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Windows 7: Windows does not boot anymore - winload.exe could not be loaded

30 Nov 2011   #41
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
you have done nothing wrong!
situation now:
  1. you have a MBR which has code that jumps to linux partition and loads grub from it.
  2. GRUB list menu items like win7 and linux. In grub is win7 defined as an item to start from hd(0,0) [sort of] and "chainloader +1". So it runs bootsector from C-partition which is bootmgr the windows 7 bootloader
  3. it read the bcd store (bcdedit /enum all lists the contents)
What you can do as a test:
bcdedit /create /d “Linux this is just a description” /application BOOTSECTOR


BCDEdit will return an alphanumeric identifier for this entry that I will refer to as {ID} in the remaining steps. You’ll need to replace {ID} by the actual returned identifier. An example of {ID} is {d7294d4e-9837-11de-99ac-f3f3a79e3e93}. Write down ID somehwere. Next, let’s specify which partition hosts a copy of the linux.bin file:
bcdedit /set {ID} device partition=c:


The path to our linux.bin file:
bcdedit /set {ID} path \linux.bin


An entry to the displayed menu at boot time:
bcdedit /displayorder {ID} /addlast


and finally, let’s specify how long the menu choices will be displayed:
bcdedit /timeout 5
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now try to boot and select win7. linux is displayed in windows bootmanager? you can start it? most likely grub shows again but there you can select linux. Is this true?
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bcdedit /delete {ID}
and linux is gone from windows boot menu. So it's save to test
So C:\linux.bin is an important file to chainload to linux grub form windows bootmgr.

You know now:
  • How to add linux entry to windows bootmgr. So it jumps to grub
  • You already knew how win7 is added to grub. Actually it jumps to windows bootmgr. ubuntu did automatically? Can't help you with that. This is not linux forum
so you can jump from grub to bootmgr to grub to bootmgr etc. MBR decides what the mainloader is. BOOTREC /FIXMBR in Recovery Environment (or BOOTSECT /NT60 C: /MBR [/FORCE]) makes windows bootmanager the default. Startup Repair makes MBR the default windows manager!

You decide what to do


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30 Nov 2011   #42
Arc

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Hi Greg,

Something there is beyond my understanding which the op said in the post Windows does not boot anymore - winload.exe could not be loaded . The MBR may be corrupted, Windows may not be booted from the HDD, but is this a known behavior for a repair disk ? Asking you, coz you have the most huge experience in this field.

I also thought like the way you are thinking, it is to remove grub at first, so suggested startup repair. The OP failed to run it.
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30 Nov 2011   #43
Kaktussoft

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Hi Arc,

He downloaded an ISO and the download was corrupt. He burned the corrupt ISO to CD. And of course the CD had errors as well.
File: \Windows\system32\boot\winload.exe

Status: 0xC0000001 => which means winload.exe not found or corrupt. This problem seams also to occur when booting from FAT32 partition
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30 Nov 2011   #44
Kaktussoft

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To all: The system is booting fine to win7 and linux!
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30 Nov 2011   #45
gregrocker

 

Hi Arc -

I would rely on Startup Repair to sort any boot issues since it automates all commands and fixes. The Repair CD is either good or not - if not burn another.

I missed his edit tagged onto an 8 hour old post that Last Known Good Config has now caused Win7 to boot. I don't know about Ubuntu but if it needs to be on the same HD his best bet is to follow Barman's advice here to Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7
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01 Dec 2011   #46
silverangel

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Quote:
I would rely on Startup Repair to sort any boot issues since it automates all commands and fixes. The Repair CD is either good or not - if not burn another.
Yes, but once again, it was neither a matter of burning problem, nor a problem of bad link. That being said, I thought I could rely on Linux in case of problems, which is not the case...

Quote:
I missed his edit tagged onto an 8 hour old post that Last Known Good Config has now caused Windows 7 to boot.
Well actually I edited my post 18 minutes after having posted it, because I didn't see there had been a reply (I refreshed the page and did not see there was a new page; usually forum pages contain more posts). This is why I reposted a new message after that refering to this editing. But whatever...
I gues I can mark the thread as solved now.


Kaktussoft, I tried your commands, and they all executed with succes, but when I select Linux in the Windows boot manager, I only get a black screen with a twikling underscore. Other boots are ok (windows and linux directly via grub).
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01 Dec 2011   #47
Kaktussoft

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Quote:
Kaktussoft, I tried your commands, and they all executed with succes, but when I select Linux in the Windows boot manager, I only get a black screen with a twikling underscore. Other boots are ok (windows and linux directly via grub).
bcdedit /delete {id of linux}

and the linux listing is gone.
finally you solved the problem
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04 Oct 2014   #48
gui78120

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits
 
 
Re: Windows does not boot anymore - winload.exe could not be loaded

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