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How to Fix “NTLDR is Missing” Error on Windows XP

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Here is my quick tip to fix “NTLDR is Missing” error on Windows XP:

  1. Boot the computer with a bootable CD or floppy that can read and write the C:\ drive. I recommend you to use BartPE as it’s a very easy and usefull tool to fix windows offline.
  2. Download NTLDR is Missing.zip, extract and save the 3 files into your C:\ drive.
  3. You may need to modify the boot.ini file to fit your need. 99% chance you won’t need to change it ;)
  4. Restart your computer … and Done

Tips:
You can also use Windows XP bootable CD and then select Repair and use the Recovery Console to copy the 3 files (ntldr, ntdetect.com and boot.ini) back to your C:\

However, Recovery Console will ask you the Administrator’s password before you can get inside it. Don’t worry :) in case you need help with the password, you can read How to Reset Windows XP Administrator Password for help ;)

Hope you’ll find this tip usefull :)

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Comment by Bryan
2007-04-12 06:45:32

Thanks dude, I couldn’t find these files for download ANYWHERE. You’re my hero :x

Comment by Ismu Surizan
2007-04-12 08:21:32

You’re welcome my friend :)

Comment by ankush Subscribed to comments via email
2010-04-01 22:08:23

i have NTDLR missing problem.

what will i do

 
 
 
Comment by amin Subscribed to comments via email
2007-08-19 01:01:15

thanks man your the best!!!!!!
thanks thanks thanks !!!

Comment by Ismu Surizan
2007-08-19 09:09:46

glad I can help ;)

 
 
Comment by fedra Subscribed to comments via email
2008-01-17 12:41:33

how to copy NTLDR is missing.zip into drive c??
thanks before

Comment by Ismu Surizan
2008-01-17 13:02:23

use BartPE & extract the zip file to your C drive.

 
 
Comment by Brandon
2008-03-20 03:35:57

If the ntldr is missing, and u try to fix it with.
-Acer Recovery
-Windows Xp
-Windows Repair system
and that doesnt work,& that all the drives are missing.
Will this help the other problems, or will it just help the one problem, or possibly fix them all?

Comment by Ismu Surizan
2008-03-20 07:34:40

all the drives are missing? i think, you may need to check your HDD for any hardware related problem.

 
 
Comment by bobby Subscribed to comments via email
2008-05-29 08:47:50

i get ntldr missing it says hit ctrl alt del to reastart evey time i do thats as far as i get hope u can help

Comment by Ismu Surizan
2008-05-29 08:55:27

you need to boot your computer using bootable cd. the above steps can help you.

Comment by bobby Subscribed to comments via email
2008-05-29 08:58:38

ive tried keep getting same mssg

 
 
Comment by cesar Subscribed to comments via email
2009-08-25 03:43:43

esto nadie lo sabe solo necesitas : abrir menu de inicio ejecutar y enseguida teclear regedit poener aceptar cuando se abra en la izquierda dicen unas cosas y le das doble click en donde dice HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE y despues solo eliminas SECURITY cierras todo lo que tengas abierto reinicias tu computadora y listo

 
 
Comment by Kaulu Chaka Subscribed to comments via email
2008-07-22 05:48:44

I have “NTLDR is Missing” problem when I replaced my CD drive with a new one. The computer boots if I disconnect it. Ihave thrown away the old non-working CD drive. All your help cannnot work as the drive can not be accessed. Please Help!!!

 
Comment by Lavinia Subscribed to comments via email
2008-09-10 18:42:30

I saw the BartPe but I can’t understand what I need! I’m sorry I’m a girl lost in Sao Tome’ and I cancelled boot.ini for error! please help me!

 
Comment by Bobbafet Subscribed to comments via email
2008-11-16 05:30:44

You rule, man. I’ve tried several methods, but only yours’ solved my problem. Thanks!

 
Comment by CAlllinnel Subscribed to comments via email
2008-12-09 05:47:57

thank you very much, you are the best!

 
Comment by NatureGlass Subscribed to comments via email
2009-01-23 01:26:21

Best and works!
Windows Repare Consol (with WinXP boot CD)
Press R
Copy from CD Drive \I386\ntldl & ntdetect.com to C:\
Reboot & your are Done!

