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Windows 7: File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe missing or corrupt


26 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe missing or corrupt

I'm trying to repair my cousin's laptop. It's lenovo X120e Windows 7. I think it's 32-bit version of windows. The laptop is a netbook so there is no cd/dvd drive so I'm loading the Windows 7 disks through flash drive or usb method to use the Windows 7 repair. I tried using the startup repair but it would not repair the problem.

First Problem:

Code:
File:  \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
I tried using this solution How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows, but now I got this problem.


The problem that resulted from using the solution above.

Code:
File:  \Boot\BCD
 
Status: 0xc000000f
  
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
Now when I try to load the windows 7 disk using the usb method, no operating system or drives show in the repair section. It's blank. So I don't what to do next so any help is appreciated. Thanks.





My System SpecsSystem Spec
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26 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Try going through the steps outlined in Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery to get (hopefully) uncorrupted versions of the files onto the system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7
 
 

I followed what you suggested but I got stuck on STEP #14. I found out that the system is windows 7 64-bit. I don't have those folders/files...

Code:
RegBack (which is a folder)
DEFAULT
SAM
SECURITY
SOFTWARE
SYSTEM
I only have Journal, RegBack, systemprofile, and TxR.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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26 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JSGhost View Post
I followed what you suggested but I got stuck on STEP #14. I found out that the system is windows 7 64-bit. I don't have those folders/files...

Code:
RegBack (which is a folder)
DEFAULT
SAM
SECURITY
SOFTWARE
SYSTEM
I only have Journal, RegBack, systemprofile, and TxR.
It shouldn't matter which version you have. I have the same files/folders as in that config folder on my x64 system (see the image). If you do not have those files/folders, you won't be able to go through the steps to fix it that way. You may have to do a clean install to fix the problem after backing up the files to an external drive using the recovery options for Windows 7 to use the command prompt to get your important files copied over. Edit: If there is a recover partition, that is another option for resetting the computer back to factory settings.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Were you able to repair your system using the startup repair loop link? Let us know if you need any help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Oh sorry. Forgot to reply back. The link helped, but I was unable to log into the system. I posted on lenovo's forum website for help and I just decided to reformat the system. I just used a windows 7 iso to reformat the drive and reinstall windows 7 professional x64. I just input the key with the laptop and just used the manufacturer's website for the drivers and software for the laptop. Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

You're welcome. Glad you were able to finish troubleshooting and get your system back. Thanks for posting back your steps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2013   #8

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

If any one of them are 0 bytes, then you should stop what you're doing now and seek an alternative method of recovering your system, because Windows cannot function with a 0-byte size registry hive.

Step 13 II can you help me please
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