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Windows 7: Black screen with cursor installing Win7 from USB

22 May 2015   #11
gregrocker

 

You don't need System REserved, as long as it is Primary just Mark Win7 Partition Active
then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times with all other drives unplugged.


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22 May 2015   #12
serrath

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The partition was marked active and the volume label copied from the imaging, but the boot sector to the new drive was never written properly because I didn't do a full disk-to-disk copy. Running bootsect fixed the issue, and now it boots to the old OS without issue. When the old OS loaded up it reversed a bad update and rebooted; now it's running a diskcheck that's very excitedly inserting indices with ID #### into index $SDH of file 9. It looks like we're really in the clear now!

Disk check finished, Step 3/3 Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes. Let's see... Rebooted and now it's retrying those updates... we're in business!! (Sorry for the play-by-play, maybe you found it exciting.)


Sidenote: Is system reserved a good thing to have? If so, can I add one?
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22 May 2015   #13
gregrocker

 

No, System REserved is never worth thinking twice about - whether you have it or don't - unless you want BitLocker.

You needed to run the Startup Repairs to check over every element of which bootsect is only one. Is Repair Console on F8 menu now? That's the last thing it checks.
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22 May 2015   #14
serrath

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

After doing the above as listed, I rebooted, got into the repair console, ran startup repair from the internal disk, and got a clean bill of health.
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