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NTLDR missing I had formatted one of my hard disk partitions and tried to install XP (prof) SP2. I got the message "NTLDR missing, please re-start the system" Please let me know how to overcome the error and able to install XP SP2 easily. Azim

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  • Syed_Azim May 24, 2008

    Dear Worldvet,



    I could not load xp sp2 (it failed), same message repeated "NTLDR missing, please re-start the system"



    Please...



    azim

  • Syed_Azim May 29, 2008

    I'm out of station, will be informed soon after returning....(Azim)

  • vinujanan Oct 28, 2008

    yes

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I can get into the Boot First Screen but can't seem to change anything within it... These screens seems to be selectively responsive to my key presses.... I can get the bios screen up, boot order screen up but not necessarily do anything within them... e.g. I can't restart the pc using ctrl alt del when the missing NTLDR message appears.... also I have put an XP disc in and it says to press any key to BOOT from CD .... I Do so but obviously it doesn't recognise it so it gives me the missing NTLDR message again! :(

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This is raj ihave face ntldr missing

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For me it is, all i have to do then is just download a recovery software and voila, boot ini again... Thanks a lot

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Hello,

ntldr missing means there are no instructions for loading the Operating System. The instructions are in a file called boot.ini

Please explain further. Did you finish installing XP or did it fail?

Thanks,
Worldvet

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  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 24, 2008

    You will need to try and install XP again and when it prompts you have the setup format your drive for you as NTFS.

    Good Luck,
    Worldvet


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 24, 2008

    Are you using the CD to initiate the Install or is the Contents of i386 on another local hard drive partition?

    Worldvet




  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 29, 2008

    Sayed,

    You probably need to enter your bios setup screens. Press either F2, F10 or Delete on bootup depending on your system maker. Once you are in the bios setup screens you will want to find something that is identified similar to this: "Boot Priority Order" or "Boot Order".

    What apparently 'may be' happening is that the PC is attempting to boot from your hard drive and for some reason is 'not' looking to your XP CD ROM. With that in mind, there is another setting to change next. It is for what hard drive to access first and which CD ROM to access first, if you have two. So, when you get your first bios setting screen you'll notice a list of devices which include your hard drives and CD ROMs, note the model name and version you are entering your CD into, then you want to most likely go to the last setup screen or another instead and where it says which Hard Drives or CD ROMs to load first enter this setting and select the CD ROM that you noted that you are putting your CD ROM into.

    Other than that I need more information from you on what you've found out and what you are or are not doing. Can you help me with this.

    Thanks,
    Worldvet


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Ntldr is missing press ctlr+alt+ and delete to restar and i did and don't workz


First I have to assume that you are running Windows XP. This solution should work for other versions of Windows.
The "NTLDR is missing" error displays very shortly after the computer is first started, immediately after the Power On Self Test (POST) is complete. Windows XP has only initially begun to load when the NTLDR error message appears.
Causes of NTLDR Errors
There are a number of possible causes for NTLDR errors, including the most common "NTLDR is missing" error message.
The most common reason for this error is when your PC is trying to boot from a hard drive or flash drive that is not properly configured to be booted from; in other words, it's trying to boot from a non-bootable source. This also would apply to media on an optical drive or floppy drive that you're trying to boot from.
Other possible causes 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.
How to Fix NTLDR Errors
1.Restart the PC. The NTLDR error could be a fluke.

2.Check your floppy and optical (CD/DVD/BD) drives for media and disconnect any external drives. Often times, the "NTLDR is Missing" error will appear if your PC is trying to boot to a non-bootable floppy disk, CD/DVD/BD, or external hard drive or flash drive.
Note: If you find that this is the cause of your problem and it's happening a lot, you might want to consider changing the boot order in BIOS so the hard drive with Windows installed is listed first.

3.Check the hard drive and other drive settings in BIOS and ensure they are correct. The BIOS configuration tells the computer how to use a drive so incorrect settings can cause problems, including NTLDR errors.
Note: There is usually an Auto setting for hard drive and optical drive configurations in BIOS which is usually a safe bet if you're not sure what to do.

4. Restore the NTLDR and ntdetect.com files from the Windows XP CD. Restoring these two important system files from the original Windows XP CD may do the trick.

