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Windows 7: BCD error trying to boot from upgrade DVD

19 Jun 2011   #1
simon1955

XP 32 bit SP3
 
 
BCD error trying to boot from upgrade DVD

Hi,

I'm trying to do a clean install of Win 7 Prof 64 bit on my PC using a student upgrade DVD . My current OS is 32 bit XP and I have checked my system compatibility with the Windows Advisor, which says I'm good for 64 bit. Every time I try and boot from the upgrade DVD to start the process, I get a Windows Boot Manager error: File \Boot\BCD Status OxC000000e Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data. Any ideas?

Regards, Simon


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19 Jun 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

The disk doesn't appear to be booting. Set it correctly in BIOS to boot first, or use the one-time BIOS boot menu key given on first screen. How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

If you're not given a prompt then to "Press any key..." then burn another DVD from confirmed ISO image file using ImgBurn at 4x speed, or write ISO to flash stick to try install, booting under USB or HD's: Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool - Windows 7 Forums
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19 Jun 2011   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello simon1955, welcome to Seven Forums!


It may be necessary to do a complete wipe of the Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive to completely over-write the XP installation and then start the Windows 7 installation process again, have a look at Step One of the Optimize tutorial below; after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, then boot the Windows 7 installation media to do the wipe secure erase to the HDD / SSD and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Whether you use diskpart to run either the clean all command to completely wipe a HDD / SSD or just the clean command to remove the format configuration data and don't use diskpart to create at least a single partition to do the installation to, letting the Windows installer do the format, the new Windows 7 System Reserved partition will be automatically issued, if you want to make your own decision whether this partition is added, study these two (2) options below.
  • If you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
  • If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the clean all then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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20 Jun 2011   #4
simon1955

XP 32 bit SP3
 
 
Looks like a mobo issue

Thanks for the replies guys. Since my initial post I have done some more research and tried a couple of things. I updated the bios - no difference. I burned a bootable copy of the DVD with Imgburn, then instead of the BCD error, I got a Code 5 error. I tried making a bootable floppy from Gujin - that just created a (different) repeating error code. After more forum browsing I've concluded the issue is with my AsRock mobo - reported as incompatible with Win 7 (or at least Win 7 installation DVD boot sectors) despite what Windows Advisor tells me. Unfortunately there is no Win 7 update package for the mobo on the AsRock website, just Vista.
I think I will stick with XP for now and scope a replacement mobo that can use the 4Gb of DDRII RAM I just bought, and will allow me to install Win 7 from the upgrade DVD
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20 Jun 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.


Too bad mate, be sure to post back here when you have an update.
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20 Jun 2011   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Easy enough, boot a Vista recovery disc - when it has loaded, take it out. Put the 7 dvd in - browse to setup.exe on the 7 dvd and run it.
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20 Jun 2011   #7
gregrocker

 

Or try running Windows 7 install DVD from XP to see what happens.

Sometimes when Win7 will not install from boot you can run it's installer from XP to overwrite the XP installation and take the C letter, too.
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20 Jun 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Or try running Win7 install DVD from XP to see what happens.

If it gets run from XP it won't get the C: drive letter and that may cause issues when installing progs/apps that are hard-coded to 'look' for C: on install.

Not to mention you often get either of these errors, especially the top one.
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20 Jun 2011   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Are there apps like that still around BFK ?

I only have one installation with drive letter C - the others are different - never had an issue installing anything.
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20 Jun 2011   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

YMMV eh mate.


The one I'd be concerned with is the <Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl .exe . file error, I've been able to correct the HAL error a time or two but not the other one without a complete reinstall of XP.
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