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Windows 7: Windows 7 only boots from cd

29 Oct 2012   #1
Butchhardwell

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Windows 7 only boots from cd

Hello all. I'm new to this forum and to Win 7. Recently I loaded Win 7 on to this machine as a new install. I built the computer from ground up and everything is new. I have built other machines in the past but this is the first with Win 7. I installed from DVD R/W with no problems. On reboot I received a blank screen with blnking curser in upper left hand corner. On the next reboot I sellected F8 which gave me selections of which drive to boot from (BIOS is set to SATA 1). I chose the DVD R/W and the machine booted with no problems. Everything works fine except I have to boot from the install disk in the DVD R/W. I have searched through the postings here and other places on the net and havn't found anything that quite discribes this problem. The HDD was new and unused (no prervious OS). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance,

Butch H


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29 Oct 2012   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try a startup repair:
How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7
Startup Repair
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29 Oct 2012   #3
Butchhardwell

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks Theog for the reply. I ran the startup repair and no issues were detected. When I looked at the log I noticed these listings: System Disk= \Device\Hard disk0, Windows directory= D:\Windows. In System Information Boot Device is listed as \Device\Harddiskvolume1. Don't know if this is important or not.

Thanks,
Butch H.
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29 Oct 2012   #4
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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On the next reboot I sellected F8 which gave me selections of which drive to boot from (BIOS is set to SATA 1). I chose the DVD R/W and the machine booted with no problems.
Why did you choose to boot from the DVD instead of BIOS/ Hard Drive?
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29 Oct 2012   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

If you can boot into windows from the dvd post us a shot of disk management.
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29 Oct 2012   #6
Butchhardwell

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Jacee, The BIOS was set to default to the SATA HDD on reboot. On the first reboot the SATA HDD was selected and I received the blank screen with the blinking curser. I tried rebooting several times to the HDD with the same result. That is when I decided to try the DVD drive and it worked.
Thanks,
Butch H.
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29 Oct 2012   #7
Butchhardwell

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I'll try again


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29 Oct 2012   #8
Butchhardwell

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

-disk-mgt.gifOk I have tried again to upload a screen shot of disk management. If you need more let me know.
Thanks,
Butch H.


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29 Oct 2012   #9
Butchhardwell

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Sorry for the double post. Now I understand how this works.

Thanks,
Butch H.
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29 Oct 2012   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

The configuration is correct. However I would boot into BIOS setup and set the HD first to boot.

Does it still require having the DVD in the drive for Win7 to start? If so run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times no matter what it reports.

If that fails, back up your files and wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command to clear the boot sector, then follow the same steps in Clean Reinstall to make sure drivers are being handled correctly.
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