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15 Nov 2012  

Windows XP


Thanks for the rapid reply.

Yes, I followed all the steps - got rid of bootmgr from the root of e:, then ran repair from proper win 7 disk (system is home premium 64), rebooted and got the exact same message. Very annoying, since this has apparently worked for others.

Here may be a clue. Getting rid of bootmgr was not easy. It gave me an "access denied" msg even when trying to change the attributes, so I had to boot from a linux CD to get at that file. This is a Dell machine, and perhaps has a special version of Win 7. I am trying to avoid wiping the disk and reinstalling Win 7, but that is what I will have to do unless you can give me something else to try. By the way, I have also tried the bootcfg command to no avail.

Do you think the file winload.exe is actually bad? Could it simply be replaced with a copy from another Win7 home prem 64 installation? Would it be worth trying?
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