Restore boot manager when it is missing or compressed

30 October 2007 by Snakefoot | Comment » | Trackback Off
Windows Vista includes a new Boot Manager (BootMgr) that replaces the old NT Loader (Ntldr).

If you don't have the install DVD, then go ask friends/family/work whether they have a disc you can borrow. If your computer cannot boot from a DVD, then you can use another computer to Create a Windows Vista/7 Recovery disk on an USB stick.
Boot Manager is missing
If the boot partition no longer can be found, then Vista will display the following error:

BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

The Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information

More Info MS KB 919529
More Info MS KB 927391
More Info MS KB 2622803

Check points for fixing missing boot-manager:
Boot Manager is compressed
If by accident having compressed the entire boot partition, then Vista will display the following error:

BOOTMGR is compressed. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Check points for fixing compressed boot-manager:
  • Boot into Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) and perform a "Startup Repair".
  • If the above doesn't solve the problem then boot into WinRE again, but when selecting the Vista-installation, then press "Load Drivers" (Instead of "Next") and use the mini Windows Explorer to right-click the boot-drive and deselect "Compress this Drive" and choose Apply to sub-folders and files.
  • If that also fails then boot into WinRE again, and go to the "Command Prompt" and execute these commands:
    • compact /U C:\bootmgr
    • compact /U C:\ntldr
  • If you for some strange reason have lost your Vista DVD, then you can also use a Windows 2000 / XP install CD and enter the recovery console instead and execute the following commands:
    • attrib -c c:\bootmgr
    • attrib -c c:\ntldr

Updated: 26 September 2011

Comments:

Comment by Rose - 17 November 2007 @ 16:50 Reply

The problem with the final option is that -c is not a supported swith with the attrib command, or am I missing something?

Comment by snakefoot - 18 November 2007 @ 14:46 Reply

Rose
The problem with the final option is that -c is not a supported swith with the attrib command, or am I missing something?

Sorry for the confusion, didn’t know that “attrib -c” was only available in the old Recovery Console. Have changed the commands to use the compact.exe tool.

Comment by colin turnbull - 11 February 2008 @ 23:41 Reply

hi these options are not possible if you have compressed the drive, as you need the vista dvd to get to the command prompt to get to recovery console.

Comment by Snakefoot - 12 February 2008 @ 2:42 Reply

colin turnbull
hi these options are not possible if you have compressed the drive, as you need the vista dvd to get to the command prompt to get to recovery console.

If you for some strange reason have lost your Vista DVD, then you can also use a Windows 2000 / XP install CD and enter the recovery console instead and execute the following commands:

attrib -c c:\bootmgr
attrib -c c:\ntldr

Comment by Jose Plunkett - 20 February 2008 @ 8:16 Reply

I got a easy way for everybody, check this:
go thru the usual steps…
reboot, push open the dvd drive, load OS Vista CD/DVD, before the ridiculed bootmgr compressed shows, shutdown, boot from the dvd, let the installer do it’s job.
when reach choice “install now” choose “repair the pc” instead.
In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next.
click Startup Repair.
Just click “load drives”since you know the answer about “repair”….nothing wrong..)=:
see that??, you’re inside your HD!! I assuming that from here everybody knows what to do, if not, that what follow:
Browse for your “C” Drive, right click properties and fellas, reverse what you did, exit, reboot and get a real cold Corona
send me a note, I need some help on Server 2008 config
peace..

Comment by Simon - 1 April 2008 @ 14:41 Reply

Thanks snakefoot …good advice

Comment by Night Flyer - 9 April 2008 @ 17:25 Reply

Everybody keep saying boot from the Vista DVD and then click repair. 6 times this month, I have lost the bootmgr file and when I try to do a repair, I get the message that no Windows operating system can be found.
I put the disk in another computer and checked the properties and it shows that the entire disk is completely used up, but there are no files that can be read. When I try to see any files, I get the Message that I do not have access to this drive. Now what.
This is ongoing with me. I have had the problem on WD and Seagate and Maxtor drives. Tried them all. No viruses found, etc.
Please help.

Comment by denniski - 9 July 2008 @ 2:04 Reply

hooooya! ur the man! the last thing in my mind is to reformat my PC…until I read ur remarks from BOOTMGR! Thanks again! u save all my file LOL! keep it up!

Comment by Wasim - 9 July 2008 @ 7:28 Reply

my vista disc does not load what should i do

Comment by Snakefoot - 9 July 2008 @ 8:57 Reply

Wasim
my vista disc does not load what should i do

If you cannot get your computer to boot from the install disk, then you should visit a computer repair shop.

Comment by redzakk - 7 August 2008 @ 17:14 Reply

I am doing everything you have listed here, but it still does not work.

1) compact /U C:\bootmgr –> the command “compact” is written wrong or was not found ???

2) attrib -c c:|bootmgr –> doesn´t work either

3) getting into my C: HD and rightclicking on bootmgr –> what shall I reverse? I haven´t done any change on my PC… well not me, I do not know, maybe any program?

Please, what happens if I overwrite (install) a new version over the old one? Do I losse all my data?

I am really enthisiasmated about all these computer champions here, really ;-) I am impressed!!! best regards from redzakk

Comment by redzakk - 7 August 2008 @ 17:28 Reply

Hey Jose, and you other cracks. It worked :-) I am happy, very happy :-)

TXS to all

Comment by ShambleS - 21 August 2008 @ 15:37 Reply

disc contents cat be see?
use command prompt and try
FIXBOOT “drive letter”

Compressed or corrupted Boot Recor?
Try
FIXMBR

Comment by texas medina - 29 August 2008 @ 16:03 Reply

Am getting the some message but nothing happens when i do ctrl alt delete let me how did this happen? did someone or a web site cause this to happen.

Comment by Art Kosmin - 2 September 2008 @ 0:42 Reply

guys,

Mucho thanks. You saved my butt. I thought I lost the whole hard drive.

