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Welcome to Fixya. When NTLDR is missing from your operating system it means that there is a problem with your boot loader. A missing NTLDR means that your computer can not boot to the operating system. Fixing the missing NTLDR is relatively easy so long as you have your install disk or You can do a hard disk recovery of your dell computer.
1. Locate your Windows Operating System instal disk and place it in your CD/DVD ROM drive. Change the Boot Sequence of the CD/DVD Drive to First Boot.
2. Restart your computer or turn it off then back on again.
3. When the computer restarts press any key on your keyboard when you are prompted to "press any key to enter setup" (Windows XP). It will go automatically to setup if your using Vista and 7.
4.After you have pressed any key you will see the Windows XP setup screen. Once it is done loading press the R key to repair the windows installation. The screen will turn black and put you in a dos like mode with a bunch of text and a few options. The first question you should is it asking you which installation you would like to log into. For most of us we just press 1 and hit enter. If you have more than one hard drive or more than 1 partition this may be different. You will have to know which hard drive or partition your Windows operating system is installed to. It then asks you for a password and if you haven't set up one up you can just leave it blank and press enter. For Vista and 7 select the Partition that the Operating System is installed and repair it.
5. Once you see the words c:\WINDOWS> and a blinking cursor type the following...
copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\windows
If you want to use the Hard Disk Recovery of Dell all you need to do is to restart the computer and on the POST screen press Ctrl Button + F11. Keep in mind that if you fo this all the files installed on the computer will be deleted.
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Applies to: Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XPSymptoms
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.
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.
The tool will repair the file and report "NTLDR and NTDETECT have been recovered successfully."
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