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Windows 7: BOOTMGR missing!

13 Apr 2009   #1
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 
BOOTMGR missing!

Guys, I desperately need your help here! I started installing Windows 7 on my boss'es laptop. But for some reason could not get Windows 7 to install on the partition we created. Now her laptop won't boot. It gives me the 'BOOTMGR is missing' error. She has XP on her system. How can I restore the bootfiles without a XP CD!!!

My arse is on the line here!

Thanks!!!!


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13 Apr 2009   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

If you have the Windows 7 DVD you can try booting off it & do a repair install if the option is there.
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13 Apr 2009   #3
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

I have the 7 dvd, and tried to do a repair, but could not, for windows 7 did not install. So I need to fix the bootmgr with something else.
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13 Apr 2009   #4
Orbital Shark

 
 

You could try installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 but without formatting. This will move the entire contents of the hard disk to windows.old directory. From there you can access all the original Documents/Music/Pictures/Video etc so you can back them up. Once backed up or moved to the new user folders you could then delete the windows.old directory.

You may have a lot of 'administrator' nags from the UAC but that can be disabled. Also, were you trying to dual boot or was it just on a fresh partition.

P.S sorry for the late reply
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13 Apr 2009   #5
Orbital Shark

 
 

Failing that there's always a copy of XP that can be downloaded on all good torrent sites.
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13 Apr 2009   #6
unawave

Windows XP and 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheBull View Post
She has XP on her system. How can I restore the bootfiles without a XP CD!!!
Boot from Windows 7 DVD
At first screen press shift + F10
enter:
bootsect /nt52 SYS /force
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13 Apr 2009   #7
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks guys! I really appreciate your help! Left my boss with her unbootable laptop for the night. Will try again tomorrow morning, and post back!!
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13 Apr 2009   #8
Fmjc001

 
 

...I think a startup repair is your best option.
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13 Apr 2009   #9
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You can borrow an XP CD and use her license key

Follow the instructions here for recovering XP:
How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
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14 Apr 2009   #10
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

Just to report back. Thankfully got Windows 7 up and running on the partition I created, no data loss on her XP partition. I get the dual boot up screen with Easy BCD, but can still not boot into XP. Tried in Easy BCD, but to no avail. Hope you guys can help me on this one!!
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