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Windows 7: "BOOTMGR is missing"


03 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
"BOOTMGR is missing"

...for Dell laptop Inspiron 1545 32-bit running Windows
Just downloaded Windows 7 install to flash drive to regain access to my laptop. I realize I will lose everything on it but all other attempts to do system restore, startup repair, etc.. have failed. I just need to get it working again so I can use it. I put the flash drive in the laptop and after hitting f12 to choose boot from usb...hit enter and "BOOTMGR" is missing it says...

Can I just download (from where?) this mr. BOOTMGR to the same usb and good to go?

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03 Aug 2012   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Run Startup Repair , booting from the downloaded disk. Run it three separate times with restarts in between each single run.

But before that , make it sure that the system reserved (100 MB , hidden) partition is marked as active.

Partition - Mark as Active (method two or method three).
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03 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

"all other attempts to do system restore, startup repair, etc.. have failed."
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03 Aug 2012   #4
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Have you tried to make it sure that the target partition is active, and then run the startup repair(not the automated one, but using the installation or recovery media) for three separate times, with restarts ?

It should work there.
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03 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Make sure the USB flash drive is formatted as FAT32.
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03 Aug 2012   #6
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If you've indeed exhausted all the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot then there is a step there to rescue any files you need.

Here is everything you need to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 including the tool to write official ISO to flash stick.
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03 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

when i use the windows 7 repair disc, the dvd drive detects it and it loads. so why shouldn't the usb drive? does that still mean the partition is not set?
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03 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

"Make sure the USB flash drive is formatted as FAT32."

i'm pretty novice my friend! how do i do that if i can't boot?
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03 Aug 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Use the tool in Step 2 in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to write the ISO to stick.
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03 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

"Use the tool in Step 2 in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to write the ISO to stick."

This isn't creating an .iso file on my desktop. I am following the instructions.
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