5. Repair or replace the boot.ini file. This will prevent the NTLDR error if the cause of the problem is a boot.ini file that is not configured properly for your Windows XP installation.

6. Write a new partition boot sector to the Windows XP system partition. If the partition boot sector has become corrupt or isn't properly configured, you may receive the "NTLDR is Missing" error.

7. Repair the Windows XP master boot record. NTLDR error messages may also appear if the master boot record is corrupt.

8. Reseat all internal data and power cables. NTLDR error messages could be caused by loose or malfunctioning IDE cables.
Try replacing the IDE cable cable if you suspect it might be faulty.

9. Update your motherboard's BIOS. Occasionally, an outdated BIOS version can cause the "NTLDR is Missing" error.

10. Perform a repair installation of Windows XP. This type of installation should replace any missing or corrupt files. Continue troubleshooting if this does not resolve the issue.

11. Perform a clean installation of Windows XP. This type of installation will completely remove Windows XP from your PC and install it again from scratch. While this will almost certainly resolve any NTLDR errors, it is a time consuming process due to the fact that all of your data must be backed up and then later restored.
If you can't gain access to your files to back them up, understand that you will lose them all if you continue with a clean installation of Windows XP.

12. Replace the hard drive and then perform a new installation of Windows XP. If all else has failed, including the clean installation from the last step, you're most likely facing a hardware issue with your hard drive.
NTLDR Errors Apply To
This issue applies to the Windows XP operating system, including Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition.
Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista utilize BOOTMGR, not NTLDR.
Still Having NTLDR Issues?
See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Be sure to let me know what steps, if any, you've already taken to fix the "NTLDR is missing" issue.

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My ntldr is missing how do i fix this?


If your NTLDR is missing there are two causes.

1) You are booting to the wrong hard drive and it can be reset in the Bios / Boot settings.

2) You have been hit by a Virus which has taken out you MBR (Master Boot Record). There is no access to your primary HD because the computer (BIOS) can no longer recognize it's file structure. You will need to do a complete Operating System install. Be sure to select a full format to remove any traces of the virus during OS install.

While on the Internet you probably fell for an update of download the was really a virus.

Hopefully you have created a System Restore CD so you will have your personal files and programs.

If there was a built in System Restore in a partition on the HD you will not be able to access it.

After re-installing your XP Pro SP2 go to Windows Update and get about 94 file updates, patches and security patches, including SP3. They will download automatically with a few questions along the way.

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NTLDR is missing is displayed when i turn on the computer


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.

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Ntldr is missing, press any buttom to start


Hello, NTLDR is the main file of windows XP to boot it properly. You can recover this file without installing the full windows XP. Follow the given steps to recover the NTLDR file from windows XP CD.
First insert the Windows XP bootable CD into your CD-drive and reboot your computer. When your computer prompted a message to press any key to boot from the CD, press the any key.
Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows and now log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key then pressing enter.
Here you will be prompted for your administrator password, enter your that password then copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example you are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter "E" to drive c. This letter may be different on your computer.
google_protectAndRun("ads_core.google_render_ad", google_handleError, google_render_ad);

copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

Once copy both files, remove the CD and reboot your system.

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My 250 gb hard drive is only showing capacity of 127gb


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I have a Epic notebook ACE 1314 model no. MS_1314 and when i turn it on it comes up with NTLDR is missing can anyone help me please? Cheers Dylan


the windows system is trashed - boot from a xp cd and choose repair -


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
Causes:
  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.
  10. Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS.

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You can try also to do reformat your hard drive as fresh unallocated one before doing formatting again to install windows. And check your installation disk for scratches.

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Try changing the CD, if that dosn't solve the problem :
1. Format the whole hard disk using the default partition manager.
2. Install XP freshly.

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Hi,
Try Scanning your Computer For Computer Viruses.
then re-install Windows XP.
Your files will remain intact, if you select to leave the hard-drive As it is ( rather Than Format it ) or setup on a different Partition.
Backup your Valuable Docs/Files First.
Windows re-installation will replace any Missing-deleted Corrupt Files.
hope This Helps you.

Mike @ compurepair.

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