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Windows 7: Windows 7 Recovery - (Bootrec.exe 0 Windows Installations found)

15 Sep 2013   #1

Windows XP Pro 32bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
Windows 7 Recovery - (Bootrec.exe 0 Windows Installations found)

Please if someone knows the answer to this question or if anyone has any experience in this problem. Can someone guide me - I am not much of an windows expert.

The problem started, with a never ending loop of restarts - after I put the computer to sleep mode. I regret doing that but it was no use since the problem started. So to do a quick fix I plugged in my Windows XP recovery disk and did the following - chkdsk /r, chkdsk, fixboot, fixmbr. And doing this - I made a temporary fix as I was able to boot into Windows XP but while booting I got this msg. Invalid boot.ini (Booting from C:/Windows)

So Next I tried using my Windows 7 recovery disk to do /fixboot, /fixmbr and when I was typing in /rebuildbcd this came out - No Windows Installation found (0 Windows Installation Found). So what must I do.?

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15 Sep 2013   #2

Windows XP Pro 32bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

I have Windows XP and Windows 7. My main OS that I use for my daily use is Windows 7 so it's recovery is vital to me.

So let me be more clear and precise to get more accurate help. I have 2 hard disks - one is of 250 Gb which has 4 partitions - C: D: E: F: (XP is in C:/ partition) and my second hard disk is of 1 TB and it has 3 Partitions - J: K: L: (Windows 7 is in J: ) it was set in dual boot setup. I was able to boot into XP because I used my Windows XP recovery disk to stop my computer from eternal rebooting loop. I used the fixboot command and others as mentioned above from the XP recovery console and temporarily fixed it as now I can boot into XP for the time being but I really need to use my Windows 7 because that is what I use for my daily work. Additional NOTES - Everytime I boot into Windows XP I get this message (Invalid boot.ini booting from C:/Windows) I know I can fix that by using bootcfg /rebuild but like I said, Windows 7 is what I need not Windows XP.
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15 Sep 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP


Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot which try everything possible to start the OS leading up to if necessary rescuiing your files to run Factory Recovery or do the vastly superior Clean Reinstall.
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16 Sep 2013   #4

Windows XP Pro 32bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

I will go and do the steps you have mentioned if there is no other way but for now I want to know -

"When I plugged in my Windows 7 Recovery USB and I used the command prompt from the Recovery options- Upon opening Command Prompt and doing the following /fixmbr - Completed /fixboot - Completed but when I did /rebuildBCD - It said 0 Windows Installations found, What must I do - My Windows 7 is installed in J:/ Partition on my Second Hard Disk of 1TB

I know there is a way to backup the old bcd and rename it to bcd.old or something and than creating a new one but how should I do those steps. On all the tutorials - they explain using the C: partition but my Windows 7 is in J: partition and my XP is in C: partition so all those tutorials are confusing me I am not an expert in these things - So how should I fix that.
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16 Sep 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


Since XP will start let's try to repair Windows 7 and at the same time reconfigure the Dual Boot by running Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

First confirm the Active partition using Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two).
If Xp was installed first then it probably holds the System Boot files along with the Active flag. Run the repairs with the Active flag there first.

If it refuses to start to a working Dual Boot menu, or Windows 7 won't start on its own, then move the Active flag to Windows 7 partition and run the repairs again, up to 3 times no matter what it reports.

If this fails, use Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console to browse into the XP partition and copy the Windows 7 boot files boot, bootmgr and bootsect.bak to Windows 7 partition to run the Repairs again making sure the Active flag remains on Windows 7 partition.

If Windows 7 starts you may need to install EasyBCD to add XP back to the Dual Boot menu, even have to delete it first to recreate it if it's not working.

If it won't start then you can either work through the other steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start or skip to the reinstall on the Windows 7 partition, which should reconfigure the Dual Boot with XP. Rescue your files first, then during Steps 7 and 8 in Clean Install Windows 7 delete the Windows 7 partition to create and format a new one for install.

It shows in the tutorial how to see a graphic picture of your Disk Mgmt using Partition Wizard bootable CD which can also mark partitions Active for you. If you do this, or can access Disk Mgmt in XP, it would help us a lot to help you if you can post back a camera snap or a screenshot of the full Disk Mgmt drive map and listings. Screenshot with Paint in XP
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16 Sep 2013   #6

Windows XP Pro 32bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Sorry for the delayed reply also I forgot to mention - I am very grateful to you for helping me out with this problem. This thing has been killing me and somehow I must get access to my Windows 7. It would be great if we can fix this without the need to format and reinstall but should the situation be already worser than what it is now - I am willing to do a Fresh Clean Install under your guidance.

Before I get on with the steps you have listed - You requested to see my Disk Management so you could help me out even better. Here it is - I did the print screen method since I am able to use XP without any problem.

Windows 7 Recovery - (Bootrec.exe 0 Windows Installations found)-disk-management-windows-.jpg

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16 Sep 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP


If XP is running here is what I would try:

In XP Disk Management Mark XP Partition Active , then boot the Windows 7 installer or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will repair the Dual Boot which now has the System boot files on the XP partition.

If this fails then in XP Disk Management mark Windows 7 partition Active: Partition - Mark as Active . If necessary you can also do this from the boot disk as shown in Option Two. The Active partitions should now be XP and Windows 7, as you can have one on each HD.

Power down to unplug all except the Windows 7 HD, then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to write the System Boot files to Windows 7 so it boots itself. Once it starts it should be labeled System, too.

Now set preferred HD first to boot in BIOS setup, boot the other HD using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. If this is not satisfactory, install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to Windows 7 to add XP to a Windows Dual Boot Menu.
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16 Sep 2013   #8

Windows XP Pro 32bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Thanks for the consistent and continued help. Well I will look into the first thing you asked me to do, that is mark my XP partition as active and do the startup repair 3 times and more to see if that fixes the problem and I will let you know how it goes.

If that doesn't work out however I want to know, is it necessary to unplug my (Disk 0 which has the XP partition) for the second step you asked me to do - that is mark (Windows 7 partition) as active than, unplug my (Hard Disk 0) and boot with only (Hard Disk 1) which has my Windows 7 partition and than do the startup repair upto 3 times and more.? And if automated repair doesn't fix it, can I manually add the System boot files.?

And what to do if I get the following message while doing the Startup repair - "Windows can't detect any problem." If it's not important as to what I get should I proceed to do the Startup Repair 3 times and more no matter what messages I receive. And is it mandatory to do restart after each Startup Repair.?
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16 Sep 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP


When you mark the Windows 7 partition Active it signals the repair function to attempt to repair, rewrite or (if missing) write the SYstem boot files to that partition. If XP is still plugged in it will confuse the repair utility.

Just ignore any messages to run Startup Repair 3 separate times with reboots to have it attempt and then finally write the boot files. It explains more about what happens in the tutorial Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If this fails copying them into the Windows 7 partition manually will sometimes work if you run Repairs again.
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17 Sep 2013   #10

Windows XP Pro 32bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

I tried doing the first step of running Startup Repair up to 3 times with the XP Partition active. It seems the only thing that it fixed was the 'Invalid Boot.ini' message that I get when booting into XP.
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