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Windows 7: Win 7 64bit - Boot files missing, what to do?

25 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Win 7 64bit - Boot files missing, what to do?

I have a small SSD (60GB) on which I had Windows 7 installed. On another drive (1TB internal HD) I had another Windows 7 installation. It was mainly the 1TB installation I chose at boot time.

I wiped the SSD and installed Ubuntu onto it. I set up grub, boot loader, to boot the HD Windows 7 installation which I still have. I can't get Windows to boot.

Auto-repair, from the Windows 7 disc, doesn't work (run 3 times at least). Copying the boot files, from the repair CD, onto the HD doesn't do the trick - it partly boots up into what it thinks is a windows repair partition. I also tried creating another 100 mb partition on the HD and putting the boot files there, including winload.exe. No luck. Perhaps this partition has to be at the start of the HD?

What should I be doing?

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26 Apr 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


This is why all other HD's should be unplugged during an install, especially when GRUB is involved so that it doesn't corrupt Windows 7. You should boot the chosen HD using the BIOS Boot menu to avoid GRUB corruption.

For now, unplug all other HD's except Windows 7 and run the Repairs given here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot - Windows 7 Forums, in particular How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows
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