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  • I just got Vista Ultimate yesterday and installed it with no problem. However when I pull the Windows CD out of the drive then reboot the system I get a message saying "bootmgr is missing press ctrl-alt-del to restart." I checked my BIOS to make sure that my Vista install drive is 1st in the boot priority which it is. I checked Microsoft's website for solutions to this but was unable to find any. Anybody have thoughts on how to fix this issue?
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    Friday, February 23, 2007 5:55 AM

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  • I am having the same issue...any help would be apreciated
    Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:23 AM
  • wot does tht file do??
    Sunday, March 18, 2007 3:41 PM
  • This usually occur when 2 drives (not partitioned, but 2 physical HDD) are set ACTIVE.  I encountered this problem several times, and several times I tweak BIOS setup, do some calculation, etc.. etc...

    So I came up with a solution: ( By the way, I assume you set BIOS HDD and Boot Sequence right)

    I unplugged the other HDD and installed Vista.  After successfully installed, I took out CD and reboot... Success!  After that, I put back the other drive, voila! 

    Another thing, just to let you know, my primary system drive is SCSI HDD... Secondary is SATA.  so the concept of Master and Slave is not an issue here.  I guess mixed kind of HDD + BIOS settings are the main cause of problem.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 4:56 PM
  • After my Vista Premium's initial "loading installation files" you are given a choice as to what partition/drive you want to install Vista on. If there is any partition/drive above the partition/drive you want to use, then it will need to be disabled because Vista is going to write BOOTMGR on the partion/drive thats on the top of the "where do you what to install" list.

    I didn't mess with my BIOS (Tyan S2865 TOMCAT motherboard AMD939 pin) because it was correct from when I was running XP Pro.... even if it's not broke, you can certainly fix it until it is. If you're using a new motherboard, then yes, you will want to make sure BIOS boot priorty is correct.

    For me to correct the problem, meant to unplug my 500GB HDD (SATA) because it was above my RAID 5 drives (3 120GB SATA's). I waited until Vista finished the Windows updates (restart now), then I let it reboot, then shutdown & plugged in my 500GB HDD, no prob. Now, you see the BOOTSECT.BAK (and the time of day all your BOOTMGR troubles began) on your "other" HDD. Delete it.

    Hope this helps.

    Sunday, March 25, 2007 5:12 PM
  • That won't work for me, as I have partitions, and only 1 disk in my laptop. Could someone explain to me how to fix it?
    Sunday, April 15, 2007 11:19 PM
  • unfortunately i think the only "fix" right now is booting off the DVD.  I've seen this problem mentioned a dozen times in these forums now over the past couple months, and haven't heard a peep out of Microsoft about a fix.

     

    Monday, April 16, 2007 3:45 AM
  • partitions are fine, I have my RAID5 HDD's split into 2 (C: & ESmile    ....but Vista will only write boot.mgr on C:

     

     

    Tuesday, April 17, 2007 12:37 PM
  • Microsoft tech was unable to fix the problem; (their fix worked for one day and then bootmgr turned up again.)  Bootmgr is on the D: drive, while Vista resides on C:  I don`t know what to do except disconnect every drive except C: and reinstall.
    Friday, April 20, 2007 4:18 PM
  • Weird.. very weird..

     

    I had the very same problem and came out with a very simple solution...

     

    Solution 1

    install vista into one HDD only.  If you partitioned it, make sure the OS will be installed on the first partition (the topmost, Drive C). 

     

    Solution 2

    If you have two or more physical HDDs, unplug the those HDDs and do Solution 1.  After successfully installed Vista, shut it down, then plug the unplugged HDDs.

     

    25 computers in our office are now running Vista Enterprise.  Some of those have SATA, mixed with IDE, SCSI, 2 or more HDDs, various partions, etc.. I just did what I advice here, and all of those work just fine.

     

    I don't think MS is to be blamed here, I went thru this problem and happily got out.  Well, in some cases this prob is some kind of bug because the partition tool in Vista Setup isn't complex enough to handle this kind of situation... You couldn't even activate and deactivate partition unlike FDISK in DOS environment...

     

    Regards,

    Anthony

    Saturday, April 21, 2007 6:21 AM
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    Yes i agree booting of the DVD is the only solution

    Thursday, May 10, 2007 9:59 AM
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    To resolve this problem, use the following methods in the order in which they are presented.

    Method 1: Repair the BCD store by using the Startup Repair option

    You can use the Startup Repair option in the Windows Recovery Environment to repair the BCD store. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
    2. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next.
    4. Click Repair your computer.
    5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.
    7. Restart the computer.

    Method 2: Rebuild the BCD store by using the Bootrec.exe tool

    If the previous method does not resolve the problem, you can rebuild the BCD store by using the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
    2. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next.
    4. Click Repair your computer.
    5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
    7. Type Bootrec /RebuildBcd , and then press ENTER.
    If the Bootrec.exe tool runs successfully, it presents you with an installation path of a Windows directory. To add the entry to the BCD store, type Yes . A confirmation message appears that indicates the entry was added successfully.
    If the Bootrec.exe tool cannot locate any missing Windows installations, you must remove the BCD store, and then you must re-create it. To do this, type the following commands in the order in which they are presented. Press ENTER after each command.
    Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
    ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
    Bootrec /rebuildbcd
    8. Restart the computer.

     

     

     

    Thursday, May 10, 2007 8:48 PM
  • Any other ideas?? This solution did not work on my PC.. Im really getting frustrated with this issue.. Why does it even do this out of no where??

     

    PLEASE HELP MS!!

    Wednesday, May 23, 2007 1:30 AM
  • Guys,

    Suggestion, I think it would be better if you indicated your hardware specs...

     

    Ex:

    HardDisk type, number of partitions, number of physical drive, which is primary/secondary master/slave, etc... or anything that worth knowing.

     

    With this we would have idea why you couldn't fix it while we could.

    Wednesday, May 23, 2007 2:35 AM
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    Hi there I have encountered this problem aswell.

     

     

    My Specs are

     

    AMD ATHLON X2 4600+

    Gigabyte M57 SLI S4 Mobo

    2Gb DDR2 800MHZ Ram PNY

    ATi Sapphire X1950 Pro

    80Gb Maxtor ATA drive (3 or 4 years old) - 1 partition with Vista Ultimate on it.

     

    However on Wednesday I invested myself in a Seagate 500gb HDD SATA drive so I plugged it into my SATA_1 connection (I have 6 of these).

    Installed the driver  and then on Vista used drive manager and formatted the new drive.

    Once the drive was formatted I then installed Vista Ultimate on that meaning that both drives had Vista Ultimate on it and when I booted up I would have two options of Vista to load.

    But I did not want this because I was gonna use my faster and newer drive to store and run my OS and programs and keep my older and slower drive for music etc.

