In Win7 unless other optional methods are used to install Windows the boot
and bootmgr are normally stored on the System partition whereas the separate
boot partition contains the Windows operating system files.
In the case of the op's Dell system deleting the Recovery partition etc.
would appear to have wiped the System partition.
Using a Win7 DVD to repair, as noted, should resolve the op's Dell problem.
Preferably the same version of Win7 DVD as that installed should be used.
- i.e. if Win7 SP1 is installed, use a Win7 SP1 DVD
msft mvp mail
"Stan Brown" wrote in message
I copied boot and bootmgr from the Dell Recovery Partition to Windows 7
and set Windows 7 partition active. Machine booted ok, but when I deleted
the Recovery Partition and Dell Utility machine would not boot. Laptop is
Dell Studio 1555. I know people do this, what am I missing.
You're missing a boot partition. I had this same problem when I
restored from backup to a replacement hard drive.
If you have a Windows 7 CD (DVD?), or can borrow one, boot from it on
your computer and select the option to repair Windows. Your existing
activation will stay in effect -- at least mine did.