I've decided to install Windows 7 on a machine without any other OS resident. The drive has been formatted to NTFS. When I insert the Windows 7 DVD, I get the "BOOTMGR is missing" message.
I did a bit of googling, and found out that this is actually a common problem with a fairly simple solution IF the OS is already installed. I found directions on how to make a system startup repair disk, but this requires the use of the OS in order to make the disk.
I'm wondering if there's a way to create this disk outside of the OS. From what I understand, this message is found with Vista as well. I do have a Vista machine, so I'm wondering if it would be possible to make the disk with the Vista machine and have it work with the Windows 7 one.
And I'm also wondering if, since Windows 7 is not yet installed on this machine, this repair disk will even do what I need, namely (I suppose) install bootmgr.
Any help would be most appreciated.