BOOTMGR is Missing

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Red Green, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. Red Green

    Red Green Guest

    I just installed RC1, but when i restart, if the DVD is not in the drive, it
    says

    BOOTMGR is Missing
    Press CTRL+ALT+DEL To Restart

    Any suggestions as too what it is? I was thinking maybe it was the registry
    messing up on boot selection.
     
    Red Green, Sep 16, 2006
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  2. Red Green

    Tom Ziegmann Guest

    Have you tried using Startup Repair? If not, insert your DVD into your computer and boot from the DVD. Then once setup loads click on Windows Recovery Options down in the left hand corner of the window and then click on Startup Repair. If that does not work the only suggestion I have is to backup your data, if possible, and then reinstall doing a clean install.
     
    Tom Ziegmann, Sep 16, 2006
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  3. Red Green

    Red Green Guest

    Tried both of those options already. What makes no sense is if it detects the
    DVD, and you just leave it and let it boot, works fine. Remove the DVD and it
    doesnt work period.
     
    Red Green, Sep 16, 2006
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  4. Red Green

    Tom Ziegmann Guest

    That is very interesting...I would suggest filing a bug report with MS, make it public so that I can keep an eye on it for you and I see what information I can come up with in the mean time.
     
    Tom Ziegmann, Sep 16, 2006
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  5. Red Green

    Red Green Guest

    THanks for the help man, its appreciated.

     
    Red Green, Sep 16, 2006
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  6. Red Green

    Chad Harris Guest

    Red--

    I wondered if you are using a dual boot and if so, was XP installed first?

    I sure would have tried Startup Repair as Tom suggested and you have. You
    might also repair this by using a gui interface for the BCEDIT utiilty here:

    http://www.vistabootpro.org/

    http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/post-580795.html&sid=9f93849fb3dad5edd85df3d19778e44f

    Also this reference may help you:

    Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the
    Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529/en-us

    See also for ref:

    Boot Configuration Data Editor Frequently Asked QuestionsBoot Configuration
    Data Editor Frequently Asked Questions

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/library/85cd5efe-c349-427c-b035-c2719d4af778.mspx

    Edit the Windows Vista Boot Menu Options

    http://www.vistamania.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=167&Itemid=34

    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/driver/tips/Debug_Vista.mspx

    Good luck.

    Ch
     
    Chad Harris, Sep 16, 2006
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  7. Red Green

    John Barnes Guest

    Start with the DVD and when in Vista, go to disk management and look on your
    drives for the Boot file (make sure you can see hidden and system files).
    When you have found it, make sure that it is the active partition and the
    first drive in boot priority in your BIOS. Your MBR is pointing to a drive
    that doesn't have the boot file on it.
     
    John Barnes, Sep 16, 2006
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  8. Red Green

    Red Green Guest

    Well, i figured out part of the problem.

    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier {bootmgr}
    device partition=D:
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {globalsettings}
    default {current}
    resumeobject {c2b688f5-4528-11db-8f7a-91fb6660ed8e}
    displayorder {current}
    toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
    timeout 30

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {current}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Microsoft Windows Vista
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    bootdebug No
    custom:16000048 Yes
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {65f26197-4533-11db-ab71-bc8045be3a8e}
    nx OptIn
    pae ForceDisable
    nointegritychecks No
    sos No
    debug No
    custom:47000005 301989892
    3

    Its looking on D:, my other hard drive for the bootmgr. I cant figure out
    how to change this though, any ideas?
     
    Red Green, Sep 16, 2006
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    Roof Fiddler Guest

    I had a similar problem which I was able to solve, so maybe this will help:
    I have a slow 30GB PATA drive and a fast 300GB SATA drive, both of which I
    wiped prior to installing Vista. I forgot that in my BIOS, I had the PATA
    rather than the SATA drive set as bootable (though I don't know whether this
    caused or even influenced my problem). I installed Vista RC1 from scratch,
    specifying the 300GB drive. After installing Vista with no problems, I
    discovered that when I set my BIOS to boot from the 300GB drive (where Vista
    was installed) rather than the 30GB drive, the BIOS would fail to load
    Vista, giving a "non system disk or disk error" message.
    Setting the boot drive back to the 30GB drive so that Vista would boot, I
    checked Control Panel/Admin Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management and
    discovered that my 30GB drive was set as Active and Boot, and the 300GB
    drive wasn't. I then noticed that the 30GB drive had data on it, even though
    I'd not put anything there. It had bootmgr and the boot directory, neither
    of which the 300GB drive had (though the latter had the entire Vista
    installation).
    To fix the problem, I moved bootmgr and the boot directory to the 300GB
    drive, marked the latter as active using Disk Management, shut down the
    system, set the 300GB drive as the boot drive in the BIOS again, booted off
    the Vista RC1 DVD and ran the startup repairer, and then rebooted... and
    this time, Vista booted successfully directly off the 300GB drive.
     
