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BOOTMGR is missing in Windows Server 2008 R2 (Network Steve Forum)
BOOTMGR is missing in Windows Server 2008 R2
I have tried putting the dvd in and then running the recovery console via the command prompt. I only have the options for "system Image Recovery", "Windows Memory Diagnostic" and Command Prompt. I ran Bootrec /RebuildBcd, Bootrec /FixMbr and Bootrec /FixBoot None of it works and I still get the error. How do I fix this (I have no windows restore point)? and How do I get it to automatically create restore points? It is a Virtual machine and the only snapshot is with windows is open, but when restarted it still has the issue. Is there a way to solve the issue from inside windows itself?
October 21st, 2009 2:34pm

Hi,Ran into the same problem and tried all the "recommended" fixes. Was 100% sure that the install was ok but it was just something with the boot setup and nothing recommended worked...After doing a bunch of testing and reading put a combination of suggestions together and this is what worked for me.You will need a Windows 7 x64 DVD.1. Boot from your Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 DVD.2. Repair3. Command PromptNote: I only had one drive and that drive was set for C: as the boot so the setup was fairly basic... if your setup is more complex you may want to consider this a bit more... but it should still work.4. rename c:\boot\BCD bcd.old : this will backup your bcd file just in case you want it.5. Delete c:\boot\bcd6. Restart your computer7. Remove your WS2008R2 DVD and install the W7x64 DVD.8. Boot from the DVD and do a repair.9. It will offer to repair automatically accept.10. Reboot and this is the "trick" boot the DVD again and do a repair. Keep doing this process until it does not find anything wrong.11. Your server should boot again.Good luck.GeorgeGeorge
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October 23rd, 2009 4:52am

Thanks this works !!!
November 13th, 2009 5:57pm

Thanks guys for your help.... It worked!!!!!
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January 4th, 2010 1:31am

Thank you so much. Worked for me.
May 11th, 2010 5:04pm

what happen to me was I accidently marked one of my iScSi drives as active so the server failed to boot. What worked for me to fix it was: 1. Boot from your Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 DVD. 2. Repair 3. Command Prompt 4. rename c:\boot\BCD bcd.old 5. Bootrec /RebuildBcd 6. dispart 7. select disk 0 8. select partition 1 (the 100MB partition) 9. active 10. exit 11. reboot server and remove DVD
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May 16th, 2010 5:10pm

Hey Guys....I had the same issue, It came up after I did windows update (June/10/2010) I went into the repair mode as mentioned below using the Windows 2K8R2 CD but could not locate the Boot or BCD folder, Also it did not see any Windows OS installed on any of the partition. So I just jumped ahead and booted using Win-7 Ultimate X64 CD and did a repair. It said that an error was found and rectified and needed a reboot. After reboot I could see the OS in the list. I clicked next and selected the Windows Fix option. A quick reboot after that and I was good to go!!
June 10th, 2010 5:53pm

IMPDP...could you provide the specific windows update from 6/10/2010 that you say caused the bootmgr issue for you? I belive we ran into the same thing and would like to pinpoint the cause.
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June 16th, 2010 6:00pm

Genius - my bacon saved thanks JPorche!
July 6th, 2010 9:53pm

Thanks, George ur the man!:-)
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July 8th, 2010 12:11pm

thanks, my problem replication software error... Lucas Moreno
July 13th, 2010 1:05am

Hey Guys....I had the same issue, It came up after I did windows update (June/10/2010) I went into the repair mode as mentioned below using the Windows 2K8R2 CD but could not locate the Boot or BCD folder, Also it did not see any Windows OS installed on any of the partition. So I just jumped ahead and booted using Win-7 Ultimate X64 CD and did a repair. It said that an error was found and rectified and needed a reboot. After reboot I could see the OS in the list. I clicked next and selected the Windows Fix option. A quick reboot after that and I was good to go!! IMPDP can I just say that I LOVE YOU MAN!! You just saved my bacon with that little fix. I had a production server that wasn't booting and I didn't have the boot folder like you mentioned, but your suggested fix worked perfectly!! I had other options like using my backups to restore the server, but I really didn't want to go there. You saved me a load of time and since I'm in on a Sunday doing this, I really appreciate it!! Thanks again.
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September 5th, 2010 10:30am

