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Windows 7: Computer won't boot to Windows 7 pro - have tried everything

04 Jan 2012   #21


i'm back into the PW cd, but there's nothing clearly identified as the Windows 7 partition, so i'm working with the largest partition. nothing's lettered or id'd. there's no grey border or anything else i can "grab". i tried right clicking the only NTFS partition i show and move/resize and tried to increase the partition size manually. on the screen, the numbers would transfer from "unallocated space before" to the "partition," but after i was done, it wouldn't keep it. did you look at the photo i posted? does it look like i have the correct software version??

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04 Jan 2012   #22
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rightclick on the partition to Explore. Do you see the Windows folder, your data?

Was this the Windows 7 partition? Did you delete it or do any partitioning that makes it questionable that it's there? Where else would it be?
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04 Jan 2012   #23


explore is grayed out on both the NTFS and unallocated. i can see all my data if i go in with the command prompt and use "dos" to look. i haven't done anything to the partition or deleted it or any of that. i will be honest and say that the computer was handed over to me in this state, so i do not know if the owner tried any of that, but i doubt he would know how to do it. he may have tried to do a repair out of curiosity and instinct....
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04 Jan 2012   #24
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When you rightclick on Windows 7 partition to Resize, a pop-up box appears. On the drive map, you will see the left border of the partition and the unallocated space to it's left. Grab the left border with your mouse by left clicking to hold, then drag that border to the left. OK, then Apply. No one has had a problem doing this before.

Every version of PW after 5.2 will Resize Primary into Logical free space. But if not try rightclicking the empty space to Delete Volume first.
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04 Jan 2012   #25


hmmmm...i finally seem to have gotten it to work, but it was not as you described it. first, the unallocated space was not there. second, the nfts partition was already to the left, so i could not drag it any more to the left. thirdly, i had to sort of drag it in to the right, down to the used space portion of the partition, then drag the whole bar to the left, then i opened up the right edge and dragged that all the way to the right and it made it one complete partition. let me try these other things now.

btw....delete was grayed out on the unallocated space
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04 Jan 2012   #26


well, we got through it! i ran the windows recover disk and the windows 7 partition was finally listed and it went into an automatic scan/repair before i even did anything. i am now back online, but the only thing is that it only did an auto repair once and after that, it was working.
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04 Jan 2012   #27


can you help me determine what triggered this nightmare?
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04 Jan 2012   #28
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Did you run Rebuild MBR from PW Disk before trying Startup Repair again? I'm just asking.

It is hard to say what caused the Repair to finally work. Was the installation detected earlier to repair? Did you note what was reported in the Repair details?

Since we are dealing with the boot sector here, I thought it might be important to resize Windows 7 back over it. This was only a hunch and may or may not have had an effect. Sometimes resizing Windows 7 over the boot sector requires Repairs so we know it can matter. If the installation only showed up to repair after that then it likely contributed.

Here are troubleshooting steps you can use to monitor your System resources for problems, check logs for repeat errors to resolve, generate a System Health Report, test hardware if ever indicated, etc.

I would also immediately scan your system with Belarc Advisor to audit the installed Product Keys including that of Windows 7, in case you need to reinstall. After determining if Windows 7 is running fine, also save a backup image which can reimage your HD in 20 minutes if Windows 7 ever becomes irreparable. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

You can mark the thread solved at top.
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04 Jan 2012   #29


I hope that I am not confused, But by reading trough all of this one of your main concerns was not having a product code for win seven, I do not know if anything else was suggested to find the product code, You may want to try this link and is free, I have used this before and works on all Windows OS and Office and other programs. Just download the free version: KeyFinder | Magical Jelly Bean

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04 Jan 2012   #30

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"system volume is corrupt" .
SEL PARTITION #X (#X is partition number)
SEL VOL #X (#X is volume number)

This tells you a lot of info!! If it's healthy or corrupt for example
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