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Windows 7: Make Windows 7 Bootable Drive

08 Oct 2010   #1
sandriderman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Make Windows 7 Bootable Drive

Hi

I have been trying to solve the following problem for a few days now but I am finding it difficult to find the answer.

When I installed windows 7 64 Ultimate I set up a multiboot machine from within Vista, I installed windows 7 and Ubuntu on separate hard drives (one HD per OS). The boot menu is on the Vista drive. All drives are SATA.

I soon formatted the Ubuntu drive and removed the option to boot to it.

My Vista OS no longer boots, it just hangs whilst loading so I want to format that drive now and just use Windows 7. However, I have tried removing all the hard drives apart from the windows 7 one and I find that this will not boot.

I would like to make the windows 7 drive bootable but I am not sure how to do this.

I have tried removing all the HD’s apart from the none booting windows 7 HD and putting in the Windows 7 disk and carrying out the option to repair start up (not sure exactly what this was called) several times but this does not make any difference. It just prompts me to restart the machine and boots again from the DVD.

Sorry if this has been asked before, if it has perhaps someone could point me in the direction to the thread.


Kind regards


Martin


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08 Oct 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sandriderman View Post
Hi

I have been trying to solve the following problem for a few days now but I am finding it difficult to find the answer.

When I installed windows 7 64 Ultimate I set up a multiboot machine from within Vista, I installed windows 7 and Ubuntu on separate hard drives (one HD per OS). The boot menu is on the Vista drive. All drives are SATA.

I soon formatted the Ubuntu drive and removed the option to boot to it.

My Vista OS no longer boots, it just hangs whilst loading so I want to format that drive now and just use Windows 7. However, I have tried removing all the hard drives apart from the windows 7 one and I find that this will not boot.

I would like to make the windows 7 drive bootable but I am not sure how to do this.

I have tried removing all the HDs apart from the none booting windows 7 HD and putting in the Windows 7 disk and carrying out the option to repair start up (not sure exactly what this was called) several times but this does not make any difference. It just prompts me to restart the machine and boots again from the DVD.

Sorry if this has been asked before, if it has perhaps someone could point me in the direction to the thread.


Kind regards


Martin

Martin hi and welcome


I assume the order was vista, Ubuntu, and win 7. Some of the boot files in win 7 were installed either in vista, or ubuntu. TYhere was (and might still be) a hidden folder called boot.

You will need to do a win 7 repair install which will fix it. Instructions in our tutorial section.;


Ken J
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08 Oct 2010   #3
sandriderman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, the sequence was Vista, Ubuntu and 7.

Will check the tutorial section and give it a go.

Many thanks

Martin
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08 Oct 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello sandriderman, welcome to Seven Forums!



Leave only the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that has Windows 7 connected and mark W_7 partition as active and do the startup repairs with the restarts to get it booting on its own out-lined in this tutorial at the link below.
Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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08 Oct 2010   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Partition - Mark as Active first

If marking Active then running Startup Repair from booted DVD 3 times doesn't work, then please plug all drives back in and post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map using Snipping Tools in Start Menu.
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08 Oct 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

It's all covered in my tutorial, Option One from within Windows and Option Two if you can't get into Windows.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post

Leave only the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that has Windows 7 connected and mark W_7 partition as active and do the startup repairs with the restarts to get it booting on its own out-lined in this tutorial at the link below.
Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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09 Oct 2010   #7
sandriderman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, the tutorial worked. Really easy (although I only had to run the repair 2 times).

Kind regards

Martin
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09 Oct 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again Martin.



Good to see you have it booting and thanks for the update.
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