How to Solve NTLDR Missing Error

The NTLDR missing error is not an uncommon error for Windows users. When the Windows system is turned on, you will see it is working correctly. You wait to log in to the computer but, end up with the black screen displaying a message which says NTLDR Missing error. The never-ending black screen shows a single message every time you turn on the computer with a hope that the problem might have been resolved, but the error stays where it was. It could be a horror for the users but there no need to feel dismayed. The guide offers the correct steps to resolve error occurring continuously with a black screen in Windows.

Here’s how to solve NTLDR missing error

Unplug the Removable Media

Maybe the error is emerging due to the BIOS trying load form an external derive. If the non-bootable device or drive is attached then try to unplug it and remove the storage accessories like CD-DVD, pen drive, USB device or memory cards. When you remove the external non-bootable drive, the BIOS from these drivers will try load consequently resolving the problem.

Modify the BIOS Boot Order

  1. In Windows, it is possible to inspect the BIOS boot order to make sure that the computer will load from the internal drive first.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. When the system is booting, you need to bring the BIOS with a specific key. Unfortunately, the key to open BIOS depends on the manufacture of the computer system. Your system must have one of the keys from the following so keep pressing one of the keys depending on your computer – Esc, F2, F8, Del, F10 or F12.
  4. Now, use the arrow buttons to navigate to BIOS, setup or BIOS menu.
  5. Select the Boot tab from the top and move HDD drive to priority.

Replace the NTLDR Files

The Windows users are allowed to replace the files for NTLDR so that the files could load correctly using Windows Installation Disc.

  1. Insert the Windows install CD.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. Boot the computer from CD.
  4. Press any key to boot from the CD.
  5. When Windows Options menu is loaded, then press the R button.
  6. It will let you access the Repair Console.
  7. Press 1 to log into Windows.
  8. Now enter the Administrator Password.
  9. Open the command prompt and type the following commands to copy the NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files.
  10. Type copy D: \i386\ntldr C: \ and press the Enter key.
  11. Again type D: \i386\ C: \ and hit the Enter key.
  12. Now the files will copy in the designated destination.
  13. Remove the Windows Installation Disc from the driver and Restart your computer.

Change Bootsector Code

In Windows, the error can be resolved by using the BOOTMGR related boot sector code.

  1. Inset the Windows install CD and restart your computer.
  2. Boot the computer from CD.
  3. Press any key to it from CD.
  4. Click on the Repair your computer after selecting proper language, time and keyboard input.
  5. Select the Windows installation drive.
  6. Click the Next option and wait until the System Recovery Option box appears.
  7. New, select Command Prompt.
  8. Type bootcfg /rebuild and press the Enter key from your keyboard.
  9. The program will find Windows Installation. To confirm the addition, press Y.
  10. Now, remove the CD and restart your computer.

The NTLDR missing error will no longer appear if you follow the methods to troubleshoot the error. Hopefully, you have removed the error from your computer and begin to work again. But if you find the problem again, then try the same methods to troubleshoot the error, or you can see the support as well.

John Martin is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Samuel has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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