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Hi ... The 'NTLDR missing' means that windows NT Loder file is missing so OS can't boot. 1- Check that you haven't any usb key or something like connected to ur laptop. 2- Make an update to ur OS by using installation CD and choose update option to re install NTLDR file. About BIOS password you must remember pass or who make it to solve this problem. I hope this can help you ;)
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.
Check your setup settings (BIOS) to make sure your booting from the correct drive. If the computer is trying to boot from the cd drive or USB, rather than the hard drive, you will receive this error message.
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.
If ntldr is missing either the computer is trying to boot off the wrong device(usb drive, floppy, memory chip, etc) or the boot sector on your harddrive may be damaged.
Remove any and all removable disks, including cd's/dvd's, reboot the computer and try again. If you get the same message then your harddrive is either corrupted(software problem) or damaged(physical failure).
Let me know how this works out, don't forget to unplug things like printers or cameras that have memory card reader, even if there's no chip in them.
Hope this helps, let me know if it doesn't and I can provide you with the next steps.
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! :(
Try pressing F8 after you turn on the system, I suggest tapping it because each system has a window to recognize the keystroke. This should bring you to OS selection, choose last known good configuration, and if that doesnt work choose safemode and update, reinstall any missing file reported.