Fixing BOOTMGR is Missing Errors

If you are a Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista users, then surely you are aware of "BOOTMGR is Missing".  It is displayed on your computer screen in one of the following ways.

  • "BOOTMGR is missing
    Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart" 
  • "BOOTMGR is missing
    Press any key to restart" 
  • "Couldn't find BOOTMGR"

Sometimes when you turn on your computer, “BOOTMGR is missing” error is displayed on your computer screen. Windows just start loading when you see this error on your screen.

Error Causes

Now the question is what causes BOOTMGR errors. If we go into detail we come to know that there are many things that may cause this error such as corrupt hard drive, misconfigured files, Windows update issues, outdated BIOS etc. Sometimes we see this error when booting from a flash drive or hard drive. It often happens when you don’t configure the flash drive or hard drive properly. If not configured properly then it is just like using a non-bootable flash drive or hard drive. Remember this is also true for other media other than flash and hard drive.

Fixing “BOOTMGR is Missing” Error

  • Sometimes restarting your computer can fix the BOOTMGR error.
  • Make sure that flash drive, hard drive or optical drive your computer is booting from is bootable. If it is not then “BOOTMGR is Missing” error shows up.
  • If you have more than one device then you need to make sure that correct bootable device is listed first. The “BOOTMGR is Missing” error will show up if the correct sequence is not followed.
  • Make sure that all the cables are properly plugged in.
  • The problem of BOOTMGR is often fixed by performing a Startup Repair of Windows.
  • You can correct any configuration issue by writing a new partition boot sector to the Windows system partition. Remember issues with partition boot sector causes BOOTMGR errors.
  • Configuration issues with BCD (Boot Configuration Data) may cause BOOTMGR errors. So rebuilding the BCD can help avoid the BOOTMGR errors.
  • Incorrect BIOS settings cause BOOTMGR errors. So make sure that BIOS setting is correct.
  • Make sure that BIOS version is updated and if it is not it could cause the BOOTMGR errors.
  • Remove Windows from your system, buy a new Windows CD and install new Windows. Installing new Windows will surely fix BOOTMGR errors. Installing new Windows will take some time and make sure you back up your data before you start.
  • If you have tried everything but still you are encountering BOOTMGR errors then there may be some kind of hardware issue causing BOOTMGR errors.

Remember BOOTMGR issues apply to following versions of Windows only.

Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista

Those who have Windows XP will encounter “NTLDR is Missing” error which is also like “BOOTMGR error” in above-mentioned versions of Windows.

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