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Windows 7: Windows failed to start: File: boot/bcd

20 Nov 2012   #1

windows 7 pro 32 bit
Windows failed to start: File: boot/bcd

I have a computer I am trying to refurbish. The old hard drive failed. I purchased a new hard drive. The CD/DVD player on the computer does not work, but I am able to boot from a USB. I was able to install Ubuntu from USB with no problems and now have a new copy of windows 7, 32 bit (computer is also 32 bit). I have tried to boot from the windows copy on the USB drive using many different tutorials as well as using the windows USB/DVD download tool.
Each time I boot from the usb stick, a screen comes up that says windows failed to start. It says it may be due to a hardware problem.

All other solutions to this involve using the recovery CDs or partition which I am not able to because the CD/DVD drive is broken, and I would like to not have to buy another one.

Please, any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Nov 2012   #2

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

Maybe your win 7 iso is corrupted or otherwise screwed up.

This tutorial contains links to clean iso files, links to a tutorial on placing that on a USB stick, and some other info on installation.

Are you sure that the specs of that PC are good enough for Win 7 (as ubuntu runs on more or less anything)? If unsure please post them and someone will tell you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Nov 2012   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Give this a try, it's from Microsoft.
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Download - Microsoft Windows
If it passes please install your system specs using this.
System Info - See Your System Specs
or this
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Nov 2012   #4


Back up your files, unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup to enable Legacy BIOS if present. Next check BIOS Boot order for an EFI Boot Disk: remove it, set DVD drive first to boot, HD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

SEL DIS 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=102400 (for 100gb partition, adjust as desired)

Next click Install Now to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.
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