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BOOTMGR is missing

I installed windows vista and windows 2003 server as second booting OS.i removed vista. after that i am facing this problem.

BOOTMGR is missing
press ctrl+alt+del

laptop is not booting from cd,hdd,usb.

plz help me

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Bootmgr file missing
The system Post unable to proceed due to a defective Drive.
I corrected that same problem in less than 15 minute.
You are unable to boot,the error message comes up .
Bootmgr file missing ; > press ctrl alt del .

This is what I did ..I enter the BIOS I set the boot order.
(1) 1st Floppy 2nd CD ROM 3rd HDD
(2) I replace the DVD Drive with a new DVD Drive
(3) I put Gos Linux operating CD in the DVD drive
(4) I then boot the system.
(5) All went well, I format and install........

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I have a problem when my external drive is in the usb and i start my laptop it says bootmgr is missing how can i sort this problem as i have to take it out of the usb plug to get my laptop working the i plug the external drive back in and it works,

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Hello there,

I just encountered that problem earlier.
I insert my Xp operating system to boot my computer but it doen't work..

so what I do is that I used windows Vista OS and it worked! now its on progress:)

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Re: BOOTMGR is missing

DO NOT ACT until these details are confirmed. I have worked on many dual boot machines in my day -- however I never deleted the boot partition of a dual boot machine. What is the ultimate goal for this machine a single boot windows 2003 server or something else?

Dual boot machines are tricky as Vista was the first operating system on the machine I believe the option to boot the windows 2003 server partition was added to the boot.ini file in the Vista Partition -- assuming Vista maintains that tradition from Windows NT. If you want I could research the reconstruction of boot blocks, etc.

The repair would probably involve at a minimum using a partitioning program on bootable media to flag the Windows 2003 partition as the boot partition. What is required beyond that will require research.

Another option could be to install a third party boot controller such as System Commander which recognised operating systems in existing partitions and enabled them as a boot choices. That might be most viable only if you are considering adding another operating system to the machine to allow system commander to be installed. (similarly the boot.ini entry could be added after installation of a windows nt based operating system too)

A DOS boot disk with system commander on it may allow access to the Windows 2003 system as a work around but who has dos around anymore with an appropriate version of system commander for dos that would recognise windows 2003?

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Causes of BOOTMGR ErrorsThere are a number of possible causes for BOOTMGR errors, including the most common "BOOTMGR is missing" error message.

The most common reasons for BOOTMGR errors include corrupt and misconfigured files, hard drive and operating system upgrade issues, corrupt hard drive sectors, an outdated BIOS, and damaged or loose IDE cables.

Another reason you might see BOOTMGR errors is if your PC is trying to boot from a hard drive or flash drive that is not properly configured to be booted from. In other words, it's trying to boot from a non-bootable source. This also would apply to media on an optical drive or floppy drive that you're trying to boot from. Fixes for BOOTMGR Errors
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  2. Perform a startup repair of Windows. This type of installation should replace any missing or corrupt files, including BOOTMGR. Continue troubleshooting if this does not resolve the issue.

  3. Check your floppy and optical drives for media. Often times, the "BOOTMGR is Missing" error will appear if your PC is trying to boot to a non-bootable floppy disk or CD/DVD.

    Note: If you find that this is the cause of your issue and it's happening regularly, you might want to consider changing the boot order in BIOS so the hard drive is listed as the first boot device.

  4. Check the hard drive and other drive settings in BIOS and ensure they are correct. The BIOS configuration tells the computer how to use a drive so incorrect settings can cause problems, including BOOTMGR errors.

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  5. Reseat all internal data and power cables. BOOTMGR error messages could be caused by loose or malfunctioning power or controller cables.

    Try replacing the PATA or SATA cable if you suspect it might be faulty.

  6. Update your motherboard's BIOS. An outdated BIOS version can sometimes cause the "BOOTMGR is Missing" error.

  7. Perform a clean installation of Windows. This type of installation will completely remove Windows from your PC and install it again from scratch. While this will almost certainly resolve any BOOTMGR errors, it's a time consuming process due to the fact that all of your data must be backed up and then later restored.

    If you can't gain access to your files to back them up, understand that you will lose them all if you continue with a clean installation of Windows.

  8. Replace the hard drive and then perform a new installation of Windows. If all else has failed, including the clean installation from the last step, you're most likely facing a hardware issue with your hard drive.
BOOTMGR Errors Apply To BOOTMGR issues apply to Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems only. Windows XP does not utilize BOOTMGR. The equivalent function in Windows XP is NTLDR

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