Art Kosmin

Comment by Jamsine - 21 September 2008 @ 18:05 Reply

When I open my laptop I find a message on the screen :
Boot Manager is missing , Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart your computer .
So please what can I do to open the laptop normally and fix all the errors .
Thank you .. please contact me as soon as possible .

Comment by Snakefoot - 21 September 2008 @ 23:00 Reply

Jamsine wrote:
So please what can I do to open the laptop normally and fix all the errors ?

If you cannot get your computer to boot from the install disk, then you should visit a computer repair shop.

Comment by Filip Kofron - 29 September 2008 @ 18:57 Reply

Hello everyone,

I had these problems too. I was unable to fix that, but ntldr and bootmgr were without the compress flag. So I was looking for another reason and finally i found file “grldr”, it shows like grub in hex editor :-O. So my problem was solved by attrib -c grldr under XP recovery console.

Comment by SneakyPeakey - 3 October 2008 @ 20:48 Reply

i have had the same problem with the disk drive not showing up in the ‘repair computer’ section, clicked on next and went into command prompt, went on ‘diskpart’ and set the disk a ‘active’ it messed up wen i was installin mac osx as a dual boot.

Comment by Kamee - 5 October 2008 @ 0:55 Reply

Hi,
if your still having the Problem with
(*BOOTMGR is compressed. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart*)

Then you have Two ways to Fix that.

(No 1 Way)
Boot from the Vista DVD.
Click ‘Repair my Computer’
At the prompt to select your OS installation, click the button that says ‘Load Drivers’. This should bring up a explorer-style drive browser.

Then just right-click on the drive you tried to compress, and deselect ‘Compress this Drive’, which should still be ticked on. Hit apply, and apply to subfolders/files.

Reboot.

If that don’t work for you then!

(The Second way)
If the previous method does not resolve the problem, you can rebuild the BCD store by using the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment. To do this, follow these steps:

- Get your Vista installation DVD and pop it into your drive.
- Then restart your computer.
- Press a key when you are prompted.
- Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next
- Click Repair your computer
- Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next
- In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt
- Type bootrec /rebuildbcd and then press ENTER

• If Bootrec runs successfully, it will present you with the installation path of a Windows directory. To add the entry to the BCD store, type Yes . A confirmation message appears that indicates the entry was added successfully.

• If Bootrec cannot locate any missing Windows installations, you must remove the BCD store, and then you must re-create it. To do this, type the following commands in the order shown below: (Remember to press ENTER after each command)

bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup

ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old

bootrec /rebuildbcd

- Restart the computer.

Thanks

Comment by amandeep singh - 1 November 2008 @ 15:49 Reply

Jose Plunkett, u r a genius. I kept trying to repair it through the promopt to no avail. didnt think of such an easy method.

Comment by bad_santa - 5 November 2008 @ 20:52 Reply

Man you are a GENIUS…many thanks.
I just did the mooves yo said about missing boot manager.
First I didn’t wanna believe…after the mooves…ewrika…
You just earned another fan.

Comment by fashiondesign_guru - 12 November 2008 @ 9:20 Reply

everything sounds good except my laptop doesn’t have a working cdrom.

is there a way to boot or do anything from another pc using usb connection? all I need is to boot the pc because there’s a recovery section or partition or a locked drive inside.. which is weird because I can’t access to it or even see it from bios. actually this all started when I was using that recovery thing and it was restoring the pc to the factory settings and reformatting vista while saving my data in a seperate folder to which I was going to be able to access after the reformat, but little after it started we lost power for a few secs and when I started the computer, I started getting bootmgr missing thing. is there a way to boot from or do any recovery using another pc?

Comment by Eduardo - 10 December 2008 @ 13:25 Reply

Jose Plunktt, great job, you save my day!!!
Tanks so much!!!!

Comment by KrauT - 18 January 2009 @ 18:09 Reply

loaded the vista disc and navigated to the cdrive, uncompressed and rebooted… worked like a charm…. thanks guys

Comment by gsags - 22 January 2009 @ 18:12 Reply

thanks a lot you saved my day kamee

Comment by Snakefoot - 24 January 2009 @ 13:44 Reply

Kamee wrote:

Click the button that says ‘Load Drivers’. This should bring up a explorer-style drive browser.
Then just right-click on the drive you tried to compress, and deselect ‘Compress this Drive’, which should still be ticked on. Hit apply, and apply to subfolders/files.

Thank you for the tip about using this mini Windows Explorer to remove the file compression again. I have updated the article with this extra method.

Comment by Tea - 24 January 2009 @ 14:20 Reply

Damn! 4 o’clock in California in the AM and I was stressing!!! Thanks guys this shiz is sickalick. Solved it.

Comment by Laminator888 - 20 February 2009 @ 1:52 Reply

Thanks very much Snakefoot!. I was able to reboot my laptop.
Windows did take a while to restore but it works. I just keep refreshing window explorer to monitor the decompress progress.
Your instruction is pretty good.

“If the above doesn’t solve the problem then boot into WinRE again, but when selecting the Vista-installation, then press “Load Drivers” (Instead of “Next”) and use the mini Windows Explorer to right-click the boot-drive and deselect “Compress this Drive” and choose Apply to sub-folders and files”.

Comment by Marinewife - 10 June 2009 @ 2:30 Reply

HELP!!!!! So..my computer was acting a little cooky (I wasn’t able to do anything that required administrator) so I went and bought the new vista disk…popped it in the cd drive and went through the motions to reinstall it. It got about halfway through and then said it couldnt continue and restarted. When I brought it back up and tried to go through it again, it had wiped my entire computer…drivers included!! Now Im stuck! I downloaded the drivers off my home pc and put them on a harddrive and I dont know what to do from here. My computer just goes to the bootmgr is missing. Please help! I cant go to a computer shop…my husband is military and we are stationed on a tiny island!

Comment by Spitfire - 13 June 2009 @ 2:45 Reply

I had hope that I could fix my comp with your help
First off, I had this problem the day before I have a and athlon 64 x2 processor 4000+, 320 gb hard drive, 1 gb ddr2 dual channel and a nvidia geforce 6150 SE.

