Fix “bootmgr is missing” in Windows 7 (2014 Update)

The dreaded message bootmgr is missing still exists today, but luckily there are some easy solutions that can help you to fix your boot manager and launch your computer again!


First of all, don’t panic and do stupid things without thinking. If your bootmgr file is missing that doesn’t necessarily mean that you lost any data, it simply means that your boot manager is missing, nothing more right now.

Repairing Boot Records

Bootmgr is missing: Windows 7

To repair your boot records, you have to launch the start-up option “repair your computer”.

1. Step On boot-up press F8 to get to startup options. Click on “Repair your computer”:

Windows 7 Repair your computer

2. Step You’ll get a list of operating systems installed on your PC:

Windows 7 System Recovery Options

Select Operating System

We have outlined the steps that are necessary to repair the boot manager:

Method 1: Repair bootmgr via Command Prompt (cmd)

If Windows keeps loading X:/Windows/System32 – try to change to the C or D drive, simply enter C: and hit Enter. If that doesn’t work, enter chkdsk c: /f /r which will repair your C partition. You can then run the commands below

Open the command prompt.

Windows 7 System Recovery Command Prompt

Next, simply enter the following command to fix your boot record:

/fixboot

In case your master boot record has been damaged as well, I would also ru

/fixmbr

Method 2: Repair bootmgr via “Startup Repair”

Theoretically, Windows 7 should be able to find and fix this error. If you click on “Startup Repair” instead of Command Prompt, then Windows will scan your system for common errors and will hopefully figure out that your bootmgr is broken.

Windows 7 System Recovery Command Prompt

Method 3: Check disk for errors

Another error why you are receiving the “bootmgr is missing” error after installing Windows 7, might be that your hard drive has disk errors. It is always a good idea to also run the command

chkdsk C:\ /f /r

This might take some time, depending on the size of your hard drive, but it is necessary to verify that there are no corrupted files on your disk.

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24 Responses to Fix “bootmgr is missing” in Windows 7 (2014 Update)

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    david said:

    cannot get anything when i punch f8 when we turn on the computer can u help novice computer person daughter going to school

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Restart your PC and try to hold F8. You will get a screen with 6 different options, one of them will be Safe Mode, select this and hit enter.

    You have to hit it at the correct time, so simply hold it down and it should work. However, some motherboards use another key to get into safe mode.

    Give the following keys a try (hold or hit repeatedly)
    CTRL
    F5
    F8
    Shift

    It has to be one of them. You can look this up in your motherboard manual.

    I’ll be posting an alternative if nothing works, but I’m positive that it will.

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    yo said:

    The f8 thing didn’t work for me. Windows wouldn’t even attempt to start, the error pops up while I’m still in bios early boot stage. I had to make a windows repair disk on another PC and I had to reboot using that CD which then let me do the repair and now it works. I’m now trying to find out what caused the problem.

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    pallavi said:

    i had same(bootmgr missing) problem with my new dell laptop which i had purchase on 10.09.2010 and i am not having reinstall to window7 CD.
    I am not having CD where along with my laptop i just got 2cd’s(driver Cd,software CD) Cd’s are that there is no window7 CD so what should i do now???/?? and while purchasing i have taken 15 months anti-virus of MCAfee so now does that all software is gone???
    now what should i do?????

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    You will need a boot disk to open a command prompt and run the commands. If you don’t have one you will find them online. You can also go to the shop where you bought the laptop and they will repair it. They might also give you a recovery disk which will allow you to repair/reinstall Windows 7. If you don’t want to go to the shop, you might be able to download the DVD online from the website of your laptop manufacturer e.g. Toshiba, Dell, HP, etc.

    I hope this helps.. let me know!

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    andrea said:

    I have a problem…when I launch the command fixboot.or the auto repair it say that is impossible to fix…I don’t know what to do… help me please… :(

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    de_orange said:

    thanks. It help me much, but isn’t it actually need to be recboot /fixboot rather than just /fixboot ?

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    lester said:

    i cant press f8 because when i start my pc it only says bootmrg missing when i press f8 its going to make a terrible sound any ideas

  9. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    lester, you need to press F8 at the right time to get into safe mode. Depending on your motherboard there are other keys that you need to use to get into the safemode. Please read your manual and/or refer to this guide:
    How to get into safe mode without F8

  10. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    UnnameD said:

    sOliver i have a laptop(packard bell) there was a win vista on it. I formatted all the partitions the one with 100mb size too when i install the win7. I get the error BOOTMGR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart and i can’t get the win safe mode or something another i tried all the keys showed here. I can only go to the setup and F12. I can’t boot it. Please I need really help of you and very sorry for my bad english i hope you understand it.

