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Windows 7: Boot Manager Error (Not sure if this is technically a BSOD)

25 Dec 2012   #11
Arc

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Startup repair deals with the 100 MB hidden system partition only, usually it does not do anything in the C drive. Sometimes it does, an automates SFC/Scannow, but in that case it takes much more time to be completed than that you told. Moreover, SFC deals with the system files only, Chrome etc are not windows system files, so those are totally untouched by this process. So in general, this issue should not be recovered by a startup repair, logically.

That situation you described may occur due to various reasons. Such an issue+startup failure leads to the smell of a malware, so I suggested those tests. If you take those tests right now, it will harm nothing at all. But its success or failure will give some idea about the situation.


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25 Dec 2012   #12
alkajak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Scan the system for possible virus infection.
WDO First, then TDSSKiller. Let us know the results.


As this computer is not working properly, you may make the WDO disc/ Flash drive in another computer.
WDO: Found OpenCandy Adware. Nothing else.
TDSSKiller: 0 threats.
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26 Dec 2012   #13
Arc

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Is the problem occurring still?
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26 Dec 2012   #14
alkajak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Is the problem occurring still?
Yes it is.
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26 Dec 2012   #15
alkajak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Boot Manager Error again just now.
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26 Dec 2012   #16
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Hello there!

Try to rebuild the MBR it may fix the problem, follow this article MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Seems like there are a couple of activation failure errors in the log Windows license activation failed. Error 0x80070005. Is your Windows retail version or OEM? Because I have seen this most commonly in Volume Activation. Disconnect any USB devices when you reboot the system even your USB Hard drive.
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26 Dec 2012   #17
alkajak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Capt.Jack Sparrow View Post
Hello there!

Try to rebuild the MBR it may fix the problem, follow this article MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Seems like there are a couple of activation failure errors in the log Windows license activation failed. Error 0x80070005. Is your Windows retail version or OEM? Because I have seen this most commonly in Volume Activation. Disconnect any USB devices when you reboot the system even your USB Hard drive.
So after I follow the instructions in that link, reboot my system with all USBs unplugged? Does this include mouse and keyboard? Also my Windows is retail, not OEM. I have a custom desktop, so I have no OEM OS.
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26 Dec 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

How many in your long list of drivers you installed overrode the drivers WIn7 provided in the installer and via optional WIndows Updates? This can be trouble.

If Shyam's suggestion to rebuild MBR doesn't solve your issue then I would start over and follow the best practices shown in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 (same for retail) to get a perfect baseline install which will be easier to troubleshoot having not overridden WIn7 driver choices.

In addition your boot problem can be caused by conflicting code in the boot sector, so before reinstall I would wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean Command
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27 Dec 2012   #19
alkajak

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
How many in your long list of drivers you installed overrode the drivers WIn7 provided in the installer and via optional WIndows Updates? This can be trouble.

If Shyam's suggestion to rebuild MBR doesn't solve your issue then I would start over and follow the best practices shown in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 (same for retail) to get a perfect baseline install which will be easier to troubleshoot having not overridden WIn7 driver choices.

In addition your boot problem can be caused by conflicting code in the boot sector, so before reinstall I would wipe the HD using Diskpart Clean Command
Out of the list, I overrode none of them. I only downloaded drivers externally from the ones I didn't download from windows updates.

I will try MBR, a disk clean and then another reformat and see if the problem is solved. If I reformat, do you recommend that I stay away from downloading drivers outside of windows updates? My problem is that I have a custom desktop, so I don't have designated updates based on the brand or website of my computer. I have to do all of them manually. If anything, I just want to update the important drivers as most of them are 2 years old once I reformat.
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27 Dec 2012   #20
gregrocker

 

Win7 delivers newer and missing drivers it wants via Windows Updates. These drivers should have preference unless performance problems point to one specifically.

In WIn8 you don't even interact with drivers - it's all done in the background. These improvements were developed in Win7.

I did not suggest you "format" if rebuilding the MBR doesn't help your boot problem. Formatting is a nearly-insignificant step which would be done by the installer even if you forgot it. I suggested you wipe the HD of code to clear the boot sector before reinstalling correctly this time.

Read the tutorials provided and feel free to ask back any questions.
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