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How To Fix NTLDR is Missing

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How To Fix NTLDR is Missing

How To Fix NTLDR is Missing

Replace NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files
Following are the methods that you can use to troubleshoot the "NTLDR Is Missing" error message that you may receive when you try to start Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Windows XP users can replace the required files for NTLDR to load correctly by using your Windows Installation Disc. The files are named NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM.


Fix 1:
Here are the steps to replace these files:
1. Inserting your Windows XP install CD.
2. Restart your computer and boot from the CD.
3. Press any key to boot from the CD.
4. Press R when you reach the Windows Options menu to access Repair Console.
5. After this step you’ll need to log into Windows by pressing 1 using your Administrator password if you have one.
6. Use the following commands to copy the NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files from the Windows installation disk to your hard disk drive:
   
     

Code:


Copy   X:\i386\ntldr  C:\

Copy   X:\i386\ntdetect.com  C:\


Where X:\ is your inserted CD’s drive letter and C:\ drive letter is your Windows XP installed partition drive letter.

7. Once these files are copied, remove the Windows installation disc from the disc drive.
8. Restart your PC.





Fix 2:
The next steps are to rebuild the boot.ini file:
1. Inserting your Windows XP install CD.
2. Restart your computer and boot from the CD.
3. Press any key to boot from the CD.
4. Press R when you reach the Windows Options menu to access Repair Console.
5. Enter your Administrator password.
6. Enter the following command when Command Prompt appears:

       

Code:

   bootcfg   /rebuild


7. Remove the install CD.
8. Restart your computer.




Fix 3:
Another easy fix is to make sure you don’t have any non-bootable media added recently in your computer, such as CDs, DVDs, USB flash drives etc. This can also include any memory card you may have entered in the card reader. The NTLDR error may appear if your computer tries to boot from one of these non-bootable media devices. You can prevent it by changing the boot order from BIOS setup utility to make sure your computer boots from the hard disk drive first, as primary source, and not from any other devices.




Fix 4:
A loose IDE cable can lead to this error to occur. Make sure both ends of your hard disk cable are not faulty or loose.
Try to connect and reconnect back the cable and restart your PC.

If none of the solutions are working for you, try to check if the IDE cable is faulty and replace it with a new one. You can check that by replacing it on another computer’s hard drive and restart that PC to see if it boots correctly.
Visit Microsoft website for more troubleshooting steps:

Windows may not start and you may receive an "NTLDR is missing" error message if Windows is not up-to-date and there are too many files in the root folder : https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/320397

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