NTLDR is missing error on startup can be caused by
1) Failing Hardware (likely the HDD but can be some other things as well)
2) System File Damage (either configuration or missing file)
possibly due to a virus or malware
You may be able to repair the problem within the XP recovery console, but things like this usually happen for a reason... Sometimes random things cause this but there is usually a reason.
going into the XP recovery console from your XP CD will allow you to check your files and make repairs.
Although copying NTLDR directly may work, running
may repair more things too
If I were you, I would let a repair professional do a full hardware diagnostic on your machine to make sure your hard drive isn't on it's way out. Continuing to use damaged hardware may result in difficuilt/pricey data recovery.
I know Geek Squad can take care of this if you take a trip out there but go with who you feel comfortable with.
YOU CAN SETUP BIOS BOOTING AS 1ST BOOT CD-ROM AND 2ND BOOT HDD
AND SAVE AND EXIT
YOU CAN RUN SETUP AS NORMALLY AND THERE IS RUNNED SETUP AND IT WILL ASK 3OPTIONS ARE..
DO YOU WANT TO FRESH INSTALL PRESS ESC
2ND IS REPAIR OPTION PRESS R
3RD OPTION ESC FROM SETUP
USE 2ND OPTION RUN AS REPAIR OPTION AND IT WILL ASK WHICH DRIVE DID U INSTALL OPERATING SYSTEM AND ANSWER THAT DRIVE.. AND GIVE ADMINISTRATOR PASSWORD AND CHECK WHICH DRIVE CD AS SELECTED FOR EXAMPLE IT WAS IN (G:\) MEANS AND TYPE THIS COMMAND..
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NTLDR is the boot loader for windows XP. This is the part the kick starts the entire process of XP loading. It is located at C:\NTLDR One of the easier ways to fix this is Either boot in to the recover console from a Windows XP disc, or download Hiren Boot CD, burn it to a disc. Insert the CD into your Dell and reboot the computer. Note you may need to enter BIOS and enable boot to CD/DVD. Once at the Hiren menu, select Boot Mini XP. Once the Mini XP loads you can copy NTLDR loader from the mini xp to your C:\ drive. Then remove the disc and reboot the computer.
This happens due to viruses. They delete the NTLDR file.
Do you have the original XP CD? Then insert it and boot from the CD. (If it doesn't boot from the CD, tell us and we will explain how to set it in BIOS).
After a while it will ask you whether to Setup XP (Enter) or Repair an existing Windows installation (R). Press Enter here (Don't worry, I know what I am talking about).
Press F8 to accept the Licence Agreement.
(*** In the following screen you have to press 'R'. IF YOU DON'T SEE A TEXT SCREEN BUT THE SETUP STARTS TO RUN, TAKE OUT THE CD IMMEDIATELY AND RESTART THE COMPUTER. ***)
It will tell you you have an existing Windows installation in <C:> drive. It will ask whether to install a fresh copy (Esc, as I remember) or Repair (R). Press R.
Let the setup run. After a while you may need to enter the key.
After few minutes, your computer will be ready, with all your files, fonts and software intact!
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.
NTLDR file is needed to start a computer. So in such situation you need to repair windows. To do so:
1. Insert the cd into the drive.
2. Restart computer, it will show "boot from CD........." on the screen. Just press enter key to boot it from CD.
3. And then repair it.
4. Restart it once again to complete the process.