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Monday, 30 January 2012

NTLDR is missing Press any key to restart

  • "NTLDR is missing
    Press any key to restart"
  • "NTLDR is missing Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart"
  • "Boot: Couldn't find NTLDR
    Please insert another disk"


  1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
  2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
  3. Corrupt NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM file.
  4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
  5. New hard disk drive being added.
  6. Corrupt boot sector  or master boot record.
  7. Loose or Faulty  hard disk drive cable.
  8. Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS  
Insert the Bootable Windows XP CD into your computer (DVD/CD-ROM) and restart your computer.

When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.

Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
 Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
If prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. 
In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "F." This letter may be different in different computer.

 Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.