Missing ntldr on a win 2000 professional computer?

Posted on 2005-04-22
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
Rebooted my machine this morning and it said "ntldr is missing".  I have a win 2k pro machine on an ad domain.  About a week ago I created an image of this machine and saved it on my server using GHOST.  The computer was rebuilt about two weeks ago and had good antivirus and spyware protection.  It was working great at that time.  

1.  Why is this happening?!!

2.  Is there a way to fix it without restoring the image?

3.  Is the ntldr file specific to my computer or can I get this file off another machine or from my image file?

4.  What is the best protection against this type of problem, think network solution?

5.  Where is the ntldr file stored?

Thanks Experts.

Question by:DaleFrazier
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    Accepted Solution


    First <ahem> make sure there isnt a floppy disk in the drive :^)

    Now we have discounted the obvious, boot with the windows CD and go to the recovery console (for XP and 2K)

    and issue the following commands

    COPY x:\I386\NTLDR C:\
    BOOTCFG /rebuild

    also see

    How to troubleshoot the "NTLDR Is Missing" error message in Windows 2000
    You Receive an "NTLDR Is Missing" Error Message When You Start Your Computer

    If you cannot repair your PC using the above, a repair install will do it for you
    How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows 2000;en-us;292175
    How to perform an in-place upgrade of Windows XP

    Author Comment

    thanks pete i wont tell you how simple it was
    LVL 57

    Expert Comment

    by:Pete Long
    LOL No Problem My Friend - Glad to help


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