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I am getting this error before windows loads. I have tried this but it did not help.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/fixing-bootmgr-is-missing-error-while-trying-to-boot-windows-vista/

If you click on the link and look at the 4th picture you will see that it says microsoft windows vista on my computer that is empty as if it does not recognize my operating system. I really do not want to do a fresh install because its not my hard drive. System recovery will not work because it does not recognize windows 7. I have done the repair processes and it fix nothing. What are my options
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What has always worked for me when that happens is running the installer disk and using startup repair three times in a row without trying to boot (repair, restarts, right back to repair). It does a slightly different fix each time, so you have to run it the 3rd time for it to actually work, something about it swapping to the backup copy of the mbr.
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ok.. so you already did the "bootrec.exe /fixboot" and all that?
 
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Can you tell me what did you do before you got this error?
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ok...here's what i do..

boot off windows disk..fanagle a way to dosprompt..this is tricky...i forget how..you hit repair then cancel? ..something like that..

type "bootrec.exe /fixmbr"

then "bootrec.exe /fixboot"

then "bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd"

and reboot..should fix it..
 
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ok...here's what i do..
boot off windows disk..fanagle a way to dosprompt..this is tricky...i forget how..you hit repair then cancel? ..something like that..
type "bootrec.exe /fixmbr"
then "bootrec.exe /fixboot"
then "bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd"
and reboot..should fix it..

Tried this. Weird thing is that CMD does not even recognize the commands.
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post #7 of 12
o wow..is the disk the same windows.? you're doing this from the windows disk,right?
 
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post #8 of 12
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Check this out. This is what it says after I try to do a repair
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy292/sabbathcrazy/1223111354.jpg

It will not repair. I think that I am going to have to do a fresh install. I have a question. Can I install a new version of windows OVER the old one and still keep my files?

I would just hook it up as a secondary drive and pull all the info I need off of it only its not my drive and I do not know what needs to be saved.
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post #9 of 12
Had this problem before.

For some reason, Windows Repair wouldn't fix the issue, so this is the workaround I had:

I created a new partition on the same harddrive and installed a new Windows OS to there. I then booted into the new OS. Once everything finished, I restarted and booted into the old OS. If it's fixed, you should be able to boot into your old OS with no problems now. I then just deleted the new partition and extended my old one. My current Windows has been running smoothly for a year now after that hastily-planned fix.
post #10 of 12
i'd copy all internet stuff..preferences..etc.and pics and whatever..from another computer..i.e. plug the hd into another rig..then wipe it and start over..
 
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