    So I tried to format it but it wouldnt let me do it on Vista, then someone told me i needed to make my older drive a slave so I moved the Jumper to CS and then rebooted and formatted the old drive whilst running vista on the new drive. Once the format had been complete i thought I better restart so I do so and then the dreaded "BootMGR is missing" came upon me. I tried moving around the order of bootings of drives and then tried to make my old hard drive the master again but still nothing.

     

    So what do I need to do? When i was searching for this problem I came accross this thing called "Gparted "that is a bootable ISO thingy that is meant to repair this kinda problem but I dont know how to work it?

     

    I also tried removing my old HDD and just having the new HDD plugged in but then my DVD drive dissappeared and when I plugged it back in again it reappeared?

     

    Please help , I had just started playing the game S.T.A.L.K.E.R and now I cant play it   

    Friday, May 25, 2007 3:57 PM
  • Ok, here's my suggestion, actually, I have just finished my programming project so Im free to help though Im still having a hang over from programming hahahaha

     

    Preparation of Media

    I assume you have 1 CDROM + 1 IDE HDD + 1 SATA... 

    - Make your ATA CDROM master, IDE HDD slave, bind them on one IDE cable and connect it in IDE1 on your MoBo.

    - Connect your SATA to SATA1 (this is where you will install your vista)

     

    BIOS issue

    - I assume your BIOS is updated and other settings are all correct and compatible with your Hardware settings.

    - Anyway, set your Boot Priority to the following: CDROM first, then SATA Drive, then no more searching for other bootable device

    - By the way, there's a section in BIOS that ask HDD priority, just make sure you prioritize SATA HDD first then IDE HDD next.

     

    Installation of Vista

    - For the meantime, unplug the IDE HDD leaving only your CDROM working

    - Install Vista

    - You will see that only SATA drive is present in Vista's HDD format section

    - Format it then continue installing

     

    Running Vista for the first time

    - Your vista should run well, install Hardware drivers, update, click here click there, have a gulp of mouth watering starbuck's iced mocca, sing a little song, etc...

     

    Just to make sure that everythings alright for now,

    - Take out your Vista CDROM

    - Restart your comp

    - If you see Vista again, then no prob for now.

    - Shutdown your comp and prepare to plug you slave IDE HDD (where you plan to put your musics, videos, and some adult videos )

     

    Plug and Play

    - Plug your IDE HDD (I assume your HDD Priority and Boot priority are still the same and unchanged.  For boot priority: CD first then SATA next.  For HDD Priority: SATA then IDE)

    - Start your comp

    - Pray that you won't see BootMgr thing

    - If ok, then format your old IDE HDD and enjoy.

    - If not, stump your feet and go back to WinXP and curse MSVista! hahaha just kidding.

     

    Regards!

    Saturday, May 26, 2007 4:13 AM
  • Method 2: Rebuild the BCD store by using the Bootrec.exe tool

    If the previous method does not resolve the problem, you can rebuild the BCD store by using the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
    2. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next.
    4. Click Repair your computer.
    5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
    7. Type Bootrec /RebuildBcd , and then press ENTER.
    If the Bootrec.exe tool runs successfully, it presents you with an installation path of a Windows directory. To add the entry to the BCD store, type Yes . A confirmation message appears that indicates the entry was added successfully.
    If the Bootrec.exe tool cannot locate any missing Windows installations, you must remove the BCD store, and then you must re-create it. To do this, type the following commands in the order in which they are presented. Press ENTER after each command.
    Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
    ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
    Bootrec /rebuildbcd
    8. Restart the computer.
     

     

    i have discovered that the problem can only be fixed with a combination of all the posts ive read. the one above is very important. this also fixes dual boot systems that have lost vista bootmgr file. this fix assumes that fixing vista is your most important

     

    1) make sure the only drive you have physically active(bios) is the one with vista installed. didnt matter on my system that there were 3 partitions on this sata drive and one of them had an xp install.

     

    2) follow the commands given in the above post exactly where (c) = the drive/partition with the vista install. (this will probably not fix the problem yet)

     

    3) now reboot your comp with the vista dvd and chose the repair option you've probably read so much about Stick out tongue

     

    after you restart once the repair finishes this should fix your problem.

     

    i tried everything in the world to fix mine but it only worked after completing these steps in this exact order.

     

    hope this works for all those out there pulling their hair out Smile

    Wednesday, June 27, 2007 3:11 PM
  • You Rock!

     

    I have been looking and looking for a solution and there are so many other forums discussing this same thing! You're an answer to prayer!

     

    Thanks a bunch Big Smile

    Friday, August 10, 2007 12:17 AM
  • thanks man...thats all that matters is that you can help at least one person keep from throwing their comp out the window Stick out tongue

     

    Friday, August 10, 2007 2:47 AM
  • I had exactly this error on a machine running XP Pro (woulld only boot with Windows CD in drive). This is how I fixed it:

    Go into BIOS, check boot sequence. Mine was Floppy/CDROM/CDROM  - no hard disk in the boot sequence anywhere!! Despite this the PC booted from the hard disk, but looked for the installation CD (or is it a DVD?) for BOOTMGR.

    I just put HDD in to the
    boot sequence and checked that the disk I wanted to boot from was the first priority in HDD boot priority and it worked.

    OK if you are wondering why I had such a wierd boot sequence, it boils down tot he fact that my MOBO does not have the F11 facility to choose boot drive on startup. I changed the boot sequence to force a CDROM boot and forgot to put it back!


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    Tuesday, September 18, 2007 9:25 AM
  • Oh thank heavens this worked! I singled out the drive, went to the repair console, it said it found a startup problem and did I want it fixed? I said yes, went to startup repair after that and BAM! I'm good to go. Startup repair never worked when I had the mixed HD configuration all up, taking it down to 1 drive did the trick. THANKS!

    Wednesday, October 10, 2007 5:01 PM
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    i decide to reinstall win2008
    Saturday, October 20, 2007 4:21 AM
  • I had the same problem.  After reading this thread I understood the problem.  Thanks gentleman.  I however seem to have found a quicker solution.  I simply disconnected the second hard drive and rebooted. It booted up with out the Bootmgr is missing.  I then reconnected the second hard drive and problem gone.. for now.  If it comes back I will let you know.

     

    Sunday, October 28, 2007 10:00 PM
  • I just installed Vista 64 on a new system (1week old) that previously had Vista 32 on it.  After discovering V32 only sees 4gb ram max, I decided upgrade to V64 would be the answer to my 8gb ram desire.  I have a WD 150 raptor HD for os etc. and two WD 1T for storage.  When upgrading, error msg 0x0000007E with blue screen appeared.  Found out that V64 patch fixes this issue so removed all but 2gb of ram.  Retried install to get the Bootmgr is missing msg.  Installed new drive seagate 320gb and installed V64 fine.  Attached WD raptor hd and reformatted in disk manager. Replaced WD raptor as stand alone drive for system, and retried install of V64.  Same msg "Bootmgr Is missing".  Fdisk raptor on other system and same issue.  I can get V64 to boot, and tried to format in its utility still no good.   Any thoughts?

