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Windows 7: Cannot boot or repair Windows 7 x64; error 0xc0000225

29 Sep 2012   #11
Klonoa

Windows 7 Home Prem x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You have an EFI BIOS which means you must boot into it to repair the same way as to reinstall, shown here: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums
Thanks again Greg. This is starting to make a little sense to me now, finally, so hopefully we're on the right track.

Furthermore, when I looked at the contents of the first partition (SYSTEM) in Partition Wizard I saw that there were a lot of efi files (as well as efi.mui files) and my BIOS screen looks the same as what is on the page you linked.

So I'll work thru this stuff and see what I can figure out/try/etc.

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On the other front, I was wondering if I should try to make the Windows Recovery USB from within Linux on the very same computer, if that would make it different because my old laptop runs 32-bit Vista. In either case, I think the EFI thing is the reason all the other ones I tried failed? Does that make sense and if so do you think you could point me in the right direction for burning a recovery CD which will actually work for my laptop?

Thanks again for your time and help!


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29 Sep 2012   #12
Klonoa

Windows 7 Home Prem x64
 
 

After several days, I solved the problem!

I will explain for the benefit of anyone who might have a similar problem in the future and finds this thread.

I followed all of the steps up to 6 on this page:
Prepare an usb thumb drive, to boot windows 7 in U... - Lenovo Community

The only difference was that 'Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool' did not result in a bootable USB, so I made it with a different program and proceeded with the rest of the directions and it resulted in a version of Windows 7 x64 on the USB which my EFI laptop approved of. Finally.

I used my old Windows Vista x32 system to make the bootable USB, so it did not need to be done on a x64 system, as I had read in several places.

So… after step 6, I tried the USB again and this time when I clicked to repair I received no error — it found the problem and that did the trick, one click, really easy.

Anyway thanks so much your help, every little bit helped me become educated enough to find the solution!

Cheers.
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29 Sep 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

Thanks for reporting back. So you didn't need to boot into EFI using the same procedure as for installation to run Repairs?

Was this Startup Repair?

Do you remember how many passes it required or what it found exactly?
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29 Sep 2012   #14
Klonoa

Windows 7 Home Prem x64
 
 

I am a little confused and I am not sure how to answer, so I'll just explain more clearly what the entire procedure was:

I turned on the PC and as usual it went directly to the 0xc0000225 error screen. Same as always, if I had a bootable USB inserted and clicked enter it would boot to whatever was in the USB and this time was no exception.

In the past when it failed it was because I always received an error which stated I was using the wrong version. The difference was this time I went through all of those steps in the above link to make this Windows USB 'EFI friendly'.

The error always came up when I clicked to repair Windows. This time when I cleared that part I was so happy because it was uncharted territory! I did not make note of exactly what it said, but it basically told me that it detected a problem with boot or startup and asked me if I wanted to fix it. I clicked yes or confirmed or something and then it took care if itself. I never touched anything else until it booted my Windows installation (in the same state as it was before the fiasco).

It did not require multiple attempts or passes. There was no further notifications from Windows. If it generated a log file or something and you can tell me how to find it, I'll check it out. But it was basically one click and I was back in business.
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29 Sep 2012   #15
gregrocker

 

Good news. Thanks for the follow up.

It seems the Lenovo link shows another method to boot into EFI to run Repairs. We'll need to keep it on hand.
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29 Sep 2012   #16
Klonoa

Windows 7 Home Prem x64
 
 

Yeh it's totally crazy how complicated it was to find this info and how complicated the procedure itself was because in the end the fix seemed so simple.

Hopefully this info can at least save someone else from hours or days of frustration in the future.

Thanks again for the help and knowledge. :)
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18 Nov 2012   #17
highstream

Win 7 Home Premium and Win XP/SP3 Home 32 bit (desktop); Win 7 x64 Home Premium (laptop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Klonoa View Post
After several days, I solved the problem!

I will explain for the benefit of anyone who might have a similar problem in the future and finds this thread.

The only difference was that 'Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool' did not result in a bootable USB, so I made it with a different program and proceeded with the rest of the directions and it resulted in a version of Windows 7 x64 on the USB which my EFI laptop approved of. Finally.

Cheers.
What program did you use to create the bootable stick? I've got the same exact error on a Zenbook Prime UX21A. Mine came about on the reboot after partioning C drive with EaseUs.

After finishing step 6, I tried the USB stick. At some point I clicked Exit and that started Windows loading. However, "Repair your computer" returns the same incompatible version error. Any ideas?
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18 Nov 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

The steps given are for Lenovo and may not be the same for Asus. Read your Manual on the model's Support Downloads webpage.

For repairs are you using an installer with SP1 or a Repair CD made after SP1 was installed, on an OS which should already have SP1 installed?

What I would do is get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 while bypassing EFI mode in BIOS setup by enabling Legacy BIOS, removing EFI boot disk from Boot Order, then wiping the HD with Diskpart Clean Command to clear the GPT formatting and reinstall.

If you want the preinstalled bloatware then I'd boot in to run Factory Recovery if the Repair cannot be made to work. The standard key to tap to trigger Asus Recovery is F8, then Repair, then Recovery. But your model may be different so consult the Manual.
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18 Nov 2012   #19
highstream

Win 7 Home Premium and Win XP/SP3 Home 32 bit (desktop); Win 7 x64 Home Premium (laptop)
 
 

Thanks for the link and suggestions. In post 12 from the OP, the Lenovo instructions were what he used for the same laptop as mine - Zenbook Prime UX21A (i5).

On the phone with MS Signature tech support this morning, Diskpart Clean didn't clear the GPT. Nothing did, not even reformatting. Which is why after a considerable time trying various ideas, I suggested that they just send another one. They agreed. I bought this laptop through the MS Store, which means under the Signature program that they go through it and get rid of the bloatware (except some MS stuff that I don't need). http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...osoftSignature.
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18 Nov 2012   #20
gregrocker

 

You might try the command "Convert MBR" after Clean command, although Clean should be enough.
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