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Windows 7: Win7 installation boots into recovery partition?!

03 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Win7 installation boots into recovery partition?!

Hi everyone, I will make this as clear as possible, thanks for helping/reading.

My boot menu originally consists of Vista (C:\) and recovery partition (D:\). To install Windows 7, I shrank C and made a separate partition (W:\)

Now I have 3 partitions: Vista (C:\), New Simple Volume (W:\), Recovery (D:\).

I installed Windows 7 to the (W:\), and it reboots a few times during installation. My situation goes as follows:

Initial installation---Reboot (1 of 3)---bypasses the boot menu and continues installation---Reboot (2 of 3)---boot menu shows up and I can choose to continue the installation of Windows 7, or go to Vista. When I choose Windows 7, it finishes installation---Reboot (3 of 3)---No boot menu is shown. Computer boots into recovery partition.

Why is this happening? Repairing Windows 7 or Vista using recovery partition doesn't help either. It basically just forms a loop by booting to the recovery every time.

Interestingly, the only way I can start Vista again is by reinstalling Windows 7 and wait until the boot menu screen show up after the reboot (2 of 3).

Thanks for your time everyone!

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03 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Did you try a Startup Repair?
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03 Nov 2009   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

1. Check and see if the Recovery partition is marked Active.

2. If so - mark Vista partition Active instead.



3. Then install 7. (if 7 is already installed - run startup repair from 7 dvd 3 times)
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03 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
1. Check and see if the Recovery partition is marked Active.

2. If so - mark Vista partition Active instead.



3. Then install 7. (if 7 is already installed - run startup repair from 7 dvd 3 times)
Thank you, as you can see, the recovery partition (D:\) is inactive.



For some reason, I was unable to continue to the final reboot during Windows 7 installation. It just booted me to a recovery screen listing several options.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan King View Post
Did you try a Startup Repair?
Yes, instead of continuing the final installation step, that is actually where the reboot brought me to.

These screenies show what I encountered.

Startup Repair
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03 Nov 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Interesting.

You can get into Vista ok now.

What does bcdedit show - and does 7 installation look as is if it's all there?

Open an elevated cmd and type

bcdedit

then press enter.

post the output.
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03 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7
 
 

I got into Vista by reinstalling win 7 and took advantage of the second reboot which shows the boot menu.

Because if I let Windows 7 continue its installation, it will reboot to the recovery partition.

Having that said, the Windows 7 installation is not completed as we speak. I guess it is a 'good' thing right now.


Bcdedit:


Script:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
Copyright (c2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier              {bootmgr}
device                  partition=C:
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en
-US
inherit                 
{globalsettings}
default                 {
current}
resumeobject            {6471a94f-c788-11de-9c45-fa43cb12239b}
displayorder            {6471a950-c788-11de-9c45-fa43cb12239b}
                        {
current}
                        {
ntldr}
toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
timeout                 30
resume                  No

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {6471a950-c788-11de-9c45-fa43cb12239b}
device                  partition=W:
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Windows 7
locale                  en
-US
inherit                 
{bootloadersettings}
osdevice                partition=W:
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            
{6471a94f-c788-11de-9c45-fa43cb12239b}
nx                      OptIn

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {current}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Microsoft Windows Vista
locale                  en
-US
inherit                 
{bootloadersettings}
osdevice                partition=C:
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            
{15139707-1361-11dd-83e1-a6dfc407a4eb}
nx                      OptIn

Windows Legacy OS Loader
------------------------
identifier              {ntldr}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \ntldr
description             Earlier Version of Windows

C
:\Windows\system32
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03 Nov 2009   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You could try adding an entry for 7 manually - see if that will boot in

bcdedit /copy {current} /d "7"

You will get a {GUID} returned - use that, including brackets in the commands below

Code:

bcdedit /set {GUID} device partition=W:

bcdedit /set {GUID} osdevice partition=W:

You coud also get rid of ntldr - you don't use XP.

bcdedit /delete {ntldr} /f

I assume you have made a backup image of your existing Vista partition.
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09 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

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09 Nov 2009   #9

Win-7HP, VistaHP, XP
 
 

Why did you do it this way ?? to actually kinda make your own Windows 7 recovery partition ??

plus was this a fresh FULL clean install or an upgrade ??

Just wondering as im dealing with something like this at the moment and trying to come up with some idea's for something to work for what i need / trying to do.
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09 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BSkiLLs View Post
Why did you do it this way ?? to actually kinda make your own Windows 7 recovery partition ??

plus was this a fresh FULL clean install or an upgrade ??

Just wondering as im dealing with something like this at the moment and trying to come up with some idea's for something to work for what i need / trying to do.
Originally I had 2 partitions, one for Vista, and one recovery.

Then I shrank C so that I can have a new partition to install Win 7.

Then after the Win 7 installation it boots into the recovery partition resulting in a loop that I can't break...
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