

If you are attempting to install Windows XP or Windows 2000 and are receiving this error message as the computer is booting verify that your computer BIOS has the proper boot settings. For example, if you are attempting to run the install from the CD-ROM make sure the CD-ROM is the first boot device, and not the hard disk drive.

Second, when the computer is booting you should receive the below prompt.

Press any key to boot from the CD

Important: When you see this message press any key such as the Enter key immediately, otherwise it will try booting from the hard drive and likely get the NTLDR error again.

Note: If you are not receiving the above message and your BIOS boot options are set properly it's also possible that your CD-ROM drive may not be booting from the CD-ROM properly. Verify the jumpers are set properly on the CD-ROM drive.

Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS

Verify that your computer hard disk drive is properly setup in the CMOS setup. Improper settings can cause this error.

Corrupt NTLDR or NTDETECT.COM file

Windows 2000 users
Windows XP users

Sep 24, 2011 | Hard Drives

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I have apply NO TRACK software on my windows xp. Now itn shows NTDRL MISSING want I start my Laptop i have tried alot to fix it but none is helpfull. Please help me soon.


The error can be resolved by the following steps,
  • 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\ c:\
Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.


Jun 04, 2011 | Hard Drives

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I just installed a formatted samsung sv 2044d. when i try to boot up i get a message saying NTLDR is missing. i put in the windows 98 cd and nothing happens. can you tell me what is happening. ...

The drive you installed is formatted (wiped clean). It has no operating system to boot from... tthat's the NTLDR error.Power off the machine with the Win98 CD in the CD drive. Power up the machine and while the machine is POSTing (starting up showing you what's in it) watch for something saying to hit any key to boot from CD and at that point press any key . The machine should then boot from the Win98 CD and start the install

Dec 18, 2010 | Samsung (SP0411N) 40 GB Hard Drive

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My disk said NTLDR:fatal error4096 reading boot INI.


baically , Error 4096 takes place when the system is misconfigured or its essential files are missing. Such problems occur when a PC is not maintained properly and has accumulated many critical issues that require immediate repair.
go to this link below .. it will help you restore and reconfigure .ini

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Samsung spinpoint SP0802N (80GB) in HP Compaq desktop with XP-SP3 worked allright, but suddenly the (black console-) monitor showed the message NTLDR not found. Even after several boot trials. Is this a...

No absolutely not. This is happen when you delete your some system files on C: drive. It doesn't crash at once, But when you reboot. So don't ever delete your sys files. Now you can do is repair windows using the XP sp3 CD. Or replacing sys files using another OS.
Think this is helpful !

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Ntldr is missing in pc and when i tried to boot xp cd it checks for hardware configuration and black screen appears

you just need to replace it, just use the boot disk for your os to boot the system up then copy paste ntldr into the root of c, if you have probs repost

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NTLDR Message during start-up.

NTLDR is the NT Kernal loader ... use your XP cd and go to the repair funcrion then run fixboot and fixmbr

Apr 07, 2008 | Hard Drives

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Missing or corrupt \system32\hal.dll

You didn't need to replace the hard drive if there is a missing NTLDR file, it just means that the boot sector is missing or corrupt. You can fix it by putting in your WinXP CD, and choosing REPAIR.(This is known as the Recovery Console and it's in DOS just to warn you...) Then you can type the following at the dos prompt: fixmbr - Fixes corrupt master boot record fixboot - Fixes corrupt boot sector bootcfg /rebuild - Fixes corrupt or missing boot.ini

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