Gateway M6309. Bought it in Mar, 2008. A week and a half ago the system was going through a Windows update and successfully completed 2 of the 3 "steps." Unfortunately, the 3rd step would not process and the system repeatedly restarted. I allowed this to go on a while, say 15 times, before shutting down. When I turned on again I got a repair screen to come up that failed to repair the damaged start program. After that, the system would not even boot to that point, giving me the well worn expression, "BOOTMgr is missing, etc." I've gone around forums and all and tried a few things. Sadly, the recovery disk I paid Best Buy to produce for me was anything but. I got what you can imagine I got from them. Nothing. So I was able to find and download a general Vista recovery disc. In the interim I found the original OEM installation disk from Gateway. I've tried a number of suggested solutions but to no avail.
1. Ran start up repair utility many, many times. The only result was to find out the program was not recognizing an OS. Somewhere I came up with language to enter at the command line to fix that, but since then it is gone again. I probably deleted it.
2. On the command line I've tried several inputs to get a new bootmgr installed but seem to be unsuccessful.
I need to get the system to recognize the OS first and then repair the boot sector and all. How do I make sure I still have a viable disk? I am now on the 2nd turn of the 3rd lap around this track and would like to cut to the chase. lol. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I will say that a few weeks before this happened, I started getting BSOD when running Malwarebytes (which I was doing every 3 days or so...because I've lost older drives on other machines by not being prepared and protected). The system would always come back when I closed down and restarted. I did run chkdisk a few times and found no issues.