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Windows 7: Windows 7 - Status:0xc0000098 AND Win7 Installer/Repair disc wont run

29 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
Windows 7 - Status:0xc0000098 AND Win7 Installer/Repair disc wont run


I had windows xp professional 32 bit installed on my PC. I then wanted to test out Ubuntu so I installed the newest version of that on my PC. I was able to dual boot into both. Then I decided I wanted to go with Windows 7 so I installed Windows 7. All was well except I wanted to remove Ubuntu. I was following a tutorial and using Easy BCD I removed the boot loader for all of the Operating Systems.

Now when I boot my PC I am greeted with the Windows Boot Manager telling me

File: /Boot/BCD
Status: 0xc0000098
Info: The Windows Boot Configuration Data file does not contain a valid OS entry.

I have tried using my Windows 7 installation disc, a Windows 7 repair disc and also a Windows 7 USB installation and neither will run. I have gone into BIOS to ensure that the boot device order is cdrom when using the discs and usb for the usb.

I have no files on my PC so there is nothing there for me to lose. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm guessing there are some bios tweaks that I am unaware of.

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31 Oct 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64


I'm unclear what you want to do now:

If its to attempt to fix the Windows bootloader, read this:
MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

If its to wipe your HDD and reinstall Windows 7, read this:
Clean Install Windows 7

Both require you to boot from DVD or USB, so read your manual to find out what steps are required to place these first in the boot order.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32bit

I was able to solve the problem. Thanks for the reply though. This thread can be deleted/closed.
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10 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 I think 64 bit idk its 2gb ram tho

dedonk i have the same problem how did you fix it??
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10 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


Boot into Windows 7 DVD System Recovery Options or Windows 7 System Repair Disk to Mark Win7 or it's 100mb System Reserved Partition (preferred if you have it) Active.

Then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 starts and it's boot partition holds the System Active flags.

If this fails when System Reserved partition is marked Active, move the Active flag to Win7 partition itself and then try the 3 repairs again.

Be aware that sometimes GRUB can corrupt Windows 7 beyond repair when on the same HD. If problems persist I would delete it completely and then for any future Linux Dual Boots use separate HD's booted only via BIOS, or Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums.

If all else fails it may be necessary to wipe the boot sector of interfering code using Diskpart Clean Command before Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which steps are same for retail.
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