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This is an operating system error. You will need to do an operating system repair with your recovery or operating system disc.

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NTLDR is 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.
or
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.

Jun 18, 2013 | Acer Aspire One PC Notebook

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When we switch on the laptop we getting ntldr missing press any key to restart


The error message "NTLDR is missing" means that the Windows boot loader (NT Loader, NTLDR) cannot be found.
This often occurs when the computer tries to boot from a drive other than the one Windows is installed on, due to a change in the drive configuration or because you left a bootable disk in a removable drive. But it may also be because the NTLDR file has been corrupted or deleted
First, check the boot drives to make sure that the computer is not trying to boot from a different drive to the one that contains Windows.
  • Check that there are no CDs or DVDs in the CD/DVD drives.
  • Check that no removable drives are plugged in to the USB ports.
  • Check the boot order in the BIOS Setup to ensure that the computer boots from the drive containing Windows before any other bootable devices.
If this does not resolve the problem, you will have to repair the NT boot loader.
However, if your computer is using Windows XP and you have a Windows XP installation CD you may be able to boot from this and use the Recovery Console to fix NTLDR manually instead.

Nov 28, 2010 | Acer TravelMate 2300 Notebook

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Nltdr missing


How To: Fix "NTLDR is missing"

Applies to: Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP

Symptoms

When you start your computer, you receive the error message "NTLDR is missing. Press any key to restart."

Cause

The error message "NTLDR is missing" means that the Windows boot loader (NT Loader, NTLDR) cannot be found. This oftenoccurs when the computer tries to boot from a drive other than the one Windows is installed on, due to a change in the driveconfiguration or because you left a bootable disk in a removable drive. But it may also be because the NTLDR file has beencorrupted or deleted.

SolutionCheck the boot drives

First, check the boot drives to make sure that the computer is not trying to boot from a different drive to the one thatcontains Windows.

  • Check that there are no CDs or DVDs in the CD/DVD drives.
  • Check that no removable drives are plugged in to the USB ports.
  • Check the boot order in the BIOS Setup to ensure that the computer boots from the drive containing Windows before any other bootable devices.

If this does not resolve the problem, you will have to repair the NT boot loader.

Fix NTLDR

The easiest way to fix the "NTLDR is missing" error is to use Spotmau PowerSuite.However, if your computer is using Windows XP and you have a Windows XP installation CD you may be able to boot from this anduse the Recovery Console to fix NTLDR manually instead.

Use Spotmau PowerSuiteInsert the Spotmau PowerSuite CD and start the computer. The main menu will appear.spotmau-2.gif
  • Click 2. Windows Recovery.
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  • When the Windows Recovery tool starts, click Windows NT/2000/XP/2003.
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  • On the Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Recovery dialog, click Recover NTLDR and NTDETECT.
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  • On the Recover NTLDR and NTDETECT dialog, select your operating system (e.g. Windows XP) and then click Recover.
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The tool will repair the file and report "NTLDR and NTDETECT have been recovered successfully."

  • Remove the Spotmau PowerTools CD from the drive and click Restart to reboot the computer.
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Nov 17, 2010 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook

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Error message on boot: NTLDR is missing. Set to


Follow this link:

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Feb 18, 2010 | ASUS Eee PC 900 Notebook

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Ntldr is missing press clt alt del to restart


The NTLDR and Ntdetect.com files are important system files that are used by your computer to start the Windows XP operating system. These files can become damaged, corrupted or deleted for a number of reasons and are usually brought to your attention by the "NTLDR is Missing" error message. 

Follow these easy steps to restore the damaged/corrupted or missing NTLDR and Ntdetect.com files from the Windows XP CD using the Recovery Console. 

Time Required: Restoring the NTLDR and Ntdetect.com files from the Windows XP CD usually takes less than 15 minutes

Here's How:

Boot your system  using a Windows XP CD, press any key when the windows display "press any key to boot from CD"and wait for some time, select "r" option to go to recovery console. it will ask you for administrator password too.

When you reach the command prompt type the following two commands, pressing Enter after each one: 
copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy d:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

In the command listed above, d represents the drive letter assigned to the optical drive that your Windows XP CD is currently in. While this is most often d, your system could assign a different letter. Also, c:\ represents the root folder of the partition that Windows XP is currently installed on. Again, this is most often the case but your system could be different. 

If you're prompted to overwrite either of the two files, press Y. 

Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC. 

Assuming that missing or corrupt versions of the NTLDR and/or Ntdetect.com files were your only issues, Windows XP should now start normally.

That's it.

Jan 22, 2010 | Acer Aspire 5315 Notebook

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NTLDR is missing error on starting the machine


When a PC system or notebook displays NTLDR is missing you can still recover with out re-installing windows. Follow the instructions on the link provided; http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm
Scroll down to: Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
The fix is a bit different for Win 2000 &Win XP.

Good luck!
Mike

Oct 17, 2009 | Systemax Neotach 3300 Notebook

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NTLDR is missing


Fixes for NTLDR Errors
  1. Restart the PC. The NTLDR error could be a fluke.

