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Windows 7: Deleted System Partition Win7 Now It Wont Boot. Please Help.


09 Oct 2011   #1
PharaohOner

Windows 7, 64 bit
 
 
Deleted System Partition Win7 Now It Wont Boot. Please Help.

So.. I was trying to get a dual boot setup of Win7 and Ubuntu where I had 1 partition for Win7, another for Ubuntu, and a third neutral partition accessible from either OS where I would house all of my data. The problem is, my computer already had 3 partitions set up: Win7, the system boot partition, and one called PQService. Because I could not find a tutorial to delete pqservice, I decided to delete my system partition, even though this seemed a little more risky (apparently it was lol.) I used this tutorial: TeraByte Unlimited Knowledge Base to copy the boot files to the windows partition and delete it. I then booted into a Live CD of Ubuntu, and used Gparted to move my win7 partition in order to get rid of the 100MB of unallocated hard drive space. I then attempted to restart my computer into Windows and i got an error saying that windows could not boot because of some recent hardware changes.
Is there anyway I could get back into windows without reinstalling it? Do I need to figure out some way to restore my System partition? Is there someway I could get windows to boot without doing either of those?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.





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09 Oct 2011   #2
Beta

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 and Mac OS X 10.8.3
 
 

Try doing a repair using the installation disk.
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09 Oct 2011   #3
PharaohOner

Windows 7, 64 bit
 
 

i dont think i have an installation disk.. are there any alternatives?
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09 Oct 2011   #4
Beta

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 and Mac OS X 10.8.3
 
 

Nope. You need the disk. You can not mess with that 100 mb partion.
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09 Oct 2011   #5
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

I'm not completely sure if I should mention this on the forum, but through the proper channels you can find a system recovery .iso available for download and burn it to a cd. I've had to resort to this once while on the road after having a minor mishap.
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10 Oct 2011   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD, rightclick WIn7 partition to Modify>Set to Active, OK. Then click on the WIn7 HD to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, OK. Apply both steps.

Reboot to see if Win7 will start. IF not you need the Win7 DVD or REpair CD to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to write the System boot files to Win7 partition.

Even then, sometimes Linux GRUB bootloader corrupts Win7 beyond repair, so you may be faced with reinstalling Win7 using the manufacturer's Factory Recovery partition hotkey at boot, Recovery Disks if you made them or order them, or find a Win7 installation DVD to clean reinstall Win7 with Product Key on COA sticker: Reinstalling Windows 7

You can rescue your files using DVD/Repair CD this way: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console or using free Paragon Rescue CD.
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10 Oct 2011   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PharaohOner View Post
i dont think i have an installation disk.. are there any alternatives?
You never attempt major system operations without having a installation disc handy. That's your chance of recovery.
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12 Oct 2011   #8
Quixotic

 

The reason why you received an “Error Message” when you attempted to reboot back into your Windows 7 Installation, containing in part that there was a “Hardware Change”, is that you inappropriately moved the “Windows Installation Partition” so that it was in a totally different location on the HDD WITHOUT making the corresponding entry change in the “Partition Table” AND Master Boot Record – which is 'read' as a “Hardware Change”! Neither the “Win7 Installation” DVD, or any of the 'common' 'Rescue Boot CD/DVDs' is able to make a 'Repair'!
If you correctly carried out the “Part 1 – Copy the Booting Files and Configure the Windows 7 Partition for Booting” of the Terabyte Unlimited Tutorial “How To remove the Windows 7 System Reserved Partition” is dependent on whether or not your now “Non Bootable Win7 Partition” is 'recoverable', as is the Strategy for 'Recovery!
Would you please answer the following two questions?
Am I correct in assuming that your PC is a SATA System?
Do you have Valuable Data, which you would like to Recover if your Win7 Partition proves unrecoverable?
Please understand that there is NO guarantee of 'success'!
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12 Oct 2011   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Follow the steps I gave above which have successfully helped hundreds of users repair Win7 when the SysReserved partition is damaged or removed.

These methods were largely developed here since Win7 release and not at some website we've never heard of.
System Reserved Partition - Delete
System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management
System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot

OP was also given a way to recover his files using Paragon Rescue CD or the Win7 DVD or Repair CD which he will need if Partition Wizard is not able to Rebuild MBR once Win7 partition is marked Active.

Using PW CD was offered only because OP has no Win7 or Repair disk, although he needs one going forward: System Repair Disc - Create
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