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Windows 7: Interesting booting issue

15 Aug 2011   #21
lymecore

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I did recreate it, but it failed on the last step, I couldn't make it active. Either way, it probably wouldn't have solved the issue as with the fresh installation it's still present.


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16 Aug 2011   #22
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
There is something wrong with your 100mb System partition which doesn't have normal markings but is labeled "EFI System Partition" as it might have been from the factory.
NO problems with EFI System or FAT, System Reseved partitions.
As the ASUS P8P67 has a EFI BIOS.

Interesting booting issue-fat-system-reserved.png

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lymecore View Post
4) The oddest (is there such a word? :O) thing of all though is that even with Windows uninstalled and my drives removed from my computer I still see the Windows Boot Manager option in my BIOS (although obviously when I tried to boot form it it did not do anything). Is it possible for an OS to integrate itself to the BIOS, therefore to create a relation between them?
YES, As the ASUS P8P67 has a EFI BIOS.
Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

All you needed to do was

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You need to Physically disconnect the HD Disk1.
Make the Windows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.

Than do a startup Repair:
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times


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16 Aug 2011   #23
gregrocker

 

If you deleted and then recreated a 100mb partition NTFS Primary partition it would be perfectly capable of being marked Active. All you had to do is ask back and we would have helped you do it.

Instead you reinstalled but again did not delete the 100mb partition during install so the installer could issue the correct 100mb System Reserved partition as it does when all partitions are deleted by the installer before install.

The concern with your Disk mgmt screenshot before is that the 100mb was an odd ghost partition and no others were marked System showing where the boot files were placed. Is Win7 partition now marked System?

Is the original issue solved?
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16 Aug 2011   #24
lymecore

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@theog I tried disconnecting disk 1 then repairing but it didn't work. I don't see the point in doing that though, that drive has nothing to do with my Windows.

@greg Nope, unfortunately I'm right at where I was before the re-installation. The disk management window looks exactly the same. I DID delete all partitions of my drive before the installation. The current 100MB one is brand new, came with Windows.
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16 Aug 2011   #25
gregrocker

 

You know it came with Windows latest install because it says "System Reserved" instead of EFI? Is it marked System Active as it should be?

Post back a screenshot of the maximized Disk Mgmt map with listings.

Theog has identified the mobo as having a specialized EFI boot partition. If it is not booting Win7 perhaps what it will take to rid it is wiping the HD or using Diskpart "Delete Partition Override" command, as is done with a manufacturer's locked EISA partition which also becomes useless after reinstall.

Is it still interfering with smooth boot by Win7?
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16 Aug 2011   #26
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lymecore View Post
4) The oddest (is there such a word? :O) thing of all though is that even with Windows uninstalled and my drives removed from my computer I still see the Windows Boot Manager option in my BIOS (although obviously when I tried to boot form it it did not do anything). Is it possible for an OS to integrate itself to the BIOS, therefore to create a relation between them?
YES, As the ASUS P8P67 has a EFI BIOS.
Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

All you needed to do was

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You need to Physically disconnect the HD Disk1.
Make the Windows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.

Than do a startup Repair:
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lymecore View Post
@theog I tried disconnecting disk 1 then repairing but it didn't work. I don't see the point in doing that though, that drive has nothing to do with my Windows.


I said to you, you need to Physically disconnect the HD Disk1, to make sure you had no boot problems with the HD.

I did not tell you to delete the EFI BIOS & Windows 7 bootloader partition.

Which will show in Disk Management as a EFI System Partition.

Asus EFI BIOS video
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16 Aug 2011   #27
lymecore

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Interesting booting issue-diskmanagement.jpg


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16 Aug 2011   #28
lymecore

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Once again, I did physically remove the HD Disk1 and the ran a Startup Repair but it didn't do anything. Also, the current installation was actually run with my HD Disk1 physically removed. It has absolutely nothing to do with the issue.
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16 Aug 2011   #29
gregrocker

 

Can you confirm the Boot Menu you described before is still appearing, exactly how it appears and how you respond to it?

The drive map has disappeared off your Disk Mgmt screenshot. See if you can reinstate it on the View tab.

Also click on the 100mb partition to Explore it and post back what it finds - maybe the System boot files are indeed there but not labeled.

When you reboot, tap F8 repeatedly and firmly to see if Repair My Computer is on the Advanced Boot Options and if it is functional.

As this is a very rare situation with this mobo, we will take our time to fully understand it and what your options are to get it booting the way you want.

Theog will hopefully fill us in on what he knows about how to get rid of the annoying boot menu. Others have wiped the HD to clean install Win7 without the EFI partition using Diskpart Clean command from DVD Repair Command Line.

Do you see any settings in BIOS Setup to disable the EFI boot menu?
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16 Aug 2011   #30
lymecore

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

My bad, you got me wrong in the beginning. The boot options which I was talking about are located in my BIOS and Windows Boot Manager is an option to boot from. Windows is only able to run from there even though it should be able to run from the "C: drive" option, my OCZ Agility 3. Once I start-up via the Windows Boot Manager option, there is no window appearing but the OS boots normally, although there is a typing line appearing on the top which probably shouldn't.

Here's a new screenshot:
Interesting booting issue-diskmanagement.png

It does not give me any options on the EFI System Partition. :S

I will try that right now, thanks.


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