Windows XP - NTLDR is missing

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Symptom

When you start your computer, the error message "NTLDR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del" is displayed and the computer is stuck on this message.

 

Cause

This error message indicates that the NTLDR file was not found at the root of the "C" partition. Then, if the computer gets stuck on this message, it is simply because this is a file on Windows startup.
Possible reasons for the deletion of this file are :
- In most cases, a virus program or a third party.
- a bad sector on the hard drive, which has corrupted this file
- Improper handling by the user. But this is rarely the case, because the file is protected and hidden by default.

 

Resolution

To restore this file, you must use the Recovery Console in Windows XP now on the installation CD. For more information read our tutorial : "Windows XP - Startup Repair".
Then, consider an analysis antivirus to remove viruses that are present on your computer that may have been the cause of this suppression.