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Windows 7: bootmgr is missing - tried everything, need help!

01 Jul 2014   #51
marcl

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit
 
 

Currently installing windows 7 onto ssd. Decided to install onto an unallocated space so it creates the 100mb partition. Do you have a preference Greg? Any tips for easybcd and trying to boot my old windows?


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01 Jul 2014   #52
marcl

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit
 
 

Ok fresh windows installed. Any guide as to how I go about using easybcd to try boot off old os?
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01 Jul 2014   #53
gregrocker

 

Add OS tab, select Win7 and drive letter for its partition, save and reboot.
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01 Jul 2014   #54
marcl

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit
 
 

YES!! Success! My old windows boots!! Thanks for all your support and patience Greg and everyone else who has helped me get this far.

Now, what is the best course of action here to try get back to how I was? What would you recommend doing from here now I can get back into my old windows?

PS - There seems to be a 'system reserved' drive showing on My Computer, a 200mb partition that is part of the HDD. I guess this is left over from resizing my HDD partition trying to fix my problems. Can i get rid of this now and resize back to normal size?
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01 Jul 2014   #55
gregrocker

 

Did you follow the steps as you said you would and delete all partitions on the SSD during install? Post back a screenshot now of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

What I would do is set up your Win7 on the SSD to see how much faster it is and then move everything needed over from the HD. You can keep your old install for up to 30 days until you need to activate the new one and delete the old one.
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01 Jul 2014   #56
marcl

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit
 
 

Here is the screengrab taken whilst running my old Windows OS. Yes I deleted all partitions during the install on the SSD so it installed just onto allocated space.

Would it be possible to make a complete system image of my old Windows OS and copy that over to the SSD? Or would that cause boot problems again? Or copy the working bootloader onto the old os? Really dont want to have to reinstall a tonne of programs etc into the new Windows if possible


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01 Jul 2014   #57
gregrocker

 

Both installations are being booted by the new System Reserved partition as signified by the System flag on it.

I see you constructed a System Reserved for the hard drive, but since it isn't marked Active now (which is should not be with the SSD booting the HD) I'm wondering if you completed the steps necessary to make it boot the hard drive yesterday. Those are to mark it Active, then unplug the SSD, boot into Win7 disk to run 3 separate Startup Repairs. You might want to try that again now to see if it might work this time.

Otherwise you'll need the SSD to boot the HD, but I'm sure you'll want to transfer everything over to the SSD when you see the performance difference. If not it would be the strangest thing I've ever seen in 45,000 posts here.

Install your favorite game now to each to compare..
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02 Jul 2014   #58
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Greg, there is no speed benefit by installing the games on the ssd and they will eventually take up way to much space with save points etc.

Some games take up gigabytes of space.

Texas Hold`em from Vista maybe, but not Crisys, Assassin`s Creed or Battlefield etc.


But she won`t even be able to do that until she backs up her data that`s on the hard drive and formats it.
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02 Jul 2014   #59
gregrocker

 

Never heard that a program runs as fast from HD.
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02 Jul 2014   #60
marcl

windows 7 ultimate sp1 64bit
 
 

All fixed and back up and running as I was now! I used easy cd change boot drive option to make my old windows installation the main boot. Deleted all unnecessary partitions, reformatted my ssd and copied my stuff back onto it. All back to normal! Thanks for your help
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