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Windows 7: BCDedit - can it fix this mess?

21 Nov 2015   #1
teckneeculler

XPPSP3, Win7Ultimate
 
 
BCDedit - can it fix this mess?

Scenario: Unbootable W7 computer (that originally had a dual-boot setup)

To cut a VERY long story short, the attachment shows what I see after I run a W7 Recovery disc and get Admin access to BCDEdit via the command line.

As you'll see from the attached .doc (Word 2003) file, the CMD title screen shows 'Administrator: x:windows\system32\cmd.exe'.

At the bottom, the prompt shows 'x:windows\system32>'. So, 'X'. Why is that?

If I remove the Repair Disc and reboot I get the message:
BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart.

Anyone able to help me with editing BCDEdit to solve this situation?

Cheers :-)




Attached Files
File Type: doc CG0 BCD data2.doc (42.5 KB, 13 views)
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21 Nov 2015   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Have you got a Win 7 Installation Disk? If so you should try a Startup Repair
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21 Nov 2015   #3
teckneeculler

XPPSP3, Win7Ultimate
 
 

Yes, bigmck, I have a W7 disc but for some reason it's not offering Startup Repair. I've never had much luck with that option, with any XP, Vista, Win2K or W7 system I've tried to repair that way. Only seems to come up randomly and not as a matter of certainty.

As I said, I can get a Command Line screen, so it looks like my best option is bcdedit. However, I've studied a number of webpages that appear to offer bcdedit tutorials and they're mostly paraphrasing Microsoft geek-speak. I'm hoping that someone who's actually and personally used the system (and doesn't just want to send me links to more geek-speak sites) can comment on how to correct the settings I've shown in the attached doc.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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21 Nov 2015   #4
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

In my other post, click on the blue Startup Repair and you will get instructions for doing it. You need to be sure and run it three times as the Tutorial says. Let me know what happens after that.
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22 Nov 2015   #5
teckneeculler

XPPSP3, Win7Ultimate
 
 

Yep, you were right, bigmck, it worked.

When I said I'd never made Startup Repair work, I was referring to the option you get on Windows install discs, which is called Startup Recovery or something like that. Chancy whether you get the option or not, I found.

But with this current problem, I'd already tried Startup Repair several times before my original post and nothing happened. After that I tried chkdsk /f on someone else's urging, and then sfc /scannow, so maybe I jarred something loose in those processes. It's running OK now.

FYI, the whole thing started when I tried using EasyBCD to remove XP from an old dual-boot setup. But before I could blink, the W7 startup went south as well, and nobody at NeoSmart (a misnomer IMHO) seemed to know how to fix it.

So I used MiniTool Partition Manager (Tech version) to remove the XP partition and that left me where I was when I first posted.

Thanks again :-)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2015   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Glad I could help.
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