Repair Windows® XP® NTLDR

Are you encountering issues regarding NTLDR in Windows XP? Learn the role of NTLDR and suggestions to fix the issue of missing NTLDR

NT Loader is a program loaded from the hard drive boot sector that displays the Microsoft Windows NT startup menu and helps Windows NT load. NTLDR is the boot loader for all releases of Windows NT operating system. This includes Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. NTLDR is typically run from the primary hard disk drive, but it can also be run from portable storage devices such as a CD-ROM, USB flash drive, or floppy disk. NTLDR can also load a non NT-based operating system, given the appropriate boot sector in a file. NT Loader helps your Windows XP operating system start. If you have multiple operating systems installed and properly configured, NTLDR will show a boot menu when your PC starts, allowing you to choose which operating system to start. A common startup problem in Windows XP is "The NTLDR is Missing" error.

The following points discuss the causes, symptoms and tips to repair the missing NTLDR error for Windows XP:

  • Causes of missing NTLDR

  • Symptoms of missing NTLDR

  • Tips to repair the error

Causes of missing NTLDR

There are a number of possible causes for NTLDR errors, the most common error message is "NTLDR is missing." The reason for this error is when you are trying to boot from a hard drive or flash drive that is not properly configured to be booted from. Other possible causes might include corrupt files, hard drive and operating system upgrade issues, corrupt hard drive sectors, an outdated BIOS, and damaged or loose IDE cables.

Symptoms of missing NTLDR

There are few different ways that the "NTLDR is missing" error might present itself, which are, "NTLDR is missing, Press any key to restart", "NTLDR is missing, Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart" and "Boot: Couldn't find NTLDR, Please insert another disk". The "NTLDR is missing" error might display very shortly after the computer is first started, immediately after the Power On Self Test (POST) is complete. Windows XP might only initially begin to load when the NTLDR error message appears.

Tips to repair the error

To repair this issue, you need to restart the PC. Check the optical drives for media and you need to disconnect the external drives. Often, the "NTLDR is Missing" error might appear if your PC is trying to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk, CD/DVD/BD, or external hard drive or flash drive. Also check the hard drive and other drive settings in BIOS and ensure that they are correct. The BIOS configuration tells the computer how to use a drive so incorrect settings might cause problems, including NTLDR errors.

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