    Monday, December 31, 2007 5:16 AM
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    tomack MSFT,

     

    I Am getting hung up on step # 5.  In the "System Recovery Options" dialogue box there are no operating systems listed to select.  Near the bottom of the window the instructions read:  "If you do not see your operating system listed, click Load Drivers to load drivers for your hard disks"  When I do this another window opens titled "Add Drivers"  "Insert the installation media for the device and click OK to select the driver."  So I select OK and another window opens to allow me to browse to the location where the drivers are located.  The default path in the look in box is: 

    CD Drive (ESmileCD_ROM\Boot (XSmile\sources.  With in this folder there are 7 folders and 6 files.  At the bottom of the window in the file type box I see Setup Information listed as the only choice.  I am not sure how to proceed.  Do you have any idea what file I should select?  Thank you, Ernie

     

     

    Saturday, January 05, 2008 10:40 PM
  • Hello, I am having the same Boot mgr missing issue, but under different conditions.  I was going to install windows xp on  a new active  partition, I  formatted the hard drive and my 2 yr old restarted my comp.  I tried to install the software but after the cd started it said that the hard drive was either disconnected or not installed properly.  I have Vista basic somewhere on the laptop, but I do not know how or if I can access it.  I do not have a disc, it all came preinstalled on the laptop.  Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    Sunday, January 06, 2008 2:20 AM
  • i have the same problem too i need help p.s

    Monday, January 21, 2008 12:03 PM
  • Hi,

     

    I recently added an External USB Drive and then rebooted my Server for a Windows Update, when coming back I received the BOOTMGR is missing message.  After reading through the posts here, I remember about the USB drive.  Unplugged it, rebooted and all is right with the world again!

     

    Thursday, February 28, 2008 8:26 PM
  • I do have a similar solution to the problem that i would consider more simple
     
     
    get an application that can sort files i suggest total commander 7 you can download a free verison of it (google)
     
    install total commander then configue the settings to show windows hidden files
     
    within total commander locate the bootMGR file on the second hard drive (the hard drive where windows put the bootMGR file, reason why its not booting, this is not the primary hard drive where you got windows installed)
     
    then using adminstrator permissions copy the bootmgr file from that hard drive onto your primary hard drive where windows is store, then reboot, this should solve the problem
     
    note, if you remove the bootmgr file on the second hard drive (without a copy on your primary hard drive) windows wont be able to boot at all.
     
    i suggest this solution because doing a windows repair will not solve the problem and it will only be fixed until the next time you reboot
     
     
    Saturday, April 19, 2008 3:09 AM
  • i got the disk winvista from friend and it was intalls done,but after 2 days and start and get messege BOOTMGR is mmissing.I try to reover systerm go back to my XP.but still get this messege.so i need to buy the original disk of vista to fix it or ccould some1 help me out Plz

     

    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 5:25 PM
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    Is this a OEM version of Vista?  If it is then you need a clean bootable drive to install it on.  OEM versions can only be installled on a new system.
    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 6:36 PM
  • but now in my systerm have not openration.

     

    no xp no vista because i was recover hard driver,and disk vista try to reintall not working like first time.

    Omg i wordering my computer.Plz help me out.I will app............

    Thursday, May 22, 2008 3:35 AM
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    If you can get a new (or like new clean) hard drive (well call it drive 1), use it by itself to load vista on it (it must be completely clean do not use MS to clean it), confirm that vista runs on it, add the old drive (well call this one drive 2) with your data on it to your machine, transfer your data, wipe out old drive 2 (use hard drive mfg. support to clean this drive).  Install drive 2 and load vista on it. Confirm vista operation.   Reinstall drive 1 and transfer data files you wish to keep.  Hope this helps.

    Thursday, May 22, 2008 4:02 AM
  • This just another of the known "bugs" in Vista - quite possibly the worse O/S to hit the market.  This along with the continuously popping up "Windows Installer" have been documented over and over and yet when you call and talk to a tech, they act like they never heard of it.  The tech's themselves admit "yes we know there are problems and our technicians are working to resolve the issues". 

     

    Vista with twice the memory (4Gig) and higher speed processor (dual core) with SATA drives and Ready Boost SD Card still is not even close to speed with XP Pro running on a slower older machine.  Vista is slower and resource hog - I'm so tired of sitting and watching the Vista Cursor spin while I wait for a simple folder to open.  But it is prettier - so I guess as long as all you want to do is look at a static "pretty screen" - it's better - that is, if you can get it to boot.

     

    XP was not broken - why did they try to fix it - and fail.  And now they are forcing it down our throats by forcing it on manufacturers such as HP, Compaq and others.  Even the tech support at these manufacturers admit - "it's a dog".  So do the big box resellers.

     

    No wonder Macs are starting to outsell Windows machines. 

     

    Friday, May 23, 2008 10:35 PM
  • Unfortunately this is not possible if you have Vista pre-installed on a laptop since you don't get a Vista CD - just a recovery disc that re-configures your entire system back to the original out of the box state.

     

    So much for your data and programs.

     

    Friday, May 23, 2008 10:41 PM
  • Is there some reason my posts are being deleted?

     

    Friday, May 23, 2008 10:42 PM
  • THX

     

    I see 3 messages from you in this thread. This thread is 3 pages long, you may be looking at the wrong page.

     

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    Ronnie Vernon

    Microsoft MVP

    Windows Desktop Experience

    Friday, May 23, 2008 11:33 PM
  • There is a relatively easy fix for this.  I use a program call Partition Commander 10 from Avanquest.  It cost around $19.00.  Besides letting you change partition sizes, make new partitions, change format of partitions, etc on the fly, it has a command line option which I use for this problem.  Here is the fix...

     

    Find a machine that has the same version Vista installed and running.  Go to Tools menu under folder options and un-select the options that hide system files.  Go to the root directory of Drive C (or whatever your boot drive is) and copy the file bootmgr to a USB stick or a floppy (I have a USB floppy to use with my laptops for problems like these and for loading SATA drivers, etc.). 

     

    Take the Drive Commander CD and boot your laptop from it (yes, it's bootable).  Choose the "Command Prompt" option and change directory to the root of C (or your boot drive).  You should be able to do a "dir" command and see all the files currently in that directory.  Using standard DOS commands, copy the bootmgr file from the USB stick or floppy to the root directory of your boot drive. 

     

    Restart your computer and it should boot up fine.  Immediately do a standard Vista shut down so it saves your configuration and files and then restart again - all should be fine.

     

    Hope this helps.

    Saturday, May 24, 2008 3:36 PM
  •  Tom Acker tomac msft wrote:

     

    To resolve this problem, use the following methods in the order in which they are presented.

