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I was trying to make a new partition so that I could install Windows XP to dual boot with my current installation of Vista. Everything went well up until I went to DOS to copy the boot files over to the newly created drive/partition. The command wasn't working. So becoming frustrated I just copied the Windows directory over and made the new partition active (against bad advice now I am finding).

So I restart and it says I am missing "bootmgr". I've tried a number of things:

  1. Purchased the Windows Vista 64-bit boot cd iso and burned it as an iso to cd.
  2. Tried Ultimate Boot CD.
  3. Tried disabling the hard drive in Bios.
  4. Tried changing the boot order to make the cd/dvd drive primary.
  5. I've made "SEVERAL" boot cd's and when I run any of them I get this message: "No bootable device insert boot disc and press any key"

I've tried numerous website and forums where others had similar problems and I followed the instructions to a "T". However, I'm not getting any results.

A) If disable the hard in BIOS drive and a bootable disc is in- I get the "No bootable device.." error.

B) If I make the cd primary and the hard drive is enabled in BIOS I get the "missing bootmgr.." error.

I know my OS is on the other partition.... how do I get to it from here?


Lost in limbo

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Anybody? I still haven't found anything to try that helps. – Gigi Apr 21 '12 at 0:34
When you say "burned it as an iso to cd" how exactly did you do this? You didn't end up with a something.iso file on your CD did you? – RedGrittyBrick May 4 '12 at 13:36

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