Just a thought

NTLDR missing

Posted by stringofthoughts on May 1, 2009

NTLDR missing is one error message that scares most windows users to death. Usual thought is that system is gone. It’s a very simple error and can be fixed very easily. NTLDR (NT Loder ) is the boot loader for windows just like grub or lilo in Linux. NTLDR missing error doesn’t mean that your system is gone it simply tells you that bootloder is missing or corrupted. Here is what you can do to correct this. You ‘ll need a bootable windows CD.

  • Insert  the Windows CD and start the computer. (Make sure CD/DVD drive is the primary boot device)
  • At the Welcome to Setup screen , press R to start recovery console.
  • Type the number corresponding to the Windows installation you wish to repair (usually 1, if you have only one installed copy) and press Enter.
  • When prompted, type the administrator password and press Enter.
  • Use map command to find out the drive letter of your CD/DVD drive, say it gives I:
  • From the command prompt
    COPY I:\I386\NTLDR C:\
    COPY I:\I386\NTDETECT.COM C:\
  • Remove the Windows XP CD from the drive and restart the computer.

That’s all. Everything is fixed and the way it was before.  Things get complicated when you don’t ‘ve any recovery disk. You can simply copy these files from another computer which has same setup and OS as yours to C drive. Using Linux live CD is the easiest method.

  • Boot from Linux live CD in another computer having same OS has yours ( like if you have winXP boot into a WinXP computer)
  • Copy the file ntldr and NTDETECT.COM to USB drive.
  • Boot from Linux live CD into your computer
  • Mount your C drive and copy these files to C drive.
  • Restart the computer

This should work. get a rescue disk for next time or better learn and switch to Linux 😀

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