Just to add to GeorgePR's very helpful rundown, you don't actually need to reboot into a Windows 7 DVD, you can run exactly the same utility on the Server 2008 R2 disc by executing this path in a command prompt: X:\Sources\Recovery\StartRep.exe Also, this only works if the original hidden System volume is corrupt, or files are missing. Otherwise you'd have to recreate the boot structure manually. If anyone who needs them I can list the steps, but try the above first, it's MUCH faster and easier.
November 3rd, 2010 8:34am

I've been having this problema and i've tried all the options and still getting the BOOTMGR missing error, so any steps to take would be very helpful
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November 5th, 2010 3:51am

This worked for me. Many thanks
November 23rd, 2010 1:15pm

Have found this problem with Win7 and 2008 servers. First thing to check: Is there a hidden boot partition. (ie. A partition with no drive letter assigned to it). A lot of OEM's will create a small hidden boot partition. So check in Dislkpart. and if there is one, make this partition active. Some people mistakenly make their C: partition active when no bootmgr is present on this volume. Boot from DVD, and enter the recovery command prompt Diskpart List Disks Select Disk 0 List Partitions (look for small partition possibly around 100MB ususlly partition 1) Select Partition 1 active exit reboot Hope this helps someone.
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December 23rd, 2010 5:58am

Hi, Ran into the same problem and tried all the "recommended" fixes. Was 100% sure that the install was ok but it was just something with the boot setup and nothing recommended worked... After doing a bunch of testing and reading put a combination of suggestions together and this is what worked for me. You will need a Windows 7 x64 DVD. 1. Boot from your Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 DVD. 2. Repair 3. Command Prompt Note: I only had one drive and that drive was set for C: as the boot so the setup was fairly basic... if your setup is more complex you may want to consider this a bit more... but it should still work. 4. rename c:\boot\BCD bcd.old : this will backup your bcd file just in case you want it. 5. Delete c:\boot\bcd 6. Restart your computer 7. Remove your WS2008R2 DVD and install the W7x64 DVD. 8. Boot from the DVD and do a repair. 9. It will offer to repair automatically accept. 10. Reboot and this is the "trick" boot the DVD again and do a repair. Keep doing this process until it does not find anything wrong. 11. Your server should boot again. Good luck. George George This helped me greatly. I don't even know what happened. All I did was reboot from a windows update. Why didn't they include the repair tools that's in Windows 7 DVD in the Windows Server Disks?
January 10th, 2011 1:54am

This fixed it for me, thanks Irish Chris!
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February 7th, 2011 6:56am

This worked for me! Thank you very much!
February 7th, 2011 11:13am

Thank you so much! Stupid me, I made that exact mistake.
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February 12th, 2011 10:56pm

This, in conjunction with the Diskpart/mark active suggestion above fixed my problem. I got into my corner through an unusual path though, so I thought I post it here for future search users to hopefully find. I wanted to install SBS 2011 (based on 2008 R2), which I just purchased but didn't yet have the media for. I downloaded SBS from MSDN and extracted it to a spare SATA drive and set BIOS to boot from that. I was installing to a RAID 0 array on a Promise 5805 controller hosting 3 other RAID 5 partitions. The controller and the arrays were detected fine. I let SBS create the partition on the unpartitioned RAID 0 space, and the install went fine too... until I rebooted without the install hard drive in the system. Apparently when booting the install media from a hard drive, Windows failed to mark the SBS drive as Active or to setup the MBR, so that I'd get an "insert valid boot media" type message if I attempted to boot without the install drive plugged in. To fix, I did the following: Remove SBS install drive and boot from from Win7 DVD as indicated above. It ran its repair and rebooted. Booted from Win7 again, ran diskpart, set to active as indicated above. Booted to run Win7 repair, but it said it couldn't repair my version of Windows. Booted SBS install HD, and NOW it could see and repair my boot problems. I suspect I could have short-circuited the above steps if I had figured out earlier that the partition wasn't marked as active and run diskpart from SBS's repair shell, then gone straight to the SBS repair. Still, this thread and the steps above are what ultimately got me to a solution, so thanks! To any would be installers, hoping to install from a hard drive, A - dont'. B - if you do anyway, be sure to check to make sure that your partition is active, and install from your bootable drive from USB rather than SATA or eSATA. On a different machine, I did it that way and didn't have this problem - probably because Windows treats USB drives differently... I dunno.
February 15th, 2011 8:22pm

