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Windows 7: Booting Error, MBR and Bootrec Related, Uninstalled Ubuntu Linux 11.04

29 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)
 
 
Booting Error, MBR and Bootrec Related, Uninstalled Ubuntu Linux 11.04

Basically, I followed this guide on uninstalling Linux 11.04 but here's a short version:
  1. Deleted Linux Partitions in Windows 7
  2. Popped in Windows 7 Upgrade Disk (Recovery Options)
  3. Went to the Command Prompt and typed the following things in:
    1. bootrec /fixmbr
    2. bootrec /fixboot (DID NOT WORK)
    3. It gave me an error stating "The volume does not contain a recognizable filesystem. etc.."

And now it always takes me to some MemoryTest program, something I noticed that was one of the options when I was using the Grub Boot Division (Purple) but I never paid any attention to it. Now that I deleted the Ubuntu partitions the grub no longer comes on and now I don't even see the error ever since I ran the "bootrec /fixmbr" command.

After a couple of hours of googling, I decided to use the command prompt via Windows 7 HPU Disc to figure out what was going on. I was able to jump into DISKPART and I've attached what I have at the moment, perhaps someone more knowledgeable than me can actually help me out. The 350GB Partition is the one that has Windows 7 installed onto it.

Also, I have the capability to use my HDD as an external and plugged it in and all my information is there, perhaps you guys can show me a method that will allow me to get it back up and running. Windows 7 doesn't boot at all, I get some Memory Diagnostic Utility.

The Windows 7 Home Premium I'm using was a fresh install via an Upgrade Disc, the key was used so I don't know if I can use it again, otherwise I would just take the information out and do a fresh install of it right now. Btw, I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 built in December of 2007 and it originally came with (32-Bit) Windows Vista, so I no longer have the option to go back to it either.



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29 Sep 2011   #2

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP
 
 

With diskpart make NTFS 350 GB partition active.

Run DVD - 'Automatic Repair'.
The first run should do. If errors do a second run.

Manually you have only to write a Windows 7 MBR and a Partition Boot Record
on your E: drive (NTFS). 'bootsect.exe' can do the manual step.
(check exact syntax for command - system drive is default, specify windows folder as e:\windows)
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29 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)
 
 
Re: Automatic Repair

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boyans View Post
With diskpart make NTFS 350 GB partition active.

Run DVD - 'Automatic Repair'.
The first run should do. If errors do a second run.

Manually you have only to write a Windows 7 MBR and a Partition Boot Record
on your E: drive (NTFS). 'bootsect.exe' can do the manual step.
(check exact syntax for command - system drive is default, specify windows folder as e:\windows)
Well, I tried the automatic repair and it seemed like it work during the first time around but then it just sent me to the Memory Diagnostic Utility. I tried it a second time and it sent me there again.

I was wondering, is there a simple way to swap the letters of the two partitions? Active? Perhaps, you can link me to something of a glossary/guide that can help me do that. I'm not really sure exactly how to do that.

Thanks for all your help though, at least we are getting somewhere!
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29 Sep 2011   #4

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP
 
 

Using diskpart type help - this will list available commands and how to get help for a selected command.
You have to type:
1. select disk 0 - (first disk)
2. select partition 2 - (list partitions to be sure that number 2 is the 350 GB NTFS part.)
3. active - (this marks the selected part. as active)

That's all for diskpart.

The same for bootsect.exe - type bootsect /help to see syntax.

bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boyans View Post
Using diskpart type help - this will list available commands and how to get help for a selected command.
You have to type:
1. select disk 0 - (first disk)
2. select partition 2 - (list partitions to be sure that number 2 is the 350 GB NTFS part.)
3. active - (this marks the selected part. as active)

That's all for diskpart.

The same for bootsect.exe - type bootsect /help to see syntax.

bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr
Thanks a lot, is the very last part important? I was able to get mine running without it? This old laptop cut out just above it.
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29 Sep 2011   #6

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP
 
 

The last part writes a Partition Boot Record and a Master Boot Record.

Happy booting !
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29 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)
 
 

Thanks a bunch pal, really helped out. I was just about to research how to make a partition active in DOS when you posted that! Saved me much needed time!
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29 Sep 2011   #8

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP
 
 

Glad to help.
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