How to Fix “NTLDR Missing” Error –

In this article, I will show you an easy way to fix the following error when starting Windows: “No NTLDR. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart“. If you get an NTLDR (NT loader) error, it’s probably your primary hard driveof the bootloader is damaged. The bootloader can be damaged by BIOS misconfiguration or if one of the following Windows boot files is missing or corrupted:

  1. Ntldr
  3. Boot.ini


To solve this problem, first check that the BIOS configuration is correct and that the hard drive cable is not damaged. Then proceed to resolve the “NTLDR missing” error by using the following methods:

Method 1: Using Hiren’s BootCD

Method 2: Using the recovery console

How to solve “NTLDR missing” error

Method 1: Use Hiren’s BootCD.

Step 1. Download Hiren’s BootCD

1. From another computer download it Hiren’s BootCD“.

(Hiren’s BootCD download page: )

Scroll down the page and click


2. When the download is complete, right click on “” file and extract it.


Step 2: Burn Hirens BootCD on an optical disc.

1. “atHirens.BootCD.15.2” folder, find the Disc Image file “Hiren’s.BootCD.15.2.ISO” and burn it to CD.


Step 3: Boot the problem computer with Hirens.BootCD.

1. Remove the disc from the recorder and insert it into the problem computer’s CDROM drive.*

Note*: First make sure that the CDROM drive is selected as the first boot device in the BIOS.

2. Restart your computer.

3. When “Hiren’s BootCD” menu appears on the screen, use the keyboard arrow keys to move to “.Fix “NTLDR is missing” error. select the option and then “INTRODUCTION“.


4. Select “TRY THIS FIRST” option and “Enter“.

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5. Now remove the CD-ROM from the CD DRIVE and restart your computer. If the “NTLDR is missing” error appears again, repeat this step, but this time select one of the remaining options each time (2ND, 3RD, 4TH, etc.).

Method 2: Use the “Recovery” console.

Note*: First make sure that the CDROM drive is selected as the first boot device in the BIOS.

1. Insert the Windows installation disc into your CD/DVD drive.*

Note for Windows XP users only: If you don’t have a Windows installation disc, read the end of this article.

2. When Windows Setup starts, press the “R” key on your keyboard Start the “Recovery Console”.


3. At”Which Windows installation do you want to access?Click on “, “1Click on ” & “Enter“.


4. Write nowmap” and press “Enter” to find the drive letter of your CDROM device. (eg “E:\“).


5. Now copy the “ntldr” & “” files from the Windows installation CDROM (eg “E:\”) to your C:\ drive. To do this, enter the following two (2) commands (“click”Enter” after writing each).

  1. copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
  2. copy e:\i386\ c:\

Note: write “y” (YES) to overwrite files in the specified location when prompted.

6. write “ExitClick on ” & “Enter“.

7. Remove the Windows installation CD from the CD DRIVE and restart your computer.

Additional support for Windows XP users only:

For Windows XP users who do not have a Windows installation disc (only):

1. Download the zip file “” and extract its contents to a USB flash drive*.

Note*: The “” file contains the “Ntldr”, “” and “Boot.ini” files from a running XP computer.

2. Boot your computer with Hiren’s BootCD (step 3) and “Mini Windows Xp” option.


3. When “Mini Windows XP” is loaded, plug in the USB flash drive and open Windows Explorer.

4. Copying three (3) files (Ntldr, & Boot.ini) from the USB flash drive to your system drive C:\ (Root) folder (“Ask”Yes” to overwrite target files).

5. After completing the copy operation, remove the CDROM and USB flash drive and restart your computer.

Now your computer should boot usually In Windows.

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