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Windows 7: Repair F8 Repair Your Computer Option

12 Aug 2012   #21
gregrocker

 

It may not even need three Repairs. The boot files on there may be perfectly fine and ready to boot Win7 now. If it boots on its own after one or two repairs, check F8 to see if Recovery options are present. Or did you say they already are?

Now if you're really lucky, this will also restore Recovery link so it boots.


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12 Aug 2012   #22
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Well I was able to convert C: to primary & set it as active. The issue now is that when it boots I get BOOTMGR IS MISSING PRESS CTRL+ALT+DELETE TO CONTINUE. The only way I can get it to boot is by hitting Alt+F10...Do I need to restore MBR again. This other forum says to try to rebuild BCD. What do I do from here??
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12 Aug 2012   #23
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

So I'm in my Windows 7 OS but, I could only get it to boot by hitting Alt+F10. Odd much.
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12 Aug 2012   #24
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Okay update. I ran another Startup Repair & it is now booting properly.
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12 Aug 2012   #25
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Update. I was able to access F8 tools, choose Repair Your Computer & am now running a factory restore as we speak.
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12 Aug 2012   #26
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Hello Harvey -

Wow, you and gregrocker need some sleep!

Regards,
GEWB
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12 Aug 2012   #27
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Haha. Hello GEWB. It's working now. Alt+F10 still isn't working. Trying a restore from eRecovery once logged into Windows 7 just reboots the computer & doesn't continue a restore process so, there is still a hotlinking issue but, the F8 function worked just fine. Any weigh-ins?
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12 Aug 2012   #28
gregrocker

 

I left you this morning at the point where you had marked System Reserved partition Active and were running the three Repairs, reporting some success.

Then you jumped to marking C Active instead and inquired why it got the Bootmgr Is Missing error, This is because C had never had the System boot files written to it so needed the three Repairs, whereas System Reserved apparently already had them.

So I am wondering why you moved the Active flag from System Reserved to C when you were having some success with it on the System Reserved partition which is where it belongs on a System with the SysReserved partition which is only used to boot Win7.

It makes it very strange that you then got not only F8 Tools menu, but those tools apparently had Factory Recovery link on them. You did report you ran Factory Recovery, correct? And this is how you ran it, from F8?

If you run Factory Recovery from the HD and not from Disks then it cannot reimage or repair its own partition so this may be why it's hotlink is not running now.

It would be very interesting to see a Disk Mgmt screenshot now. Recovery likely marked itself Active to run so I wonder if it returned the Active flag to System Reserved when it reimaged that and C partition.

Time will tell on performance, but you always have the other options to order Recovery Disks to reimage the entire HD, or do the superior Clean Reinstall.
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12 Aug 2012   #29
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I marked C: as active because I thought you said that's what to do. I guess I should've doubled checked first but, after a Startup Repair, it remarked System Reserved as active & C: with active.

Yes factory restore from F8 works now but, Alt+F10 hotlink & in OS eRecovery still doesn't work. Hitting Alt+F10 does nothing & in OS eRecovery just restarts the computer. It doesn't initiate the factory restore process. Very odd indeed. But, are you saying I can still potentially properly have the HD re-imaged if I made a set of backup discs?


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12 Aug 2012   #30
gregrocker

 

If Factory Recovery was on F8 System Recovery Options then I dont' think it also has the Atl + F10 hotlink to run Recovery. Check the Manual on the Support Downloads webpage for your exact model.

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