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NTLDR Message during start-up.

I have a custom built compter that has worked great for me for a long time. I had just used it the day before and everything was fine but when I tried to start it up it went through normal boot just fine but just befroe it started up windows on the bottom of the boot screen it said "NTLDR is Missing, Press Ctrl Alt Delete to restart". I restarted but I got the same message and my computer wouldn't continue to Windows Xp. What can I do to fix this? Please help!

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    I don't have an Xp disk. I bought this computer without it. What else can I do?

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

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SEAGATE HARD DRIVE COMING UP WITH NTLDR MISSING



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


also


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.



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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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reformatting your laptop will solve your problem, if you have your windows xp cd then you can easily fix it..

just reply if you have any question

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I forgot my password?


When you boot up to the log in screen type in administrator as user to log in if you cant log in

during the boot up process you will see on the screen for a short amount of time press a certain key to enter set up press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS scroll down to set user password or supervisor password you can change or remove your password from there

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The most common way that we know on how to reset or clear the BIOS password is to physically remove the power from the computer by disconnecting the power plug and then removing the Cmos battery for 30 minutes from the motherboard. Another way is to reset the clear CMOS jumper on the motherboard itself. Both of the 2 methods mentioned works because most motherboards use a battery to sustain the BIOS/CMOS settings for the motherboards PROM chip. So by cutting off cmos the battery power, the BIOS/CMOS settings will be erased.

what type of compter and which operating system xp vista w7??

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This error means that NTLDR is missing somehow from your computer,hard disk problem usually or virus.
You can go to that page and follow the instructions exactly as he says and will not have to install windows over and over again
http://www.tinyempire.com/notes/ntldrismissing.htm

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Seems to me, you had an infection or made a configuration change on your computer that caused the NTDLR to get corrupted or deleted.
You need to REPAIR your Windows copy by using your Restore CD that comes with your laptop.
You don't mention what Windows version you're using.
Windows XP and Windows Vista use different ways to do this.

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  2. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to repair the Windows XP installation.
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  4. 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.
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