    Method 1: Repair the BCD store by using the Startup Repair option

    You can use the Startup Repair option in the Windows Recovery Environment to repair the BCD store. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
    2. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next.
    4. Click Repair your computer.
    5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.
    7. Restart the computer.

    Method 2: Rebuild the BCD store by using the Bootrec.exe tool

    If the previous method does not resolve the problem, you can rebuild the BCD store by using the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
    2. Press a key when you are prompted.
    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next.
    4. Click Repair your computer.
    5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
    7. Type Bootrec /RebuildBcd , and then press ENTER.
    If the Bootrec.exe tool runs successfully, it presents you with an installation path of a Windows directory. To add the entry to the BCD store, type Yes . A confirmation message appears that indicates the entry was added successfully.
    If the Bootrec.exe tool cannot locate any missing Windows installations, you must remove the BCD store, and then you must re-create it. To do this, type the following commands in the order in which they are presented. Press ENTER after each command.
    Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
    ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
    Bootrec /rebuildbcd
    8. Restart the computer.

     

    9. After those step , I used diskpart to activate the boot partition

    recovery console> diskpart

    diskpart>select disk #    (  my server windows 2008 was in disk 0)

    diskpart>list partition       ( as info)

    diskpart>select partition #

    diskpart>active

    diskpart>exit

    10. restar computer.


    Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:54 AM
  • Tried your method for rebuilding BCD store which was very clear and easy to follow, but at command prompt "ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old"  I got the message "The system cannot find the file specified".

    Following problems with WindowsXP I had purchased an OEM version of Vista Home Premium.  On installation I clicked FORMAT for a clean install and all appeared to proceed satisfactorily until the next time I came to restart the computer when I got the message BOOTMGR is missing.

    Can you please suggest a way of acquiring this file if it is not on the computer?

     

    Saturday, July 19, 2008 2:26 PM
  • I had a similar experience and have no idea what caused it.  One day, I tried to boot up my HP laptop and there was the dreaded message.  The only solution that Microsoft or HP could give was to "re-install" or "restore" which of course would wipe all my previous install activities.

     

    My solution:  I went to another Vista machine running the same version of Vista (in my case it was Vista Home Premium), and copied the bootmgr file to a USB memory stick.  Took that to the machine that would not start up and booted up from a CD start up disc (I happen to use the Partition Manager start-up disc) and then copied the bootmgr file from the USB flash drive to the laptop in the appropriate directory.  Shut everything down, rebooted and all was ok. 

     

    Personally, I think Vista is an abomination of an operating system - slower, memory hog, all around a downgrade and step backward from XP Pro.  I have since converted all 4 of my family's laptops to XP and all are running much much faster - we're not talking a minor improvement - we're talking day and night improvement and with a lot less problems.  I have two laptops with Intel Duo Core processors, one with an AMD AthalonXP and one with an AMD Turion 64x2.  All have 4Gig of memory and the results on all four were the same.

     

    Just say NO to Vista.

     

    Saturday, July 19, 2008 4:30 PM
  • i get the same problem, and tried the usual fix, but when i reboot it picks up the vista dvd comes up with the loading vista files then as it's about to go to the next screen , you hear a click then a dreaded blue screen, so i cant windows repair!!

    any ideas??

    also cleared the cmosjust in case.

     

    using vista ultimate 64, on a abit fatality board with quad core , 2x 8800 in sli, 8gb of corsair ddr2 800

     

    Sunday, July 20, 2008 4:41 PM
  • Many thanks for advice.  I am a complete novice and was uncertain about messing with boot directory, etc. but I found a guy who could after I showed him your advice and that of Tom Acker and I am now back in business!.

     

    One feature was that I have two hard drives and it was necessary to delete the D drive before installing Bootmgr as Vista was confused with both drives present.  I understand he also used a facility on the Vista DVD for the install.

     

    To help other novices can I suggest that you detail all the steps necessary to obtain and copy Bootmgr and then install it in a similar way to Tom Acker's piece which is simplicity to follow?

     

    Again, many thanks to you both.

     

    KenH

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 1:36 PM
  • hello everyone.  i encountered this problem today after installing a new power supply to my PC.  i have a custom system and replaced my old power supply so that my new RAM would work properly.  anywho, i have 4 500GB hard drives on a RAID 0 array (i know, stupid) and i forgot to plug in one of the hard drives to the power supply.  i came up with a RAID error like i get every so often.  so i did what i usually do, shut it off and restart, then rebuild the array.  simple right?  this time i got the BOOTMGR is missing error and i freaked out a little.  i hoped on my other computer and searched for solutions, none of which helped.  i have windows vista ultimate 64 bit and decided to use the recovery tool.  my windows DVD would only boot up until the screen with the wallpaper but no window to select!!  i was able to move my mouse but nothing to choose from.  now i really got worried!  after twittering around here a bit, i went back and re organized my RAID array.  all i had to do was arrange it in the order it was placed and presto!  so if you were having the problem i had, try doing that.
    Thursday, July 31, 2008 11:11 PM
  • i have the same problem.. but instead i have vista home-basic edition and when i try to put the installation disc inside to re-install i guess... it doesnt do anything it just keeps saying boot mgr is missing "IDE SCAN doesnt detect anything" please desperetely seeking help

     

    Thursday, August 07, 2008 8:58 PM
  • afc1999afc ,

     

    Thanks for the detailed info. I knew I needed to be in the WRE but the system is so buggered thr F8 key does not work. Being new to factory installed Vista OS, I was very leary about sticking the Recovery Disk in and booting from it,  for fear it would just auto install the system again deleting all the setup and programs that were installed.

     

    While I have not tried these fixes yet, they sound like between the two, they should put the system back in good shape.

     

    Vista is new to me and I put up having to deal with it until the purchase of a new laptop (no option).  I knew it was coming and I needed to get my feet wet, so to speak.  In a month of ownership I've had no real problems.  Well, except for it being a system resources hog.

     

    The worst part?  I did this to my laptop.  I run "Diskeeper" to keep my hard drive fragment free.  Naturally after a month I wanted to see how things were going. I opened the main console to check it out, ask for it to scan my drive and give me any recommendations.  Now, I have used this software since the introduction of NTFS in PCs.  It is the only software I use, trust and recommend for NTFS drives.  I had never had a single problem in years of use, until  last night that is.

     

    The report I had asked for said every thing was good except that . . . the Swap file and the MFT were both fragmented into two pieces.  It recommended that a boot time defrag be done to repair this problem.  Without really thinking about it, at three a.m. who really thinks, this software that I trust said to do so it so shh...bang we are rebooting for the defrag fix.  After all the Swap file sure should not be in two pieces and the MFT should be in one piece . . . wait a minute!  Could moving parts of the MFT cause a problem?  It was too late to ask that question.  The deed was done and the system was rebooting to discover "Bootmgr" not found.

     

    I hate it when difficult system problems pop up.  I REALLY hate it when they pop up due to own stupidity.

