Germ-x you are correct. I did only get the repair dvd.. not the installation dvd..and yes i was using the dell factory recovery..that was what I was originally using to wipe the system but apparently messed up.. I do not have a vista installation dvd. when I try to install it from the recovery dvd I burned.. I type in my product key for vista which luckly is still readable on the bottom of the Pc. I also do not have an image recovery disk :( i do not know why I never made one for this computer as I have for my others.
Rpaprocki.... I have tried going to the repair my computer and going into the command prompt. and i used the execution bootrec/fixboot and it said it was done successfully but when i restarted. It still gave the bootmgr is missing message. I am going to look at your links and try the other commands and let you know the outcome shortly.
Second question, if none of this works.. I am running Windows7 on this asus that Im using now. again. i dont have the installation dvd. but since I bought the computer and legally have windows7 is there a way I could but it onto the other one? I dont want to do anything illegal Im just not sure if I am allowed to or not. I would like to think that it is the same way with office, pay once and get to use the key 3 times.
thanks in advance for all of the help everyone. I truely appreicate it.