NTLDR is missing

By sylbar1
Jan 28, 2014
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  1. Hi Everyone,

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this...but I think I accidentally deleted something in my Control Panel, and now I can't start my computer! It keeps saying NTLDR is missing ~ Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. I have tried this several times and nothing is happening, just showing the same message! It has a blinking line underneath, which is prompting me for something/anything to put in there!

    Can anyone help me? Thank You!
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,361   +821

    Yep, that's maddening all right, and it's happened to me on occasion .

    Unfortunately, I usually reformat when I break Windows to that point.

    I'm not saying you should. With that in mind, I'm having this thread moved to "BSOD" and whatnot...:oops:

    This problem pulls up a lot of similar threads. You might peruse them for a solution.
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,673   +152

    Yes, the computer can't find the boot hard drive. Check in the bios for the boot order. Make sure that the hard drive is in the list and in either the first or second position
  4. sylbar1

    sylbar1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    How do I get to the bios for the boot order?...sorry not that computer savy :(
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,361   +821

    In many boards, you would press the "Power" button (*), & then begin pressing the, "Delete" key. That should bring up a menu that you negotiate with the up and down arrow keys, then press,"enter" when you get to the option you want.

    You may also see the option, "boot menu", and you take take that directly, and avoid the primary BIOS menu altogether.

    Intel is different, and I believe it's "F2". Not sure about that though.

    I still think this may point to a larger problem, since you obviously didn't change the boot order yourself.

    (*) You can only get into BIOS or "Boot Menu", from a cold start.
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,673   +152

    What is the make and model of this PC?
  7. sylbar1

    sylbar1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    I'm in the Boot Device Menu, and the options I have are:

    *Onboard SATA Hard Drive
    *Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive

    * System Setup
    * Hard Drive Diagnosticcs
    * Boot to Utility Participation
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,673   +152

    You need to get into the bios. If you just give me what I asked for here I can tell you how to get into the bios
  9. sylbar1

    sylbar1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    OK, it's a Dell Dimension E510 XP
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,361   +821

    If it isn't set to "onboard SATA Hard Drive", make it so. If the machine still won't boot, you've broken Windows.

    So, if still no booty, set it back to boot from the CD, load the Windows disc, and do a repair install.

    If you can get into Windows at all, (which you probably can't), running the command line, "fixmbr", might help.
  11. sylbar1

    sylbar1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    OK, can't do anything in *Onboard SATA Hard Drive...just keeps telling me NTLDR is missing

    Tried the boot from Onboard or USB CD-ROM...it's still telling me the same

    I have tried going into System Setup and there's a bunch of things in there, but have no clue what's what?
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,361   +821

    Normally, the boot order is CD/DVD drive, then HDD0. (That assumes more than one HDD in the machine. This is so that you can use a Windows disc to boot the machine.

    Now if Tmagic650 claims he can fix this in BIOS, I'm out.

    But, tell us what kind of Windows or restore discs you have for this machine.
  13. sylbar1

    sylbar1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    Hmm? I actually only have the Operating System Reinstallation Disk that came with the computer, and I have a Drivers and User Documentation! Also came with a FixPc problems! Don't have a Restore Disk unless it's the Operating system one? Not all that savy with this, and can't believe I did this :( Btw, it's Windows XP
  14. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,080   +221

  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,361   +821

    Is "fix PC problems", is a disc unto itself?

    The Operating System Re-installation Disc", is the Windows XP" disc. It may NOT be an actual "Windows XP" disc, but rather a disc image of Windows XP.

    That sounds stupid but, many branded computers won't accept a "Genuine Windows Disc", as a vehicle for installation, as the BIOS and board are "tattooed" to only accept the manufacturer's "restore" disc. (I expect it isn't always called t6hat, in so many words.

    THE "OS re-install", will renew your Windows installation. However we need to find out if it will do a "Repair install", or only a "full, reformat install", which will destroy all data on your C:/ Drive.

    If I/ you /we / Tmagic, can't get this to work, we may need you to download and burn a CD or DVD, of the latest version of Linux, to retrieve and move your data from the HDD before you start.
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,673   +152

    This computer is old enough to have a failed hard drive, so other than replacing the hard drive and re-installing Windows, nothing else can be done...
  17. sylbar1

    sylbar1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    I got it! I'm in the Windows Recovery Console...it's asking me which windows installation would you like to log onto?
  18. sylbar1

    sylbar1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    Also says to cancel, Press ENTER?
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,361   +821

    Whatever they're calling the "repair mode". If in doubt, please post the message in their exact wording.

    "Cancel", is the I'm "chickening out", button.
  20. sylbar1

    sylbar1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    OK<

    1: C:\WINDOWS

    Which Windows installation would you like to log onto
    <to cancel, press ENTER>?
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,361   +821

    So, are you saying there's only one option? It's either install or cancel.

    Windows is always on C:/

    The restore or Windows installation discs I have, have 2 options. 1. Either a fresh, full reformat install, or 2, a repair install.

    If your discs only show one option, it's "safe" to assume the drive will be wiped(!) (Reformatted with all data lost).
  22. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,673   +152

    Do the 1: C:\WINDOWS
  23. sylbar1

    sylbar1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 46

    I put in 1, and it's asking me for an adminstrator name...and now I'm stuck because I don't know what it is, and I clicked on HELP, so now I have all these names and I'm lost!
  24. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,673   +152

    It won't let you just hit enter?
  25. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,382   +205

    Leave the admin name blank and hit enter as Tmagic650 said.


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