Now many of you may choose to upgrade to Windows 10 operating system, however, it is possible to fail to load with such an error message “NTLDR is missing”, just like the following screenshot says:
Windows will suggest you to press “Ctrl + Alt + Del” keys to restart. Usually, this error still exists after trying to restart the computer for several times. Why does Windows fail to find NTLDR files? What should you do to solve this issue?
Before introducing the solutions to you, let’s see what NTLDR is. Generally speaking, NTLDR is short for NT loader which refers to the boot loader for all releases of Windows NT operating system up to and including Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. NTLDR not only can run from the primary hard disk drive, but also run from portable storage devices, including CD-ROM, USB flash drive or floppy disk.
Actually, if Windows can’t find NTLDR, you need to learn about its factors and then start to fix the issue. Generally, here are the reasons:
• Your computer boots from a hard disk without boot files.
• Boot-related files and MBR are corrupted.
• Hard drive sectors are damaged.
• BIOS is outdated.
• IDE cables is loose
You should enter into BIOS by pressing the corresponding key to check whether the operating system boots from the hard drive where Windows is installed. Under “Boot” tab, change the order.
If NTLDR can’t be found, the maim factor may be due to the wrong setting for active partition. In this case, how to reset active partition when Windows is unbootable? Actually, it is very easy with the help of third-party software. Here MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD is a good recommendation. Just download and try it.
Step 1: Firstly you need to burn this .iso file to CD/DVD or a flash drive. And then connect this device to your computer and enter into BIOS to set to boot your computer from this device.
Step 2: Then you will see a welcome page of MiniTool Partition Wizard Boot Disk, after a few seconds, you can see its main interface.
Step 3: Here please check whether there is a wrong partition which has been set as active. If it is so, you need change its configuration. Just select the wrong partition and click “Set Inactive”.
Step 4: Select your target partition within operating system and then set it active.
Step 5: At last, click “Apply” to execute all changes.
If your MBR is damaged, Windows perhaps can’t find the NTLDR files, so it is unbootable. In this case, it is necessary to rebuild MBR to fix this issue. Also MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD is also useful to do this work with its “Rebuild MBR” feature.
In addition, there are still many ways to fix missing NTLDR issue, please turn to the article How to Fix: NTLDR Is Missing for help, which gives you 10 solutions. Just try them now.