NTLDR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Couple days ago I imported one of my VMs into ESX server. This VM was created with VMWare Workstation and itworked fine before. After VMWare Converter was finished I boot up the machine. The boot process failed and stopped with the message below:

NTLDR is missing Press Crtl+Alt+Del to restart


Oeps my NTLDR boot record was missing or something went wrong during the import. Therefore I mounted the Windows Server 2008 DVD and boot from it.


Click “Repair your computer”


Make sure “System Recovery Options” finds a Operating System and click Next.


Systems recovery tool is started and click “Command Prompt”


Since Windows 2008 or even with Windows Vista (not sure :-( ) the Windows Setup includes some new tools. We are going use the bootrec.exe.

Execute the following commands:

  • bootrec.exe /FixMbr

  • bootrec.exe /FixBoot

  • bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd

Close “Command Prompt” and click Restart


Windows Server 2008 boot now and I was able to log in now. Changed the network settings and I reboot with success now.




  1. http://www.networknet.nl/apps/wp/archives/671
  2. http://www.insan4it.net/2010/07/windows-server-2008-ntldr-is-missing.html

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