"BOOTMGR image is corrupt" in Windows Vista

Have had Vista Business installed on my PC for nearly a year with no problems; Intel Quad-Core, 250GB HDD, 4GB RAM (matched pairs), HDD and CD/DVD are internal and SATA.  HDD routinely checked by Vista and Norton DiskDoctor with no previous problems noted. Last night turned PC on and got the "BOOTMGR image is invalid" screen.  Inserted the Vista CD and tried to boot from it.  Got the "loading files", then the color Windows 'progress bar', then BSOD with the generic STOP ...0A error (IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL).  Tried booting the PC into Safe Mode and get either the ntkrnlpa.exe or winload.exe "is missing or corrupt" error.  I have not had a chance yet to put this HDD into my other PC and try to read the files.  Lots of Qs here state the repair is to run the Vista CD Repair, so even if I can read on another PC, then???  One article said to remove all external connections, so tried that (only monitor, sound, and mouse/kybd connected), and still same errors no matter which way I try to boot.  I fly out of town for the weekend this afternoon, so any help would be appreciated either this morning or in 2 days.  THANKS ALL !!!!
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LeeTutorConnect With a Mentor retiredCommented:
If you don't have a copy of UBCD4Win (which requires you to build it by having an XP installation CD), then try the plain old Ultimate Boot CD instead, as it merely requires you to burn the ISO file to CD, and it has a lot of tools built in):


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This web page describes a fix for Bootmgr is missing, but the fix should be the same:

gpavlicekAuthor Commented:
LeeTutor - Thanks for the response, but I get an error when I try to boot the Vista CD (please see my initial question). Any opinions on how to get around the BSOD STOP error?
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willcompConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The stop error when booting from Vista DVD may indicate faulty memory. I recommend you test memory before proceeding any further. Memtest 86+ and a number of other useful utilities are on the UBCD.

If you have a copy of UBCD4Win, memtest is an option on initial menu (prior to Windows PE loading).
gpavlicek, any feedback?
gpavlicekAuthor Commented:
Thurday 5/21:
Ran MEMTEST86 and it completed a full pass with no errors (2 hours).  This PC has 4 x 1GB RAM modules, matched pairs, Kingston - on a whim removed all but one module (RAM down to 1 GB, non-dual-channel), and tried to boot from Vista CD.  This time it booted.  Entered 'repair your PC' and it started a Startup Repair.  After about 1-2 minutes it said it could not automatically repair and asked to send to MS. OK.  Got it to a command prompt and tried the "bootrec /fixboot" command.  It completed almost immediately.  Tried to boot the system normally but got a b/w text screen with an "Error 00000001" or some such as the only usable piece of the message.  Headed out of town for the weekend.

Today 5/25:
Read somewhere in the posts that you might have to try the fixboot twice for it to work.  Booted with the Vista CD (still only 1GB Ram), and clicked on 'repair your PC', and it started the Startup Repair again.  It has been running for over 30 minutes this time, and I now have to go out for a while.

Hopefully, more good news when I get back this afternoon ...
gpavlicekAuthor Commented:
Just got home and the 'repairing' progress bar was still going (5 hours); disk activity light was only blinking about once every second or so.  Shutdown P/C, and started from Vista CD; it again started the Startup Repair.

Then it came up with the window that the PC needs to restart to complete the repairs (and IF it worked, Windows should start, etc.).  When I clicked on the more details, the error code displayed at the end said "system volume is corrupt".  Great - an no, it did not boot into Windows - gave another required file (fltmgr?) is missing or corrupt.

I tried to start with the CD again, and it said changing the start-up options to add "Windows Vista (recovered)", but when it re-booted, another "required" file was not found and the boot failed.

Looks like unless anyone else has any 'lightning-bolt' ideas, I'll put in another HDD and get started on a clean install.  On another whim, I'm going to try Norton DiskDoctor on this drive in another PC as I pull of my data and files off of it for the "new" installation.

If no one has any thoughts, I will close this out today or tomorrow.  One last ?; to avoid this in the future I'm going to start cloning my OS partition - Norton Ghost OK?  Or?
The Ultimate Boot CD (and also the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows) both have hard disk tests on them.

As far as programs to clone the OS partition, I use Acronis True Image...
gpavlicekAuthor Commented:
A solution was actually not reached, but I made the decision to abort and go with the clean install.  I'm awarding points based on helpful information provided, and will probably go back and try the HDD test to try a get a root-cause determination.
Thanks all !!
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