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BOOTMGR is missing

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#1 bluntsister


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Posted 16 January 2010 - 07:55 PM

My son's Gateway laptop using Vista Home Premium had a malware infection. I decided not to deal with it and sent him to Geek Squad with it. Geek Squad said to son, "You can do this yourself since you have Recovery CD's and save yourself $200.00." We purchased the Recovery CD's from Geek Squad when we bought the computer. Son comes home and tries to run the (2)Recovery CD's and the 2nd CD is blank....I didn't believe him at first but he was right. Took the PC back to Geek Squad, they directed us to Gateway Support to get new System and Recovery CD's. The Gateway CD's arrived today and I follow the instruction provided, as follows:

1.) Insert the disk labeled System Disc.
2.) Reboot the computer and press F10 when the splash screen first appears.
3.) Select either CDROM or DVD as your boot device

I have tried several times and "BOOTMGR is missing, Press ctrl+alt+delete to restart" keeps happening.

Checked the BIOS to be sure "Boot from CD/DVD" was first and it is.

Any guidance, input or direction would be greatly appreciated. I am not desperate since we have a desktop available.


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Posted 16 January 2010 - 08:26 PM

The laptop probably has a built-in Recovery Partition, see instructions here -


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Posted 16 January 2010 - 08:36 PM

BOOTMGR is missing (messed up system files) error would indicate, that your computer is still booting to a hard drive, not to CD drive.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 10:31 PM

The guidelines of pressing F10 are needed if in BIOS your DVD drive is not first boot device, but still safe and better to use this method. If you select CD/DVD device from boot menu and still get BootMGR is missing then you are not booting from CD/DVD drive but from hard disk. The possible reasons are
- CD you have got is non-bootable
- CD you have is damaged
- Your DVD drive does not support booting from CD (which is highly improbable)
- You are not selected the correct DVD drive to boot from after pressing F10

We can rule out the last 2 possibilities and the left ones are that CD is somehow messed up. Check if you can use the same CD to boot from on another computer.

You can borrow a Vista install DVD from a friend. Or create a Vista recovery CD from a friend's computer. Or you can download ISO image from internet. Then boot from this CD/DVD, and follow startup recovery options as detailed here.

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