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Windows 7: BOOTMGR image is corrupt. The system cannot boot.

20 Jul 2012   #1

windows 7 professional x64
BOOTMGR image is corrupt. The system cannot boot.

Hi Everybody,

just moved my uncles HDD to a SSD i finally got it to boot no problem and everything seems to be back to normal but a new issue has come up.

every 5th or 6th time i reboot it gives me the BOOTMGR image is corrupt. The system cannot boot error then after i restart go into the BIOS go save to CMOS the system boots as if nothing happened.

so far i have tried:
run startup repair
run bootrec.exe /fixmbr /fixboot and fix bcd commands x4 strangely it says everything is completed but shows 0 windows installs.
reinstalled Win 7
no virues
no spyware

I'm thinking of maybe changing the CMOS battery. Would that help? and also when i go over there tomorrow going to check if the partition is active.

if anyone has any other ideas/solutions I'm more than happy to hear them

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20 Jul 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Wipe the HD of boot code using Diskpart Clean Command before Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 - steps are same for retail.
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21 Jul 2012   #3

windows 7 professional x64

thanks problem is i cant do a reinstall because he wants everything the same way as the original HDD inless there is a way to migrate programs over ?
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21 Jul 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


How did you transfer the image from HD to SSD?

If you have a WD or Seagate HD in the mix, you can use their free Acronis cloning/imaging suite to clone it over along with the Active flag, MBR and Track 1. If not try using free Macrium - Image your system.

Once it's cloned or imaged over, unplug the source HD, if Windows 7 doesnt' boot mark it's 100mb SysReserved (preferred if you have it) or Windows 7 partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

If this fails then try wiping the SSD with Diskpart Clean Command before applying the image.
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