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06-18-2010 02:22 AM
Well i'm booting my laptop from a recovery disk to run a start up repair because ive recently received a bootmgr is missing error but when i click on repair there are no OS listed for me to repair i'm using a Compaq Presario A935EA Notebook pc with OEM 32 bit vista any help would be appreciated
06-18-2010 09:26 AM
Boot manager was missing on my mothers laptop, and I tried everything. I eventually had to use my recovery discs and reinstall the OS system from scratch. If you did not back up your personal items, then you will loose everything.
You can buy a device that will allow you to retrieve files from the hard drive, but you will have to take the drive out of the laptop and connect it to another computer for this to work.
Here is just one example.
06-18-2010 10:26 AM
You are making this more difficult then it needs to be. It doesn't matter what is on the hard drive now. Ounce you have the installation disc's from HP for your model, it formats everything on there and reinstalls the factory image that was on the machine when new. There is an easy procedure to make the laptop boot into the recovery disc's, see the solution in this thread.
After that Windows will find you and install automatically any updates that are required.
06-18-2010 06:36 PM
It depends where you are, if you are in the US, HP usually sends it by truck_so a few days. Mine took a week to get to Canada.
You certainly can buy a retail copy of your OS, either Vista or W7, but it's a lot more work, because you have to manually install all your drivers and software. Not only that a retail copy will run around 110.00$ to 198.00$ depending on what version you want.
You could probably shop around on the internet and find it cheaper, but stay away from e-bay !
It may be urgent, but it's worth the wait for your factory disc's. Installing a retail version is just so impractical, especially if you are staying with Vista. If you want to upgrade to W7 now is the time to do it, but at this point I think you are opening up a can of worms.