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Windows 7: I ruined my OS' BCD by using EasyBCD

18 Jun 2012   #1
Theforgot3n1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit OS
 
 
I ruined my OS' BCD by using EasyBCD

Hello all.
So I tried to fix a game by attempting to increase my UserVA. After looking around I tried EasyBCD. It made no sense for me and I tried random stuff and then shut it down. The next day my computer cannot startup and I get the error "The Windows Boot Configuration Data file does not contain a valid OS entry. It tells me that I must insert my Windows 7 Installation Disc and click "Repair Computer".
Here's the problem: 1.) I do not have that disc. 2.) I will lose everything on my hard drive...

Please is there any way to fix this without losing all the work? I've heard rumors of the legendary "System Recovery Partition". What is that?

Thank you... Posting from my brothers computer by the way.


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18 Jun 2012   #2
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

What did you do exactly with EasyBCD? Genarally we use this application to move Bootmgr to C:\. Did you do that? If yes, then using a Partition Manager Boot Disk like Acronis Disk Director Suite or Partition Wizard you might try to make the C Drive an active primary partition. This would perhaps enable you to boot properly.

If you did not do this and left the job half done then perhaps you have to do the same to your System Reserved Partition. It would help immensely if you posted a screen-shot of your Hard Disk. But perhaps you cannot, being unable to boot.
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19 Jun 2012   #3
Theforgot3n1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit OS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wanchoo View Post
What did you do exactly with EasyBCD? Genarally we use this application to move Bootmgr to C:\. Did you do that? If yes, then using a Partition Manager Boot Disk like Acronis Disk Director Suite or Partition Wizard you might try to make the C Drive an active primary partition. This would perhaps enable you to boot properly.

If you did not do this and left the job half done then perhaps you have to do the same to your System Reserved Partition. It would help immensely if you posted a screen-shot of your Hard Disk. But perhaps you cannot, being unable to boot.
Uhm, okay step-wise.
I don't know exactly what I did, but I did make a new entry (no idea what else). I remember doing something with the Partition in BCD deployment as well. I only have one hard-disk(C:/), so I might have moved it. But as of now, there is no way for me to modify my computer thanks to it being completely shut down. Can only act when I enter a DVD/CD.

How do I post a screen-shot of my Hard Disk? Do you want to know what name it has or?
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19 Jun 2012   #4
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

All that you have to do is to take a look at the Hard Disk with the Partition Wizard Boot Disk and most probably set your System Reserved Partition as active because I suspect that when tinkering with EasyBCD you have set the C Partition as active.

If you can do that it is well and good but if you can't then you can easily make a W 7 Installation Disk. Just download an ISO image of W 7 Ultimate 32-bit (your version) from Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life and burn it on a DVD to produce the disk in question. You can then use it to repair your computer.

Good luck to you either way.
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19 Jun 2012   #5
Theforgot3n1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit OS
 
 

Quote:
All that you have to do is to take a look at the Hard Disk with the Partition Wizard Boot Disk and most probably set your System Reserved Partition as active because I suspect that when tinkering with EasyBCD you have set the C Partition as active.

If you can do that it is well and good but if you can't then you can easily make a W 7 Installation Disk. Just download an ISO image of W 7 Ultimate 32-bit (your version) from Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life and burn it on a DVD to produce the disk in question. You can then use it to repair your computer.

Good luck to you either way.
I see. Please let me hold you for just a few questions more!
First, where can I get ahold of a Partition Wizard Boot Disk? Also, by "take a look" I assume you mean I should start the computer with the disk inside, and then do the rest?

Lastly, if I do the latter procedure to repair my computer, will I really lose everything on the hard disk? :-/

Thankz!
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19 Jun 2012   #6
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

As for Partition Wizard Boot Disk, you have to download Partition Wizard Boot CD, which is a free application, as an ISO image from the Net. Read at Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD that tells you how to use the Boot CD and provides a link to download it from the Net. Yes by "take a look" I mean pop the Disk in the Tray and start the Computer.

As for the latter procedure, it would only make available to you a W 7 Installation DVD to use any which way you want. You may Repair Computer in which case the data shouldn't get wiped out or clean install W 7 in which case the data would get wiped out.

Please be assured that your activity is totally legal and in the event you want to carry out a clean install you can use the Product Key that you already possess to activate the OS.
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19 Jun 2012   #7
Theforgot3n1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit OS
 
 

Last problem then. At the link you gave me where I could install Windows 7 Installation, there existed only 64-bit and 86-bit bit. Can I use 64-bit for 32-bit?

(Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life)
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19 Jun 2012   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

x86 = 32 bit, x64 = 64 bit.

If you want to install 32 bit, then use the x86 ISO.

Regards,
Golden
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19 Jun 2012   #9
spunk

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, XP Pro SP3, OSX
 
 

Windows 7 x86 is 32 bit Windows. If that doesn't work for you, restart your computer and press F8 continuously, at the Advanced Boot Menu (Safe Mode etc) choose Repair Your Computer. If that fails, it will take you to the RE (Recovery Environment) Here choose Command Prompt and type chkdsk C: /R and press enter. Check Disk will try and repair any file errors.
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19 Jun 2012   #10
Theforgot3n1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit OS
 
 
Das ende!

Alright, I've got it now! I'm thankful for the help and I'll fix this with the suggestions here.
In the most likely case that I won't ask more stuff, I hereby declare this thread [SOLVED].


Oh and in what way does x86 translate to x32? I'm just generally curious. Nothing important if you cba.
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