     

    Dan

    Monday, September 08, 2008 5:18 PM
  • What I did was simple. I got the error message, then I recovered the hard drives back to original settings and noticed it came back up. I read a couple forums and knew what I had to do. I unplugged my secondary hard drive and went to F10 and changed the boot to 1 hard drive no both then restarted computer and it worked fine. The thing is the BOOTMGR isn't on both hard drives when it needs it. I have 2 320 GB hard drives and never will fill the first one. I leave the second one unplugged and use it as a external backup with the adaptor I bought. It was a easy fix but a little stressful.
    Wednesday, September 10, 2008 7:47 AM
  • hi guys,just built a PC with parts and a blank samsung HD with nothing on it,wanted to install vista
    put the disc in the drive and I keep getting
    BOOTMGR is missing
    nothing is installed on the HD
    what the heck is going on?
    Friday, September 12, 2008 12:45 AM
  • Well IDK if anyone's posted this issue fix yet or not, but I have a laptop with one drive and also encountered this error...and the vista boot CD did not work for me either and gave the same error.

    Mine was caused because I already had two partitions, cSadoriginal vista premium 140GB) & dSadrestore partition 8GB) and I tried to use gparted from a linux boot to split my c: partition into two more partitions (125GB & 15GB) so I could install Vista business to dual boot. Well gparted encountered an error and i ended up with the original two partitions but the first showed up as only 125GB in windows.

    So to try and fix the problem(lost space on partition 1) I used Partition Table Doctor 3.5 boot cd to try and fix my partition tables. Well in doing so i inadvertantly set my partition 2 (old d: recovery partition) as active and saved the changes to disc when exiting. I trying to view the properties of partition 2, but you must set it to active to view which is why it was done. But when setting it to active is what caused the error that even vista boot CD could not recover from...

    So I reloaded the Partition Table Doc CD & set the partition 1 (old C: orig Vista prem) to active, rebooted and all was well again!!  Hope this helps somebody with this problem, after reading this and several other forums it suddenly struck my brain that I had set the wrong partition to active. Apparantly vista boot CD cannot fix this error even though it could see both of my vista installations(I had installed vista business over the d:recovery drive while I had the space missing error). It showed c: as the vista business, and vista premium as a "unkown" drive or something like that.

    So check to make sure with Partition Table Doctor or similar program that the correct partition is set to active, and not more than one partition is set to active (if that's even possible)... 
    Sunday, November 09, 2008 6:03 PM
  • What if I don't have the disk? And will this delete my documents and stuff because I really need those files and don't want them deleted?

     

    Thursday, November 20, 2008 9:50 PM
  • Hello,
                      thanks for your solution but cant we just make a boot floppy or bood cd to start the computer and repair it with Vista???
    greetings...
    Rasayan
    Friday, November 28, 2008 12:09 PM
  • Rasayan

     

    The Vista installation disk contains specific recovery tools.

     

    Fortunately there is a way to download and create a recovery disk that you can use.

     

    Please see the following website for the instructions.

     

    Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download — The NeoSmart Files:
    http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/


     

    This disc only contains the recovery tools and does not contain the installation files for Vista.

     

    Hope this helps.

     


    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer button at the top of this message.


    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Friday, November 28, 2008 10:54 PM
  • The problem I had, and it seems most people run into, is that bootmgr ends up on the wrong drive after a fresh install. In my case I installed to 'C:' but it ended up on my auxiliary 'D:' drive.

    This caused Vista to see it as a system drive (according to Disk Manager).

    I tried the repair startup procedure outlined in many of the fixes but it didn't work. Here is what did...

    I went into Disk Manager and set the C: drive as 'Active' (it wasn't already set that way).

    Went to D: drive and found bootmgr. Could not delete it due to permissions but I could rename it so I renamed it bootmgrbak.bak

    I shut down the PC and unplugged power to all auxiliary drives, removed flash cards (including SpeedBoost) and restarted with Vista install DVD and went through 'repair startup' procedure.

    This time it quickly reported that it found a problem and asked me if I wanted it repaired. YES!

    When it rebooted I removed the DVD from the drive and viola! Booted normally.

    I shut it back down, plugged everything back in and everything is back to normal.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009 12:17 PM
  • Editing this to add on a few things after reading all the posts...

    Ok, I just had this problem on my puter... I been in the computer field for 20 years (almost 19 and a half .. whatever) seen this a few times.. Here's EXACTLY how you fix this and the fix is perma. (wont haunt you after a reboot or days later) my experience this most common with dual boot or with anyone playing with things like .. Ubuntu or OpenSUSE which you can install ____ a dual boot personally I use Redhat but thats just me.

    (dont matter what version of windows vista btw xp is little different)
    1: Pop in your Vista DVD (boot up)
    2: Hit Next on the screen that pops up
    3: Next screen click on 'Command Prompt'
    4: type the following and in this exact order (dont get creative)

    type: del /a c:\boot\bcd  [HIT ENTER]
     
    Have had this issue one two client computers .. Check if it's on yours

    type: dir /a c:\  [HIT ENTER]

    If you see a directory or a file called 'bootmgr ' then type the following command in (this is important as windows will be confused if this directory or file exists at ALL before you proceed)

    type: ren c:\bootmgr deletemelatter

    type: bootrec /rebuildbcd

    Will take it a few seconds should pop up and tell you it found something type 'Y' and hit enter

    IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE PARTITIONS

    type: diskpart [HIT ENTER]
    type: list partitions [HIT ENTER]
    Figure out which partition it is you want as primary active and note it down
    type: select partition #
    Where # is the number of the partition you want primary active
    type: active
    type: exit

    IF YOU ARE TRYING TO CLEAN THE DRIVE AND ARE HAVING THIS ISSUE
    (NOTE THIS WILL DELETE EVERYTHING ON THE DRIVE PERIOD)

    type: diskpart [HIT ENTER]
    type: list disk [HIT ENTER]
    type: select disk # [HIT ENTER]
    (where # is the disk number you want to clean)
    type: clean all [HIT ENTER]
    type: exit [HIT ENTER]



    Now click on X and close the command prompt ..

    Click on Repair Computer and follow instructions it will take it about 15 seconds on most computers todo it's checks then it will tell you to reboot.

    REMOVE THE DVD AND HIT THE ENTER KEY

    done problem fixed..

    :P

    --JT
    Saturday, August 01, 2009 4:37 AM
  • That won't work for me, as I have partitions, and only 1 disk in my laptop. Could someone explain to me how to fix it?

    Help3.. Read the post I put up a few mins ago if your having an issue with partitions do the following before closing the command prompt.. (assuming your following my directions)

    type: diskpart [HIT ENTER]
    type: list partitions [HIT ENTER]

    At this point you'll see a list of partitons .. NOTE DOWN the one you want as your primary boot partition (if you can't figure out which one it is type it up here in a reply and will help you figure it out)

    type: select partition #  <-- WHERE # is the partition number you noted down
    type: active
    type: exit

    now you can close the command prompt and click on repair computer and follow directions.

