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NTLDR is missing tried reinstall


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mcjenniffer

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I tried rebooting my computer today and got a black screen that says NTLDR is missing, than it says Press trl+Alt+Del to restart. I did as it says and it only takes me back to the same screen. I manually shut off the computer and it reopened to the same screen. I went and did what you give directions to to reinstall window xp, but I am not getting the same screens as you show or the same options. It is giving me the options to 1 delete all files (automated fdisk/format) 2 automated installation of windows 3 advanced user menu 4 restart computer. This is on a black screen. I choose 2 and it says 1 normal installation of windows, 2 installation of windows with special hard disk drive controller drivers. I choose 1 and it says my computer file system appears to be protected with an NTFS format. And I have to choose the option 1 delete all files before reinstalling windows. Am I going to lose all my files if I do this? Is there a way to back everything I had up? Do I even need to reinstall windows? Maybe there is another option? I guess I forgot to mention that right before this happened I put in a stick of ram from crucial that I just got. All I did to install it was click it in place. Could it possibly be bad? Please help again. Thanks
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Hi mcjenniffer and welcome to Geeks to go.

Lets 1st start with removing that stick of ram since it was the last thing you did. Ram from crucial is usually very good though.

Let us know how that works out, and if needed we can go furthur.

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I did remove it and nothing happened. Screen in still the same, and I manually shut off computer and restarted, and same thing.
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Hey there...

This one can be real tricky to solve but there's a step by step solution on the website below that i've had success with.

This error appears when NTLDR's attributes have been altered or there is another problem with NTLDR.

To try the most common solution for this, read the following article:

PS: NTLDR is missing. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.
http://www.proposeds...del-to-restart/

If the above does not fix it you may need to follow the Windows Boot Troubleshooting Guide on that site.

Hope this all helps.

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The most common reason for this error is when your PC is trying to boot from a hard drive or flash drive that is not properly configured to be booted from; in other words, it's trying to boot from a non-bootable source. This also would apply to media on an optical drive or floppy drive that you're trying to boot from.

Other possible causes 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.

Fixes for NTLDR Errors

1. Restart the PC. The NTLDR error could be a fluke.

2. Check your floppy and optical (CD/DVD) drives for media. Often times, the "NTLDR is Missing" error will appear if your PC is trying to boot to a non-bootable floppy disk or CD/DVD.

http://pcsupport.abo...orderchange.htm

Note: If you find that this is the cause of your problem and it's happening a lot, you might want to consider changing the boot order in BIOS so the hard drive is listed first.

3. Check the hard drive and other drive settings in BIOS and ensure they are correct. The BIOS configuration tells the computer how to use a drive so incorrect settings can cause problems, including NTLDR errors. There is usually an Auto setting for hard drive and optical drive configurations in BIOS which is usually a safe bet if you're not sure what to do.

4. Restore the NTLDR and ntdetect.com files from the Windows XP CD. Restoring these two important system files from the original Windows XP CD may do the trick.

http://pcsupport.abo...ldrntdetect.htm

5. Repair or replace the boot.ini file. This will prevent the NTLDR error if the cause of the problem is a boot.ini file that is not configured properly for your Windows XP installation.

http://pcsupport.abo...pairbootini.htm

6. Write a new partition boot sector to the Windows XP system partition. If the partition boot sector has become corrupt or isn't properly configured, you may receive the "NTLDR is Missing" error.

http://pcsupport.abo...wbootsector.htm

7. Repair the Windows XP master boot record. NTLDR error messages may also appear if the master boot record is corrupt.

http://pcsupport.abo...t/repairmbr.htm

8. Open your computer's case and ensure that the cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard is firmly in place. If this does not resolve the issue, try replacing the cable. NTLDR error messages could be caused by loose or malfunctioning IDE cables.

9. Update your motherboard's BIOS. Occasionally, an outdated BIOS version can cause the "NTLDR is Missing" error.

10. Perform a repair installation of Windows XP. This type of installation should replace any missing or corrupt files. Continue troubleshooting if this does not resolve the issue.

http://pcsupport.abo...stxprepair1.htm

11. Perform a clean installation of Windows XP. This type of installation will completely remove Windows XP from your PC and install it again from scratch. While this will almost certainly resolve any NTLDR errors, it is a time consuming process due to the fact that all of your data must be backed up and then later restored.

http://pcsupport.abo...nstxpclean1.htm

If you can't gain access to your files to back them up, understand that you will lose them all if you continue with a clean installation of Windows XP.

12. Finally, if all else has failed, including the clean installation from the last step, you're most likely facing a hardware issue with your hard drive. Replace the hard drive and then perform a new installation of Windows XP.

NTLDR Errors Apply To
This issue applies to the Windows XP operating system, including Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home Edition. Windows Vista does not utilize NTLDR.

[stolen from someone on this board :)]
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Issue is fixed!!! Thanks so much for the help again. You guys really save the day.
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What exactly did you do, if we may....
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Had to put in the Microsoft disk and do that copy file thing (as stated in one of the forums) to repair the Windows. Was something like d:\copy c:\ntflr and a few more commands, someone read it to me over the phone off the site since I couldn't get back in here. I'm not sure if when I stuck the new ram stick in if I hit something, or static shock zapped something, or what happened. But the ram is back in, and everything is now working as it should. And I didn't lose any files, pics, when this was done. Please No One use what I just wrote because it is not accurate (the commands), the accurate commands/instructions are in one of the forums.
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Very well :)
Thanks for posting back :)
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