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Windows 7: Can't boot. Is there anything else I can try?

17 Feb 2013   #11
Yippee38

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Yes. I'm sure. However, I thought it was strange that the 100mb partition was missing. I remember looking into whether or not I needed that when I did the install (which wasn't that long ago). And I remember seeing it after the install. Not sure how it could have disappeared since.

I will have to plug Disk 3 in before doing a fresh install in order to install with the User directory on that disk. I've never had any success moving them after the install. However, I will format the disk before I do the re-install.


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17 Feb 2013   #12
gregrocker

 

Please confirm that you unplugged all other HD's during 3 separate Startup Repairs with reboots on the Active partition. Your response is not clear.

There are other last-resort steps here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.
You can even use PW CD to Resize C from the left by 200mb, create a Primary NTFS partition there marked Active, then run the 3 repairs to see if you can construct a System Reserved partition which might start it if the C drive boot files themselves are corrupt beyond repair.
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18 Feb 2013   #13
Yippee38

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Please confirm that you unplugged all other HD's during 3 separate Startup Repairs with reboots on the Active partition. Your response is not clear.
I'm sorry. My system has the Windows/Program Files on disk 1, but the User directory on disk 2. So I disconnected the 3rd drive, but not the 2nd. I assume, and maybe I'm wrong, that Windows 7 will look for the user directory and if it does not find it, it will not start. Either that, or it will create a new user directory on the C: drive, and that would just as bad as it not starting. Do you think it would do that?

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There are other last-resort steps here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.
You can even use PW CD to Resize C from the left by 200mb, create a Primary NTFS partition there marked Active, then run the 3 repairs to see if you can construct a System Reserved partition which might start it if the C drive boot files themselves are corrupt beyond repair.
I did go through that tutorial you linked (somebody suggested it on the other thread I posted about doing a repair install, and I did it based on that). None of that stuff helped.

I might try doing the repartition thing to see if it creates that System Reserved partition.
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18 Feb 2013   #14
gregrocker

 

If Win7 will not repair with the User directory HD connected then unplug it to see what happens during the same 3 separate Startup Repairs.
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19 Feb 2013   #15
Yippee38

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I tried adding the primary, active, NTFS partition before the existing C: drive partition. I then booted using the installation CD and it told me that it needed to repair windows (it was not Startup Repair, but a different window). I chose to "Repair and Reboot". That worked fine. I then rebooted using the same installation Cd and went to repair the install. It searched for the Windows location and found it, but identified the drive as E: rather than C:. I let it go, figuring I could fix the registry later. I got to Systerm Recovery Options and ran Startup Repair. It ran and appeared to do something. However, after rebooting and trying to go into System Repair Options again, it gave me this error message:
"The version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disk that is compatible with this version of Windows."

Her PC has Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit, SP1 and I'm using that disk to repair install. I tried using the stock Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit disk, but that gives the same message. Using your advice found in this thread I went back to Partition Wizard, made that new partition inactive, then active again, then rebuilt the MBR on that drive. Then I went back into the "Repair your computer" and I was able to go back to System Recovery Options, though when it located the Windows installation, it still said it was on the E: drive.

I ran Startup Repair and it again looked like it did something. Reboot and ran it again. This time it said it didn't find any problems. Did it again with the same results. Tried rebooting normally, and Startup Repair came up saying that it could not repair. However, when I went into the command prompt it was showing nothing in C: and all of the normal C: drive stuff in the E: drive. I did a bunch of searching, but have not found anything definitive on how I can correct the drive letter problem. I tried using DISKPART, but when it reboots, it goes back to what it was originally. I also tried Startup Repair three times, but it always comes up saying it didn't find a problem. When I reboot, same problem.

So how can I rename my drives? I think I am going to have to manually edit my registry on my E: drive to fix it, but I can't find anything showing how to do that.
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19 Feb 2013   #16
Yippee38

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

BTW, the option to change drive letters is grayed out for every partion in Partition Wizard.
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19 Feb 2013   #17
Yippee38

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I followed the directions found on this page, using the information found here. My Administrator account has full permissions, but for some reason, the changes to keep. When I reboot, the drive letters go back to what they were before.
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19 Feb 2013   #18
gregrocker

 

Did you mark the SysReserved partition you created Active before running the 3 Repairs? It wont' work otherwise. Drive letters often appear differently in WinRe. You should be asking us as you go if you want best results, rather than wasting all that time and trouble chasing your tail.

Everything that can possibly be done to start Win7 is in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
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19 Feb 2013   #19
Yippee38

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you mark the SysReserved partition you created Active before running the 3 Repairs? It wont' work otherwise. Drive letters often appear differently in WinRe.

Everything that can possibly be done to start Win7 is in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
Yes. The SysReserved partition is marked active. It is NOT marked as a "system" partition though.
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19 Feb 2013   #20
gregrocker

 

It won't have the System flag until the System boot files are written there and its made bootable, which takes up to 3 separate Startup Repairs once it's marked Active.
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