How to fix bootmgr is missing in Windows 8

Today I wanted to boot Windows 8 but received the annoying “BOOTMGR is missing” error. Here’s how I fixed the error and now the boot manager is working just fine. This is really easy to do and you don’t have to reinstall Windows 8


How to fix bootmgr is missing in Windows 8

Tip: If you are on Windows 7 you should read our tutorial how to fix bootmgr is missing in Windows 7

First, we are going to insert our Windows 8 DVD. You then have to change the boot order in your BIOS so you can actually boot from the Windows 8 DVD. If you don’t know how to get into the BIOS, please read your motherboard manual.

HOW TO BOOT FROM DVD in Windows 8

It’s usually the DEL key to get into BIOS. In there you can mess up a lot of stuff, so please be careful and read the manual how to change the boot order and move the DVD drive or USB device with your ISO to the first spot, so it will ask you to boot from DVD when you start your computer.

LETS REPAIR THE BOOTMGR!

1. THE FIRST SCREEN LOOKS LIKE IT WILL INSTALL WINDOWS 8. Click Continue (WE WILL NOT INSTALL WINDOWS 8)

2. You now should be here. At the bottom click on Repair your computer

repair Windows 8 computer

Now, Microsoft pimped the Windows 8 repair options. You’ll be surprised. Click on troubleshoot:
troubleshoot windows 8

Click on Advanced Option
advanced windows 8 repair options

You should now get this and boot into command prompt:
boot into command prompt

Next, Windows 8 will open a command prompt. The problem, you’re at X:\sources

We are now going to change to our Windows directory.

Enter either C: or D: or wherever your Windows drive is at and hit Enter

Then enter cd D:/Windows
change directory via command prompt in windows 8

Now that we’re in the Windows 8 folder we can start repairing the boot manager and fix the error “bootmgr is missing” that prevents us from starting Windows 8

bootrec fixboot fixmbr

FINALLY we are going to repair it all:

Enter bootrec /fixboot and hit enter

Enter bootrec /fixmbr and hit enter

w00t! We have successfully repaired our boot manager and the messaged “BOOTMGR is missing” should be gone for good!

This is what you SHOULD get:

bootrec the operation completed successfully

If you still get the error “BOOTMGR is missing” then it’s another problem, possibly you have a corrupt hard drive. Make sure to enter

chkdsk /f /r

If you have any problems please ask us, we’re here to help

4.1 of 5 0 (82%) 9 votes
- Cheers!


Written by:
Oliver is the founder and lead editor of this site. He is interested in finding new ways to break Windows, find common errors and help others to fix them. Aside from that, he loves to fully customize systems with Rainmeter and Dreamscene, find out more about ancient civilizations like the Chachapoya, sharpen his digital photography skills and create software with a small group of selected developers. If you would like to connect with him to discuss anything, send him a mail!

Learn More About.Me

Follow me on Twitter for daily updates:

Contact The Author:
support@windows7themes.net

Get Free Help

Connect With Our Site:

 

   


Need help? Ask a question at our QA site, click the red button to get started:
Want to support us? Great, simply buy your favorite games from G2A via our referral link (g2a.com/r/win7themes) and save money at the same time:

7 Responses to How to fix bootmgr is missing in Windows 8

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Ashik said:

    It doesn’t work. Even if I put my DVD of windows 8 developer preview, it still shows bootmgr is missing. Please help.

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    soufian said:

    hi!

    i just tried to fix my computer the last two days without success. i tried waht5 you suggesting on this page.

    for bootrec/fixmbr
    succesful

    but

    for bootrec/fixboot
    element not found

    and win 8 i just bought wont install anymore on my hard drive, knowing that two days ago the installation worked and yesterday when i put on my computer it gave the message bootmgr is missing.
    since then nothing of what is suggested on the internet works.

    please help? !!!!!!!!!!

    thanks

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Rui said:

    A partitioning program messed up my non windows partition making it undetectable by windows. I then tried a roll backusing Windows 8 system restore and upon reboot got the “BOOTMGR is missing” error.

    I tried setting the bios to boot from disk and rebooting with the Windows 8 disk in but after the bios load screen it immediately gives me the same “BOOTMGR is missing” error message not even asking me to boot via disk.

    What do I do to fix this without losing my partition data? Pls help!

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    narasimha said:

    my sony pc is not restarting i installed a windows 8 now it showing an bootmge=r is missing press contol+alt+delete but its not get restarting what i have to do pls mail me…… to jnarasimhaips@gmail.com

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Al mamun said:

    After uninstalling some software of photoshop, winZip, 7zip,games from my wixdows 8 i seen that local drive F is been hidden/locked, when i restart computer i see bootmgr is missing. I tried ‘command prompt’ through ‘repair your computer’. Please inform me.

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    satyam said:

    when i boot boot from dvd it say boot mgr mising.
    is there any link to download windows 8 boot mgr??

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    oliversk said:

    satyam, you failed to correctly boot from DVD – go into the BIOS and change the boot order. If you don’t know how that works, check this picture

    http://windows7themes.net/view-image/pics/boot-order-windows-7.jpg.1276.html

    And this tutorial:
    http://windows7themes.net/how-to-access-bios-in-windows-7.html

    After you have successfully changed the boot order, insert your DVD and then you can actually boot

    If you still have questions please go to qa.windows7themes.net

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Current day month ye@r *