I upgraded into a xfx geforce 9800 gt and my power supply from 300 to 620. I installed the game prototype and was playing it without any problem. The next day I tried to play the game but was late for school so I just unplugged the comp. I went back and the comp responded with a black screen and a white movable mouse nothing else.

I went to safe mode with networking and succesfully got in. I couldn’t find any solution so I tried to restore the system not to it’s factory form but a restore that would save my files. It had been 1 hr and it was still at 0% and so I turn the of off.

When I turned it back on I got an error “bootmgr is missing” and to press ctrl + alt + del so I searched for a solution and tried everything in here before. The big problem is that when I click repair computer and go to the section where I select drives, there’s no drives available, which makes the system recovery tools useless. When I do load drivers a brower opens but could not use any driver., I could see my C drive and could see my files in a backup I tried the right click C drive but compress is already unchecked I really need my computer as all my projects, family pics and videos are saved in it.

This problem is been around for too long we need a permanent fix!!
I beg all of you to Please help me!!!!!!

Comment by Snakefoot - 13 June 2009 @ 12:48 Reply

Spitfire wrote:

The big problem is that when I click repair computer and go to the section where I select drives, there’s no drives available, which makes the system recovery tools useless

This is because the Windows installation has become so damaged that it is no longer recognized as a Windows installation. If the “Startup Repair” doesn’t work, then I guess your only option is to reinstall Windows Vista again from scratch. Though I would probably perform a diagnostic of the hard disk and the RAM modules first.

Comment by Snakefoot - 13 June 2009 @ 12:56 Reply

Marinewife wrote:

I went and bought the new vista disk…popped it in the cd drive and went through the motions to reinstall it. It got about halfway through and then said it couldnt continue and restarted. When I brought it back up and tried to go through it again, it had wiped my entire computer…drivers included!!

You need to make the computer boot from the Vista install disk since your computer can no longer boot from the hard disk. You can then perform the Vista installation from the Vista install disk instead. See How to Set BIOS to Boot from CDROM to make your computer boot from the Vista install disk.

Comment by Spitfire - 13 June 2009 @ 15:17 Reply

If that is the case, is there any way that u can at least save the filed that I have in the C: drive? When I click load drivers I could still see that it made a backup for all of it. It’s 163 GB worth…

Comment by Snakefoot - 13 June 2009 @ 22:10 Reply

Spitfire wrote:

Is there any way that u can at least save the filed that I have in the C: drive?

Installing Windows doesn’t mean that it erases the C-drive, only the Windows directory. If you want to backup your files before reinstalling Windows, then you can use a recovery disk with a backup utility, or take out the harddisk and connect it to another computer for backup.

Comment by Tired - 17 June 2009 @ 1:07 Reply

Hi,
I bought this HP desktop at a computer store and no recovery disk came with it. Now I keep getting this message: “bootmngr” missing. I don’t have a disk to boot it. Where can I download a boot disk for Vista? Do I just burn it to a CD?
Thanks

Comment by David - 20 June 2009 @ 22:16 Reply

YES! Finally some info that actually helped! I’ve been working on this computer for a while now.. Finally gave up and sent it in to Dell.. What do they do? Send it back in the same freakin condition it left in! So I decided to work on it again, and this was what I needed. Thank you so much for your help Kamee. :D

Comment by Yohan - 21 June 2009 @ 17:51 Reply

Can’t get anything to work, yesterday I needed some hard drive so I looked into compressing my C: drive. It commenced but I looked at the estimated time, and thought it was too long so I canceled, so I go on the rest of my day as usual, then when I finished installing a file, that required a restart,”BOOTMGR is compressed” I have searched around for a solution I had one that I believed would work, but it was the process of creating a new boot file manually, unsuccessful because boot files already existed, I’m currently running Windows Vista Ultimate, have lost the boot disc and key, so I’m using a repair disc from Neosmart Tech.

Any help would be appreciated.

Comment by sun it - 25 June 2009 @ 15:33 Reply

hai, its work well for me thanks lot….

Comment by dtrain - 7 July 2009 @ 3:32 Reply

yohan,
i did the exact same thing as you except for the part for the “estimated time”, i was in a rush and had to step out so i just press yes. never the less i’m sure you can do a search for a soft copy of the recovery disk somewhere on the net.

Comment by dtrain - 8 July 2009 @ 2:32 Reply

thanks kamee & everyone else!! got my sys back running!!!!

Comment by HiHIHIHI - 21 July 2009 @ 18:55 Reply

um guy what should i do if i got my vista preinstalled and i have not dvd but for the 2 recvoery dvd i have.i got a Toshiba and the 2 dvds are parts

Comment by dan6 - 26 August 2009 @ 4:12 Reply

hey i got the problem wit bootmgr is compressed well i have a hp and its origanaly a xp but i put it as vista.. but yea i dont have da dvd thingy for vista .. so if any one can help me with out usin the dvd for vista would help alot..

Comment by Snakefoot - 26 August 2009 @ 11:21 Reply

dan6 wrote:
but yea i dont have da dvd thingy for vista

Updated the article with details of how one can use a Windows XP install CD to access the Recovery Console.

Comment by juan - 6 October 2009 @ 18:23 Reply

my boot manager is missing but i dont know wat 2 do so its says to put the password but what password kan u email me this please and info to fix my computer thank u

Comment by Bootmgr Compressed - 21 October 2009 @ 14:38 Reply

If you have tried all other suggestions to fixing this and they haven’t worked for you.. Well this will deffinately work 100%

Here’s the answer to fixing this problem:-

http://www.logiccomputerservices.co.uk/computerforum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=21&sid=9f28b8cce635e5dedd6bb29efaaf3317

You can thank me later in the forum

Comment by Eric - 23 October 2009 @ 1:45 Reply

Thanks for the info! Found other sites but their instructions weren’t as in-depth. Got my netbook back up and running cuz of your added instructions, Thanks!

