“Bootmgr Is Missing”- Solution’s Encyclopedia
Every morning I get up and look at my phone and for sure it’s not possible that I won’t get a single mail about people asking me for getting this problem on their PC. So, I finally decided to write a complete tutorial article about it.
And in this article, I’m going to tell you everything about this error, like what it is, why it’s happening on your computer and mostly, how to fix it?
I know it’s a tricky problem but I’ll do my best to make everything clear for you!! And Sorry for making this article a little bit long but I bet you, you can’t find any other working solutions besides those what I’ve written below. Yeah!! Thank me later in the comments.
Let’s start with:
What Is BOOTMGR (Windows Boot Manager) By The Way?
Boot Manager or I say Bootmgr whatever you call, it’s a Windows Operating System’s Boot Manager Service which is normally located in your computer’s operating system boot volume (normally C:\ drive).
The main work of this Boot Manager is to control boot volume which helps your Bios to start the system loader mainly when a computer starts to load pre-installed operating system, like starting “winload.exe” in Windows OS.
If you still don’t get it, then let’s split this word, BOOT+MGR, In a technical language Boot means startup and you know what manager is, that means it’s your computer’s service which is fully responsible for starting your computer’s Operating System.
Bootmgr is only located in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Window Vista, you can’t find this Bootmgr file in the previous version of Windows OS like Windows XP, but that doesn’t mean XP won’t have their own boot managing department. Windows XP does having its own boot manager which is named differently and called NTLDR.
This Error Can Be Shown As:
- “BOOTMGR is missing
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- BOOTMGR is missing
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When And Why Our Computer System Starts To Show BOOTMGR Is Missing?
Normally “BOOTMGR Is Missing” error occurs right after when we start our computer system and mainly that error means your computer’s BIOS can’t be able to find the boot file in your Hard Disk’s Boot Volume to start your Windows OS and it only remains by displays the error message on the plain black background screen.
The bad thing about this error is, it does not rely on a single cause and just because of that you’ll need to try some different solutions on your computer or laptop in order to fix your PC.
But don’t worry about it because you will fix it quickly, just continue to read;
Here’s The List Of Those Different Reasons Why We Get This Error On Our Computer’s Screen:
- Operating System’s Boot Volume Files Corruption
- Operating System Problem
- Hard Disk Problem
- Bios Problem
Note: This error means your Windows isn’t in running condition so, you’ll need to do things by using your Bootable Windows Installer disc or USB.
So, Let’s Fix BOOTMGR is Missing Problem
Solution #1. Remove Every Connected USB
When a computer starts, it will scan every bootable device connected to it and in case, if anything bootable is connected to it beside your computer’s keyboard and mouse then it quite possible you are seeing this error on your computer’s screen.
So, if you are having any connected external hard disk drive or pen drive or maybe any kind of bootable disc inserted in your PC, then the first thing I want you to do is to disconnect or remove anything from your laptop or computer beside the keyboard and mouse.
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Solution #2. Fixing Boot Volume By Startup Repair
Most of the times some of our Windows files got corrupted and forget their boot volume, where mainly the Bootmgr is located and that’s why a computer starts to showing this type of an error.
In this second solution, I’m going to teach you to fix your Windows Boot Volume corruption by using a Windows Installer Disk (yes you can use a Windows Bootable USB).
I only suggest you to use Windows DVD/USB according to the version which is installed in your computer system. That means, if you have a Windows 7 installed in your computer then use a Windows 7 installer Disc/USB or maybe if your computer is having Windows 10 in it, then use a Windows 10 Setup Disc/USB.
Related Helpful Link: >> How To Make A Bootable USB Pen Drive?
#Let’s See The Instructions:
- First, you’ll need to boot your Windows Disc or USB by using the Boot Menu or maybe by the Boot Sequence Priority. If you don’t know how to do that, these given link below will help you to boot your Disc or a Flash Drive easily.
- How to Quick Boot A USB or CD/DVD Directly From the Boot Menu?
- How To Change the Boot Order (Boot Sequence) in BIOS?
2. After booting, you’ll see your computer will ask you to “press any key to boot from CD or DVD/ or USB” to boot the Windows Setup. So, just press any key as fast as you can or otherwise that option will disappear.
