I would like to install an operating system, but cannot even
The computer had windows 7 on it. The SSD ("hard drive") was
removed and reformatted using another computer.
Now I cannot even load an operating system because after
powering on I just get a message:
"Boot MGR is missing
Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart"
So this is what I have done so far:
restarting the computer
Each time I start the computer I still get:
Boot Mgr is missing!
Can anyone please help?
Where is this Boot
The Boot Manager is installed in the first few sectors of the HDD (or SSD or SSHD). Whatever was done on this "other computer" has wiped out the Boot Manager.
I suggest that, while installing Windows (i.e. booting from Windows installation media), when you get to the scene where you select the partition to install to, make sure that you delete *all* existing partitions. When done, you should see only a single entry for unused space on the HDD. Select to have Windows installed to this unused space. This should restore the Boot Manager.
Let me know if this fixes the problem. There is a second possibility, but I won't go into it until we exhaust this one...
Thanks for your suggestions.
I have solved the problem
The SSD is so fast I did not notice the line "press any key to boot from ..."
this instruction appears for less than one second and then it is replaced with "boot mgr is missing"
so I pressed the space bar and it worked