How to Fix ‘BOOTMGR is missing’ or ‘NTLDR is missing’ error?

With so much of advanced developments in our digital world, dependency on computer, internet and all others is increasing day by day. Almost every person stores his or her official and personal things on computer to make sure they can be accessed at any time. In case any kind of data problem occurs all of a sudden we are left with nothing if we do not properly rectify the error. One such error is discussed here.

At times, it has been found that when you turn on your computer, error is displayed by the system which could be like any of the given error:

  1. BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart.
  2. BOOTMGR is missing. Press any key to restart.
  3. Couldn’t find BOOTMGR.

In case you are using Windows XP the error faced could be "NTLDR is missing."

What do you want to know?


BOOTMGR is Windows Boot Manager which helps in loading your operating system files from hard drive when you turn on your system. In Windows XP NTLDR performs the same job as BOOTMGR so you can say that it is the boot loader for XP. BOOTMGR doing such crucial job if gets corrupted then it will not allow you to start your computer even if you try to restart again and again when the error is displayed. There are many reasons which are responsible for causing problem in boot manager. Some of them are describe below:

  1. While upgrading operating system or hard drives, issues occurring could result in corrupting files.
  2. In case you have outdated BIOS or some corrupt or misconfigured files, then there is the probability of such error.
  3. Corrupt or Bad sectors in your hard disk can also be held responsible for such error.
  4. Physical damage like damaged and faulty SATA cables, hard drive etc is also one of the reason.
  5. In case you are performing the boot process from a non-bootable device then also you might face the same issue.


In order to fix this error, you can follow any of the method which is described here:

• Automatic Repair option: If you have original bootable CD or USB for operating system, then you can perform the automatic repair by following these steps:

  1. Insert the bootable device in your system and turn on your computer.
  2. Force you system to boot from external bootable device by pressing any key.
  3. If you are using Windows 8 then Welcome screen will appear. At the left bottom corner of it you will find the option of ‘Repair your computer’. Click on this option.

For lower versions of Windows, a screen will appear containing various options. Select ‘Startup Repair’ from these options.

  1. For Windows 8, go ahead with the options and click on ‘Troubleshoot’.
  2. Click on ‘Advanced Options’ under Troubleshoot.
  3. Go for the option of ‘Automatic Repair’ under Advanced option page.
  4. With these steps you would be able to select automatic repair option through which system automatically scans and repairs issues faced by boot manager.

• In case automatic repair option does not work properly, then you can perform a clean installation of your Windows from scratch after removing the previous Windows. As fresh new operating system will be installed on your computer, so there will be left no kind of BOOTMGR errors.

• You can also opt for a new hard disk as may be the problem is because of hardware only. So replace your old hard disk with a new one and then install Windows on it.

Although these methods prove fruitful in certain situations, but at times they can also result in data loss which further aggravate the issue. Hence, in order to fix this BOOTMGR error, users are recommended to employ a professional tool which has been designed for such tasks only.

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