    --JT
    Saturday, August 01, 2009 4:57 AM
  • hey my issue is the when i boot up the cd and try to repair my computer.. it searches for an operating system in a location and nothing shows up. the screen is blank. so my option is to either hit next or load drivers.. idk what to do can anyone help?
    Saturday, August 01, 2009 6:57 PM
  • hey my issue is the when i boot up the cd and try to repair my computer.. it searches for an operating system in a location and nothing shows up. the screen is blank. so my option is to either hit next or load drivers.. idk what to do can anyone help?
    Just follow the directions I listed above.. You can click on NEXT even if nothing shows up ..
    Saturday, August 01, 2009 11:26 PM
  • i tried all that was said , command prompt, everything, nothings working.. i think i might have to reinstall windows vista with OS disks.. ?
    Sunday, August 02, 2009 1:33 AM
  • this is my problem too. It doesnt show an OS to choose so i click next anyways and then start repair or whatever. then it gives me an error prompts saying that something like a usb or flash must be plugged in and interrupted the process
    Monday, August 03, 2009 6:59 AM
  • I've developed the same problem on a pretty new Gateway with an Intel board.  I only have 1 SATA drive and my boot order is fine.
    Interestingly, I can boot by opening the BIOS and then saving it.  The problem then disappears for a few days.  Not a final fix...but it'll do until I get around to trying the repair routines mentioned above!
    Friday, August 21, 2009 12:05 AM
  • I would like to give some extra information on this issue, and why it can randomly happen.

    Physical connections:
    SATA 0 - Storage drive (random extra drive)
    SATA 1 - Primary drive (Where I install Windows to)

    BIOS boot order
    SATA 1
    SATA 0

    When I install Windows 7 to my primary drive, the bootmgr gets installed to my storage drive. I assume this is because it is the first physical drive on my system.
    Windows installs fine, it boots fine, everything is good.
    After restarting my computer I am greeted with the bootmgr not found issue.

    I'm pretty sure this is caused because I am trying to boot from my Primary drive (which has the windows install), when the system really needs to be booting from the drive with the bootmgr install. This problem would not occur if bootmgr was installed on the same drive that contains Windows 7. My solution was to connect my primary on SATA0, and run the bcdedit changes, which works successfully.

    The best solution would be to fix the installation process in this scenario to avoid the headache altogether.
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 9:02 PM
  • Hi - I'm having a nightmare with this too. Have followed all steps to the letter but when I get to exporting the BCd I get an 'access denied' message. Anyone else hitting this 'wall' ??
    Saturday, October 17, 2009 6:44 PM
  • If you got Bootmgr missing in windows Server 2008 I have fix for it. boot from Cd Go to commond Prompt type diskpart select OS installed volume - use select volume X (X = volume number) then type Active
    Monday, October 26, 2009 12:24 PM
  • I have 3 partitions on my (one) hard drive C, E, D.
    I had vista installed on C but decided to do a fresh install of vista on D cause my computer was getting extremely slow and that would help for the moment.
    For some reason, I set both C and D as active in "Computer management" and when rebooting I got this message about bootmgr...
    What I then did was to format D and install a clean one and that helped!
    For some reason though, my D became C and my former C became D...

    My question is now (which maybe should be asked elsewhere) is it true that my C became a D_ cause Im planning to install a win7 beta to try out on my D (ex? C) and can I format this D partition or will bootmngr disappear again?

    At this moment, only the C is active.

    From Computer Management:

    Volume                Layout               Type                 File system                Status
       C                      Simple              Basic                 NTFS                         Healthy (Boot, Page file, Active, Crash dump, Primary partition)
       D                      Simple              Basic                 NTFS                         Healthy (System, Primary partition)
       E                      Simple               Basic                NTFS                          Healthy (Primary partition)
    Sunday, November 01, 2009 1:59 AM
  • Was having this problem with Windows 7. Happily these instructions worked like a charm. Literally took 2 minutes to get it back running. Thanks a lot! :)
    Saturday, November 14, 2009 4:18 PM
  • This problem was actually caused when I hard reset the computer.  I was running Pandora at the time, and Pandora does not like it when you open multiple windows.  Anyhow, I opened another window then subsequently Pandora opened another 100 windows. 

    So, I reset the computer, and surprise the message came BOOTMGR missing.

    I have dedicated about an hour of time reading through the forums and attempted the command prompt editing as described by several people.  None of that worked.  And yes, I did try the system repair option on the Windows Vista DVD which did not work either.

    You know what worked though?  I went into the BIOS menu and reset all options to the factory settings. 

    Presto, worked for me.  Windows is loading on it's own again.  Anyhow, I'll give merit to those who are concluding that there is some problem with the way their hard drives are connected and/or configured in the BIOS.

     
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 4:23 AM
  • I just got Vista Ultimate yesterday and installed it with no problem. However when I pull the Windows CD out of the drive then reboot the system I get a message saying "bootmgr is missing press ctrl-alt-del to restart." I checked my BIOS to make sure that my Vista install drive is 1st in the boot priority which it is. I checked Microsoft's website for solutions to this but was unable to find any. Anybody have thoughts on how to fix this issue?

    Method 2 worked on my Windows 7 installation, but for para 6 I let windows repair automatically & worked on 2nd. attempt.
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    Sunday, November 29, 2009 11:39 AM
  • Hi all   have solved the problem.   After trying to rectify this with no joy - then, discovering my Xbox 360 had 'red-ring-of-death'd' and Microsoft say it's out of extended warranty - I found the solution....
    Have got (the f**k) rid of Microsoft from my life !   Vista is the biggest pile of s**t since Bill Gate's mum gave birth to him and Microsoft's Xbox support are a bunch of theiving, responsibility shedding bas**rds.

    Playstation 3 and a Mac book have permanently solved my problem -- thanks for all your help / suggestions guys.
    Monday, November 30, 2009 9:39 PM
  • I have a RAID 0 , two WD raptors, and then one addition segate 250 gig hardrive. I installed the windows 7 to the RAID 0 and everything was fine, until i removed the install dvd. Then everytime i tried to boot i got Boot Mgr missing press ctrl alt del to restart... I came to this forum and tried much of what was said and i think this will work for guys with a similar setup, RAID 0 that is.

