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I would like to install an operating system, but cannot even do this!

The computer had windows 7 on it. The SSD (“hard drive&rdquoWink 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:
1. Checked all cables
2. Tried to install windows 10 from a CD
3. Tried to install windows 7 from a CD
4. Physically changed the optical (CD/DVD) hardware
5. Physically changed the SSD “hard drive” to a new SATA hard drive
6. Cleared the CMOS Setting by moving the jumper pins and restarting the computer
7. updated the BIOS (successfully) from a USB.

Each time I start the computer I still get:
Boot Mgr is missing!

Is this perhaps a problem that the SSD was reformatted with another window machine?

Can anyone please help?
Where is this Boot MGR located?????

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In reply to: BOOTMGR Missing

Does the bios see the optical unit?
Is the optical unit the first device in the boot order?
Grab a copy of memtest86 and put it on a disc....does it boot?

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In reply to: Bootmgr

Thanks Bob_B
yes Bios sees the optical device it is P1 (P0= SSD drive)
I have changed to boot order to start with the optical device (and have even swapped to another optical device)
I do not know memtest86...
but I have looked it up on Google.
it might be an idea to try, and then perhaps I might be able to install an operating system.

I wonder if perhaps the SSD is somehow not able to be written onto, because I formatted it just by plugging it into a windows computer and selecting "quick format"?

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I did not mean for you to run it.... just to see if it would boot.

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Thanks for your help

In reply to: Memtest

Thank you very much! your advice indirectly help to solve the problem.
The computer did boot from memtest.

I tried again to install the operating system from DVD and then USB but still had boot MGR missing!
But then I noticed for the briefest Millisecond the command line:
"press any key to boot from USB"

This instruction disappears so rapidly than I had not noticed it before, and it is replace by "boot MGR missing"
So next time round I pressed the space bar and was able to install Windows

Thanks again

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It sounds to me...

In reply to: Bootmgr

the disc is not good. Did you buy it or make it from an .ISO files?

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2 ideas.

In reply to: BOOTMGR Missing

1. Test that your boot disc works on other PCs?
2. Don't format drives ahead of install. Leave them blank with no partitions. Making partitions and formatting ahead of a Windows install will trip up installation.

To me it's either the disc you made is not booting, the drive is not blank or the BIOS is not set to boot from the disc you want.

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