Vista Recovery

#1
After my HP Pavilion gave me the BOOTMGR MISSING message, I followed the directions to make a Vista Recovery Disc. I did that successfully and attempted to boot from the disc, but I'm not sure should Install or Repair. If I click "install" I enter the product key but then receive the message "Windows cannot open the required file E:\Sources\install.wim. The file does not exist..." When I click repair I get the next screen where it says 'select an operating system to repair', but there is no OS listed, so I click load drivers and I get 'insert the installation media for the device and click ok to select the driver' (i assume i need the vista disk for this). There is nothing to click so I click ok and a window comes up with the option to search for a setup information file I am not sure which file to select, when I click on the dropdown menu I can see the laptops folders like 'desktop, system, public, computer, local disk (C:smile:,hp_RECOVERY (D:smile:, OS_TOOLS (E:smile:, cd drive (F:smile:, Boot (X:smile:. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Addendum:

I just realized this is probably in the wrong forum, I'm new here and don't know much about computers. Sorry for the confusion.
 
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#2
When you get to bit where it can't find the o/s, click next.

Select command prompt .
Type:

DISKPART {then press enter}

LIS VOL {then press enter - make a note of what it says.}

EXI {to exit diskpart}
 
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#3
lis vol says:

Volume 0, C, blank, NTFS, Partition, 141 GB, Healthy
Volume 1, D, HP_Recovery, NTFS, Partition, 8 GB, Healthy
Volume 2, E, 2007.11.03_, UDF, DVD_ROM, 120 MB Healthy
 

Terry60

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#6
Welcome to NST Ptzumd,
Try disconnecting the other HDD before you try the startup repair, and it'll probably see your OS.
 
#7
If it can now see the o/s, click on the o/s to highlight it, click next.

From the command prompt, type:

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /fixmbr
 
#8
hey, I know this is a bit old but while searching this is what I found that matched about exactly what is happening to me (made disk, tried repairing, doesn't show os etc). I can't unplug any HDD because it is a laptop but what is next. Here's what i get which is:

Volume 0 E blahblah UDF DVDROM 120mb Healthy
Volume 1 D RECOVERY NTFS Partition 10gb Healthy
Volume 2 C _________ NTFS Partition 139gb Healthy

* went ahead and selected vol 2, after that went back and there was still no OS showing up.
 
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Terry60

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#9
Try clicking "next" without selecting anything. Sometimes that'll do the 1st repair and the OS will reappear. Then you can do another 2 repairs till the OS boots again.
If that doesn't work, don't do "startup repair". Try "command prompt" from the same screen and use the recovery console to run a chkdisk /f or /r against your C: disk.
It'll take a fair while, but it might fix whatever's preventing the boot from repairing.
Then you can try the "startup repair" again.
 
#10
thanks ill keep trying and see what happens. if all else fails i'll probably just re-install. I'm just helping a friend try to figure this out and thought it was going to be a quick fix haha, i guess it never is.
 

Terry60

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#11
Note the advice here, which applies in any case where a reinstall is being considered.