Comment by Eric - 23 October 2009 @ 1:45 Reply

By the way, this info also works for Windows 7 too, as I found out the hard way. :)

Comment by YES - 17 November 2009 @ 0:50 Reply

HALLELLUJAH!! GOD EXISTS!! THANK YOU! I HAVE MY GUTS AS A TIE FOR 2 HOURS. NOW I BELIVE!! I BELIEVE!!

Comment by Abhishek - 17 November 2009 @ 15:09 Reply

hello, i had vista in c: and Win7 on d:, accidentally i formatted c: now when i power on my laptop it says
BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
when i inserted win7 instalation disc and do a start up repair then my computer boots to win7 but when i restart it it again displays:BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart! pls help me i’m screwd man,

Comment by Mark - 2 December 2009 @ 12:45 Reply

Josh

Worked……. many thanks.

Mark

Comment by Paul - 10 December 2009 @ 13:41 Reply

ok i am using a dual-boot system with win xp on one drive and win 7 on the second drive when i try to boot up on either hard drive it says boot manager is missing if i leave the win 7 dvd in the drive it boots up correctly offering both operating systems so that it is working the way it should how do i reinstall win 7 without this error happening thanks in advance

Comment by Rey Solivers - 12 December 2009 @ 9:40 Reply

I accidentally compressed my drive c. The next time I opened my laptop it says,”bootmgr compressed press ctrl+alt+del to restart”. Yet the same msg appears. I can’t use my VISTA installer because my dvd drive is no longer working just recently.

What will I do?

Thank you for helping me.

Rey

Comment by Janam - 7 January 2010 @ 9:34 Reply

i have a little serious problem here.. i use a MacBook Pro, version 10.5.8 n i seemed to have compressed my Bootmgr n the same problem is og Alt+Ctrl+del is showing. when i press that, there is no response from the computer. its like my keyboard is not working when i m shifting from Mac to Windows.
in this case where Alt+Ctrl+Del is not working, what else can i do to uncompress my bootmgr.
PLz Help..

Comment by eLHAMiiD_ - 18 January 2010 @ 15:23 Reply

Guys; try to be very simple when giving assistance; not every one understands those rather very fast answers you give.

SOLUTION TO THE “BOOTMGR is compressed press CTRL+ALT+DEL” problem
=====================================

1. INSERT your VISTA DVD in your laptop/PC
2. Power ON your laptop/PC
3. BOOT from VISTA DVD —->make sure your laptop/PC
is set to boot from DVD/CDROM first or when u see the
message that says “PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT FROM
DVD/CD” just hit any key and the next steps will be
automatic
4. Click “INSTALL”
5. Choose “LANGUAGE” of your choice
6. Click “REPAIR”
7. Before you click “NEXT” click on “UPLOAD DRIVERS”
8. in the “OPEN” dialog box that appears on the left side
click “MY COMPUTER” then find your “LOCAL DRIVE C:”
and “RIGHT CLICK IT” then select “PROPERTIES”
9. there are two “CHECK BOXES” on the “C: properties
dialogue box”, so “UNCHECK” the one that says
“COMPRESSED” if its checked
10. hit the “APPLY” button, wait as this takes a less than a
minutes or so depending on your computers
PROCESSOR/RAM, please be patient!!!
11. U can now hit the “OK” button; and VOILA, go have fun

Comment by farhaan - 20 January 2010 @ 14:00 Reply

hi there i tried every trick without any results.then i just clicked the startup repair and it worked.thank God

Comment by Paul Richman - 20 January 2010 @ 17:29 Reply

I have the infamous bootmng is missing crisis. I have the restore disks, both load but unzipping only partially works not achieving the desired result. 2 questions. (1) A new hard disk presumably solves the problem? (2) Is there any other solutions using dos and the content of these joke restore disks? Thanks in anticipation

Comment by Asim Rana - 11 February 2010 @ 8:21 Reply

Hi, I tried everything but couldn’t get it done at all then I read a comment from farhaan and did the same and it worked. Thank God.

Comment by eddlinux - 16 February 2010 @ 8:05 Reply

I have the same problem when yesterdya try to compressed drive C. I’m using dual boot with Ubuntu, so I’m able to look for solution using it. Gladly, I’ve found this article but I haven’t try it yet.
My suggestion is try Linux live CD in case you don’t have DVD Windows installer that required for this solution, to look for help in the net.

Comment by Juliane - 3 March 2010 @ 15:25 Reply

The fix by eLHAMiiD, also works for windows 7. Thank you for that fix. You’re a lifesaver.

Comment by Computer illiterate - 10 March 2010 @ 7:34 Reply

elHAMiiD nailed it. Worked on wifey’s Toshiba laptop running Vista after I tried to “speed up” the thing and inadvertantly compressed all files. Thank you soooo much!!

Comment by babbsy - 10 March 2010 @ 22:41 Reply

you are a legend! After readin all these threads (on my mobile phone) and trying everything the only thing that fixed it for me was removing and rebuilding the bcd! Thanks a million! :)

Comment by paulo - 26 March 2010 @ 19:47 Reply

Hi,
I have a HD with 2 partions and windows seven. I ‘ve made an ghost image from the system.
Now i tried to restore this image in another HD, where i haved windows xp.

After the restore, i started de pc and i have this message “BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart”.

How can i do to put this working??

thanks

Comment by kat - 4 April 2010 @ 10:42 Reply

We have a winner!!
YAY! Once I realised that it was c: I had to go into, and not x: I don’t feel like such a nuff nuff anymore :)

Thanks heaps!
Cheers
K

Comment by Ammie - 6 May 2010 @ 20:13 Reply

Thanks dude ,,u r great

Comment by jampa - 21 May 2010 @ 17:29 Reply

After the restore, i started de pc and i have this message “BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart”

Comment by J Potter - 9 June 2010 @ 16:15 Reply

used you way to beat the bootmgr found it Very Quick and easy recommend to anyone thanks

Comment by mario - 11 June 2010 @ 14:49 Reply

elhamiid, thank you !!! save my work here . )
great , its works 100%

Comment by Jclave - 3 July 2010 @ 19:30 Reply

This thread is a lifesaver!!!!!

