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Boot manager missing

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September 7, 2012 7:55:38 PM

Hello, i having some trouble with my compaq laptop it been going slow gettin so far then freezing and wont do nothing, so a friend said to put window 7 on to laptop but when he tried to do this it froze so had to be cancelled so then he tried to install vista but still froze and was very slow so installation was cancelled, now it says ("BOOTMGR is missing") ("ctrl alt delete to restart") have done this but comes back up, also i have pictures on laptop desktop that i really need to keep and wondering will they be deleted is there anyway of saving them? Please help!

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a b D Laptop
September 7, 2012 9:50:05 PM

debbiew1990 said:
Hello, i having some trouble with my compaq laptop it been going slow gettin so far then freezing and wont do nothing, so a friend said to put window 7 on to laptop but when he tried to do this it froze so had to be cancelled so then he tried to install vista but still froze and was very slow so installation was cancelled, now it says ("BOOTMGR is missing") ("ctrl alt delete to restart") have done this but comes back up, also i have pictures on laptop desktop that i really need to keep and wondering will they be deleted is there anyway of saving them? Please help!


Have you attempted Vista Recovery Options ?

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/What-a....

a b D Laptop
September 8, 2012 9:35:09 AM

also i have pictures on laptop desktop that i really need to keep and wondering will they be deleted is there anyway of saving them?


Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

The StartUp Repair option on the Vista or Windows 7 DVD might sort the boot issue out but you need to get the hard disk out of that laptop before attempting to start any version of Windows or installing a different one. Those files were at risk from the moment you tried to install W7, which may have wiped them if it didn't accept Vista as an upgradeable product..

To rescue your files and give a system a fighting chance of working, slave the disk into another computer using a cheap caddy and copying the files to the host computer's hard drive.

While that's gong on, use a free distribution of a Linux operating system to test the laptop's workability. Download PCLinux|OS from http://www.pclinuxos.com and use ImgBurn from http://www.imgburn.com to create a bootable CD. Run that as a LiveCD to see if your laptop still cuts out regularly.



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