How to fix Windows 2008 R2 BOOTMGR is missing in VMWare

When rebooting a virtual machine in VMWare and it gives the error message:

Bootmgr is missing 

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

You can try BCDBoot:

  1. Right click on the virtual machine and select “Edit settings” under “Hardware” change the device type to “Datastore ISO File” then choose Windows 2008 R2.
  2. Restart the VM and press “Esc” when it boots to get the boot menu.
  3. Choose to boot from “CD-ROM”
  4. You will need to click on repair Windows but cancel any menus to get the cmd.
  5. Using the command prompt type BCDBoot c:\Windows then press “enter”

This should then re-install the files needed to boot. You will need to shutdown the VM and then disconnect the Datastore ISO File type back to the client device and reboot the VM.


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