Comment by Dayve - 9 July 2010 @ 11:37 Reply

You surely saved my bacon… Well, all of my music and other files :P, Many kudo’s.

Comment by A-Plus - 21 July 2010 @ 13:43 Reply

Men thanks, I love that trick. it works 4 me.
More Greez.

A-Plus

Comment by Jonathon - 7 August 2010 @ 21:15 Reply

Absolutly supurb i gor this error on installing windows 7 to dual boot i put in the install disk booted from it chose repair load drivers then just right clicked all the drives and unticked the compress icon it took about 2 mins to do its work and when i rebooted it was sorted many thanks to you for this

Comment by jelo - 10 August 2010 @ 14:22 Reply

i already try the second option (using load driver) but i don’t know if it finished the process, when it was rebooted, the bootmangr issue was resolved but the windows doesn’t continue loading to my desktop, then it automatically restart and a blue screen is shown for only a few second, I can’t even read what’s the problem or the error number. Pls help me

Comment by Dennis - 5 September 2010 @ 21:44 Reply

I’ve been having nightmares with this problem.
Found the solution here:
http://cyberst0rm.blogspot.com/2007/04/how-to-fix-bootmgr-is-missing-in.html

PC has been running perfect ever since. Hope this helps.

Comment by Gilbert LdM - 7 September 2010 @ 3:16 Reply

thanx..inserted the installation disc then ‘load drivers’ did work..I got access to my local dics and then unchecked the the ‘compress….’ box..after apply i did checked the ‘all folders and subfolders’ box also…restarted my computer en it did restart normally…

Comment by ndubest - 13 September 2010 @ 21:34 Reply

thanks kamee it worked

Comment by jedi_obi_1 - 14 September 2010 @ 21:05 Reply

Many thanks Dennis for the link - it helped me.
computer is working excellent now

Comment by newtricious4u - 9 October 2010 @ 16:41 Reply

Just wanted to give much thanx to eLHAMiiD_ for his clear step by step instructions. I have a toshiba satelite with windows 7. I had begun to compress my C drive, then cancelled and shut down, and was freaking out when i tried to use it again and couldnt get past the restarts due to bootmgr being compressed. Was so scared that my computer was gonna be wiped out of my important documents or just not functional at all. Luckily i was able to google solutions on my phone, borrowed a copy of windows 7 from someone (i didnt have one cause my laptop came preloaded, so thats a note for other people wondering, you can use any copy of a windows OS even if its not the one specifically installed on ur comp), followed elhamiids instructions, and was able to undo the compression on the C drive and my laptop was unfazed. No files lost or changed. Yay.

Windows should really show a warning box about the booting being effected before anyone can proceed, or they should adjust the compression option so that it never tampers with the system booting to begin with because i had no idea this problem existed or could happen just by trying to save hard disk space. Anyways, thanx again to this forum. Sooo thankful. Never trying that compression ish again.

Comment by niks - 29 November 2010 @ 8:44 Reply

Yayyyyy!!! Thanks Jose!!! It worked! and it is easy too!! thanks!

Comment by Anuj - 8 December 2010 @ 22:44 Reply

Thanks..

Just an addition. when you using Windows 7 or you get error that compat is not a command then change the directory to c:\windows\system32 & then run the commands

Comment by steven smith - 19 December 2010 @ 16:17 Reply

i formatted my hard drive now i get message that bootmgr is missing when i reinstall windows vista from disc how can i fix this.

Comment by Scott - 20 December 2010 @ 10:11 Reply

How do you repair a netbook with an XP license but no CD.

Comment by John - 30 December 2010 @ 10:09 Reply

Do you have i386 ( about 500mb ) on your HD?

Comment by John - 30 December 2010 @ 10:11 Reply

More here Scott.

I don’t have an installation CD for Windows XP - what if I need one?
http://ask-leo.com/i_dont_have_an_installation_cd_for_windows_xp_what_if_i_need_one.html
I have no CD - how do I get at Windows XP setup?
http://ask-leo.com/i_have_no_cd_how_do_i_get_at_windows_xp_setup.html
http://www.wikihow.com/Reinstall-Windows-XP-Without-the-CD

Comment by Dee - 14 January 2011 @ 18:42 Reply

This is ridiculous?? nothing but a waist of time reading this when all these posts all end up saying the same thing!

Do you people know how to read??? so many of you post how easy it is to install the recovery discs and BOOMSHEY its fixed!!

PLEASE.. i would love to know how that is possible when you have a good for nothing dell laptop that “WILL NOT” and has not played dvd’s or cd’s for god knows how long??

Heres the start!
Windows updates were not installing (190 important)
“has not been used online for a while”

BOTH the c-drive and e-drive completely full,

Unable to remove the programs like nero, ms office & photoshop taking up all the space as there was some “runtime error”

unable to fix this due to Internet explorer being corrupt or hidden or something??

Cannot install/update IE without updating my windows or visa versa.

YEAH also cannot workout what the guy who owned this laptop before me has done with this thing as its running vista ultimate but the laptop has a genuine XP sticker underneath.

“ME stupidly compressed the drives to save disk space (which mind you freed like 1gb) what a joke : /

BOOTMNGR COMPRESSED!!! YAYY FUN TIMES

HERES ONE FOR YOU! Tell me what you do to a dell that does not have a working cd/dvd drive,
No instillation or recovery cd’s,
No F8, F11 hold this, tap that, shift, ctrl, alt whatever to get to any advanced boot options.. i have tried them all!
“boot the recovery/set up discs?” Ye no warries

You have F2 -bios setup (will not help) dont bother mentioning boot sequence or loading defaults, please your wasting your time with that one!

And F12 - Boot menu! internal HDD, cd/dvd drive, onboard NIC, bios setup and diagnostics.. Does nothing for me!

IV TRIED IT ALL!!

