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NTLDR is missing

dear sir,

I have windoxp laptop i have got an error NTLDR is missing & system does not boot. kindly let me know how can i fix this without loosing any data from my system.Please give me steps to do the job.
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Brian Pierce


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My advice would be AGAINST using fixboot and fixmbr, the system is obviously booting as its getting as far as trying to locate the NTLDR file, using fixboot and fixmbr may actually introduce other issues.

Yeah, tricky one. Unfortunately, if you have a corrupt boot partition of master boot record, you receive a message that the NTLDR is missing.

Definitely try to replace the NTLDR and ntdetect.com files first.
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kindly let me know how can i replece please give me steps.

Actually, you need to use Fixmbr that will fix the ntldr issue. you can either use a recovery drive if the system is OEM or if you have the system disc use the repair option on the disk.

You can use Windows XP cd for this. Boot from XP operating system installation CD and perform installation process. While doing this it will detect existing windows installation and will prompt you to repair existing installation select that and go ahead with setup instruction.
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Here are some step-by-step visual instructions on how to get into the Recovery Console:

When there, issue the commands given by jonhicks in his first post.

If that doesn't help, here's a whole website devoted to this issue:

Boot from CD. Hit 'R' to access the recovery console. You'll be asked for administrator credentials.

From the Recovery console prompt, you can enter many dos commands such as copy, dir, etc.

You can also do the fixboot and fixmbr commands.

For more info on the recovery console, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058.

I've seen the ntldr missing error probably a dozen times before and the majority of the time fixmbr resolved the problem... a couple of times it was corrupt files. Try replacing the files from CD first.


Try removing any media from the pc, a floppy, CD, USB Drive etc. from the printer first before trying above mentioned steps
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>> kindly let me know how can i replece please give me steps. <<
Did you actually bother to read the link I gave in the first reply http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318728 - that give all the info that you need !

These previous threads should provide you with further assistance, in particular this next
article which has been very useful.  It's referred to again, later>

"How to fix the NTLDR missing problem":

"XP with NTLDR Missing":

Kindly let us know what you did to resolve this.
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