Windows Boot Up Error

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Enteprise NX01, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Enteprise NX01

    Enteprise NX01 New Member

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    Good Afternoon All

    I've tried to update one of the old computers in the Kids Bedroom from Windows XP upto Windows Vista, However when going through the installation it came up with a error and wouldn't continue.
    Now when ever I boot the computer it comes up with BOOTMGR is missing, press 'CTRL' 'ALT' & DEL to reboot.
    I've had to wipe the bios password as I initially couldn't get into it to change the boot sequence to CD ROM 1st but it still doesn't want to boot up from that 1st and still comes up with BOOTMGR is missing still and now it wont allow me to re install windows.

    Any thoughts please ?
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    What are the system specs of this computer? If you don't have the right hardware upgrading to Vista would be a big mistake anyway. Basically need to know what processor and how much ram is installed.
     
  3. Enteprise NX01

    Enteprise NX01 New Member

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    would this be any help ?
     

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  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    If it only has 1 gb of ram, Vista would be horribly slow. Do you know if the memory was upgraded? At this point, you should be looking at something newer.
     
  5. _Pete_

    _Pete_ Active Member

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    Yes that error message usually means your hard drive has packed up.
     
  6. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

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    Read this: https://lifehacker.com/251733/vista-tip--repair-bootmgr-is-missing-error

    Upgrade your RAM to at least 4GB. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=acer+aspire+t180+ram&_sacat=0

    Your computer supports up to 4GB of RAM.

    Check your hard drive for errors after you repair the bootmgr. Go to the hard drive icon under the My Computer icon. Right click the hard drive. Select properties. Chose the Tools tab and select check for errors. You'll need to reboot.

    After chkdsk does its thing. Go to the search in the start orb (bottom left) and enter in search, "event viewer" without quotes. Go to Windows Logs, right click System in the tree and chose find. Search for chkdsk. Highlight all of the log and press the keyboard keys control + C. Paste here or paste in a text document and upload here.
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2018
  7. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Buy a new computer, a machine this old is a waste of time and effort. A used machine could be had for $100 that would be way faster and work with 7 if not 10 depending on what you get.

    If you can't/won't replace it I'd just stay on XP and clean it up as best you can. Vista isn't going to do much more for you than XP at this point since neither are supported. Vista would run like crap without at least 3GB of RAM.
     
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  8. UnholyVision

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    I agree with what Darren is saying. Though as an alternative, just install a Linux distro with something lightweight as your DE/WM. Most distro's ram requirements are around 512MB. The setup swap as needed, based on your usage case. Swap is so much easier to work with than say a Windows Paging File.
     
  9. crux77

    crux77 New Member

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    You can always use linux. Otherwise I would stick with XP lot less memory intensive compared to vista.
     

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