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XP: BOOTMGR is missing


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#1 EducatedGuess

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 02:25 PM

Hi, I'm trying to install XP on a new hard drive in a Dell Inspiron 1200 laptop and I keep getting the same message, "BOOTMGR is missing, hit Ctrl-Alt-Del.  Is there an easy way around this?  The old HD works fine.

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:00 PM

Bootmgr is part of Vista and Windows 7. Was there a Win7 installation on this hard drive before you tried to install XP?

 

Follow the steps here to repair the XP install. Use the /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN option.

 



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:34 PM

Hi, John, and thanks for responding.

 

I bought this hard drive used from a computer tech I used to deal with.  Good guy, but he moved out of the area.

 

It's possible it had a Vista or Windows 7 install on it.  If that is the case, is there still a work-around to get XP installed on it?  I can go back to my old hd, which still works but is smaller.  I wanted to a put a larger hard drive in the computer.

 

Thanks.



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:56 PM

Since this is a "refurbished" hard drive, I would reformat the drive and reinstall your operating system of choice on it so it can be yours.




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