How to repair bootmgr missing, but no installations are listed once the repair is run.

Posted on 2008-11-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a vista home basic box. Once I boot the system i get a bootmgr is missing error message. I downloaded a repair disk and ran it. I was able to select my language and time. The next screen allows for the repar. The issue with that screen is that it does not show any installations on the drive. So once I select next and run the repair it doesn't fix anything. After the repair is done I reboot and recieve the same error message. "Bootmgr missing".
Question by:ittechnical
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    Expert Comment

    You could try solution 2 from this page, to see if you have any better luck:


    If the previous method does not resolve the problem, you can rebuild the BCD store by using the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment. To do this, follow these steps:

    - Get your Vista installation DVD and pop it into your drive.
    - Then restart your computer.
    - Press a key when you are prompted.
    - Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next
    - Click Repair your computer
    - Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next
    - In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt
    - Type bootrec /rebuildbcd and then press ENTER

    " If Bootrec runs successfully, it will present you with the installation path of a Windows directory. To add the entry to the BCD store, type Yes . A confirmation message appears that indicates the entry was added successfully.

    " If Bootrec cannot locate any missing Windows installations, you must remove the BCD store, and then you must re-create it. To do this, type the following commands in the order shown below: (Remember to press ENTER after each command)

    bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup

    ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old

    bootrec /rebuildbcd

    - Restart the computer.

    Author Comment

    I'll give it a shot, thanks for the quick response.

    Author Comment

    Followed the solution and I was not able to resolve the issue. It seems that Vista or some program saved all its system folders such as Windows and system 32 under a subfolder with a back up date. With any case, I moved all the folders and profile to the root and ran the repair. The repair located the installation but after the repair finished running and a system reboot. I get a screen that gives a error code. dcx000000d and a message that states an error occured. So far I have ran the repair twice and still get the same screen. The header still shows a boot manager missing but gives several boot options, including safe with networking and last know good conf. Let me know if there are any ideas, or the last resort is to reload Vista and upload all the old data.
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    Accepted Solution

    >error code. dcx000000d

    ??  I think you must have mistyped.  That isn't a valid error code...   But also, I think you may have to reload.

    Author Comment

    The error code was not found either during any serches. I will reload the OS and transfer data. Thanks for the help.

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