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:


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


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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