Skip to comments."BOOTMGR is missing" "press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"...now what?
Posted on 03/28/2014 12:10:27 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
I get this now. just happened after downloading Hitman Pro after my free trial expired and then attempting reboot.
Not sure if this is related to that. When I try CTRL+ALT+DEL , I just get the same message.
so how do I reboot?(no, I no longer have the boot disk or program CD)
Toshiba Satellite L505-S6946 and Vista Home Premium...
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OK. how do I get to that point.
I can’t start it.
“To complete these steps, you must have a Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista installation disc.”
CNET’s review says it installs and uninstalls without issues.
However, you have issues. I would call Hitman Pro’s support number if they have such a thing but since they are in the Netherlands cost and language might be an issue.
I would e-mail them at mailto:email@example.com and see if they have handled this before.
Call Bill Gates.
Rebuild your boot configuration data.
That should do it.
You can also try a startup repair using your original disc.
Try rebuilding the BCD first. That is done in DOS and should work.
10 responses so far and no one has told you its your fault for running windows and not Apple. No one has told you to run alt-control-delete *.* or format your disk.
Must be Friday.
If you cant get back to normal, then you will likely have to just re-install everything. If there is still stuff on your computer you need, I would recommend getting Hiren’s BootCD, which is a boot disc with all types of tools. The most important one is a mini version of XP that allows you to get at all of the files on your HD so you can copy them off.
Of course it will have to be downloaded and burned first. But it will become invaluable in the future.
Get on another box and google up "Windows Defender offline". Download and run it (on the box you downloaded it on). It will give you the choice of putting it on a blank cd/dvd, or a thumb drive.
Boot from it on your sick system. You may have to go into the bios and set the boot order so it boots from whatever medium you put it on. Make sure to have your network cable plugged in, so it can go out and grab the latest definitions.
If it declares you clean and virus free, then you need a Windows install disk to do a repair. If it detects anything, just do what the prompts tell you.
Good luck, just be patient and you can do it. It's a lot easier than it sounds.
It’s also possible that the hard disk is failing. Sometimes taking the disk out and attaching it to another PC (as a secondary drive) and running chkdsk on it will sort it out.
Palidin2 and apoxonu at 9 and 11 might be on the right track.
If you had this program set in a flash drive so that it could do a virus/trojan recovery from a USB flash drive, the computer might now be looking for that flash drive prior to going to your hard disc and booting from there.
If you can do the key stoke command needed by your computer to open the bios immediately after power is on, your bios should allow you to change to boot order back to boot from your /C drive which might fix the issue.
Check you CMOS setup. It might be pointing at a non-bootable device.
Popcorn and LOLZies. That’s your problem, right there.
Doh! You should have had PC-Matic installed —now with “SuperShield”
I feel ya bro. I spent 4 hours yesterday working on my youngest daughter’s Dell Inspiron...and, I had the boot disk. I was ready to take it to the shop when, after probably 25-30 restarts, it finally accepted the disc. After the diagnosis/repair function kicked in, it did a check disc and fixed it. Whew.
Going out to look for a backup drive this weekend...and considering a new laptop for the kid.
pressing f8 or rapidly tapping f8( to try to do “method 4” doesn’t work.)
Cheese webcam? Are their moose involved?
I have a 2104 AVG rescue disk . I wonder if that would work(if I could ever get to the screen to be able to use it)
Reboot in safe mode then select an earlier backup.
pressing f8 or rapidly tapping f8 on startup does not work
beat it to death with a hammer
Reboot in safe mode then select an earlier backup.
We got hit yesterday. Somehow Norton got turned off.
We rebooted in safe mode, took the previous days system restore, and it worked...one other thing, rerun Norton, quite a few updates. Finally killed the thing. Oh, and reset all of your passwords.
Hit F8 when system is restarting and do a restore from an earlier restore point. You’ll lose the program but no files you’ve created or changed.
Does the F2 and F12 function show up at the top of the screen as the cpu attempts to boot up?
At least, those are the 2 F functions I was offered as I attempted to boot up. F2 for Setup, F12 for Boot Menu. In the top right of screen, but only there for a few seconds.
yes. those do show up.
where to go after picking one?
This is an ISO (or image) file that can be burned as a DVD install disk. Choose "repair" when you boot with it.
f8 fix restore
I would see if one of the choices after you get to that screen is to check the boot order of bootable devices.
Usually, you boot from a hard drive /C and then a disc drive /D or a usb drive. See if /c is the first boot drive.
f8 fix restore
He tried f8,
I think he can’t even get to the bootable section of his bios to get to his hard drive bootable section.
that is true.
F8 does not work.
Title of the thread: “BOOTMGR is missing”
What version of Windows are you using?
What has changed? You said you downloaded HM pro after the free trial expired, did you install it or just download it?
Please explain exactly what you see when you power up.
Write every message you see in order until it stops booting.
Does it give you the option to press F8 to boot into safe mode?
Once we know what you’re seeing and what O/S you have and what exactly has changed, we should be able to help although it might require reinstalling Windows and it sounds like you don’t have the disks. You might have an emergency partition Toshiba put on there with the O/S on it and you might be able to recover that way as well.
vista home premium service pack 2
yes.downloaded hitman pro paid version and rebooted after scanning.
f8 is not an option.
Mark for later when I have time to jack around with this.
Sometimes, F8 doesn’t show up. As soon as the Toshiba splash screen shows up, hit F8 several times and it should bring up the boot menu. If there isn’t an initial splash screen, as soon as it starts to power up, press F8 several times. Eventually it’ll beep meaning the kbd buffer is full but that means the O/S will recognize the F8 and give you the boot option if the boot loader is still there.
Try that and then we’ll go from there.
take out battery,
plug back in
That is a great idea.
Pressing F2 at that point stops the boot process and gives you an opportunity to change many items in your cpu’s setup including a permanent change to the Boot Sequence...whether via HDD, the CD/DVD drive, or other methods...before continuing with the boot sequence and starting Windows.
You probably don’t want to change anything in that function.
Pressing F12 allows you a one-off, temporary chance to boot up from the cd/dvd/cd-rw drive (and a couple other methods). If you change to cd/dvd/cd-rw drive...the next time you attempt to start the cpu, it will boot from that drive just the one time.
That’s where/when you would want your original boot disc in the CD drive. The process will pull info from that disc instead of the hdd. The second time you start your computer, it reverts back to the original setup unless you stop the process again with the F12.
There’s even a diagnostics tool in the F12 area. Not sure how much that would help.
I’m not familiar with that program you mentioned.
“file not found’
Pull any and all camera flash drives/thumb drives/cds/dvds. Reboot. Joy?
Enter BIOS (usually DEL or F2), make sure BIOS can see the drive, and check boot order, make sure boot order includes your hard drive (set it to the TOP priority for this purpose). Reboot. Joy?
**If BIOS does not see the drive, major hdd fail. ALL stop./
If no joy, the boot sector of your hdd is corrupted, either by a virus, or Win pooped the bed on last shutdown. A win7 Recovery CD will have an option to fix the boot, if you have a Win7 box to make a boot CD from.
Other options (if BIOS sees the drive):
Bootable antivirus disc to check for bugs.
MiniWinXP or MiniWin7 to boot and run chkdsk and get data off...
Sling it in another machine as a secondary drive to do AV and chkdsk routines and get data off.
I apologize for the bad info. I’ll try to check the links next time.
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