NTLDR Missing Windows® XP
How can you troubleshoot a missing NTLDR on a system with Windows® XP operating system ?
Windows® XP is an operating system by Microsoft®. Various newer versions of Windows® including Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, etc. have been launched after Windows® XP, still it is very popular among PC users. However, Windows® XP users might encounter many hardware and software technical issues. One common issue that many users might come across in a Windows® XP-based PC is a missing NTLDR, which is a software program that is involved in the booting of Windows® XP. Missing of this software program might prevent the booting of the system.
Following points will provide you knowledge about how you can repair a missing NTLDR program in order to restore the functionality of Windows® XP operating system:
- What is NTLDR
- Causes of missing NTLDR applications
- Repair a missing NTLDR application
What is NTLDR
NTLDR is an executable program that is involved in the booting of Windows® XP. It guides a computer on where to find and load the operating system. The software program is used with various versions of Windows®, including Windows® NT, Windows® 2000, and Windows® XP. NTLDR can also boot up operating systems other than Windows®.
Causes of missing NTLDR applications
In order to repair missing NTLDR errors, it is important to know about the causes behind these missing applications. You might receive a missing NTLDR program due to Windows® XP that fails to start due to a problem in a hard drive that is not set to launch the operating system. Another common reason for an NTLDR-based startup error is that you might attempt to boot from a Windows® XP startup disk which is improperly formatted. You might also receive NTLDR errors due to corrupted or missing hard drive data or loose hardware cables. In addition, NTLDR error is displayed due to a non-startup disk in the CD slot.
To repair a missing NTLDR error, you need to first check that the optical media drives are empty. Now, insert the Windows® XP installation disk and restart the system. Press any key during the Windows® startup process to launch the installation setup screen. Now, press the ‘R’ key on your keyboard on the appearing of Windows® XP setup screen. The Windows® XP Recovery Console program appears wherein you need to type ‘copy d:i386ntldr c:’command. Press ‘Enter’ key and type ‘copy d:i386ntdetect.com c:’ command. Again, press the ‘Enter’ key. Windows® XP Setup software detects and replaces corrupted or missing NTLDR software files. In case if the Windows® XP Setup software asks for permission to rewrite and replace the files, press the ‘Y’ key. Now, eject the Windows® XP installation disk and type ‘exit’.