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Windows 7: please don't laugh...

19 Oct 2010   #1

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 
please don't laugh...

Ok, I don't really have an short explanation of how I got to where I am, but here is the gist. Windows prompted me to restart or postpone for an update -I clicked restart and all heck broke loose. Being as I'm a girl in my early 20s, my knowledge of computer leaves much to be desired. Anyways, I'm also cheap and I HAVE to fix my laptop on my own. It's barely a year old and I am not about to give Acer $200 to possibly fix it. So I called Microsoft and they led me through a bunch of steps that led to no fixes, and in the end they told me to reinstall but that led to more problems. For example, when I booted, it told me I was "missing operating system" and all my partitions disappeared (whatever that means).

So after much googling and trying to figure out my pc and super layman's terms, I stumbled on you post (God send!). Before, Windows 7 would stop and give me error code 0x80fe0000
I followed your instructions to the T. I was ready to lose all the information I didn't back up, but anything so I could get my computer life back. But then, it didn't Windows didn't start. I got all the way through Step 9. And it said it completed installation, but Step 10 never came. It just says "no bootable disk --insert disk and press any key"

So I googled some more and people said to go into my BIOS and change the boot order so HDD is first. Well, I don't have HDD listed. The only two with populated options is IDE0 and CD/DVD. I think Windows 7 is installed in there but it's not booting.
When I booted via DVD again, I can get to the repair part and it does list Windows 7 -which before, it didn't list anything.

Help!
I have been 6 days without a pc (aside from this one which I temporarily swiped from a friend) and I have grad school applications I need to work on.

Sorry this is long, but I hope you can help me!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Boot into the DVD, on second screen select "Repair My Computer," see if it offers a repair. If it does, accept it and allow to restart. If it doesn't start, boot back into Repair console, see if it finds an installation to repair, click through to Recovery TOols list to run Startup Repair repeatedly with reboots until it starts. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If it doesnt start within 3 reboots, press Shift F10 at first screen to open a Command Line and make sure Windows 7 partition is marked Active using Diskpart commands given here: Partition - Mark as Active Now try Startup Repair x3 again.

Or download free Partition Wizard bootable CD, boot it to take a camera snap of your drive map with listings to post back here. While there double-check that your Windows 7 partition is marked System Active, and Explore partion to see if files are there. If not Active, rightclick on it to Modify>Set to Active and again run Startup Repair x3. http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

If the repair utility finds an installation to repair, it should start up if it is marked Active and you run Startup Repair three times. If not, copy out your files using this method and we will help you get installed properly: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2010   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

MyPCBroke,

Welcome to SevenForums even if under unpleasant circumstances.

I know that it sounds like a lots of work and some of you fellow students will debunk his advice, but

GREG'S ADVICE IS TO BE FOLLOWED COMPLETELY!

Looking forward to hearing your elated reply.
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19 Oct 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

A couple more questions for you in the meantime.

Did you drop this laptop?

Did you give it a bath?

Do you maybe have the habit of strangling you laptop by sitting in on top of the carrying case? A LAPTOP MUST BREATHE!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mypcbroke View Post
Well, I don't have HDD listed. The only two with populated options is IDE0 and CD/DVD. I think Windows 7 is installed in there but it's not booting.

IDE0 should be your hard drive unless you have more than one installed
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2010   #6

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
A couple more questions for you in the meantime.

Did you drop this laptop?

Did you give it a bath?

Do you maybe have the habit of strangling you laptop by sitting in on top of the carrying case? A LAPTOP MUST BREATHE!
Haha, my laptop is currently being harrassed by me, but otherwise it has lived a healthy life. I haven't dropped it, given it a bath, or sit on it... that would have really broken it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2010   #7

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

We may be a little crazy here at SevenForums, but I believe we have a 999.9% rate of helping users
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

doc,
I like the new avatar. One of these days I'll have to learn how to do those fancy things. Recognize that mine is from the Arizona Haunted House?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2010   #9

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

i agree with kodi. set IDE0 as your first boot device in the BIOS. try that first, since its the easiest solution.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2010   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

if cd is listed first and there isn't a cd in the drive, then the hard disk is next in line. No change needed there.
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