i am encountering Bootmgr is missing

November 17, 2010 at 14:38:22
Specs: Windows 7
I am encountering the problem with Bootmgr is missing.
it happens because i try to install window xp and my laptop does not boot from the installation disc. so I try to press many different keys but it does not work. then the messege Bootmgr is missing alerts.
Please give me the best solution of the 2 problems above

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November 17, 2010 at 15:04:32
1. don't press a bunch of keys. Bootmgr message just means you didn't let it boot normally.

2. you have to get the xp cd to boot. Are you asked during bootup with the xp cd in the drive to boot the xp cd? If not check your bios that the cd/dvd is listed in boot devices and should be listed before the hard drive.

3. you do understand that installing xp will, at best, make it so win7 doesn't boot, or at worse you trash your win7 install with no recovery possible?

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November 17, 2010 at 20:00:40
Do a Windows 7 repair to fix your boot manager and forget XP. If your system was shipped with Windows 7, then you will probably will not easily find all of your drivers for XP. Second, your newer system probably has a SATA hard drive and XP does not natively support installing on SATA. You could not install it without a floppy drive and driver disk or by slipstreaming the SATA drivers onto a custom install disk.
It is not worth it. Fix and keep Windows 7, it can do everything important that XP can and there are newer versions for nearly any program you have that you might have that you might not work (try running under XP compatibility). For a major business program upgrade to Pro and add a virtual XP machine running within W7.

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November 18, 2010 at 20:58:23
This problem occurs if the computer can not find the bootmgr file, which will be required to start Windows. Is is present on your hard disk. But if the hard drive cables are not properly closed, this message appears. Then, remove the SATA or IDE cables and re-connect them again correctly. Now you can start Windows normally.
Also check BIOS whether your hard drive is mentioned. If not then you might need to check that your hard drive is working or not.

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March 3, 2011 at 18:35:23
I am having much the same problem with a Dell Latitude Notebook which a friend asked me to fix. He put Windows 7 on it and for some reason it crashed. He cannot boot up from the 7 install disk. The cdrom is the only drive I have to work with. He wants me to re-install XP Pro and I need to format the C: drive to do it as the boot sector or petitioner is corrupt. Any ideas where I can find a cd that will allow me to reformat the hard drive?

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