NTLDR is missing – Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart : Solved

NTLDR is missing – Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart : Error Solved

This is the most common system error normally comes in windows based operating systems and comes in windows xp version. I think there is no engineer who does not faced above system error in their career.

May be possible, there are hundred of new system engineer who are fresher in IT field and did not faced above kind of error in their starting career and they don’t know anything about the above error.

I have checked that so many engineer who dont try to rectify this issue manually and quicker way, they chose long way like formating and installing complete system and re-install all system software which is very time consuming.

They simply format c: driver partition and re installed operating system and other software however we can fix this issue very effectively within minutes and it really works.

below are some error messages that you may have received.

EXAMPLE ERROR Messages (These are exact errors)

NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart


NTLDR is Missing
Press any key to restart


Boot: Couldn’t find NTLDR
Please insert another disk

CAUSE of NTLDR error

We may have different type of causes of above errors.

1. boot.ini file has improper settings or mismatch settings

2. NTLDR or NTDetect.com file got corrupted

3. Sometimes, we upgrade windows and restart and we get this error.

4. We installed software which does not support windows and we may get this error.

5. Hard disk may be faulty or may be loose from connection.



Removing NTLDR is missing error is very easy as 1,2,3

We only need to acopy and replace above corrupted files into the c: or windows root direcotyr and done

How to copy/replace these files.

Step 1. Insert the Window XP Bootable disk into the computer.

Step 2. Press any key to boot from CD and it will continue.

Step 3. when,  you will have Windows XP setup menu press the “R” key to repair Window.

Step 4. Press “1” key to logged into your Windows with administrator account.

Step 5. go to disk drive partition and copy below file into the c: or root directory on hard disk. So below, we are just copying these file from the CD-rom drives, which in this case is “F”. These drive letter may be different from system to system.

copy F:i386 ntldr C: and press ENTER
copy F:i386 ntdetect.com C: and press ENTER


F:i386 copy ntldr c:

F:i386 copy ntdetect.com c:

You can use any of the above command and restart, removed bootable cd from cd-rom.

And you are DONE.

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