You are possibly getting the error message at your system boot due to missing ‘bootsect.exe’ file from the ‘System32’ folder of the Windows directory. It is often the cause of the problem after Windows fresh installation.
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What the system does is to display the error message of the missing file and ask you to press any key to continue booting. If you did not hit any key it will remain there while you ponder what the cause of the problem could be.
However, the ‘bootsect.exe’ is a tool used to repair the boot sector of your computer. It helps to update the master boot code for hard disk partition to switch between Boot Manager(BOOTMGR) and New Technology System Loader(NTLDR), which is a boot loader for Windows Operating System.
If you are experiencing this issue after finishing fresh setup of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, this information is meant for you to quickly forestall it. To do that follow the instruction below.
Image of bootsect.exe system FATAL ERROR
STEP 1: Restart your system and press any key to continue booting to your desktop environment.
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STEP 2: Insert your Windows 8 USB or DVD packages and double-click to open it.
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STEP 3: Next, double-click on ‘Boot’ folder to open it.
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STEP 4: Right-click on ‘bootsect.exe’ and select ‘Copy’ to copy the file.
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STEP 5: Double-click on your ‘Local Disk(C:)’ to continue.
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STEP 6: Click on ‘Windows’ folder and open it.
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STEP 7: Locate ‘System32’ folder from the ‘Windows directory’ and double-click on it.
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STEP 8: Right-click inside the ‘System32’ folder and select Paste from the drop-down menu to paste the ‘bootsect.exe’ file.
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STEP 9: Right-click on the ‘bootsect.exe’ and select ‘Run as administrator’ to load it. Restart your system for changes to take effect.