    Roof Fiddler, Sep 16, 2006
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  10. Red Green

    Red Green Guest

    I'll give it a shot and see what i can do. I'm thinking of just turning off
    my 2nd hd, disconnecting it entirely, and reinstalling Vista.

    My new challaenge is getting my soundcard to work without crackling.

     
    Red Green, Sep 17, 2006
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    Corusant97 Guest

    I finally fixed the problem on my PC!
    Here's what I did:
    -Boot off the Vista DVD
    -Dropped to command prompt
    -Copied the BOOT folder off my dvd to all my hard drives (C & D, vista's on D)
    -Ran <dvd drive>:\boot\bootsect /nt60 all /force to update my boot info
    -ran <vista drive>:\windows\system32\bdcedit /createstore to create a store
    of bcd info
    -ran bcdedit /create /d "Windows Vista" /application osloaderto add my vista
    hdd to the bcd
    -rebooted, just to be safe
    -booted back to the dvd and ran the system recovery thing that says 'repair
    and reboot' and then everything was peachy

    i may have run the bootsect thing again before the last reboot. hope this
    helps!!

     
    Corusant97, Sep 23, 2006
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  12. Red Green

    Corusant97 Guest

    I finally fixed the problem on my PC!
    Here's what I did:
    -Boot off the Vista DVD
    -Dropped to command prompt
    -Copied the BOOT folder off my dvd to all my hard drives (C & D, vista's on D)
    -Ran <dvd drive>:\boot\bootsect /nt60 all /force to update my boot info
    -ran <vista drive>:\windows\system32\bdcedit /createstore to create a store
    of bcd info
    -ran bcdedit /create /d "Windows Vista" /application osloaderto add my vista
    hdd to the bcd
    -rebooted, just to be safe
    -booted back to the dvd and ran the system recovery thing that says 'repair
    and reboot' and then everything was peachy

    i may have run the bootsect thing again before the last reboot. hope this
    helps!!

     
    Corusant97, Sep 23, 2006
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  13. Red Green

    Corusant97 Guest

    doesn't look like the last post worked. trying again...

    I finally fixed the problem on my PC!
    Here's what I did:
    -Boot off the Vista DVD
    -Dropped to command prompt
    -Copied the BOOT folder off my dvd to all my hard drives (C & D, vista's on D)
    -Ran <dvd drive>:\boot\bootsect /nt60 all /force to update my boot info
    -ran <vista drive>:\windows\system32\bdcedit /createstore to create a store
    of bcd info
    -ran bcdedit /create /d "Windows Vista" /application osloaderto add my vista
    hdd to the bcd
    -rebooted, just to be safe
    -booted back to the dvd and ran the system recovery thing that says 'repair
    and reboot' and then everything was peachy

    i may have run the bootsect thing again before the last reboot. hope this
    helps!!

     
    Corusant97, Sep 23, 2006
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  14. Red Green

    litau Guest

    I do also have the same problem.
    But it was my own fault! ops.

    I did install vista rc1, and thats the only OS on my system. System files
    were in c:, but i did select drive d: as the active drive, and there is
    nothing in it. Now i cant boot up vista. I have tried different ways, but
    nothing works. Any tips? (currently ordering a vista rc1 cd from microsoft,
    hope it helps. As my own vista DVD dont)
    I dont know what to do:( replacing HD?
     
    litau, Nov 4, 2006
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  15. Red Green

    John Barnes Guest

    Please do not use drive letters as they are irrelevant at this point.
    Please describe the setup. Drive numbers and partition numbers. ie drive 0
    partition 1 what is it?
    How did you start RC1 if your DVD doesn't work.
    Make sure that the partition with the Vista Boot file on it is on the first
    hdd in your boot priority in the BIOS and that it is the active partiton.
    If you made any changes to boot priority afer installing Vista, undo them.
     
    John Barnes, Nov 4, 2006
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  16. Red Green

    litau Guest

    Hi, thank you for your fast answer. I did run the vista setup from my
    computer.. no dvd as i didnt have any left :)

    But i have resolved the problem myself and iam now a little more experienced.

    Thank you, iam happy
     
    litau, Nov 4, 2006
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