NTLDR is Missing in Windows OS? Here are the Solutions for That

Many Windows users have reported the NTLDR is missing issue from there operating systems, some of it is from Windows 7 and some of it is from Windows 10. 

And if that is the issue that you are facing currently, then let us assure you that you will not have to worry at all about that. As, the NTLDR is missing Windows 7 issue is something that you will be able to fix all by yourself. 

Windows Operating Systems are the most popular computer operating systems that are available today. People use it in the computers of their homes and offices and that is the case all over the world. 

It has all the features and the reliability that you are going to need to do all your work. But like every other technology that there is, this is not free of all trouble. 

But, in case of the NTLDR is missing Windows 10 issue is one of those that you can fix yourself. And the instructions that we have given here is going to help you do just that. 

So, let us check out all that information without any further ado. 

Why You Might be Facing the NTLDR is Missing Issue? 

Now, before we go ahead and delve into all the solutions for this particular problem. It is going to be rather important to cover some details regarding this issue. 

And that is regarding all the different technical glitches in your system, which is causing this issue to occur. We have covered this here in this section and as such, you are going to get two specific benefits. 

The first among them is that with a sound understanding of this issue and all the related technical underpinnings. You are going to be able to avoid all the different technical problems that might have occurred as side effects. 

Other than that, all the solutions that we have listed here are very technical in nature. So, to properly understand and then implement them. A solid understanding of this issue will help. 

  • The first cause for the NTLDR is missing issue that comes to mind is an issue with the cables. Mostly the cables that are there inside the system, power cables, data cables and all of these. 
  • Any loose connection or damage here can trigger this issue and thus cause problems. 
  • If the partition boot sector that is there on your computer has been corrupted somehow. Then, that can cause this particular issue as well that can come mainly from virus attacks which affect important system files. 
  • Now, the issue of system files, if there is one that relates to this issue directly, then that is going to be the boot.ini file. Any corruption in this file is going to cause this particular issue to occur in your system. 

And problems like this is going to affect the master boot record of your Windows Operating System which in turn is going to make things a lot worse in this regard. 

How to Resolve the NTLDR is Missing Problem: Step by Step Solutions 

In this section of the article, we are going to lay down all the solutions to this problem. If you can identify which is the cause for the NTLDR is missing issue in your case, then that will help you save lots of time as you can get to the solution for it right away. 

But if that is somehow not possible, then you can apply the solutions one after another. That is going to resolve the issue once and for all. 

Get Updates for the System BIOS 

The BIOS of the system is a very important component and if you do not have the latest updates, then that is going to cause problems for you. And to solve that you will have to get the updates. 

Here are all the steps that you are going to need for that. 

  • Look for the Windows key and click on it once you find it to open the search panel. 
  • In the search panel, type in msinfo and hit the Enter key after that to open the list of options. 
  • Find out what the model name of your computer is and look for that on the list of options. You will not have to do this if you have a computer which you have built separately. 
  • Now, from the web browser of your computer, visit the website of your BIOS manufacturer. 
  • In that website, look for the update files for the BIOS and ensure that it is the correct version. Download it on the system from there with the Download link that is there. 
  • After the download is over, you will see that all the update files are in a .zip format. So, you will have to extract it from there to be able to use it. Right-click on it and in the dropdown list, click on the Extract option. 
  • Go through the README documents to verify all the details about the update. 
  • After this, plug in a USB flash drive to your computer and copy all the BIOS update files to that. 
  • Restart your computer by clicking on the Power button and the Restart button at the same time. 
  • Make sure to back up your BIOS as that might come in handy if things go wrong for some reason. You will be able to do all of that from the Backup tab in the window. 
  • Now, it is time to make use of the BIOS update tool that will be there in your system. In the window of that tool, go to the Advanced tab and click on the Flash option. 
  • Then you will have to wait for the update process to complete. 

This is the process for updating the BIOS of your computer system and once it is over. Make sure to restart your computer to apply all the updates. 

Troubleshoot the boot.ini File 

As we have mentioned the importance of the boot.ini file in the context of this issue. If there be anything wrong with that, then that is going to trigger this issue. 

So, to resolve this problem you will have to fix problems in the boot.ini file. Here are all the steps that are going to help you do that. 

  • Go to the Recovery Console of the Windows operating system. The appearance of the interface is going to vary depending on which version of Windows you are using. 
  • Look for the command line once you are in that and after you find it, type the bootcfg /rebuild command. And after that, press the Enter key. 
  • After you do that, the bootcfg utility is going to scan through all your hard drives. And after that is complete, it is going to display all the results in the form of a list. 
  • You are going to see a prompt on the screen which will ask Add installation to boot list? 
  • In the response section of that, type in the Y response and hit the Enter key after that. 
  • Another prompt is going to come up after that which is going to display Enter OS Load options. In the response section of that, type in /Fastdetect and hit the Enter key after that. 
  • Remove the operating system disk from your computer and put in the exit command in your screen. 

This is going to start the process of repairing the boot.ini file and wait until the process is complete. That is going to resolve the issue, but if for any reason if it does not, then go to the next step on this list. 

Rearrange all the Internal Connecting Cables 

If there be any issue with the arrangement of the cables, then that can also cause this issue. So to fix that, you will have to rearrange that and thus fix the problem. 

To do that, here are a few simple steps that you will need to follow. 

  • To maintain safety, you will have to switch off the power of the system. And after you do that, it is going to be safe to open up the computer body. 
  • Make sure you take out all the different power cables that are connected to the system. 
  • Now, on the motherboard take out all the cables that are connected to it. Wait for sometime before you attach them back again. 
  • Take out the data interface cable and make sure to remove it from both the ends. 

Thus, rearranging all the cables in this way is going to resolve the issue. 


Thus, we have listed all the different ways in which you will be able to solve the problem. But if none of these have worked for you, then that indicates a deeper problem. 

This is something that only expert professionals will be able to resolve. So, if that be the issue, in your case, then do not back down from availing tech support services.

Nathaniel Villa
Nathaniel Villa