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Windows 7 Ntldr Is Missing, How to Fix?

The infamous “NTLDR is missing” error is not strange to many of us, which occurs during Windows startup. Actually, NTLDR is a boot component file of Windows XP that is not necessary needed by Windows 7. Instead, Windows 7 uses a new boot component file which is known as BootMgr. If you receive the ntldr missing error message when you are booting Windows 7, your PC is present in a dual boot environment with Windows XP or Windows 2003. In this post we elaborate on how to fix “NTLDR is Missing” Error in Windows 7.

Windows 7 NTLDR is Missing Solution

Following the steps below to resolve the ntldr is missing issue on Windows 7 startup.

Method # 1: Use Windows 7 installation disc for system repair

1. Insert the Windows 7 setup or System Repair disc into CD/DVD drive of your computer.

2. Restart the computer. Press F12 to access the boot menu and set CD/DVD as the primary boot option.

3. Press any key to boot from the inserted disc when you are prompted “"Press any key to boot from CD or DVD…".

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4. In the installation windows, please choose language, format and input method. Make appropriate selections and click Next button to continue.

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5. Choose “Repair your computer” option, not “Install now”.

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6. In the next windows, it lists all installed operating systems, choose appropriate OS from the list and click on Next.

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7. From the System Repair Operations windows, choose Startup Repair. Wait for the process to complete.

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After repair process completes, it will restart the computer. The ntldr missing problem should be fixed. If this cannot help fix the issue thoroughly, go and try method #2.

Method #2: Bootrec and Check Disk (chkdsk)

Follow step 1-5 from the method # 1.

Step 6. Choose “Command Prompt” choice in System Repair Operations, instead of selecting “Startup Repair”.

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Step 7. In the pop-up command window, please type in the following commands:

bootrec /FixMbr
Bootrec /FixBoot
Bootrec /RebuildBcd

chkdsk drive: /f

chkdsk drive: /r

Note: Replace the drive :/ with the proper drive where your Windows 7 operating system locates.

After this, eject the repair disc and restart the computer. You should be able to enter the system without any error message.

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