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Bootmgr is missing after windows 7 update

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Just updated my Windows 7 and restarted after checking a C-Media PCI sound card model number. Put everything back in and started up and the the BootMgr missing


I had 5 system images..........none will work.............I get system image restore failed
When I restart with cd I can get to repair nothing seems to work there
When I restart I get the BOOTMGR is missing press control alt delete to restart

I have Googled " BOOTMGR is missing " and completed many of the links listed nothing is working. Does anyone have any suggestions. Please advise.
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by:n2fc
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Rather than retype, just follow the info on this website:

http://windows7themes.net/bootmgr-is-missing-in-windows-7.html

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by:ruavol2
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I went in and tried method 2 using /fixboot and I get the following error

By the way the command prompt starts off with
x:\sources
should I change directories because it does not recognize the /fixboot?
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by:OP_Zaharin
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hi ruavol2,

- you might want to look into this article on using Recovery Disc instead:
http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/
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by:OP_Zaharin
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- you might also want to look into Microsoft support article 2004518 on The Windows 7 Boot Configuration Data file is missing, if the solution would help:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2004518
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by:ruavol2
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it looks like I will have to use method 2 under your last article above. I looked in the x:\ dir /p for the bcd file and saw 4 other directories. Program Files, Sources, Users, Windows.

Method 2 says to : "Determine the partition where \boot\bcd file is located."

How do I do that. I do not know all my old dos commands. Any thoughts......are appreciated.
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by:OP_Zaharin
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"Determine the partition where \boot\bcd file is located."

- it tells you to find where the bcd files is located and because when you doing the file renaming of  "ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old", you need to know on which partition it is (C:\ or D:\ or X:\).
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by:nobus
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this holds much info on your problem, and a solution :  http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/windows-7-bootmgr-missing
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by:Jackie Man
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Do you see the HDD in BIOS?
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by:ruavol2
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Under the HowToGeek in Method 2 I did not see a \boot\bcd    file
So I went to find all the boot named files in any directory on my X:\ drive
X:\Windows\System32\............I found BootRec.exe
I ran BootRec.exe /Fixboot ............and  it said the process completed successfully
I rebooted with Win 7 disk out and it came back with the same error.
Next,
I went to find the bcd file and could not find it. I tried to run the BCDEdit and it did not work.
Any other thoughts...?

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by:Jackie Man
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In command prompt of vista recovery environment, run the command below:-

Bootrec /RebuildBcd
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by:Jackie Man
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For details, please see the link below.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927391/en-us
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As much as it pains me to say with my old eyes it was the sata cable that came loose. It seems those little connectors just are not made to stay in place very well I am afraid. I wish they had more of a locking mechanism. My apologies to those that answered. I assumed that the update in Windows 7 hosed my machine and that the boot record was the issue. Fortunately not. I am greatful for all your help and sorry I could not reward all of your efforts. Thank you.
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@ruavol2

I do not agree with your judgement.

If you read the threads in this question once more, you can see we are guiding the asker to find the solution.

The asker has marked my thread #35200752 as the accepted answer. Please see the email below for details.

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As much as it pains me to say with my old eyes it was the sata cable that came loose. It seems those little connectors just are not made to stay in place very well I am afraid. I wish they had more of a locking mechanism. My apologies to those that answered. I assumed that the update in Windows 7 hosed my machine and that the boot record was the issue. Fortunately not. I am greatful for all your help and sorry I could not reward all of your efforts. Thank you.
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by:ruavol2
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Had I not looked at the BIOS which jackieman pointed out made me realize.......well if the BIOS does not see it then the darn cable must have shaken loose.

I really think maybe he nudged me to backtrack and see what was working or not working and that caused me to look at the cable. No HDD no connection.

Just my two cents...!

Thanks............when are they going to make those cables connect better. I can pop mine off with an air duster practically.
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