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when starting my computer "NTLDR is missing" massage shows

by paulgill19 / April 3, 2010 7:26 PM PDT

when starting my computer "NTLDR is missing- press ctrl+alt+del to restart" massage shows up. same massages shows up no matter how many times i restart my computer. before windows xp was working just fine.

What can i do to have my windows xp working again

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Re: NTLDR missing
by Kees Bakker / April 3, 2010 7:49 PM PDT

What to do to use your PC again depends.

It could be that you don't yet have SP2 installed (you didn't tell). In that case: read
Deleting unnecessary files from the root folder might help also. The root folder has a limited capacity.

It could be that any of the issues mentioned in is applicable. You're the only one who can diagnose the problem.

Maybe helps. But I don't know how trustworthy this is.

And, of course, it's possible it's just missing (although it's unclear how that came). From the recovery console see if you can find ntldr and in the root folder using the command dir c:\nt* /a:h (followed by enter). With me, they are. With you?
In that case, get your Windows XP CD, boot into the recovery console and copy it back as described in the last post in

The last recourse would be a repair or even a clean install of Windows XP, but I don't think that's necessary.


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NTLDR missing
by paulgill19 / April 4, 2010 8:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: NTLDR missing

Dear Kees Bakker,

i was trying linux ubuntu 7.10 live cd. it was not installed, as i logged off ubuntu and tried to start windows xp, the ntldr is missing message showed up. and also i could not boot from the ubuntu 7.10 cd anymore. but i could still use ubuntu 7.04 live cd and as a matter of fact this is what i am using now to write this massage. i am a novice and don't really know what to do in such a situation. i was trying the online virus scan to scan for viruses before taking any other action unsuccesfully, as the os is not installed and to download antivirus i have to use a addon on firefox and then firefox need to be restarted but all my attempts to do so have failed as it would not do it in memory, i perhaps have to install the os before i can use the online virus scan.

Please help if you can.


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A stupid question first
by Steven Haninger / April 4, 2010 8:25 PM PDT
In reply to: NTLDR missing

ntldr missing is commonly caused by a removable disk being left in a drive. In order to boot ubuntu, you'd need to change the boot order. Often a BIOS will present a message to strike any key to boot from CD if the CD ROM drive is placed ahead of the HD. You have to remove the CD in order to have Windows ignore it. There's another common mistake that can happen when altering the boot order if you have another HD on the system or even connected via USB. That is moving the Windows drive too far down and your system will try to boot from another HD. ntldr missing is often the result of doing this. Make sure your Windows HD is first among HDs if you've not done so already.

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