- Now you’ll need to get to startup repair or automatic repair according to your windows version for repairing your windows and make it back to normal.
Now: Click to expand the Sub-Topic selection according to your Windows version, by clicking on the blue outline rectangular box
Note: Move to Solution No.1.2 for Windows 8 & 10 Startup repair.
Right after when the booting was done you’ll able the see the Setup’s first menu option on the screen and in that options you’ll need to click on the “Next” button and after that, click on “Repair your computer” to start the startup repair function.
After that, it will scan your computer’s drive and shows you your previously installed Operating System. Now Select your listed OS version and click on “Next >” button to start Windows Startup Repair process.
If you can’t find your windows listed in there, then you’ll need to follow all the steps given in this suggested link >> How To Fix Unlisted Windows in System Recovery Options Problem?
Now, wait until the startup repair gets complete.
Right after when the booting was done you’ll able the see the Setup’s first menu option on the screen and in that options you’ll need to click on the “Next” and after that, click on “Repair your computer” to start the startup repair function.
After that, it will show you the three options and now you’ll need to select the second one called “Troubleshoot” and then right under the troubleshoot menu, select the third option called “Advanced options”.
Now select Startup Repair on Windows 10 or Automatic Repair on Windows 8 to repair your computer.
Feedback By David On 26.Jan.2016
I had the same “BOOTMGR is missing” whenever I tried to start up my PC. I ran the Windows Startup Repair as described above and I’m back up and running. Thanks a Lot !!!
Solution #3 – Fixing Hard Disk Boot Volume By CMD
The best way to fix our Hard Disk Boot Volume is to fix it by using the CMD Command Prompt and I know it’ll be little tricky for you but, what can I say, it’s the only best and quickest way to fix this kind of an issue.
First, you’ll need to open your Windows CMD on your computer’s screen and then just type all the recommended command’s in it to fix your Boot Volume.
I know now you won’t be able to use your operating system, but we really need to open the command prompt and to do that, there is link given below which will help you out to open CMD on your computer’s screen even without a running Operating System.
Suggested Link >> 4 Different Ways to Run Cmd on Your Computer?
After when you’ve opened the Command Prompt, now I want you to do three important things step by step as all mentioned below:
- Make Partition Active
- Fix Boot Files
- Rebuild Boot Files.
After performing every single step, I want you to restart your computer and test it, because maybe it’s possible that the problem can be solved by just following a single step.
#Solution 3.1 – Steps To Make A Partition Active
An active partition is a partition in your computer’s hard disk which known as bootable partition who actually contains your PC’s Operating System.
Normally, only one partition can be active at the time like C: drive, mostly where our windows is installed. But sometimes that partition got inactive due to some reasons and we’ll need to reactive it in order to start our PC.
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First, open CMD on your computer’s screen then type all the suggested commands which I’m all listed below:
- Command #1 – diskpart
- This command will start disk part utility in your command prompt. When diskpart will start you’ll be able to see “DISKPART>” sign on the left side of your command prompt.
- Command #2 – list disk
- This will list all of your connected drives in your computer.
- Command #3 – select disk 0
- In this step, we’re selecting our main hard disk drive where your windows is installed. In my example, I’m selecting disk 0 because that’s the only disk drive shown in my CMD and that’s also the one where my OS is actually installed.
- Command #4 – list partition
- This command will show you all the partitions created in that disk what you’ve selected.
- Command #5 – select partition 2
- Normally we are selecting partition 2 because that’s our windows partition but that does not prove that you will always need to select the 2nd one because sometimes partition 1 can be our windows partition too. So, select only that partition where your windows is installed.
- Note: Never Select 100 MB, 350 MB And 500 MB Partitions.
- Command #6 – active
- That will make your partition active.
- Command #7 – exit
- Now restart your computer and test it.
#Solution 3.2 – Steps To Fix Boot Files
It’s possible that your boot files got corrupted by some recently installed Software, Viruses or Windows/Software updates and it’s better to get it repair as soon as possible.
