Fix NTLDR is missing in Windows Vista

by Eddy on

One fine morning when i was booting my Dell running Windows Vista ultimate i didn’t realize that a surprise is waiting for me. I opened my¬† DELL Studio 17 Laptop and powered it on guess what…. Windows Vista running on my Dell laptop failed to boot and i was greeted with this error message :

NTLDR is missing

I tried powering back it off and on several times but i had same NTLDR is missing error.I am not sure what caused this error but that defineltly sounds like there is something wrong with Master Boot record (MBR). I had Windows Vista ulitmate installation DVD close to me so i thought of fixing this error by booting it from DVD media.Here is how i was able to fix the NTLDR is missing error :

Fixing NTLDR is missing in Windows Vista :

1.Insert the Microsoft Windows Vista installation DVD disc in the DVD drive, and then start the Laptop.
2.Press a key when you are prompted and Select language, time, keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
3.Select Repair your computer
4.Select the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
6.To Fix NTLDR is missing error in Command prompt type this command and hit ENTER:

bootrec /FixBoot

That’s was really quick to get my Windows Vista Laptop back to life. Unlike Microsoft¬†Windows XP i didn’t see any NTLDR or NTDETCT.COM files on Windows Vista. Windows Vista is different compared to XP, i remember NTLDR missing error in Windows XP where you can simply copy these two files to fix the issue.I just want to point out things have been changed in Windows Vista and for those who are still in hangover with Windows XP they will find little surprising to see new command to fix NTLDR is missing error.

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R.Dev Anand May 4, 2009 at 10:36 PM

It Worked! Thanks..

I tried repair from the CD failed….
Tried bootrec /FixBoot and worked like a dream

jlangulo July 13, 2009 at 1:42 AM

Thanks a lot!

I thought my pc had some serius problem after trying to fix it like an XP system and had no result, now its happy and working perfectly

Shikha July 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Hey thanks

U seem to be saviour…I am really thankful to you and keep posting such articles. It really helps buddy

Alap August 20, 2009 at 3:59 AM

This is going to helpful EVEN for People WANTING to install WINDOWS 7 on HDD which previously had XP.

My case is the same: I had WinXP Pro. I formatted the entire Drive & when ATTEMPTING to BOOT Install Windows 7. I Got this Message:
NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to Restart

Now I will boot from a VISTA Disc, Use the RECOVERY Console COMMAND prompt & execute the command: bootrec /FixBoot.

Hopefully, It should AMEND the MBR to a VISTA/WIN 7 MBR

Tyler November 19, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Thanks for the information! It worked like a charm on windows 7!

Silvia March 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM

EXCELLENT!! It worked!! And it was so simple !!
Thank you very much! Helped a lot!!

Mayra March 5, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Thank you so much. I tried several different solutions that were posted out there and none of them worked. You ROCK!!!

Steve Powel March 20, 2010 at 7:21 AM

You are a lifesaver mate, other forums had completely useless suggestions to fix this issue but your advice did the trick. Cheers :-)

mehran June 6, 2010 at 8:25 AM

thank you ,i love you ,it was awesom

saif June 14, 2010 at 8:38 PM


I have added this fix because i almost pulled my hair when i experienced this issue, finally figured it out so i decided to share with you all.

Robyn June 29, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Didn’t work for me… Help

david July 28, 2010 at 7:09 AM

I had the same problem with a 1 month old Vista install. Booting from the Vista DVD showed the O/S was on the D: drive. Clicking the button to repair startup (forget what the button’s text was) didn’t work after multiple attempts.

Using the command prompt and running bootrec /fixboot worked the first time! Thanks a bunch!!!

Mike August 17, 2010 at 12:47 AM

Thank you very much. IT WORKED!!

Carolyn November 27, 2010 at 5:17 PM

You are wonderful….I worked with this issue over an hour with dell and gave up. Found this and it worked great….first time! THANK YOU

thomas December 28, 2010 at 5:51 PM

You’re the best… I’m just an avid pc/laptop user & your instructions are just simple and perfect for people like me. Really appreciated.

Again, THANKS a million.

Rakesh December 30, 2010 at 1:46 AM

Thankks for great command & great help

Col. Alpha Male December 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Howdy, Thanks for this fix. It worked the first try. I assume I got hit with a virus, my laptop has been working fine until I did a restart. Many thanks for this fix.

Sunny January 13, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Thanks a lotttttttttttttttttttttt…this really worked…
its a real simple fix which seems to be a serious issue…
thanks once again…..

Rana February 3, 2011 at 4:08 PM

worked perfect…

Chaun_John March 27, 2011 at 2:04 AM

Worked perfectly! Greatly appreciate it!

Oriane April 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

I spent hours trying lot of way to fix my computer. Yours was the first that worked. You’re my new hero !

Kenneth May 1, 2011 at 5:03 AM

What a star spent an hour trying to fix the problem until I found your solution worked like a dream and I lost nothing!!!!!

Theresa May 5, 2011 at 1:45 AM

You’re a genius! Thanks so much for your help. I spent hours on searching solutions and yours is the only one that works perfectly on my laptop.

Barbara May 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

I tried other fixes to no avail. Yours worked like a charm. Many,many thanks!!!

megan June 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM

you just majorly saved my life

Dave June 1, 2011 at 5:08 PM

It took four nights to realise the 32 bit bootable disc I had was corrupt (so I was trying 64 bit fixes). Made a new 32-bit bootable disc and then just 4 seconds at the command prompt and BINGO! My wife is very happy to have her laptop back in action. We thank you very much.

Mary June 6, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this! Worked first try!

Dennis June 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Halleluya Omg Thank u soo much it worked

James July 16, 2011 at 3:38 AM

The information provided by the admin is accurate and true. But if for some reason it doesnt fix your NTDLR is missing error message. I would highly recommend this method suggested by user JamesLeon posted on microsoft answers here :

He explains everything about it very simply for all to understand

Alan July 21, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Hey there. I was on to Dell all afternoon today. They wanted to charge me 140 Euro for tech support. Your fix worked perfectly. Thanks a lot.

Jose July 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

You are the wisest person I know, I spent a lot of hours trying to find a solution and yours is the only one taht works. Thanks a lot.

AB August 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM

this didnt work for me. Although I was able to run the command successfully, it still didnt boot into windows vista. I did notice that when I hit the repair button and entered System Recovery Options, there was no operating system (Vista) shown. It gives you the option then to load the drivers for the hard disk but could not locate anything (not sure what to look for).

The C: drive is still functioning as I was able to access it from the command prompt.

Please help.

Khan August 18, 2011 at 11:00 PM

The fix worked like a charm………Thanks a lot to help out others

akhil December 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM

thanks a lot bro……… worked!!!!!!!!

Tim Stokes April 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Thank you for this excellent and easy solution! After trying 3 other “solutions”, with increasing lines of code and complexity, I entered the FixBoot command and, like magic, the issue was resolved.

anne May 7, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Tried bootrec /FixBoot and worked like a dream…

WORKS LIKE MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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