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BOOTMGR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. Im trying to format an older computer with XP Pro. I physically took out the only hard drive in the computer and hooked it up externally to my laptop to save files and burned copies of the data my friend needed. I then formatted the drive (my laptop's OS is Vista Home Premium), and reinstalled the hard drive (an old 40 gig Maxtor drive) into it's old computer. The motherboard is an MSI KM4M-L. I changed the BIOS to boot from CD drive, and each time the message: BOOTMGR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. What can I do to solve this? What do I need to change? I have the XP pro disc and my product key.

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The problem is caused by Formatting the HDD in Vista before moving back to the system.

Simplest fix, hook it back to the Vista system and delete the partition from the drive in disk management. Once that is done, then put the drive with no partition in the XP system and boot to the XP CD, create a new partition and install XP

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I would suggest using NLite to create a bootable cd using the Windows cd that you have configured just the way you want it.

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Just had this problem kept getting

"BOOTMGR is missing
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and it just cycles through to the same screen. Called tech support and this is how they solved the issue for me in less than 10 mins

turn computer off completely

Hold the "alt" and "Fn" down and power computer back on
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You should get a screen that says "Windows programs Loading"

And then you have to run a restore to factory defaults (this means the computer will work fine once it finishes up the restore, but everything saved on the computer will be lost)

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