Now if you read this properly, My dog did not eat my cd’s they prob did come with the computer when it was first purchased.
Some people buy second hand cars without the “drivers manual” in the glove box!
THESE THINGS ARE FREAKING NORMAL
These things happen.

I just hope that someone out there (with some knowledge) will read this and use their time to actually input something relevant for the problem above.

Dont embarrass yourself by leaving yet another pointless comment stating something we have all read 2000+ times before.

Much appreciated. xx

Comment by Ned Barrow - 16 January 2011 @ 23:49 Reply

Hey Dee, Had the exact same problem. Use this link to solve “Bootmgr is compressed or missing”. http://tinyempire.com/notes/ntldrismissing.htm

Comment by KrystinThaBoSs - 19 January 2011 @ 21:50 Reply

ohhh myyy god, i want to thank you sososososo much eLHAMiiD !!!! you are the reason i am smiling right now!!! you are the BEST! thanks times a million.

Comment by Kemppi - 30 January 2011 @ 2:05 Reply

Thanks, saved my ass!

Comment by Oliver - 10 February 2011 @ 17:44 Reply

i have had the same problem as everyone on here, i couldn’t find any possible way but i did have a bit of luck, i have a 250GB HD split into 3 partitions. a 111GB section, a 108GB and the other 31GB was the 3rd one. the 111GB held my compressed Bootmgr and the other 108GB held some program files and one held absolutly nothing i used the 31GB to install another Windows OS i am using windows 7 all the way so i install it onto the small section and i then signed into the fresh install and right-clicked on the drive with my main OS on it and then told it to Uncompress the drive. i then restated the machine and i can now access my computer like nothing had happened to it. hope this is helpful to someone. if anyone needs any help with again please ask:

f1td13@gmail.com

Comment by THO - 12 February 2011 @ 0:37 Reply

When I turn on my laptop they show : YOBNJ is compressed press ctrl-alt-delete. I did but they show again and again.Please help

Comment by Jack P - 15 February 2011 @ 1:08 Reply

Thanks so much for the info you posted..worked like a charm after a ‘geek patrol” guy said there was nothing to be done except format and reinstall…you have saved my system and a lot of personal sanity!!..Thanks so much again…Jack

Comment by Omuniquelyme - 15 February 2011 @ 8:05 Reply

eLHAMiiD you are a God send! I did the foolish thing and started compressing files on my hard drive not even thinking about how that would possibly screw up my startup for Windows 7. It looks like your solution is going to save me. Thank you 100 times over!

Comment by Janee M - 17 February 2011 @ 19:59 Reply

ok so im having the same issue (boot manager is compressed) seems like an easy fix. my question is when i go to load the vista dvd will all of my files be intact? or will i loose pictures/ documents?

Comment by Namdel - 22 February 2011 @ 13:16 Reply

I have Sony Vaio P39, with no CD/DVD drive, no Win 7 CD either. External CD drive does not help. What do I do?

Comment by Dylan - 3 March 2011 @ 20:45 Reply

thank you so much u saved my desktop from the hammer.

Comment by man1024 - 5 March 2011 @ 8:21 Reply

i used win 7 dvd to uncompress my Vista 64 bit.

Comment by man1024 - 5 March 2011 @ 8:25 Reply

stupid Windows developers…any system file compression must be avoided.

Comment by robert - 10 March 2011 @ 17:35 Reply

Great job, I reversed the decompression process on windows 7 and it worked, now for the cold corona, thanks guys for the input. Food for thought, when cleaning the c drive never compress de c drive and subfolders.

Comment by noor - 27 March 2011 @ 5:40 Reply

hi every body …
i have really a huge problem .. i have MacBook laptop and i have 2 program inside 1st windows XP7 an the other one is macintosh ..and now i have problem with my laptop its asking me to press ctrl+alt+del and when i press its not working .. and i have many information on my XP and i dont want to format it , so may anyone help me what to do?!

Comment by danny - 28 March 2011 @ 14:11 Reply

hi there i am not the greatest with computers, my emachine em250 went very slow so my parent did a system restore to the first time i had the netbook and now it jus keeps loading. the windows loads then the computer just restarts if i press F8 then the windows advanced option menu comes up and then a few possabilities such as
safe mode
safe mode with networking
safe mode with command prompt
enable boot logging
enable vga mode
last known good configuration
directory services restore mode
debuggging mode
disable automatic restart on system failure
start windows normally
reboot

and help would be much appriciated

Comment by aaaaaaaaaaaaa - 29 March 2011 @ 3:34 Reply

evrything above is horseshit = none of the above has worked !!

Comment by Brian - 5 April 2011 @ 14:25 Reply

You can also use CHKDSK to scan for and repair system errors.this decompresses the necessary files instead of the whole drive.

Comment by davey - 16 April 2011 @ 15:33 Reply

hi, i am trying to do a fresh install of vista on my mums pc as she managed to break it. lol. all i seem to get is the dreaded bootmgr missing, i have tried putting in vista discs and xp discs but for some reason, it is not picking up the disks, so cant get into any recovery consoles. Can anyone shed any light on what i should do please?

Comment by Daasebre Asante - 30 April 2011 @ 0:02 Reply

HI, my name is Daasebre Asane. Recently i turned my netbook and it said
“Boot Mgr Missing Press Alt+Clt+del to restart”
I have pressed the three keys many times however, nothing changes it always brings up the message. My netbook does not have a disc drive and when i try to go to system recovery it will not let me. May someone please tell me what i can do to fix this??

Comment by Angel - 3 May 2011 @ 2:03 Reply

Yes, go to Ubuntu’s website. Download their Operating System and on that same page download their Universal USB Installer or download UNetbootin.
You’ll have to do this on a seperate computer. When the Operating System image (.iso) is done, run the Universal USB Installer or UNetbootin and load the image file and save/load it onto the a USB Flash drive within that wizard on the same page. Check the Format USB to ensure that it loads on the flash drive without any problems. When it’s finished then plug it into your computer that has the boot manager corruption/compression and install Ubuntu. After that you can download VM firm or whatever it’s called, just look for VM and it should pop up. It’s a virtual windows system. Then download a Windows Operating system from a torrent site or a friend and save it to the computer. Then upgrade or fresh install Windows on that drive and you can choose to keep Ubuntu or freshly install Windows and viola! That’s the only way it can world with your problem.

