Here's what I've run into do far:
--tried the startup repair option several times. I always get the message that windows found a problem that cannot be automatically repaired
--used some simple fixboot commands I also found tutorials online for through command prompt, but upon startup, I still get the same missing btmgr error. *btw: i understand that bios must be set up to boot from the hard disk after you run those commands and the recovery disk must be ejected to see if it works--just in case you were wondering
--when i bring up the first window in the repair disk and then select "repair your computer" it searches automatically for windows os, but it never finds my windows, and says to "load drivers" well, there is an explorer type window that comes up after you press "load drivers" and it shows me that on the computer are the following disks: local disk c (41 gb free out of 100gb); recovery d: 70.7 mb free of 11.1 gb, and boot x: (31.1 mb free out of 33.5mb). And when I explore these drives they have my system and other files in them. So they ARE there, but the computer does not recognize any OS even still
--went to command prompt and asked it to scan for os there. it found none.
I think it is possible, but I don't know how to do it myself to get everything pointing in the right direction again so that what is there is recognized to be what it is.
Please advise! Thanks~Heather