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Windows 7: Element not found.

10 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 ultimate
Element not found.

I have been trying to install mac os x on my windows 7 pc for a while now with no success. I created the recovery disks and backed up all my data incase something bad happened.

Neway the problem happened when I was in the mac install window and was formatting my partition to journaled. I tried to proceed with the mac installation but it said mac cannot be installed on this computer.....restart or restore.

This message had appeared in the past but I restarted and changed the bios settings back to optimised defaults and ran the recovery disk and everything was ok.

However this time I restarted and the recovery disk couldn't find an os to boot from so I restarted several times and still no joy.

I thought It may be something to do with marking my partition as active so I ran the command prompt and ran disk part where I marked the partition as inactive and deleted it.

After hours of googling for a solution and trying all the bootrec commands I just keep getting the same error message Element not found.

Is there anything I can do to recover windows? What could be the problem? After all I didn't get far with trying to install mac and my primary portion wasn't altered in the formatting.

I hope someone can help me with this then maybe point me in the right direction for installing mac.

Thank you in advance

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10 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Work through all of the boot repair commands in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot so you know you've done everything, leading up to if necessary running Factory Recovery or Clean Reinstall.
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11 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 ultimate

ive done all the boot commands and nothing. i cant find my windows cd so ill try restoring factory settings cheers for the help
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11 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 ultimate

solved it when messing about in diskpart i deactivated the bootloader
ran diskpart
list disk
select disk n
list partition select partition n (small one around 100mb)
restarted and done!
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