George, Saved my bacon. Granted it was a DEV / LAB machine, but saved me a good 4 hours of rebuilding.
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March 7th, 2011 2:48pm

JPorche's solution worked like a charm for me... issue resolved in minutes. 1. Boot from your Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 DVD. 2. Repair 3. Command Prompt 4. rename c:\boot\BCD bcd.old 5. Bootrec /RebuildBcd 6. dispart 7. select disk 0 8. select partition 1 (the 100MB partition) 9. active 10. exit 11. reboot server and remove DVD Thanks a lot!
March 8th, 2011 5:08am

JPorche's solution worked like a charm for me... issue resolved in minutes. 1. Boot from your Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 DVD. 2. Repair 3. Command Prompt 4. rename c:\boot\BCD bcd.old 5. Bootrec /RebuildBcd 6. dispart 7. select disk 0 8. select partition 1 (the 100MB partition) 9. active 10. exit 11. reboot server and remove DVD Thanks a lot!
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March 8th, 2011 1:07pm

In my case.. i had expand the C:\ drive using a third party tool.. during which the system reserved partition got a drive letter as C: and the original C:\ as D:\.. thus the system was not booting.. i tried to remove the letter and i ended up in deleting the system reserved partition itself and then landed in BOOTMGR missing issue... I tried the bootrec commands but didn't work.. finally tried X:\Sources\Recovery\StartRep.exe which worked like a charm.. Thanks!
March 11th, 2011 7:46pm

I had this same problem. Ran all the suggestions but nothing worked. Silly me left a usb memory stick (or flash drive if you like) in the server and restarted it, then had this problem. Removed this usb stick and all was ok. So I guess the first thing to check is if someone didn't leave a memory stick in the server... Hope this helps.
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March 16th, 2011 4:01am

hi the same error occurred on the server of the laboratory here where I work, and all the solutions mentioned here, none worked, but I used two commands listed in different solutions that worked, the solution follows from the first command: 1) Bootrec / RebuildBcd 2) Restart the computer Note: make the first two steps until the system appear in the list. 3) Recovery / StartRep.exe Thanks good luck
April 15th, 2011 8:04am

Worked like a charm. I didn't have to rename the old BCD, I just put in W7 disk, it told me it needed to restart to fix the startup errors and upon restart it booted properly. Thanks for the solution! DELL PE110 / SBS 2008
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April 25th, 2011 12:56pm

I know this is an old post but JPorche you just saved my ace. I wanted to thank you for sharing that information, otherwise I might be looking at another career. John
May 20th, 2011 9:42pm

Use a windows 7 CD/DVD it will prompt recocery then recover it ,I have tested it worked !!
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June 2nd, 2011 8:25am

I did the same thing, accidentally marked one of the drives as active on a Windows 2008 R2 server. JPorche's solution worked for me. Thank you
June 2nd, 2011 10:52am

Thanks George, followed your steps and now I got my server up and running again... Thanks again for your post. Cheers!
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July 4th, 2011 1:33am

GeorgePR's Solution worked for me! Thank you so much!
July 13th, 2011 8:49am


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