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Windows 7: Bootmgr is missing +other questions

25 Oct 2009   #11
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

OK here's what you need to do:
1. go to add/remove entries
2. go to the bottom where is has the operating systems, and select windows.
3. In type select VISTA/Longhorn
4. Name it "D W7"
5. for Drive Select "D:"
6. Select Add entry on the right at the bottom
7. Click save at the top, and then check View settings,a nd post back what it says now.


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25 Oct 2009   #12
laggy

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

There are a total of 2 entries listed in the Vista Bootloader.
Bootloader Timeout: 30 seconds.
Default OS: Windows 7
Entry #1
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows
Entry #2
Name: D Windows 7
BCD ID: {86b566f6-c1e1-11de-9b46-b808314fefbb}
Drive: U:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows
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25 Oct 2009   #13
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

hmm, not what i expected, but restart and you should get 2 boot options, your 2nd HD C drive and your new "D Windows 7" drive.
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25 Oct 2009   #14
laggy

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Nope, no two boot options, it just booted up into C:

Actually, when I first rebooted, i got "bootmgr is missing" error again, but when i put my win7 cd back in and rebooted again, it loaded up into C:
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25 Oct 2009   #15
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You have two drives marked Active, but I think running Startup Repair from your Win7 installer should sort it out for you. We had a guy the other night with his boot files on an active storage drive who unplugged it to allow Startup Repair solve the problem. It can be plugged in again later to act as a proper Data drive, but you may have to get those files out to avoid conflict.
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25 Oct 2009   #16
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Thats not the reaction i had in mind. I'm not sure, i don't know the reaction it will have if you to get rid of the C drive OS in the bootmgr, it will either give you the bootmgr is missing error, or it will boot into your other OS.

It's completely up to you if you want to try, but i do warn you, you may lose your information on your R drive.

Go to Add/Remove entries, and select C drive Windows 7, and click delete up the top, and give a reboot.

If you do get the "bootmgr is missing error, i think your looking at a Full format of all your drives and to start from scratch, its a bowl of spaghetti right now.
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25 Oct 2009   #17
laggy

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok, so I moved over my whole boot director, bootmgr.sys, bootsqm.dat, and bootsect.bat over to my D: drive, shut down my computer, completely unplugged my second hard drive, and booted into the repair utility. It told me there was an error it would attempt to fix, then rebooted, and I'm in my win7 install from D: now!

Finally...lol

I really appreciate all the help guys.

Hopefully all I'll have to do now is plug my other drive back in, format the old win7 installation, and delete the boot information from R:
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25 Oct 2009   #18
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

And lets hope this works.
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25 Oct 2009   #19
laggy

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, I dont know exactly what happened, but everything seems to be working as I intended it to now.

Although I can't delete boot stuff from my Downloads partition, it doesn't seem to effect anything, and I'm able to boot into windows fine now.

Again, I really appreciate the help. I've been trying to fix this all day, but every single guide or whatever that I could find just didnt quite apply to me. Really needed some 1on1 help from someone who knew what they were talking about. Appreciate it very much.

Repping now
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26 Oct 2009   #20
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Thanks for the rep laggy. I'll bet Startup Repair restoring the Active flag to Win7 drive settled the issue when you plugged the other drive back in. There can only be one Active drive and Win7 isn't lettin that flag go now!

Otherwise if you don't want those boot files in your storage, you could move your files off that drive long enough to format it and then replace them.
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