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BOOTMGR is Missing - Can't install VISTA Ultimate

Last response: in Windows Vista
June 19, 2007 7:11:23 AM


I just tried to install VISTA-Ultimate on a new machine. No issue with the machine, but when I go to install:
1. During install, I am unable to format drive, even though it is the only drive in the system. I tried to troubleshoot, but to no avail. In short, I stopped the install.

2. When I restarted the install, I now get error: BOOTMGR IS Missing, and I am unable to even enter VISTA. Pretty much dead in the water.

3. I tried to install VISTA on another drive & the install starts, no problem. Unfortunately, I have a hard drive that is imprinted with some component of VISTA and it is unusable. Any comments/suggestions?


June 19, 2007 2:52:32 PM

Boot with the vista dvd and attempt a startup repair.
August 21, 2009 5:01:51 PM

Wondering what happened with the install problem? Was the machine a Dell?
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May 10, 2010 12:45:53 AM

I have the same problem, don't know whether buying another drive is the only idea. Kinda sucks.
May 10, 2010 3:10:10 AM

Download the ultimate boot cd.

Download the .iso file, burn to disc, boot from that disc, look under hard disk tools and do a drive wipe, make sure it's one that does a 0 erase wipe that will erradicate any data on the drive, then attempt to reinstall. Worth a shot.
May 12, 2010 6:12:25 AM

can you do with windows 7; not sure why ms still offering vista as its bullxxx