“NTLDR is missing” is a notorious error message that usually bugs the Windows XP users, but it can also occur in Windows 7 even though it is an old Windows 2000/XP loader. Windows 7 utilizes BOOTMGR instead of NTLDR, but there are variety of reasons where users get “NTLDR is missing” error message in Windows 7. It happens if you have an improper dual boot setup or due to improper Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade, among several other reasons. If you are having same issue with Windows XP, then try this tutorial: NTLDR Windows XP Fix. This tutorial will highlight some effective ways to fix NTLDR is missing issue:
How to fix “NTLDR is missing” in windows 7:
Method#1: System Repair
- Insert the Windows 7 setup or System Repair CD into the CD/DVD drive and then restart your PC.
- Now boot into your Windows 7 setup CD/DVD. If you have a Dell PC, then press F12, or F9 for HP, to access the boot menu. It usually tells you what you need to press to access the boot menu during boot up. If you are not sure, check your vendor’s documentation. Select boot into CD/DVD.
- Now press any key to boot from Windows 7 CD when prompted.
NOTE: Make sure you press ANY key sooner as it only will boot into hard drive if you didn’t press any key with around 10 seconds.
- Windows 7 installer will then pop up asking for language, format and input method. Make appropriate selections and then click on Next to continue.
- Now click on Repair your computer.
- It will then detect and list all installed operating systems. Choose appropriate OS from the list and click on Next.
NOTE: If you notice the list is blank then don’t panic; it is normal. Click on Next either way.
- From the System Recovery Options, choose Startup Repair. Let it do its thing and acknowledge any notifications it might display.
Method#2: Bootrec and Check Disk (chkdsk)
Follow steps 1-5 from the method #1.
6. This time instead of startup repair choose Command Prompt.
chkdsk drive: /f
chkdsk drive: /r
Note: Replace drive with the proper drive letter where your Windows 7 operating system resides.
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