    First I tried the windows reapir.. no luck

    next Tried command line
    Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
    ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
    Bootrec /rebuildbcd

    still no luck,

    then tired disabling the seagate 250 gig Hd in the bios, booted from windows install DVD and tried windows install repair and BOOM! it worked... thanks guys for the help!
    Friday, December 11, 2009 2:29 AM
  • I am having this same problem with a FRESH Win 7 install. Is anyone at MS listening? There are multiple idiotic flukes in the win7 installation process.
    Saturday, December 19, 2009 6:12 AM
  • I have a vista 32 bit Dell Studio 1555, I put in a brand new hard drive we got yesterday from Dell. I wanted to load Windows XP rather than Vista but the screen only goes as far as where you have to agree to the terms and conditions. Then it does nothing, sort of freezes. The I tried load the recovery disc I got with the laptop that has vista on. But it only went to a point and then threw out an error, so I tried it again and it threw out the BOOTMGR is missing message, no matter what I try even when I try loading the cd again it goes straight to the error message. I do not know much about computers, so if you could please please help me, and please explain to me in a language I can actually understand!! Please.

    I did the diagnostics test and it came out clean. I do not know what to do. I do not know BIOS very well but if you can explain what I must change to get this right it would be great!
    Friday, January 01, 2010 11:21 AM
  • I have the same issue of bootmgr is missing error.

    I have reinstalled the vista home premium os using dvd and after running the windows update, the system restarted and started prompting the bootmgr missing error.

    I tried the above given, but after the language option, the windows repair option is not displayed.Instead the agreement acceptance and followed by the drive selection option is displayed.

    Please let me know whether i need to repair the existing installation files or do the installation setup once again

    I have 4 partition disks, I have installed in C drive. Also C,E &F drives are of primary type.
    Saturday, January 09, 2010 2:26 AM
  • I have a dual booting Windows 7 Professional and Ubuntu 9.10 with a partition that is shared with both Os's. For some reason that is beyond me, all my boot files were on the shared partition. I was doing some cleaning up and deleted bootmgr and all. I do not want to reinstall W7, how can I reinstall the files necessary to be able to boot into W7 again?

    :~/Desktop$ sudo fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 640.1 GB, 640135028736 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 77825 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x73908785

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 15310 122976551 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 25755 77825 418260307+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3 15311 25754 83891430 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 15311 15373 506016 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6 15374 15497 995998+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7 15498 17240 14000616 83 Linux
    /dev/sda8 17241 21473 34001541 83 Linux
    /dev/sda9 21474 24212 22000986 83 Linux
    /dev/sda10 24213 25754 12386083+ 83 Linux

    Partition table entries are not in disk order

    :~/Desktop$ sudo blkid
    /dev/sda1: UUID="removed for security" TYPE="ntfs"
    /dev/sda2: UUID="removed for security" LABEL="Media" TYPE="ntfs"
    /dev/sda5: UUID="removed for security" TYPE="swap"
    /dev/sda6: LABEL="boot" UUID="removed for security" TYPE="ext4"
    /dev/sda7: LABEL="root" UUID="removed for security" TYPE="ext4"
    /dev/sda8: LABEL="usr" UUID="removed for security" TYPE="ext4"
    /dev/sda9: LABEL="home" UUID="removed for security" TYPE="ext4"
    /dev/sda10: LABEL="var" UUID="removed for security" TYPE="ext4"

    | Gateway DX4710-UB301A | Intel Core2 Quad Q6700@2.66Ghz w/6 Gb's of ram | Western Digital 640 Gb HDD | Nvidia Geforce 9500 GT | Dynex Sond Card w/5.1 Surround and Optical Audio Out | |D-Link DWA-552 Wireless Card | Windows 7 RC | Ubuntu 9.10 alpha 2 |
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 1:10 AM
  • I think this "bootmgr is missing" error occurs whenever you have multiple hard drives attached when you install Vista (or Windows 7).

    I had this problem when I installed Windows 7 x64 (using the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade disk) onto my a computer running Windows XP SP 3 which had 2 hard disks attached. Windows 7 would install and run perfectly so long as I kept the Windows 7 DVD in the CD ROM drive while the computer was booting. However, without the Windows 7 DVD inserted, if I tried to boot the system, I would get this "bootmgr is missing press ctrl-alt-del to restart." error.

    I solved the problem by physically disconnecting one of the hard drives and then reinstalling Windows 7 onto the system. Windows 7 would now boot properly even without the DVD inserted. Then I just connected the other hard drive and Windows 7 recognized it. Now Windows 7 doesn't give me the error on boot and both hard drives work fine.

    I suspect Vista doesn't like being installed on a system with multiple hard drives. But you can temporarily "fix" the problem that prevents you from booting by inserting the Vista disk. So I'd recommend using that method to access your computer, get all your files off of it, and then reinstall Vista with just one hard disk attached to permanently fix the problem.
    • Edited by deepblue9000 Monday, January 25, 2010 4:07 AM I said Windows 7 when I should have said Vista
    Monday, January 25, 2010 4:04 AM
  • I was able to fix my problem problem following the post and the thread listed below.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8649328&postcount=3

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1014708
    | Gateway DX4710-UB301A | Intel Core2 Quad Q6700@2.66Ghz w/6 Gb's of ram | Western Digital 640 Gb HDD | Nvidia Geforce 9500 GT | Dynex Sond Card w/5.1 Surround and Optical Audio Out | |D-Link DWA-552 Wireless Card | Windows 7 RC | Ubuntu 9.10 alpha 2 |
    Monday, January 25, 2010 4:48 AM
  • alright, i just had this problem last night, and here is what i did... 1 ground your self my touching the computer case, 2 open the case and remove the power ans Sata cable from the hard drive(while computer is off 3 turn on computer, and put in the operating system disk and if you haven't already enter the bios and make sure that the 1st boot order lists the Cd drive first. 4 restart the computer and boot from the CD when prompted 5 you will notice that the computer goes into the installation process, 6 now make sure you ground yourself again, and safely put the cables back on the hard drive, to "trick" the computer into not seeing what you have done 7then when the menu comes up, go through and click on start up repair, and it should fix whatever the bootmgr is causing the problem 8 if you want, you can erase/format the hard drive and start from scratch here(but i had a vista hard drive and the bootmgr came up, so i wiped it clean and put on windows 7) I hope this works, let me know by emailing me at Cometgamer08@hotmail.com
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 2:56 PM
  • Awesome, Abusaad!!! Fixed my Windows 7 "BOOTMGR is missing" problem with the 2nd attempt. Apparently, recreating the BCD was key... (in connection with running the repair process via DVD). Previously, the repair process never found my Win7 install.. Now it did, and I could fix it. No clue why it didn't work right away, but I don't really care.. :-) Thanks for sharing the solutions!!!
    Sunday, March 14, 2010 12:29 AM
  • i have this problem on my pc also, nothing i have done seems to fix it, i don't have vista on cd however, it was built into the pc when i purchased it. any suggestions on how to fix this? I am not the best with computer talk, however, I am able to follow simple instruction and basic computer skills i possess
    Monday, April 19, 2010 10:23 AM
  • OK so the BOOT.mgr is on C. ( I know  I saw it when I did a Dir on C in DOS.)  What  are the exact command lines in DOS to copy the file from Drive C to Drive X. And, if this is possible  where do I copy it too? What if I build a new directory in Dos and combine Dive C and Drive X? Will this work? Can I  reload Windows in dos mode?

