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bootmgr is missing in Windows 7


The dreaded message bootmgr is missing still exists today, but luckily there are some easy solutions.

First of all, dont panic. If your bootmgr file is missing that doesnt necessarily mean that you lost any data, it simply means that your boot manager is missing, nothing more. To repair your boot records, you have to launch the start-up option repair your computer. On boot-up press F8 to get to startup options. Click on Repair your computer:

Youll get a list of operating systems installed on your PC:

Method 1: Repair bootmgr via Command Prompt

Open the command prompt.

Next, simply enter the following command to fix your boot record: /fixboot In case your master boot record has been damaged as well, I would also run /fixmbr

Method 2: Repair bootmgr via Startup Repair

Theoretically, Windows 7 should be able to find and fix this error. If you click on Startup Repair instead of Command Prompt, then Windows will scan your system for common errors and will hopefully figure out that your bootmgr is broken.

Check disk for errors

Another error why you are receiving the bootmgr is missing error after installing Windows 7, might be that your hard drive has disk errors. It is always a good idea to also run the command chkdsk C:\ /f /r This might take some time, depending on the size of your hard drive, but it is necessary to verify that there are no corrupted files on your disk. Important for YOU: We detected that you disabled javascript. Please enable Javascript to download Windows 7 themes from our site. Also temporarily disable any ad-blockers. Firefox is the recommended browser for our site.
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19 Responses to bootmgr is missing in Windows 7

1. david said: August 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm cannot get anything when i punch f8 when we turn on the computer can u help novice computer person daughter going to school

2. sOliver said: August 23, 2010 at 12:54 am Restart your PC and try to hold F8. You will get a screen with 6 different options, one of them will be Safe Mode, select this and hit enter. You have to hit it at the correct time, so simply hold it down and it should work. However, some motherboards use another key to get into safe mode. Give the following keys a try (hold or hit repeatedly) CTRL F5 F8 Shift It has to be one of them. You can look this up in your motherboard manual. Ill be posting an alternative if nothing works, but Im positive that it will.

3. yo said: September 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm The f8 thing didnt work for me. Windows wouldnt even attempt to start, the error pops up while Im still in bios early boot stage. I had to make a windows repair disk on another PC and I had to reboot using that CD which then let me do the repair and now it works. Im now trying to find out what caused the problem.

4. pallavi said: September 11, 2010 at 10:18 am i had same(bootmgr missing) problem with my new dell laptop which i had purchase on 10.09.2010 and i am not having reinstall to window7 CD. I am not having CD where along with my laptop i just got 2cds(driver Cd,software CD) Cds are that there is no window7 CD so what should i do now???/?? and while purchasing i have taken 15 months anti-virus of MCAfee so now does that all software is gone??? now what should i do?????

5. sOliver said: September 11, 2010 at 10:55 am You will need a boot disk to open a command prompt and run the commands. If you dont have one you will find them online. You can also go to the shop where you bought the laptop and they will repair it. They might also give you a recovery disk which will allow you to repair/reinstall Windows 7. If you dont want to go to the shop, you might be able to download the DVD online from the website of your laptop manufacturer e.g. Toshiba, Dell, HP, etc. I hope this helps.. let me know!

6. andrea said: September 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm I have a problemwhen I launch the command fixboot.or the auto repair it say that is impossible to fixI dont know what to do help me please :(

7. de_orange said: September 24, 2010 at 8:18 am thanks. It help me much, but isnt it actually need to be recboot /fixboot rather than just /fixboot ?

8. lester said: November 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm i cant press f8 because when i start my pc it only says bootmrg missing when i press f8 its going to make a terrible sound any ideas

9. sOliver said: November 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm lester, you need to press F8 at the right time to get into safe mode. Depending on your motherboard there are other keys that you need to use to get into the safemode. Please read your manual and/or refer to this guide: How to get into safe mode without F8

10. UnnameD said: November 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm sOliver i have a laptop(packard bell) there was a win vista on it. I formatted all the partitions the one with 100mb size too when i install the win7. I get the error BOOTMGR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart and i cant get the win safe mode or something another i tried all the keys showed here. I can only go to the setup and F12. I cant boot it. Please I need really help of you and very sorry for my bad english i hope you understand it.

11. sOliver said: November 14, 2010 at 11:16 am UnnameD, read the comment above yours, there is a link how to get into safe mode without F8. But since you want to repair the boot records, simply insert your Windows 7 DVD, then when the computer boots press DEL to get into the BIOS. Now read your motherboard manual how to change the boot order, the DVD drive has to be the first one. Then your PC will boot from DVD and you should be able to start the Windows 7 repair tool.

12. lorena osuna said: November 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm if i made this it will repair, but im gonna still having all my files because i`m not format right? or im gonna lose all my work?


littlealex said: January 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm hi, so i thought my laptop had virus so i chose to do the system recovery. it formatted all installation in my laptop and during the reinstalling period, i canceled it because i had to go. the next day i turned it back on, it showed BOOTMGR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart _ sorry i dont have a CD/DVD to recover. wondering if you can help? thanks.

14. sOliver said: January 29, 2011 at 11:58 am Updated the bootmgr is missing article with a few important details. @lorena Yes, you will still have your files. It will only fix the MBR, the master boot record which stores important information about your boot sectors and what not. After repairing it the bootmgr will be available again and you can boot again. @littlealex You might want to think about creating an emergency disk to recover your data and then download a DVD from the internet (if you have a valid license). You can also take the laptop to the store where you bought it, I think they can reinstall it. Link: Create emergency multi-boot recovery disk Usually the bootmgr is missing error can be fixed by running the commands given in the article above. You might also want to read the other articles that are listed at the end of the article.

15. shubham said: April 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm thnxxxxxxx a lot.. it helped me

if people you dont have a win 7 disctry for win 7 RECOVERY DISC.its less than 200 mb for 64 can create it on any other win 7 working it

16. Bernie said: April 9, 2011 at 11:32 am Hi, I have the same problem except that I cant get to the repair option. After the message BOOTMGR is missing press Ctrl, Alt, Del I dont have any options. what do I do now?

17. sOliver said: April 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm Bernie, please read the comments and your motherboard manual how to get the OS boot up options, usually F8. Also, you need to change your boot order, boot from the Windows 7 DVD and then you can repair the bootmgr as described above.

18. NoizBoi said: April 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm Hi all, For your information: 1. To enter BIOS on most pcs these days is F2, another common one is ESC , then try DEL or F12 before the others listed above. Then change boot order. NB: NOT FOR NOVICES!

2. F8 KEY! Two Answers. 1. laptop 2.Desktop 1. Most newer laptops dont show POST messages so the first thing you see is the Win logo. In these cases wait a second or two before pressing the F8 key, if you dont get the selective menu then vary the time before pressing F8. 2. In my experience most desktops will freeze or pause the POST test on power-on if you press the F8 button too soon. The process should be: Power on PC Wait for brief message about detecting drives Then detected drives (you have to be quick!) Now press F8 Now use up/down arrows to scroll to safe mode Press enter In my opinion the commands FIXBOOT and FIXMBR are great, saved the day several times, so good advice from them guys above me. Good luck all.

19. badru said: April 27, 2011 at 1:29 am insert your win 7 cd in cd drive and restart your system go to bios and make dvd drive your first priority booting device or some times dvd will not boot in windows7 installation select repair your computer it will search for any windows installations select an installation that you want to repair click next select startup repair after 5 sec cancel it [ if you let it , it may solve your problem ]and now from the disp select command promt Bcdboot C:\windows [enter]

BOOTREC /FIXMBR [enter] thats all

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