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bootmgr missing when installing windows 8

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April 10, 2013 9:19:51 AM

I have a finished building my new computer and it has no OS on it. I have a windows 8 install disk that i have purchased but do not have a optical drive on my new PC so i burned the Windows 8 install disk to a usb stick to install that way. when i boot from the usb stick it comes up with the error "bootmgr missing. press ctl+alt+del to restart." Is there any solution to this error. I reburned the usb stick multiple times and copyed the files off the Windows 8 disk also to just make sure there were no errors that way but the same error still comes up. I will post my computer hardware componets if needed.

Edit: I used the Windows 7 usb/dvd download tool to write the bootable iso to the usb stick.

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April 10, 2013 9:11:09 PM

okay, so when i got home tonight. I formatted my usb stick and put linux ubuntu on it in a bootable format using the windows 7 usb/dvd download tool. inserted it into my new PC and booted from it and got the same exact error. This weekend i will take a optical drive out of a old desktop that my sister uses and will try to boot from a DVD and hopefully that will work. If that does not work then I have no idea what to do to solve this error. I will post my results to allow others to see in case they also experience this problem. If anyone has some advice I am all ears.
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a b * Windows 8
April 11, 2013 2:08:49 AM

Are you sure, the usb stick is part of the boot order in bios?
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April 11, 2013 4:24:22 AM

noidea_77 said:
Are you sure, the usb stick is part of the boot order in bios?


Sure am. I select the device to boot from in the bios on my new asus p8z77 v-pro mobo. I just wonder if it is the usb stick. I might try it again on another stick tonight to see if the problem still occurs. If that does not fix the problem then my fingers are going to be crossed for the optical drive.
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a b * Windows 8
April 11, 2013 8:09:07 AM

To use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, you will need to first ensure that you have access to an ISO image file of your installation media. Once you have an ISO file of your installation media, you can simply run the tool, which will ask you to point to the .iso file, and have it create bootable media on a USB device. The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is only compatible with Windows installation media. The Linux distribution you mentioned may have an entirely different boot process which is incompatible with the tool.

Lastly, one of the most common errors with installing Windows from a USB stick on many modern systems is the use of a USB 3.0 port. The drivers for these ports are not present in the setup environment on the installation media and thus the boot files are not detected. If your media has been created correctly using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, you may simply wish to try it in a USB 2.0 port.

Beyond what was described above, an alternate method for creating installation media for your system would be to use the deployment technologies available from Microsoft for administrators and IT professionals to deploy large quantities of Windows to systems in an organization. The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) installed on another workstation would permit you to import your installation media and create a customizable installation interface on a USB stick. Furthermore, it offers the ability to automate installation of applications, configure settings, automatically install drivers both in the Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) and in the deployed operating system, and quite a bit more. With a Windows Server with Windows Deployment Services (WDS), it even supports PXE boot where you could boot your PC directly from the network with no local media and perform the installation directly over the network from the Deployment Share.

For more information on deployment technologies offered by Microsoft, check out the video Alphabet Soup Deployment: Understanding MDT, WDS, MAP, ACT, SCCM, and USMT. The Windows 8 Deliver and Deploy page from the Springboard Series on TechNet provides even more information including guides for using the various deployment technologies, videos, walkthroughs, and more.

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April 11, 2013 8:41:45 AM

WinOutreach2 said:
To use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, you will need to first ensure that you have access to an ISO image file of your installation media. Once you have an ISO file of your installation media, you can simply run the tool, which will ask you to point to the .iso file, and have it create bootable media on a USB device. The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is only compatible with Windows installation media. The Linux distribution you mentioned may have an entirely different boot process which is incompatible with the tool.

Lastly, one of the most common errors with installing Windows from a USB stick on many modern systems is the use of a USB 3.0 port. The drivers for these ports are not present in the setup environment on the installation media and thus the boot files are not detected. If your media has been created correctly using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, you may simply wish to try it in a USB 2.0 port.

Beyond what was described above, an alternate method for creating installation media for your system would be to use the deployment technologies available from Microsoft for administrators and IT professionals to deploy large quantities of Windows to systems in an organization. The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) installed on another workstation would permit you to import your installation media and create a customizable installation interface on a USB stick. Furthermore, it offers the ability to automate installation of applications, configure settings, automatically install drivers both in the Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) and in the deployed operating system, and quite a bit more. With a Windows Server with Windows Deployment Services (WDS), it even supports PXE boot where you could boot your PC directly from the network with no local media and perform the installation directly over the network from the Deployment Share.

For more information on deployment technologies offered by Microsoft, check out the video Alphabet Soup Deployment: Understanding MDT, WDS, MAP, ACT, SCCM, and USMT. The Windows 8 Deliver and Deploy page from the Springboard Series on TechNet provides even more information including guides for using the various deployment technologies, videos, walkthroughs, and more.



i was using a usb 2.0. Thanks for the information also. I might take the optical drive out of my sisters pc to see if the dvd will work to boot it up. Will post if it does. Just don't see why the usb will not boot because I've read and tried a bunch of stuff and still get the same error. I wonder if I have to partition my sdd since its new but I don't know how to do that from the bios or if I even can.
Thanks for the replies and info. I've learned a lot just from trying to solve this problem.
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a b * Windows 8
April 11, 2013 9:05:48 AM

The partitioning of the SSD would be done once you enter setup for Windows 8. That should not be the issue.

Are you connecting to the USB ports on the rear of the computer (directly attached to the motherboard)? This would eliminate the possibility of the case components or USB ports being responsible. Bear in mind, only the two black USB ports which are beside the blue USB 3.0 ports under the PS2 keyboard and mouse ports are USB 2.0.

Is the USB Stick at least 4GB? My bootable USB stick with the Windows 8 installation files is 3.51GB and was created using the same tool.

Testing another USB stick is a good idea. Another thing you could try is creating a DOS boot USB drive. There are instructions in this TechNet Blog post which you could use. If that boots, it is the media creation process, if it does not, it is the boot configuration of your system or the USB stick itself.
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April 11, 2013 9:32:28 AM

WinOutreach2 said:
The partitioning of the SSD would be done once you enter setup for Windows 8. That should not be the issue.

Are you connecting to the USB ports on the rear of the computer (directly attached to the motherboard)? This would eliminate the possibility of the case components or USB ports being responsible. Bear in mind, only the two black USB ports which are beside the blue USB 3.0 ports under the PS2 keyboard and mouse ports are USB 2.0.

Is the USB Stick at least 4GB? My bootable USB stick with the Windows 8 installation files is 3.51GB and was created using the same tool.

Testing another USB stick is a good idea. Another thing you could try is creating a DOS boot USB drive. There are instructions in this TechNet Blog post which you could use. If that boots, it is the media creation process, if it does not, it is the boot configuration of your system or the USB stick itself.


Yeah, I'm connected to the usb 2.0 on the back like you described. The usb stick is 8GB so I'm good on that. Once I'm home tonight ill try the things you suggested so hopefully something will work. If all else fails ill just get a optical drive. Thanks for the help. Ill post feedback tonight.
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