Posted on 2003-11-25
Last Modified: 2010-04-14


        When i start my compuer, it says NTLDR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. How do i get rid of this problem without losing the datas in my hard disk. There is only one partition(C:) in the drive and its formatted on NTFS type.Really urgent.... Thanks and Regards.
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ID: 9822781
You can boot from win2K boot disk/CD and do a "Repair" installation and that will fix the NTLDR problem.  It won't install the whole thing again and it will just check and recreate the NTLDR on the right partition
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ID: 9822783
Using the Windows 2000 CD, start the recovery console and type:

this will fix the problem.
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booting to the win2k cd and then choose repair and then manual. It then starts checking files in the boot sector, start env. etc. it will come and say that the ntldr and ntnetdetect were changed and asked if I wanted them fixed - u say yes and then proceeded to say yes to all. it will also fix the problem.
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ID: 9822839

  i have done a fresh installation without formatting the hard drive by choosing the option Leave the system with no intact changes. Also i have choosed another new folder to install the windows files. Will it solve my problem.
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shivsa earned 80 total points
ID: 9822847
i think it should.
but u choose any of my suggestion that will also solve it.

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ID: 9822890

It has solved the problem after i install the widows into a new folder WINNTNEW. My folders on the hard drive are still there after the new installation.Now that after the installation there are 2 windows folders namely WINNT and the WINNTNEW. can i delete the old windows folder WINNT, if i delete will it affect my OS(Operating System) or leave as it is.

Really thanks for your information. And i would give you the full points that i offered for the question. Regards...
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ID: 9822911
Thanks for the points.
i would suggest not delete it leave it there. since most of application take winnt as system folder where most of critical files are stays. I am not sure so i would not suggest.

u may try this: rename the old folder to winnt.old
rename the new one with winntnew to winnt, and see if evrything is ok.
try running some application and all. and if see everything looks cool than u can delete the old one.

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ID: 9828550
You may want to try changing the NTLDR (NT Boot Loader) to boot using your old install.  If so, then you could  delete the WINNTNEW after.

Try right-click "My Computer" and go to Properties/ Advanced/ Startup and Recovery.  You may see the old operating system in here as a choice.

You may also want to research modifying the boot.ini file to boot the old winnt system.

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ID: 9830183
Also just as a safe guard before you start freaking out you should regress abit and simply check your FLOPPY for disks. Yes its a simple as that to solve a missing NTLDR at times. LOL

Or if your first boot is a cd drive etc. etc.

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