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Okay, so i just reinstalled Vista 64bit, and after getting a good amount of my drivers installed i noticed there was a new BIOS version for my mobo....so i flashed the BIOS to the New Version.

Now, im getting a screen after post that says, "BOOTMGR is missing; Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

thats all it says. I have a RAID, and i reset all the BIOS settings back to how i had them. i dont understand, because i flashed it once before and reset everything back to the settings for my RAID and it worked....

Any Ideas??
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You take out the FlashDrive/Floppy drive you booted from to flash?
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I flashed it from Windows.
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your boot manager is missing it is what tells your HDD what version of windows to launch it is a common problem...

You need to run the repair utility off the windows disk... it may make you go to a command prompt and you want to use FIXBOOT.

I have had this before if you load up the system tools and repair offered on the Vista disc you might be able to repair it. If not there is a way to use to do it manually from a repair prompt (dos style) within windows. I will edit with the commands in a minute.

Try the FIXBOOT first if not give this a try...


EDIT** decent quick article and the second reply down gives some advice on a manual way with just copying the boot folder over. http://lifehacker.com/software/troub...ror-251733.php
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Originally Posted by MR_S4NDM4N View Post
I flashed it from Windows.
:/ Don't know man... the flash might have taken the bootmgr w/ your boot sector!
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okay, so i just put the CD in, and when the CD is in the drive it loads Windows, but when i take the CD out of the drive, it gives me the "BOOTMGR is missing" error again. im confused.
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Got it fixed! Booted the Vista CD, went to Repair, and into command prompt. From there, "bootrec /fixboot"....worked the first time. Thanks guys!
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I had this same problem the other day. Kept telling me Bootmgr missing yada yada.. I put the vista 32bit cd in and ran repair. The command prompt would come up for a split second then BSOD.. hmm So I tried again, same thing...

I run 2 HD's but one is just a storage, from what I read was that when you install windows it can/will put bootmgr on the other HD. So basically I had to format and sure enough bootmgr was on the other. (Yes I forgot to unplug the other HD during install) So I researched a bit and found how to move the bootmgr using xcopy /h from D: to C: . Just a thought to check into to as well. Not sure if this is the case with Raid but if anyone has this problem down the future it may help out. There is a site that I found with this info.



"c:" to switch to the C drive.
"dir /a" to view all the files. The "/a" switch is to show the hidden ones (the files you are looking for, listed below, are hidden).
"d:" to switch to the D drive.
"dir /a" to view all the files there.
you are looking for is the drive that has a BOOT folder with files in it, and also a file named BOOTMGR (not in the BOOT folder). And you want to identify the drive that has the "WINDOWS" folder in it, as that is where you are going to copy those files.

As far as copying the files, just use the following commands:

"c:" to switch to the C drive, or wherever you determined the boot files to be.
"xcopy /h bootmgr d:" to copy the BOOTMGR file to the D drive, or whichever drive you need to copy them too. The "/h" switch makes sure that it sees hidden files.
"robocopy c:\\boot d:\\boot /mir" to copy the entire BOOT folder from the C drive to the D drive, again switching the drive letters as you deem necessary. The "/mir" switch mirrors the entire directory structure, and is necessary because the BOOT folder contains some other folders with files.
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Originally Posted by tnaz71 View Post
I had this same problem the other day. Kept telling me Bootmgr missing yada yada.. I put the vista 32bit cd in and ran repair. The command prompt would come up for a split second then BSOD.. hmm So I tried again, same thing...

I run 2 HD's but one is just a storage, from what I read was that when you install windows it can/will put bootmgr on the other HD. So basically I had to format and sure enough bootmgr was on the other. (Yes I forgot to unplug the other HD during install) So I researched a bit and found how to move the bootmgr using xcopy /h from D: to C: . Just a thought to check into to as well. Not sure if this is the case with Raid but if anyone has this problem down the future it may help out. There is a site that I found with this info.



"c:" to switch to the C drive.
"dir /a" to view all the files. The "/a" switch is to show the hidden ones (the files you are looking for, listed below, are hidden).
"d:" to switch to the D drive.
"dir /a" to view all the files there.
you are looking for is the drive that has a BOOT folder with files in it, and also a file named BOOTMGR (not in the BOOT folder). And you want to identify the drive that has the "WINDOWS" folder in it, as that is where you are going to copy those files.

As far as copying the files, just use the following commands:

"c:" to switch to the C drive, or wherever you determined the boot files to be.
"xcopy /h bootmgr d:" to copy the BOOTMGR file to the D drive, or whichever drive you need to copy them too. The "/h" switch makes sure that it sees hidden files.
"robocopy c:boot d:boot /mir" to copy the entire BOOT folder from the C drive to the D drive, again switching the drive letters as you deem necessary. The "/mir" switch mirrors the entire directory structure, and is necessary because the BOOT folder contains some other folders with files.
I just registered on these forums to say THANK YOU for getting rid of this headache I've had from this problem! Finally I don't have to boot with the DVD anymore.
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I'm trying to do this but the files in the boot directory are in use... (can't do the robocopy part - says BCR or some file in the boot file is in use) is there another way to complete this process? My files got stuck on my external 320gb drive and I can't boot without it (I need to replace it)... Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Solution:
I was able to figure it out. Apparently I copied enough of the boot mgr files over to be able to run the win 7 startup repair. Now it boots without the other disk. Yay!
Edited by staryoshi - 12/27/09 at 12:24pm
    
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