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
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
Now, Microsoft pimped the Windows 8 repair options. You ll be surprised. Click on troubleshoot:
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
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
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:
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
If you have any problems please ask us, we re here to help
Published: Saturday, November 5th, 2011Last Modified: November 5, 2011
Written by: Oliver Krautscheid
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There are 7 comments for this article
It doesn t work. Even if I put my DVD of windows 8 developer preview, it still shows bootmgr is missing. Please help.
i just tried to fix my computer the last two days without success. i tried waht5 you suggesting on this page.
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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.
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!
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.
when i boot boot from dvd it say boot mgr mising.
is there any link to download windows 8 boot mgr??
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
After you have successfully changed the boot order, insert your DVD and then you can actually boot
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