=> Open The Command Prompt & Then Type These Commands One By One What I’m All Listed Down Here:
- Command 1# – Diskpart
- Command 2# – List volume
- Command 3# – Exit
Now you’ll need to find your Windows Drive letter in that list like mine is ’29 GB’ ‘D: drive’ as shown in the example picture and after when you find what your drive letter is, just use that drive letter in the next command which is given below:
- Command 4# – D: (Your Windows Drive Letter)
- Command 5# – Bootrec /fixmbr
- Command 6# – Bootrec /fixboot
- Command 7# – Chkdsk /f /r
- Command 8# – Y
- After when the “chkdsk” command gets completed, just restart your computer and I hope your problem is solved.
- If not, then you can repeat this whole MBR repair process again and use this “Bootrec /rebuildbcd” command before “Chkdsk /f /r” like in the given picture below:
- After that, just restart your computer system and test it.
Solution #4 – Finding & Fixing Harddisk Problem
There is a change that you having this BOOTMGR Is missing problem because of a damaged and improperly connected hard disk drive of your computer and the best way to find does your hard disk status is to check your HDD/SSD connection status in your computers bios to ensure that the HDD is working or not.
First, open your computer’s bios and go to the “Boot Setting” or “Standard CMOS Features” or may be on that page which can show you your computer is having a hard disk drive attached to it.
If you found your HDD/SSD status connected in your BIOS, then you can try to change the boot priority setting in your BIOS and give your Hard disk or SSD as the first priority, link given below will help you out with boot sequence configuration. Just set your hard disk as first boot device and save that setting.
If you can’t find your HDD/SSD listed on your computer’s bios then it’s possible your HDD/SSD is not connected properly because of a faulty connection wire or maybe your Hard disk drive got dead.
Both of those things can be possible and to check that what’s happen to your computer, you’ll need to open your computer casing and change the SATA cable with some new one or otherwise you can also try to disconnect the SATA cable from the old slot and insert it in some another free SATA slot.
You can also try to change your Hard disk’s Power connector with some other free connectors which are normally coming from the PSU (Power Supply) of your computer, and one more thing you can’t replace any cable in laptops. So, if you’re having this problem in your laptop and find the HDD in the BIOS then now you should need to change the hard drive of your computer.
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Sometimes replacing SATA Cable won’t works either or if your laptop is also having some problem to find the HDD/SSD in BIOS, in both conditions, it’s 99% possible that your HDD/SSD drive got faulty and to confirm that, you can also use some other HDD/SSD in your computer or laptop for testing purpose.
If you found your HDD or SSD is dead, then you can check out these guide listed down below to help you out to find a new perfect drive for your laptop or computer.
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@What To Do – If You Still Having This Problem:
At last, there are a couple or more things remaining which you can still try and I think that will definitely going to help you out to get rid of this Bootmgr is missing problem from your computer. And for your information, corrupted Operating System is the most common reason for this error and now there are only three options what you have left with which you can still follow in order to fix your OS and make everything back to normal, and those are:
- System Restore – System restore is a great utility tool made by the Microsoft in their Windows Operating System and with the help of this tool, you can make your computer’s OS back to normal if it gets faulty or corrupted. Link>> System Restore – Explained With Uses And Features
- Reinstall Windows– Just reinstalling your Operation System by deleting the old one. Click here to see >> How To Install Windows?
- Old Bios– If you can’t find any reasons for this error even a not bad hard disk or OS, then at last maybe it’s possible that your computer’s BIOS is having some minor problem in it, and for your relaxation, it’s also possible that you can fix your BIOS by updating it to the new version and that will really work for you.
I think under 100 dollars you can actually hire a computer technician who can visit your home or office and fix your PC in front of you.
@What To Do – If You Fixed This Problem:
If you successfully fixed your computer or laptop, then it’s really great and if you don’t want to get this error ever again on your computer then i can highly suggest you to use a best registry tuner or cleaner in your computer because mainly this issue starts from a corrupted registry of your windows and there are so many of different reasons what can happen to corrupts your windows registry and most of are like, virus attack, installed spammy software etc.
If you don’t have any registry tuner or cleaner in your computer, then install a best in class cleaner in your PC to get the perfect performance and an error-free system’s lifespan. Here are two top-rated software’s what I recommend to all my websites guest users as listed below.
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