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NTLDR is missing

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#1 Melly365


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 03:57 PM

My computer was working fine until yesterday morning. I turned it on and got a black screen saying NTLDR is missing press ctrl alt del to restart. I was able to change the start up order to cdrom by pressing f2. I can't access anything else only f2. I borrowed a system recovery disk for windows xp home edition from my parents but it won't load even though I've changed it to start with the CD. The only thing I can think of that I've done differently with the computer is the night before this happened I plugged my cell phone into the computer and put pictures onto it. I usually use Samsung kies air for that but for some reason I decided to plug my phone into it. Not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. I don't know what to do now. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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#2 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:33 AM



The Message NTLDR is  missing could be caused by more than one reason. Main reasons as either the file is actually got corrupted or system is booting from the wrong disk or partition.


Please try the below steps.


1. If there is any USB flash drives plugged, please unplug all try reboot. Some systems may try booting from USB instead of HDD and produce this error.


2. Copy NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM from the installation disc to the root of "C" drive.


Here is Microsoft's official guide about doing this - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816793


Watch the below video guide to understand the steps easily.



#3 SteveOC


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:32 PM

In addition to what has already been posted, I have seen this message twice before when the hard drive has failed due to mechanical failure.

I don't know why you can't boot from CD though.


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