 
Comment by littledevil452 Subscribed to comments via email
2009-02-21 04:58:36

Whenever i try to copy boot.ini i get a message saying its unreadable or is currupt?? the other 2 files copied over fine its just the boot one that has the problem

Comment by Ismu Surizan
2009-02-21 23:02:28

try redownload the zip file. it could be the zip file you downloaded was corrupt. I just tried it on my pc and didn’t have any problem.

 
 
Comment by BomBerone666 Subscribed to comments via email
2009-03-25 23:55:31

hi!!!
I dont know is this related in any way with this topic but I tried to dual boot windows vista and XP and i first get the “ntldr is missing” message but when i pastet files in to the XP root folder and restarted to get to XP it just restarts it self!
Help!!!

 
Comment by Dave Subscribed to comments via email
2009-04-07 20:46:06

I did this and not i need to modify my boot.ini file. any tips on how to match this back to my PC?

 
Comment by thirk Subscribed to comments via email
2009-04-15 00:23:04

thank you very much indeed! people like you who like to help are rare to find. please keep up the good work!

 
Comment by Lucas Subscribed to comments via email
2009-10-07 03:43:48

Thanks for the download! Solved my problem!!!

Lucas Amsterdam NL

 
Comment by didiey Subscribed to comments via email
2009-11-29 23:50:07

where can i download ntldr 4 free???tqqqqqqq

 
Comment by arei Subscribed to comments via email
2010-03-03 13:39:16

thanks bro..i will try at home

 
Comment by Dave Subscribed to comments via email
2010-08-17 23:28:47

Hi, thanks for the files – add my PC to the list of saved computers! I too could find these files for download anywhere!

 
Comment by smisra Subscribed to comments via email
2010-09-17 02:45:37

i tried resolving the NTLDR missing error n got stuck up at bootcfg /rebuild command i get an error sayin the system cannot find the file or directory specified…. my boot.ini file seems to be missing and i’m not able to repair using the bootcfg /rebuild command it doesn’t work even tried chkdsk it doesn’t show any error.. how do i create boot.ini manually using the xp cd?

 
Comment by arman Subscribed to comments via email
2010-11-28 10:30:01

sir, my cd is not working. Can I use a flash drive instead?

 
Comment by silvya Subscribed to comments via email
2011-02-02 20:19:57

hi surizan..
i have trouble with my pc about ‘chkdsk’ what is that mean..?
can u explain to me n how to repair it..?
thx before

 
Comment by Ben Subscribed to comments via email
2011-02-07 19:10:22

U need a nobel price for this 1.
thanks a million times

 
Comment by felix Subscribed to comments via email
2011-02-25 23:29:46

if i dont have a boot cd for xp .. can i fix this ntldr missing problem ?

 
Comment by emma Subscribed to comments via email
2011-03-07 17:08:07

i cant seem to extract the file. i have tried lots of times. i have an iso program ready to copy the file.
also how do i get the BARTPE file onto a cd to use in the broken pc?

 
Comment by lordjj Subscribed to comments via email
2011-07-30 07:33:50

I fucking love you man!
Big Thank You!

 
Comment by mario Subscribed to comments via email
2011-08-12 22:14:42

thanks man

 
Comment by jey Subscribed to comments via email
2012-02-08 12:24:33

thanks bro

 
Comment by vost Subscribed to comments via email
2012-02-26 20:44:13

you are gread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10000000000 thanks

 
Comment by Jashim Subscribed to comments via email
2012-05-03 13:00:00

I have faced just now with same kind of problem. After downloading and pasting these three files to c:/ drive, the pc is now ok.
thanks a lot brother.

 
Comment by KV Subscribed to comments via email
2012-08-21 17:27:49

Still not working… I have yet to see a software so idiot as pebuilder – it gave all sorts of error messages (I fix 2 by adding files, then there are 10… WTF). Finally it decides it’s all there and makes an image. Surprise… no boot.ini, no ntldr, nothing… WTF???

 
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