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Windows 7: Windows 7 boot issue with master boot record


23 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Windows 7 boot issue with master boot record

Hello,

My Old hard drive has Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit installed on it. I purchased the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade
and ran the upgrade. Removed the Vista hard drive, and can not start Windows 7.
Only issue on this system, I have upgraded two other systems without any problem.
SSD with Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade on it, Hard drive with Windows Vista Ultimate on it.

Error Loading operating system.

Insert Windows 7 setup disk, eventually choose command prompt, then ran bootrec.

It came up with four choices: /FixBoot, /FixMBR, /ScanOs, and /RebuildBcd

Vista drive is removed from the system.

bootrec /ScanOs shows:
successfully scanned windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 2
[1] D:\Windows
[2] D:\Windows.old.000\Windows
The operation completed successfully

bootrec /fixmbr
The operation completed successfully

bootrec /FixBoot
Element not found

bootrec /RebuildBcd
Total identified Windows installations: 2
[1] D:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
[2] D:\Windows.old.000\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
Element not found

Reinserted the Vista hard drive, then did a bootrec /scanOs
[1] E:\Windows
[2] C:\Windows
[3] E:\Windows.old.000\Windows

bootrec /RebuildBcd
Total identified Windows installations: 3
[1] E:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
[2] C:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
[2] E:\Windows.old.000\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes(Y)/No(N)/All(A): Choose Y
Element not found

Reboot, then the prompt appears to select two Windows 7 and one Windows Vista.
From this point, If I choose the second Windows 7, I can get my Windows 7 to start.
Likewise, if I choose Vista, Vista starts.

What do I need to do to get Windows 7 to boot up without the vista disk installed?

Thank you.


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23 Jun 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try this:
Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
or
As your HD set up is about the same, have look at my post here:
Follow this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)
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23 Jun 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Always unplug all other HD's when installing or reinstalling an OS.

To resolve the problem Mark the Windows 7 or it's 100mb System Reserved Partition Active

then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times

No repair will not work if the target boot partition is not marked Active. EasyBCD cannot be run from boot nor does it complete the job like Startup Repair since you'll no longer have Repair console on Advanced Boot Options
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23 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Booted with Windows 7 install disk.
Choose the Repair link
--One.jpg--
Select Use recovery tools… and click Next
--Two.jpg--
Select Startup Repair.
--Three.jpg--
When repair done, selected the details link.
--Four.jpg--
--Five.jpg--
--Six.jpg--
--Seven.jpg--

Output from EaseUS Partition Master.
Unable to change the Type from Logical to Primary on the SSD. C drive is Windows Vista, F drive is my data disk, and E drive is the SSD Windows 7 drive.
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23 Jun 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

I just got through repeating twice that you must mark C partition Active and that it will not repair if you don't mark C partition Active. Did you see my post?

All other HD's must be unplugged during any install or repair. Unplug all but C, mark it Active and run 3 Startup Repairs. If you didn't make it worse running the XP-era bootrec/sect commands it should start within 3 separate Startup Repairs.

Don't forget to mark Windows 7 partition Active!
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23 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I had to have the Windows Vista hard drive in during the installation of Window 7 Home Premium 64bit - update package.

I was unable to set the partition active, see attachment.

I did have the other hard drives unplugged when I ran Startup Repair.

Attachment for Disk Management also provided. Note the Disk 3, which is unallocated, and will not verify.
Quote:
[IMG]f:\Capture1.jpg[/IMG]


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24 Jun 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

The problem is that you installed Windows 7 from C which locked out that drive letter so Windows 7 couldn't use it as it always does when correctly installed by booting the installer.

However you could not have written, and cannot write the System boot files to the SSD Windows 7 installation because it is inexplicably formatted a Logical data partition, which no OS can boot from. Primary partitions are for OS's, Logical are for data.

I suggest you unplug all other HD's to correctly Clean Install Windows 7 by booting the installer, deleting all partitions using the Drive Options shown in Step 7, then creating and Formatting new which will automatically be Primary for the install.

If you don't wish to do this and can tolerate having Windows 7 on E (which no one else wants) then you can boot free Partition Wizard CD to convert E to Primary as shown in How to set partition as Primary or Logical, followed by seting E Active as shown in How to Set Active/Inactive partition -Partition Wizard Video Help.

Then unplug all other HD's and run 3 separate Startup Repairs until E starts up and holds the System Active flags. If you need to then boot Vista plug it back in and use the BIOS boot menu key at boot.
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