"NTLDR is missing" during bootup

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  1. kiseki_o_o

    kiseki_o_o New Member

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    I just installed Win7 and everything seems fine so far.

    The issue came when I reboot the machine where it stopped with the error "NTLDR is missing".
    Strange is it can boot up just fine if I put the Win7 installation DVD in the optical drive, even if the boot up was set to HDD as first in BIOS. Without the dvd in the drive, the boot up will stop again with "NTLDR is missing".

    Tried the Startup Repair and some others but to no avail.
    I don't mind doing a reformat, but not really sure if a reformat will fix the problem.

    Any idea guys?
     
  2. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Is this an upgrade or a "clean" install? Do you have XP on your machine?

    I would reburn the ISO at it's slowest speed (1x) Using Imgburn and make sure you use a good quality name-brand DVD,

    You can download Imgburn here:
    The Official ImgBurn Website
     
  3. kiseki_o_o

    kiseki_o_o New Member

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    It's a clean install and there's only one Windows on my HDD.
    The slowest speed I always get is only 4x btw.
     
  4. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Then there has to be something wrong with the DVD.

    Is this an older computer and the first time you installed?

    Is it the official release from Microsoft?
     
  5. slip61

    slip61 New Member

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    similar problem

    i just put together a new machine

    Asus rampage 2 extreme MOBO
    i7 Processor
    corsair xms 3 ddr3 2X2 sticks=4gig memory
    EVGA Geforce 9500GT 1GB DDR2
    Ultra 750 watt power supply

    I installed windows 7 ultimate and get the same issue
    NTLDR Missing CTrl alt delete to reboot your system
    formated and reinstalledvista ultamate same issue
    formated and reinstalled windows 7 ultimate same issue

    Any Ideas?
     
  6. tblount

    tblount New Member

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  7. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    open the case and make sure the cables are correct and have a tight fit.

    You can also hit the F2 key to access the hard drive you want to boot from
     
  8. RAK

    RAK Extraordinary Member

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    reghakr's suggestion is correct. There is no NTLDR in Windows 7 so there seems to be some remnant of Windows XP on the hard disk, although, very occasionally, the message will pop up if the bios finds nothing bootable. It looks like your installation has almost, if not entirely, failed. A reformat may solve the problem, but I doubt it.
    As Reghakr suggests, best bet is to try another burn or copy of the installation DVD.
     
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  9. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Get into the BIOS settings and change the order of the drive to boot first.

    Worked great for me, but may take some trial and error
     
  10. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Any progress?
     

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