How to Fix BootMgr is Missing Error on Windows: Windows, as we all know, is one of the most popular operating systems. However, no matter how good or how popular a software is,
it can never be 100% free from errors and Windows is no different. Earlier, we had talked about many Windows-specific errors such as Remote Procedure Call Failed error, Windows Update Error 0x80244022, Windows 10 Freezing issues and a lot more. Fixing Windows-specific errors is not something which is new for us.
In this article, we will try to build our focus on one such error. When you try to start your PC, you may encounter an error immediately after you start with one of the following error messages:
Bootmgr is missing
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If you are not getting this error message, you might be getting the following error message:
Bootmgr is missing
Press any key to restart
Other variants of this error are:
- Couldn’t find BOOTMGR
- Bootmgr image is corrupt. The system cannot boot.
So, here we will be talking a lot about the error: Bootmgr is Missing. We will try to explore the root cause of this error message. Also,
we will be providing a bunch of methods to help you get rid of the error BootMgr is Missing. Let us first see the possible causes of this error message.
WHAT CAUSES BOOTMGR IS MISSING ERROR?
There are a number of possible reasons that can cause error BootMgr is missing. We have listed the most common causes below:
- Corrupted files or hard drives.
- Windows upgrade issues.
- Outdated Bios.
- Trying to boot from a non-bootable source.
- Loose hard drive interface cables.
Now that we know the possible causes of the error: BootMgr is missing, let us jump directly to the methods to get rid of this error once and for all.
HOW TO FIX ERROR: BOOTMGR IS MISSING
The error BootMgr is Missing can be fixed in a number of ways depending upon the root cause. However, it is very difficult to pinpoint the root cause and thus we will have to try out a number of methods until the issue gets resolved. For that reason, we have listed all the possible methods to fix the error BootMgr is missing. So, let us get started.
1) EJECT ALL REMOVABLE DEVICES: USB DRIVE, CD, DVD ETC
If you have attached an external device (such as USB drive) to your system, BIOS looks for the Boot Manager in these external devices (if the BIOS settings are configured to boot from the removable device).
However, if the external device that is being attached is not bootable, BIOS will never find the Boot Manager in it. Hence, it will give the error BootMgr is Missing. That certainly makes sense, isn’t it?
So better remove all the removable devices that you have attached including USB Drive, external hard drive, CD, DVD, etc. Once you have removed everything, try to restart your system and check if the error BootMgr is missing still persists.
However, if you do not have any external device attached to your machine, simply ignore this method as this is not applicable to you. Try implementing the other methods that we have given below to fix the error BootMgr is missing.
2) CHANGE BOOT ORDER IN BIOS SETTINGS
BIOS settings are responsible for defining the Operating System boot order. In case you are using more than one hard drive, you need to define the order in which OS should be loaded.
This method may look a bit tough, but it is very easy. All you need to do is carefully follow the steps that we have listed below.
- Restart your system and keep pressing the F2 key as the system starts. This will take you to the BIOS screen.
- Go to Boot option from the top menu bar.
- This will display the boot order. Make sure you have Hard Drive on the top. If it is not on the top, bring it on top and save the changes.
- Now restart the system so that changes can take effect. This should resolve the issue of BootMgr is missing.
3) REPAIR YOUR PC USING WINDOWS TROUBLESHOOTER
In order to implement this method, you need a bootable Windows installation DVD or recovery disc.
We have listed the steps to repair the PC using Windows Troubleshooter. All you need to do is follow these steps carefully so that you can get rid of error BootMgr is Missing.
In the link given above, go the Method 2: Automatic Repair, and follow each and every step carefully. Once all the steps have been implemented properly, reboot your system and check if the error still persists.
4) CHECK SATA CABLES
Incompatible SATA cables can also cause the error code BootMgr is missing. Thus follow the steps given below to check the SATA cables on your PC.
- Shutdown your system.
- Open the cabinet (or case) and locate the hard drive along with SATA cables connected to it.
- Replace the cable with a new one.
- Start the system and check if it resolves the error in question.
In case of any issues regarding the methods given above, feel free to reach to us via comments or Contact Us page. We will try to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Stay tuned.