How to Fix Bootmgr Is Missing in Windows XP

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How to Fix Bootmgr Is Missing in Windows XP
Fix your "Bootmgr is Missing" error by rebooting your operating system. (error digital image by UBE from

If, one day, you tried booting up your computer and instead of being directed to your Windows XP desktop, a "Bootmgr is Missing" message appeared, don't worry. This is an error that's caused by a failing hard drive or possibly a malware infection. To run your operating system normally again, you're going to need to reboot your computer and repair it before Windows XP starts. This can seem like an intimidating and risky process, but if directions are followed, it can actually be relatively simple.

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Things you need

  • Windows XP Install CD
  • Antivirus software

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  1. 1

    Open your antivirus software program and run a full scan on your computer. Delete all quarantined and infected files when the scan is complete.

  2. 2

    Insert your Windows XP Install CD into your computer's CD/DVD-ROM drive. Restart your computer.

  3. 3

    Press the "R" button on your keyboard when the screen says "Welcome to Setup."

  4. 4

    Type in the admin password when prompted. Press "1" and then "Enter" to open the command prompt.

  5. 5

    Type "fixboot" into the command prompt.

  6. 6

    Press "Y" when a pop-up box appears, asking you for confirmation.

  7. 7

    Restart your computer and you should be taken to your desktop.

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