bootmgr missing....windows 7 not installed on my system

kill

New Member
#1
I just built a new system and ive been having trouble booting the windows 7 cd....when i put the cd in a screen comes up and says "bootmgr missing press ctrl+alt+del to restart"
 


Trouble

Noob Whisperer
#2
Check your BIOS, is the DVD player set as the first boot device?
Do you see a prompt, to press any key to boot from CD
What type of Windows 7 DVD is it? And what was the source?
 


kill

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#3
i do have it set to boot off of cd/dvd as first boot device
and i have seen the press any key to boot from cd and after i press something it will just go into a black screen sometimes
its windows 7 p
 


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Noob Whisperer
#4
Windows 7 p ??
Maybe home premium? or Pro?
Is it a retail disc, OEM, or did you download and burn it from an ISO?
Upgrade or Full Version
 


kill

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#5
haha sorry ment to put pro
and it is an OEM version and i assume it is the full version
 


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Noob Whisperer
#6
Have you, or can you put the disc into another machine and see if you can browse the disc?
Can you or have you swapped out the DVD player you are trying to use with another just to see if it's the DVD player?
 


kill

New Member
#7
yes i have....everything shows up in the other machine and i also tried swaping the drives and the same thing happened
 


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Noob Whisperer
#8
OK, I'm drawing a blank. I suppose there could be some problem with the actual boot files on the DVD that actually make it bootable. I was wondering, when you hit the key to boot from CD, do you hear any activity going on, or do you see that activity light on the DVD player as though it's attempting to boot the DVD, how long does the screen stay blank (or black) and does it always result in the same results, like the bootmgr missing message, that you mentioned in your original post or does it just stay black
 


kill

New Member
#9
the light on the dvd player does turn on and it does sound like their is activty going on in the drive...at first i got the black screen and it would just freeze there then i tried installing the dvd using another machine onto the blank hdd....after i tried that durring the installation on the ather machine an error came up saying that the installation was not complete because the hardware was not supported or something like that...so then i tried running the dvd on the new mchine and that is where i got the "bootmgr missing" message
 


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Noob Whisperer
#10
Is it possible, that you have multiple display adapters involved in this setup. The reason I asked the initial question about whether you could confirm any activity in the way of DVD lights, is that sometimes it has been my experience that you see the bios screen on one video adapter and then when the install initiates for some reason it choose the second adapter. Is this possibly the case, like an integrated adapter and then a PCIe addon card?
 


kill

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#11
well the board doesn't have an integrated gfx card
 


kill

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#12
do u think installing an older version of windows and then upgrading to 7 would work??
 


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Noob Whisperer
#13
Certainly might be worth a try. XP, and then do a custom clean install and see what happens. Even Vista, but be sure and do a custom clean install on that as well, not an upgrade. In either case keep us posted as to your progress. You may also want to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if there is any problems up front with your computer's hardware configuration, here's the link Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
 


kill

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#14
thanks...and i will keep u guys posted
 


Saltgrass

Excellent Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
#15
You might try disconnecting the hard drive and see what message you get. The original message seems it could be from a partial install.
 


kill

New Member
#16
it turns out that i had a faulty motherboard....i went out and bought a new one and it works just fine now
 


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Noob Whisperer
#17
Sorry to hear about the MoBo. Glad to hear you got it resolved and thanks for posting back the resolution.
 


trn

New Member
#18
I had this problem with an installation. Turns out the fix is the same as with Vista, see the link below on howtogeek -
Fixing "BOOTMGR is missing" Error While Trying to Boot Windows Vista - the How-To Geek
the quick version is - boot from your install disk, select repair, then select command prompt, you will see:
X:\Sources>

so you type bootrec /fixboot
and hit return and it fixes the problem (did for me anyway)
 


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