BOOTMGR missing/Grub error

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Computer had Linux on, and I wanted a dual boot with Windows. However, when I tried to run an XP installer of USB (laptop with no optical drive), it told me that a dll file was missing. I looked this up online, and apparently it was because there was no existing windows installation.

So, I used GParted to remove all the existing Linux partitions, and make one big ntfs partition (foolish in hindsight)

But now, whenever I try and turn it on or boot off a USB, it gives me the error message

"BOOTMGR is missing.
Please press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart"

I can get into the BIOS, and have excluded the HDD form the Boot list, but the error still appears....

I have tried various USB sticks, and OSs on those sticks (including Ubuntu, Puppy and DSL), but that message still appears.

In desperation, I went into the BIOS settings and reset everything to default values. Now, when I boot, I get a grub error message: "unknown filesystem"; this is likely due to the fact that GParted deleted all the Linux partitions.

So, I would be immensely grateful if anyone could suggest a way to run any OS on the system, I have no important data that needs to be preserved as it's all backed up.
 

web_guru

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That sounds just right, but because the laptop lacks an optical drive, and it refuses to boot xp from usb, I can't follow that tutorial. I think my problem is more to do with not being able to boot from the usb.
 
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