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Ikshaku Calculating status...
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Feb 3, 2013 3:41 AM

I deleted my bootmgr from the command prompt window in Windowys 7 ( a mistake), and the next time i started my computer, a page came up saying that Windows failed tos tart because there was a hardware or soft ware change

 

File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc0000034

info: The Windows Boot Configuration Data File is missing required information

 

Now, i tried inserting Windows 7 DVDs into the computer but the computer just refuses to boot from the DVD drive, so i figure the Boot sequence priority needs to be changed. I tried looking this up but it seems Apple has something called OpenFirmware instead of BIOS and i can't for the life of me figure out how to open this on startup. I've tried everything including windowskey+Alt+O+F , F1, F2, F8, F12, shift+10, c, and other key combinations people online seem to suggest, but i am jus not able to open it.

 

Please help me out

 

I'm willing to do a full overhaul/resetting to factory settings if need be..Just help me out of this

 

THank you

Mac mini, Windows 7
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 3:43 AM (in response to Ikshaku)

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities

     

    PowerPC-based Macs used Open Firmware, but Intel-based Macs use EFI.

     

    After inserting the Windows disc, hold the Alt or Option key while your Mac is starting, so you will see all bootable volumes. On that screen, choose "Windows" and reinstall it

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 5:48 AM (in response to Ikshaku)

    What do you see when you press the Option key?

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 6:03 AM (in response to Ikshaku)

    I suppose that your keyboard is connected with USB to the Mac mini, not? Remember that you have to hold the key after the startup sound

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 2:03 PM (in response to Ikshaku)

    Ikshaku wrote:

     

    I dont hav an apple keyboard, so i press the equivalent windows logo key...

    nothing changes,,,the same screne comes on

    i also tried with the ctrl key, the alt key and the space bar...none of which workd

     

    On a Windows keyboard the option key is the Alt key. Hold it down at the sound of the chime, release it when the boot manager appears.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 7:21 PM (in response to Ikshaku)

    Reinstall Windows.

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