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Windows 7: "BOOTMGR is missing"

15 Mar 2018   #1
okwrangler2003

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
"BOOTMGR is missing"

I bought a second Compaq CQ57-339 with a wiped hard drive. I bought the original operating system and installed (?) it on the computer, but all the computer screen will say is "BOOTMGR is missing". Can anyone help me?

Can I copy the BOOTMGR from my other Compaq CQ57 and install it on the second computer?

Is there a website where I can get the BOOTMGR?

Thank you for any help.


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15 Mar 2018   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Hi okwrangler2003, welcome to the Forum.

If you have the installation DVD for Windows, you should run it & select Start Up Repair. This Forum tutorial should help you with that.

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15 Mar 2018   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Well , you just installed windows, that message means it`s not finding it, check to see if the hard drive plugs have somehow come loose, and make sure it shows up in the Bios.

How was the drive wiped ?

Did you use Diskpart ?
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15 Mar 2018   #4
okwrangler2003

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Dear AddRAM:

Thank you for replying.
I checked the hard drive plugs, they are tight.
I do not know how the hard drive was wiped. I bought it that way.
I do not know what Diskpart is.

Thank you again
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15 Mar 2018   #5
okwrangler2003

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Dear Ranger4:

Thank you for replying.
I ran the installation disc and nothing will come up on my screen except "BOOTMGR is missing". Can I get to the Start Up Repair some other way?

Thank you again.
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15 Mar 2018   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you set the dvd drive as 1st to boot in the Bios ?

It sounds like it's skipping right over it.

You have a ? before the word "installed" in your 1st post, did you install windows or not ?
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15 Mar 2018   #7
okwrangler2003

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Yes, I reset the to the DVD drive.

And I ran all three installation discs but since nothing come up I don't know if it installed or not.

Thank you
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15 Mar 2018   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

3 discs ???

You need to create your own W7 install DVD or USB stick, it sounds like whatever you are using isn`t working.

Using a 4GB usb stick would be the easiest way.

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In order to install Windows with a dvd, or in your case 3 discs (no idea what you mean by that) you have to see the words "Press any key to boot from dvd" if you don't see those words then you are not installing windows.
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15 Mar 2018   #9
okwrangler2003

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

3 discs?

Yes, I called HP to have the operating system re-installed. This computer does not come with installation discs. HP said that I would have to contact Computer Surgeons for re-installation discs. I called them and paid for the discs. They sent me three discs labeled, Disc 1, Disc 2, and Supplemental Disc.

I will have the wife pick up an USB drive and try that.

Thank you, I know I am more trouble than I am worth, but I seem to get the worse of all problems. I really thought this would be easy - 1-Buy a computer, 2-Re-install operating system, 3-Job done. But that hasn't happened.
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15 Mar 2018   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Disc1 should be bootable. If you have set bios to boot from dvd first, and it isn't working, there may be a fault with the dvd drive.

You can try using installation media on usb stick instead. You would need to boot from the usb drive.
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