Bootmgr missing & bios not accessible

July 21, 2011 at 23:34:40
Specs: Windows XP
Toshiba laptop satellited A200 boots up saying"Bootmgr is missing, press ctrl+alt+del" and keeps on cycling with not option to get in the bios. Last mess up done was making active more than one primary partition. Not able to change boot order to CD because can not get into bios even by pressing any of the F*

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July 22, 2011 at 15:30:46
You will have to get into bios to fix this. Work on that first.

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July 22, 2011 at 20:10:33
"Bootmgr is missing, press ctrl+alt+del"

Searching with that message finds that's probably an operating system message from the hard drive, not a message from the bios.

You should be able to get into the bios Setup while booting BEFORE you see that message if you press the CORRECT key to get into the bios - usually you MUST press the key repeatedly, it won't work to hold down the key.
If you don't know what the correct key is, READ your Owner's or User's manual for your model.
NOTE that some keyboards have a button that toggles the Fx keys off / on. In that case there's an led that lights up when they're enabled.
The keyboard retains the button setting once it's been set.

You're listing Windows XP under your user name in the first post but you have started a Topic in the Vista forum .

XP doesn't have Boomgr, but Vista and Windows 7 do.

Are there things you haven't mentioned, such as
- the hard drive previously had Vista or Windows 7 on it ?
- or - you were dual booting XP and Vista or Windows 7 ?

"Last mess up done was making active more than one primary partition."

You can have only one partition on a computer that is Active (flagged bootable) at any one time.

When you multiboot operating systems, something loads that allows you to select which partition with an operating system on it is Active. Bootmgr does that for Vista and Windows 7, Boot.ini does that for XP and 2000.

When the computer iintially boots from the hard drive, the correct partition that has Bootmgr or Boot.ini on it must be Active.

If you were dual booting XP and Vista or Windows 7, you may have made the wrong partition Active, and it's the other partition that has Bootmgr.

bootmgr is missing press ctrl+alt+del to restart windows xp


Windows XP doesn’t use bootmgr, but if you’re running Windows Vista or Windows 7, run these:

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