NTLDR is missing at startup

Please note: Make sure you have your Windows install disc before starting.

  1. Insert your Windows install disc (bootable) and restart the computer to boot from the disc.

Note: You may need to change your system BIOS (usually by hitting the "Delete" Key or one of the Function keys on top of your keyboard) to boot from CD-ROM.

  • Press any key to start Windows Setup from your Windows install disc.
  • At the Welcome to Setup screen, press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  • Press the number key to select the Windows user (usually by pressing the "1" key).
  • The console will ask for Administrator's password. Type your administrator password and press "Enter".
  • Copy the ntldr and files located on the disc to C:\ drive (root).

    Example: At the command prompt screen, type each command listed below and press the "Enter" key. The example will copy files from the windows installation disc in drive E:\ to the local hard drive C:\. The drive letter may be different on your computer.

    copy E:\i386\ntldr c:

    copy E:\i386\ c:


  • Eject the disc. Type "Exit" and press "Enter" to reboot the computer.
  • Windows should be able to start up and allow you to login.
  • Now you will need to create a boot.ini file and save it to C:\ drive.
    a. Open Notepad (Go to Start->All Programs->Accessories->Notepad).

    b. Copy and paste the text below into Notepad. (Note: The numbers like (0) or (1) should be adjusted if Windows is not installed on the first partition of the first hard disk.)

    (boot loader)



    (operating systems)

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

    c. Save the file as boot.ini to C:\ drive. Make sure that the .txt extension is not appended to the boot.ini file name.
  • Restart the computer.

Important: After installing Easy Media Creator 10, it is recommended to run software manager for any available updates to prevent the issue such as "NTLDR is missing" from re-occurring.

a. Install Easy Media Creator 10.
b. When prompted to restart your computer, click ÒNoÓ.
c. Go to Control Panel and then double click on Software Update.
Note: You may need to click ÒSwitch to Classic ViewÓ to find Software Update.
d. Place a checkmark on ÒRoxio Easy Media Creator 10.0 UpdateÓ and click Install.
e. Restart your computer after the patch installation is completed.


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