Comment by shahbaz hashmi - 23 May 2011 @ 15:00 Reply

dear, thanks!
its so simple; i just put the OS DVD and problem has been solved with your first suggested step.

Comment by waffleman - 23 May 2011 @ 16:53 Reply

nice one you saved me, used the load drivers method to uncheck the compress drive option on one of my drives.

Comment by arthur - 24 May 2011 @ 3:39 Reply

found recovery disc and deselected the compression, worked wonders thxs

Comment by Timothy - 10 June 2011 @ 17:31 Reply

hi there

i run a samsung r530 laptop with windows 7. recently i partitioned my drive into a C: drive, holding the windows 7, and the D: drive, holding Linux Ubuntu. after i had done this i restarted the laptop but it went on a loop. i have since resolved that problem, it had turned out Ubuntu was conflicting with windows, by removing Linux altogether. in the process windows 7 was copied onto the linux partition. i load my original windows and deleted the copy of it. i restarted my computer and it came up with “BOOTMGR is missing”. i did not get an install disk with my laptop so i am unsure of what to do. i have also tried pressing f4 during boot for recovery mode but it proceeds to “BOOTMGR is missing”. please help.

Comment by rajesh - 12 June 2011 @ 14:40 Reply

hello, i had Win xp.:, accidentally i formatted c,while installing win 7. now when i power on my laptop it says
BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
when i inserted win7 instalation disc and do a start up repair then my computer boots to win7 but when i restart it it again displays:BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart! pls help me i’m screwd man

Comment by nikhil - 13 June 2011 @ 8:37 Reply

thanx..

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Comment by Mano - 15 June 2011 @ 7:07 Reply

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there are way to solve the problem!
1.Assuming the problem
2.problem in hard/soft
3.Alter solution
any hardware/software base problem please Leave a comment
thank you

Comment by RobMoore - 2 July 2011 @ 6:34 Reply

I had just restored this hard disk from a ghost image made from another laptop that was setup exactly the same way. a Dell Latitude E6510 with windows 7 pro. When I tried to boot to the OS, I would get nothing on the screen except a minus sign in the upper left corner. I booted from the windows 7 install dvd. It took about 10 minutes to load the first time. I believe because it was looking for a active windows partition. After i choose the language and locations, I selected the repair option link in the lower left hand of the screen. It did not find my windows installation. I clicked next anyway. and choose the repair option. It took less than 2 minutes to run. i clicked the details link to see what it found, missing mbr. When I rebooted the computer same thing, minus sign and nothing else. I then booted from a windows 7 pe usb stick I had made a month ago. Opened a command window and did a bootrec /RebuildBcd and bootrec /FixMbr then bootrec /FixBoot. when I rebooted, I was presented with the Boot Mgr Missing Press Alt+Clt+del to restart message. I booted back into the win pe usb stick, right clicked on my computer, selected manage, went to storage, found the hard drive, right click on it and made it the active partition. rebooted the computer and still had that nasty message.
I rebooted and went back into the BIOS, and in the storage options, change it from ATA to RAID, I changed it to raid because thats where it was earlier and i did not think it was right so I change it.
When I rebooted, Windows 7 Pro loaded and I am now able to use it.

I hope this helps

Comment by bob - 11 July 2011 @ 14:17 Reply

Thanks for the advice. “WINre” , Load drivers, Right click
Boot drv, de-select Compress hard drv and sub folders. And Back in Business. Thanks A BUNCH!

Comment by chris - 24 July 2011 @ 8:46 Reply

when your booting from the dvd, so you can fix the “missing” or “corrupt” file i am unable to reach the select language screen and then to proceed on to the next step…

please help what can i do??

Comment by Ramon Leon - 30 July 2011 @ 18:57 Reply

I have the Boot Manager Compressed sign on my Asus lap top, I did the mistake of defragmenting and cleaning the c-drive on my computer to save space and when I turned it off and back on, the ionfamous sign, Boot Manager is Compressed. What can I do? I does not let me boot from any where, all I get is the signs ante mentioned, I’ve tried to boot with a new Windows 7 disc, with a new XP and nothing, the screen always cames back to Boot Mngr Compressed, press control, alt, delete to re-start, yet, it goes back to square one, the same message. Could somebody out there help, please, in sort of plain English, not complicated computer language that leaves people like when you go to a doctor or try to read a med prescription and all you get is a bunch of Greek-Cientific words. Thank you.

Comment by B-Money - 2 August 2011 @ 15:33 Reply

thanks guys jus check if the laptop has more than 1 drives and make sure all of them are unticked wher it says compress drive to save space

Comment by No driver - 12 August 2011 @ 11:24 Reply

Hi i formatted my hard drive abd now i get error message bootmgr is missing i have the vista dvd but when its at the option to choose a drive to install windows onto there are no drives “C” or “D” can someone please help me

Comment by Sam - 27 August 2011 @ 22:37 Reply

too many steps, anything better?

Comment by mani - 31 August 2011 @ 8:40 Reply

I had a win7 loader with me but when I am loading it system was restarting and the boot manager was compressing and asking ctrl+alt+del to enter

Comment by KarlManjaro - 19 September 2011 @ 23:58 Reply

Ive read a lot of threads and havent seen a problem similar to mine. when i launch my vista dvd i get a different menu than what everyone else uses as a guide to fix this problem. i only get a recovery manager menu with wich i can only fully reinstall vista, even doing that hasnt fixed the problem. ideas?

Comment by shell - 25 September 2011 @ 21:26 Reply

I don’t understand how to fix my pc. It says bootmgr is missing I only have the recovery disc that the geek squad gave me when I bought the computer how do I fix this problem?

