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Windows 7: Windows 7 won't boot after format and clean install

02 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Windows 7 won't boot after format and clean install

Hi All

Another one...I just formatted my C-Drive and installed a fresh copy of windows 7 ultimate on it. After restart, I got the following screen - See image attached. Now Windows can't boot at all. I tried using a system repair disk but it doesn't work. I doubt if it is a hardware problem, since I can access the boot menu and its options, but as I said, running the repair disk fails, I keep on getting that screen when it restarts.

Any ideas? Can it be my MBR that is screwed? What options do I have available?

Thank you very much!



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02 Jul 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi Dave,

Is this an OEM or Retail Windows 7? Have you tried rebooting a few times? Do any BIOS POST messages display during bootup, or does it proceed direcdtly to these characters?

Regards,
Golden
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02 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Hi Golden. Thank for the answer. It is retail windows 7. Nope, no messages displayed. It boots up normally, no POST issues and just before the windows loading screen, it displays that pretty matrix reloaded screen.
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02 Jul 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Mmm. Has to be asked mate, sorry : is the source of the Windows 7 DVD trustworthy?

Regards,
Golden
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02 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Yes, well it is not mine, it's my friend's disc, but it is a geniune windows cd. Why do you ask? Doe this happen with cracked versions of windows or what?
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02 Jul 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi,

Its just a hunch - that behaviour I haven't seen before, although it could be for other reasons too. It shouldn't matter if its a friends disk, as long as its completely, 100% trustworthy (ie. not a downalod from a warez site, or a torrent). What matters is that the key you plan to activate with is genuine.

Try and do a fresh install, and see if the problem still occurs.

Regards,
Golden
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02 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Ok thanks, will try that and let you know.
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02 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try repairing the Boot Config Data, I had same problem with my desktop, was defo not a disk issue. Sometimes if you've changed the BIOS settings or made a hardware change the BCD becomes corrupt, regardless of trying boot partition recovery and fresh install nothing worked.

Put in the install DVD, open up a command prompt from "Control, Shift + F10" Then run:

Bootrec /fixMBR
then
Bootrec /fixboot

or, if that doesn't work, also run
then
Bootrec /rebuildbcd

hope this helps
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02 Jul 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

All of the repair commands along with many other needed tests and fixes are automated in Windows 7 Startup Repair.

Work though these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot.

You can't overlook the possiblity of infection although it seems possible it is an untrustworthy installer.

How are you activating Windows 7? If this is factory preinstalled Windows 7 I would use the latest official installer to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 although the same steps will also give you a perfect reinstall for retail, too.
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02 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
All of the repair commands along with many other needed tests and fixes are automated in Windows 7 Startup Repair.
They are indeed kind sir, BUT, they did not work for my system, if the OS, Boot partition or both are corrupt, startup repair does not always function correctly and is either unable to resolve the issue (in which it notifies you) or it does not fix it, event though it states it has. I find startup repair to be most useful when you have created the repair disk itself and ran from that as it has OS specific information.
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