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Windows 7: Won't boot without the DVD

16 Jan 2009   #1
Kor

Windows 7
 
 
Won't boot without the DVD

OK, this feels a bit stupid but I can't seem to get W7 to boot without the DVD in the drive. Without it I get NTLDR is missing etc etc. I have 2 Sata drives, one with XP on it and the other clean apart from an install of W7.

I've arranged the boot order so that it tries to boot the W7 drive first but to no avail. Is there something obvious I'm doing wrong?

When I give up and finally boot with the DVD in start up takes roughly 7 minutes. It all seems pretty strange. Once it's running all is fine, haven't had one issue or error yet.

AMD Phenom 9500
ATI Radeon 4870
4gig ram
2 HDD

Any ideas anyone?


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16 Jan 2009   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Kor, welcome to Se7en Forums.

Do you have both Windows 7 and XP listed on the boot menu?

Can you still boot into XP?

Which OS did you install last?












Later Ted
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16 Jan 2009   #3
Kor

Windows 7
 
 

Well I have the boot menu options only once I have the DVD in the drive. I don't get anywhere near them without it in, it just gives me the NTLDR.

My options are W7 or "An older version of windows". XP still boots.

W7 was installed last.
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16 Jan 2009   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.

Is that the "official" beta ISO d'led from MS, then burned to disk; or did it come from another source. It could be a bad version, also try re-burning it.















Later Ted
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16 Jan 2009   #5
Kor

Windows 7
 
 

Official beta from MS.

Ok had a play around with it and got some odd results.

If I leave the DVD out I get NTLDR.
If I then restart with it in I get the boot menu
If I start W7 from the boot menu with the DVD in startup takes around 6-9 minutes.

BUT

This time I started up with the DVD in.
Got the boot menu up.
Took out the DVD.
W7 started in about 20 seconds.

Very puzzling.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2009   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Try booting to the Windows 7 disk and see if doing a repair will help.


















Later Ted
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2009   #7
Kor

Windows 7
 
 

Well the repair sorted it. Thanks

It apparently didn't find any errors, but it booted fine right away.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2009   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Kor.


I'm glad you've found a solution that works for you.















Later Ted
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