  11. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    UnnameD, read the comment above yours, there is a link how to get into safe mode without F8. But since you want to repair the boot records, simply insert your Windows 7 DVD, then when the computer boots press DEL to get into the BIOS. Now read your motherboard manual how to change the boot order, the DVD drive has to be the first one.

    Then your PC will boot from DVD and you should be able to start the Windows 7 repair tool.

  12. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    lorena osuna said:

    if i made this it will repair, but i´m gonna still having all my files because i`m not format right? or i´m gonna lose all my work?

  13. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    littlealex said:

    hi, so i thought my laptop had virus so i chose to do the system recovery. it formatted all installation in my laptop and during the reinstalling period, i canceled it because i had to go. the next day i turned it back on, it showed “BOOTMGR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart _”
    sorry i dont have a CD/DVD to recover. wondering if you can help? thanks.

  14. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Updated the “bootmgr is missing article” with a few important details.

    @lorena Yes, you will still have your files. It will only fix the MBR, the master boot record which stores important information about your boot sectors and what not. After repairing it the bootmgr will be available again and you can boot again.

    @littlealex You might want to think about creating an emergency disk to recover your data and then download a DVD from the internet (if you have a valid license). You can also take the laptop to the store where you bought it, I think
    they can reinstall it.

    Link: Create emergency multi-boot recovery disk

    Usually the “bootmgr is missing” error can be fixed by running the commands given in the article above. You might also want to read the other articles that are listed at the end of the article.

  15. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    shubham said:

    thnxxxxxxx a lot…..
    it helped me…
    if people you dont have a win 7 disc…try for win 7 “RECOVERY DISC”.its less than 200 mb for 64 bit..you can create it on any other win 7 working computer..google it…

  16. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Bernie said:

    Hi,

    I have the same problem except that I can’t get to the repair option. After the message BOOTMGR is missing press Ctrl, Alt, Del I don’t have any options. what do I do now?

  17. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Bernie, please read the comments and your motherboard manual how to get the OS boot up options, usually F8. Also, you need to change your boot order, boot from the Windows 7 DVD and then you can repair the bootmgr as described above.

  18. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    NoizBoi said:

    Hi all,

    For your information:

    1. To enter BIOS on most pc’s these days is F2, another common one is ESC , then try DEL or F12 before the others listed above.

    Then change boot order.

    NB: NOT FOR NOVICES!

    2. F8 KEY!
    Two Answers.
    1. laptop
    2.Desktop

    1. Most newer laptops dont show POST messages so the first thing you see is the Win logo. In these cases wait a second or two before pressing the F8 key, if you dont get the selective menu then vary the time before pressing F8.

    2. In my experience most desktops will freeze or pause the POST test on power-on if you press the F8 button too soon. The process should be:

    Power on PC
    Wait for brief message about ‘detecting drives’
    Then ‘detected drives’
    (you have to be quick!)
    Now press F8
    Now use up/down arrows to scroll to ‘safe mode’
    Press enter

    In my opinion the commands FIXBOOT and FIXMBR are great, saved the day several times, so good advice from them guys above me.

    Good luck all.

  19. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    badru said:

    insert your win 7 cd in cd drive and restart your system

    go to bios and make dvd drive your first priority booting device or some times dvd will not boot

    in windows7 installation select repair your computer

    it will search for any windows installations select an installation that you want to repair

    click next select startup repair after 5 sec cancel it [ if you let it , it may solve your problem ]and now from the disp select command promt

    Bcdboot C:\windows [enter]

    BOOTREC /FIXMBR [enter]

    thats all

  20. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    hpdv7 said:

    Hi, i have got everything like the images however the part where it searched for windows installations, nothing appears up. So i cant fix and partitions can some one help me please thank you

  21. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    vinod kumar said:

    i am facing the problem “bootmgr” missing press alt+ctrl+dlt for restart…
    while pressing any function keys, there is no responce, if press F8 also, same error is displaying, if there is any solution plz informed to me, i am using windows 7, i have windows 7 recovery disks also,
    plz save me frm this problem

  22. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    boliver said:

    Ok I’ve tried everything soliver said changed the boot order don’t have a disc and I can’t get to the advanced boot menu with or without F8 someone please help me, I’m at the point of getting anew laptop/ hard drive

  23. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    harish said:

    device is not accessible,while reinstalling O.S i am using original DVD got from Compaq laptop

  24. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Nikolina said:

    My system recovery isn’t compatible with my windows 7 and I can’t open “choose a recovery tool” what do I do?

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