    Saturday, June 12, 2010 6:58 PM
  • How can I load from C then?
    Saturday, June 12, 2010 7:01 PM
  • Hi, just a reminder, probably obvious.

    Any start up issues as discussed here, First ensure that there is not a USB drive attached. I've just spent an hour trying to talk a remote user through a 2008 Server startup issue, only to discover that there was an external USB drive attached. When this was removed, the server started up normally. Happy Happy days.

    Wednesday, August 04, 2010 9:17 AM
  • what if the error message comes after trying to use system disc?  plus, i can't get to system repair.

     

    Thursday, August 05, 2010 1:49 PM
  • Saturday, August 21, 2010 4:14 PM
  • Have found this problem with Win7 and 2008 servers. First thing to check: Is there a hidden boot partition. (ie. A partition with no drive letter assigned to it). 
    A lot of OEM's will create a small hidden boot partition. So check in Dislkpart. and if there is one, make this partition active. Some people mistakenly make their C: partition active when no bootmgr is present on this volume. 

    • Boot from DVD, and enter the recovery command prompt
    • Diskpart
    • List Disks
    • Select Disk 0
    • List Partitions (look for small partition possibly around 100MB ususlly partition 1)
    • Select Partition 1
    • active
    • exit
    • reboot

    Hope this helps someone.

    Thursday, December 23, 2010 1:23 PM
  • Have found this problem with Win7 and 2008 servers. First thing to check: Is there a hidden boot partition. (ie. A partition with no drive letter assigned to it). 
    A lot of OEM's will create a small hidden boot partition. So check in Dislkpart. and if there is one, make this partition active. Some people mistakenly make their C: partition active when no bootmgr is present on this volume. 

    • Boot from DVD, and enter the recovery command prompt
    • Diskpart
    • List Disks
    • Select Disk 0
    • List Partitions (look for small partition possibly around 100MB ususlly partition 1)
    • Select Partition 1
    • active
    • exit
    • reboot

    Hope this helps someone.

    I tried everyting up till i reach to our post as i set C:\ active and this lead to the bootmgr file missing and it's working fine now, and i found i have to Thank You.
    Friday, June 03, 2011 7:12 PM
  • I know this probably is more specific to me. However, just wanna say how my situation got fixed.
    At first, reading these responses, I thought, oh crap I just blew 2 TB of my main workspace without backup.
    I was in panic.
    After 2 hrs of trying to see if I can fix this in panic, I recognized that in the BIOS boot sequence (or whatever it is called), external HDDs that I just plugged in were placed higher up in the priority list before my actual HDD. I had just plugged those external HDDs in to move some data, then happened to just decide to run an update (not windows update), so I just restarted the computer, only to be greeted with that "Bootmgr is missing" message.
    I'm really glad it was something silly like that, but at the same time, I gotta wonder why in the heck that happened.
    Saturday, September 03, 2011 4:09 AM
  • As you said that you are receiving the bootmgr is missing so i was started to thinking that how can we remove this problem. and then i search a lot and found something which is capable to remove this problem.there are two siolution,just follow the instruction and see what does it can help you. so here i am giving you the link may be it can sort out the problem take a look...

    If you're receiving the message "BOOTMGR is missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" message? Don't stress! Its easier to fix than you think. Here's how:  How to fix Bootmanager problem,"BOOTMGR is missing"
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 4:08 PM
  • As you said that you are receiving the bootmgr is missing so i was started to thinking that how can we remove this problem. and then i search a lot and found something which is capable to remove this problem.there are two siolution,just follow the instruction and see what does it can help you. so here i am giving you the link may be it can sort out the problem take a look...

    If you're receiving the message "BOOTMGR is missing, Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" message? Don't stress! Its easier to fix than you think. Here's how:  How to fix Bootmanager problem,"BOOTMGR is missing"
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 4:14 PM
  • OK, I had this problem and almost cried. I was confused because I didn't know what happened. I have Windows 7 by the way.  Also, I had just run a security scan for viruses and everything checked out ok. I had plugged in my two flash drives so they could be checked too. So I had restarted the computer and the message came up. Then, I took a shower, and came back and then randomly took out the flash drives. I restarted my computer, and everything worked, not one problem. I don't know what happened. I replugged in each one: first the 16gb with some of my files on it and it still started up normally. Then I restarted my computer and unplugged the 16gb then plugged in the 8gb flash I ONLY use for my Xbox 360. There is no files on the 8gb except the reserved space of the xbox. They are both Sandisk Cruzers and I am curious if anyone knows what the heck just happened???
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 5:26 AM
  • Hi. I've got a similar problem: "BOOTMGR is missing" appearing on a Windows 7 machine. I used then a Windows 7 DVD and selected the "Repair your computer" option. Invariably, WinRE is not able to find any Windows installations... Most of the help that I found online assumed that you could select a Windows installation, but in my case, none is found. Startup Repair finds a "MissingBootManager" problem but is unable to solve it automatically. I read about bootrec and tried first the /fixmbr /fixboot /rebuildbcd commands, but still no Windows installations are found. I tried diskpart and making ACTIVE the Windows partition and then again bootrec... Still, no Windows installations are found. Any help with this would be much appreciated. Thank you. PS: I mention here that if I try instead the "Install Windows" option, when I reach the drive selection window I am shown all the partitions.
    Wednesday, January 04, 2012 10:02 AM
  • Hi. I've got a similar problem: "BOOTMGR is missing" appearing on a Windows 7 machine. I used then a Windows 7 DVD and selected the "Repair your computer" option. Invariably, WinRE is not able to find any Windows installations... Most of the help that I found online assumed that you could select a Windows installation, but in my case, none is found. Startup Repair finds a "MissingBootManager" problem but is unable to solve it automatically. I read about bootrec and tried first the /fixmbr /fixboot /rebuildbcd commands, but still no Windows installations are found. I tried diskpart and making ACTIVE the Windows partition and then again bootrec... Still, no Windows installations are found. Any help with this would be much appreciated. Thank you. PS: I mention here that if I try instead the "Install Windows" option, when I reach the drive selection window I am shown all the partitions.
    Wednesday, January 04, 2012 10:26 AM
  • Yo, I just had the same problem since New Years night. My Hard Drive was broken, got it replaced. Don't waste your time on that other stuff, run the Hard Drive Test, if it fails, you will need another one. That's my best answer, good luck!
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:24 PM
  • If you receive the error message: Bootmgr is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart, this usually means that your boot sector is damaged or missing. The boot sector is the part of your hard disk that contains information that is used to load your operating system. If a boot failure is detected when your PC is starting, you may get this error.

    To resolve this issue, use the steps in the following KB article (KB 2622803):

    Bootmgr is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart Error message when starting Windows


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