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Windows 7: Help! I'm Stuck Can't Boot my Windows 7 Laptop

31 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
 
 
Help! I'm Stuck Can't Boot my Windows 7 Laptop

Hello,

I did a clean install of Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit on my laptop. It booted well and I thought of changing the harddrive letters. After shutdown the laptop could not load windows again. Going through the process to revive it I found out that the harddrive order changed making the back up drive to be drive C:. I am now stuck and cannot find a way around this.
Kindly help as I have data which I had already moved back & i wouldn't want to lose it.

Thank you.

Monsbob.

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31 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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31 May 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you have a External HD, you could copy & paste your data.
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console



Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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31 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
 
 

@Bill2.. I had tried it earlier took a long time but without success. @Theog.. I am running the startup repair again.
Thank you all.
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31 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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31 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
 
 

@Bill2.. I had tried bootrec earlier but it doesn't hurt to try again with the guidance of the page. I'll Keep you posted.
It hasn't finished the startup repair. Thank you sir.
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31 May 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

After changing the drive letters, did you change the BIOS boot order? If you did, change it back to what it was originally before you messed with the drive letters. How did you change the drive letters and why? Normally windows won't let you change the drive letter of the drive/partition it's installed too, so changing drive letters won't normally prevent you from booting up into windows.
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31 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
 
 

@Alphanumeric i didn't change anything else. Actually I didn't change drive C:. I was changing the DVD drive and the backUp drive as the DVD was appearing before the backup & I normally prefer it the other way. I do not know how the backup took the palce of the OS drive.
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31 May 2011   #9

Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
 
 

@Theog.. I have tried the startup repair 5 times without success.
@Bill2.. trying the bootrec process is not successful as when I input 'bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup' it says
'The store export operation has failed.
The system cannot find the file specified.'
Anyone please help!
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31 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Can you get into safe mode by any chance? You could then try this.

Need to change a drive letter from outside the OS

Otherwise, if you have a Windows 7 install dvd or a system repair disk, you can use diskpart to check whether the windows partition is active and if not mark it active.

Partition - Mark as Active

Alternatively you can use the same diskpart to change drive letters. (be careful)

Hiding or Changing your Drive Letter using DISKPART
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