  2. Check your floppy and optical (CD/DVD) drives for media. Often times, the "NTLDR is Missing" error will appear if your PC is trying to boot to a non-bootable floppy disk or CD/DVD.

    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 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. 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. Open your computer's case and ensure that the cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard is firmly in place. If this does not resolve the issue, try replacing the cable. NTLDR error messages could be caused by loose or malfunctioning IDE cables.

  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. Finally, 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. Replace the hard drive and then perform a new installation of Windows XP.

Jan 17, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Acer 3690


Could be various causes just follow the information below and you should solve it.
Good luck

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
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.
Solutions:
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 is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette.
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 and/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. Additional information about checking the CD-ROM drive connections can be found on document CH000213.
Additional information: 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 type of card reader or flash reader make sure that no memory stick is inside the computer.
Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS
Verify that your computer hard disk drive is properly setup in the BIOS / CMOS setup. Improper settings can cause this error. Additional information on how to enter the BIOS / CMOS setup can be found in document CH000192.
Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file
Windows 2000 users
Windows XP users

Windows XP users
  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. 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\ntdetect.com c:\

  7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.
Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file
Edit the boot.ini on the root directory of the hard disk drive and verify that it is pointing to the correct location of your Windows operating system and that the partitions are properly defined. Additional information about the boot.ini can be found on document CH000492.
Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32
If you are getting this error message while you are attempting to upgrade to Windows 2000 or Windows XP from Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME running FAT32 please try the below recommendations.
  1. Boot the computer with a Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows ME bootable diskette.
  2. At the A:\> prompt type:

    sys c: <press enter>

  3. After pressing enter you should receive the "System Transferred" message. Once this has been completed remove the floppy diskette and reboot the computer.

Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable
This issue has been known to be caused by a loose or fault IDE/EIDE cable. If the above recommendation does not resolve your issue and your computer hard disk drive is using an IDE or EIDE interface. Verify the computer hard disk drive cable is firmly connected by disconnected and reconnecting the cable.
If the issue continues it is also a possibility that the computer has a faulty cable, try replacing the hard disk drive cable with another cable and/or a new cable.

Oct 31, 2008 | Acer Aspire 3690-2196 Notebook

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My dell d600


Hi,


NTLDR or NTDETECT Is Missing or Corrupt Error Message









Table of Contents secondary.gif Start the Recovery Console secondary.gif Repair the Missing NTLDR or NTDETECT File » Start the Recovery Console
  1. Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD or DVD drive.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. While the computer is starting, repeatedly press F12 every 3 seconds to access the one-time boot menu.
  4. When the one-time boot menu appears, press the Down Arrow to highlight the CD-ROM option that appears, which is one of the following options: Onboard CD-ROM Drive or Onboard USB CD-ROM Drive.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. When the computer boots to the CD-ROM drive, press R to enter the Recovery Console.


» Repair the Missing NTLDR or NTDETECT File
  1. Boot the system to the Windows XP Recovery Console.

  2. Type map, and press <Enter>. Make note of the drive letter assigned to the optical (DVD or CD-ROM) drive.

  3. Type copy x:\i386\ntldr c:\ (where x is the drive letter for the optical drive), and press <Enter>.

  4. Type copy x:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\ (where x is the drive letter for the optical drive), and press <Enter>.

  5. If you are prompted to overwrite the file, type y, and press <Enter>.

  6. Type exit and press <Enter>.

  7. As the computer restarts, remove the Windows XP CD.
The files have been restored and the error message should be fixed.

You can check this website for further details.
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/document?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&docid=B93824605BF646F98FDFACA51E3A9B55&journalid=4F6F8BC06C3B5014E040AE0AB5E121D2&Query=TlRMRFIraXMrbWlzc2luZw==&SystemID=LAT_PNT_PM_D600&ServiceTag=&contenttype=-1&os=-1&component=-1&lang=-1&doclang=en&toggle=false

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Jun 15, 2008 | Dell Latitude D600 Notebook

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What is NTLDR


Hi,

NTLDR is short for New Technology Loader, an essential initializing program for Windows.NT4/2k/XP.

A missing NTLDR indicates several fault possibilities, most common are:
1. partially defective memory;
2. corrupt files or Windows installation in the boot hard disk; and/or
3. IDE cable, motherboard, the hard disk itself and others.

If it is a memory problem, try removing the memory sticks and clean the gold pins with a pencil eraser, re-install and make sure seated correctly. Reboot and try again.

If it is a corrupt file, insert an OEM Windows XP Installer (bootable) CD into the PC and when prompted, press any key to boot from CD. Once in the setup menu, press the "R" key to repair Windows. Log into by pressing "1" key and then enter.
You would need your administrator password, then hit enter. You need to copy the missing file(s) from the CD to your HD. Type :
copy D:\i386\ntldr C:\
copy D:\i386\ntdetect.com D:\
Soon as copied, reboot.

If thereafter, other files turn out to be missing also, perhaps you might be better off formatting your HD and re-installing your OS since chances are not only 1 or 2 files are already corrupt.

In some cases, even a re-install will not solve the problem, you then may either have to replace your memory or your hard disk.

Hope this be of some idea/help. Pls post back how things turn out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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