Comment by Reiah - 6 October 2011 @ 4:26 Reply

Thank you very much!!! This was a big help for me! My pc started with the bootmgr is compressed, i did the steps dated oct 2007! Unchecked the compress box and subfolders etc instruction! Presto ! Thanks for sharing guys!!!

Comment by jay - 20 October 2011 @ 11:44 Reply

hey guys watch youtube

NTLDR is compressed. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart by Britec

it worksssss…..

Comment by josh - 8 November 2011 @ 10:58 Reply

kamee
you are de boss
my is now workin thanks man

Comment by Sreekanth - 11 November 2011 @ 14:24 Reply

Hi frnds. . .
I am having the same problem “BOOTMGR Compressed pres.. . .”
I have also tried some of the methods suggested above., but didn’t worked. .
I am using 2 OS XP and Windows7 is that the problem. . ?

Comment by Sreekanth - 11 November 2011 @ 14:27 Reply

The problem started after I instaled Windows7 along with XPPls Help

Comment by monty - 2 December 2011 @ 13:18 Reply

hi kamee….ur a genius man…had problems with boot as ut was compressed and same msg ctrl alt del…it was annoying until i found ur reply….easy to do and sorted the issue in under 5 min…cheers!!

Comment by jessie - 7 December 2011 @ 6:22 Reply

I was putting game on mycomp. after it was finished it said:suggest to defrag comp. yes or no.I clicked yes after it was done it said to restart comp. I clicked yes.it starts and says boot mgr i compressed.press atr ctrl delete to restart comp.i did it says the same thing!!!!!! what do I do?

Comment by Technical Support - 19 December 2011 @ 12:55 Reply

Insert the installation DVD in your system and start the PC above->Click Repair your computer->Then click on Load Driver->Go to Computer->Right click on the partition your installation previously compressed> Properties->Then uncheck “Compress drive to increase space available”. Then close all windows to restart the computer.. By using these steps to resolve this problem..

Comment by Tomboy - 19 December 2011 @ 15:37 Reply

My acer latptop aspire 5732z is saying ‘bootmgr is compressed’ and it is not even reading any windows cd. I have w7 n when i used d2d recovery shit thing happened to me it is saying low memory unable to retain previous data. N i cant format my c: drive coz i have important doc. in it plz help me…
:-/

Comment by ren - 24 January 2012 @ 5:17 Reply

how can i repair my computer (error message: boot mgr is missing) if the DVD ROM won’t read the installation DVD?

plzz help… tnx

Comment by AF - 3 May 2012 @ 21:47 Reply

I have tried and tried to revive the BOOTMGR but nothing comes of my effort. It just keeps cycling. There are many promises made but none of them operate to remove this error message.
I did realize that to make any operation work, you first need a key or action that will start up the repair (from the CD or USB).
Without this key, the CD or USB software will not start up. In my case as in perhaps all other cases, the screen is immobile and nothing will channge that fact.
Whom has that key? Only the ‘Shadow'’ knows.

Comment by mikin - 24 May 2012 @ 8:20 Reply

hi everybody i m going to solve ur all the problems of bootmgr is missing..

first of all when u r turning on ur laptop or pc the erroe comes that bootmgr is missing press ctrl+alt+delt.to restart.

m going to solve this problem

plz cooperate me,
first of all plzz insert cd/dvd of win 7 or vista
boot it
select command promoted.
in that wright this commands:
compact /U C:\bootmgr
compact /U C:\ntldr

If you for some strange reason have lost your Vista DVD, then you can also use a Windows 2000 / XP install CD and enter the recovery console instead and execute the following commands:

attrib -c c:\bootmgr
attrib -c c:\ntldr
it will really wprk but u have to do this with confident.
thank u.

mikin from india….

Comment by mattburnin - 30 August 2012 @ 11:43 Reply

Fastest solution - fixed in 15min

1. Download Active@ Boot Disc, and burn iso file to the disc.
2. Run Active@ Boot Disc
3. Open My Computer > Properties >> Untick - compress this drive to save disc space
4. Remove Active@ Boot Disc
5. Reboot normally.
Done.

Once you’ve done that, reboot after removing active boot disc cd.
Your computer will boot normally.

That’s it. ENJOY
mb’

Comment by Nash Ramnot - 4 February 2013 @ 13:42 Reply

Thanks for the tips everyone, I have tried everything listed above as well as the multiple fixes listed here: http://cyberst0rm.blogspot.com/2007/04/how-to-fix-bootmgr-is-missing-in.html and have still not come right with Windows Vista.

Does anyone have any other clues or ideas that can help me?

Comment by pippo - 9 September 2013 @ 19:24 Reply

solved … thank you ALOT

“If the above doesn’t solve the problem then boot into WinRE again, but when selecting the Vista-installation, then press “Load Drivers” (Instead of “Next”) and use the mini Windows Explorer to right-click the boot-drive and deselect “Compress this Drive” and choose Apply to sub-folders and files.”"

Comment by Nancy - 20 September 2013 @ 12:45 Reply

boot manger is compress. so which tab should i press and start to deactivate the compress drive

Comment by Nancy - 20 September 2013 @ 12:49 Reply

with which tab should i start, since its given only ctrl+alt+del

Comment by raj karan - 19 November 2013 @ 13:59 Reply

thanks bro. it really help me to come out of the problem…
really thanks from my heart to all of u spl eLHAMiiD g………
thanks a lot ………

Comment by pranav - 5 December 2013 @ 16:50 Reply

I have an problem while i am opening my destop its showing boot manger is compress. I want to use my destop normally please help me and please give reply for my question on my email id

Comment by Lakhwinder - 7 December 2013 @ 10:24 Reply

thanks.
this also works on window 7
my pc have lot of software installed. but one day i compressed c drive. after loading drivers i unchekd compresd option and now it is ok.

Comment by Eddy 4759 - 18 January 2014 @ 2:39 Reply

I’m using XP on Acer aspire, how do I get a copy of the repair thing, can I get it online? I can only use either sd card or flash drive

Pls help

Comment by Nelson Mugendi - 19 January 2014 @ 16:47 Reply

Thanx talk much

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