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Windows 7: Problem with Boot Loader--EasyBCD--Recovering the Windows Bootloader?

10 May 2015   #1
markg2

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Problem with Boot Loader--EasyBCD--Recovering the Windows Bootloader?

~ a year ago my wife's computer experienced (paraphrased) 'can't find boot loader' when rebooting. At the time, I downloaded Win 7 repair files that corrected the problem until last night. Apparently there was a short power line glitch. Her UPS' battery was no longer effective, her machine rebooted and got stuck at the 'can't find boot loader' prompt. She tried rebooting a few times to no avail. This morning her computer was at the login screen so the machine apparently got through the boot process on her last attempt after she left the room.

Apart from getting a new UPS I need to be prepared to deal with the boot loader issue again. I can't find the disk I used the last time. EasyBCD appeared as the first Google hit, has very clear instructions on the 3 steps to repair/replace in order of what works.

Before downloading the file and using it assuming the boot problem is back again, I wanted to check here to be sure the software is as good as it gets for the problem.

[EDIT] I found the instructions online that I had previously used: How to Manually Repair Windows 7 Boot Loader Problems

Easy Recovery Essentials costs ~$20. I'd pay for the software if it contained anything more helpful regarding the boot loader than just using the Win 7 repair disk + the referenced website's command line instructions.

If I don't hear back on this post I'll proceed with the Win 7 install disk on the assumption that the RE software simply automates the command line options.

[EDIT] From last year's occurrence of this problem I had changed the boot order to DVD first. I established last year that having either a DVD in the drive or a flash drive connected to the USB port resulted in the boot load error. However, to keep potential troubleshooting simpler I didn't change the boot order back so I'd be ready to use a boot DVD if needed. I had later forgotten to change the boot order back to hard drive first. My wife had the flash drive connected at the time. When she gave up for the night, she turned off the machine, removed the flash drive, turned the machine back on. That's why I saw the login screen this morning. Problem solved.

Thanks,

Mark


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10 May 2015   #2
gregrocker

 

To boot disk or stick just use the one-time BIOS Boot menu key which every PC has.

In the future the steps are here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.
EasyRE is covered where it offers enhanced boot disk repairs. Otherwise you should make a Win7 System Repair Disk if needed for future repairs, during which the hard drive should always be set first to boot. A backup system image should also be stored externally to reimage the hard drive in 20 minutes if Win7 becomes irreparable.

There may be a problem with your boot files so let us see a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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11 May 2015   #3
markg2

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for all the information.

I've included the image you requested.

Mark


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11 May 2015   #4
gregrocker

 

I asked for DIsk Mgmt to see the drive map, not some incomplete version of it.
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13 May 2015   #5
markg2

Windows 7
 
 

Click on your link (Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image) --I used the referenced file to open and post (DMdiskman.msc).

This time I opened using diskmgmt.msc at the command prompt. I don't see how the drive/partition images are going to help but if this isn't what you're looking for I give up.


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13 May 2015   #6
gregrocker

 

So we see that System Reserved has been abandoned with the System (boot files) now on C. So I'd mark SysReserved Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 boots and SysReserved partition is labeled System Active which is how it originally worked.

If this fails work through Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start reporting back as you go.
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