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Windows 7: Can't boot into Win7

30 Oct 2015   #1
Docfxit

Win 7 Ultimate x32, x64, Win 7 Pro x32, x64 Win 7 Home x64, XP Pro sp3
 
 
Can't boot into Win7

I need a way to repair Win7 boot up.

I have a dual boot on this laptop.
The first OS is Win10
The second OS is Win 7 on the same drive in a different partition.
I can boot into Win10 with no problem
I have used EasyBCD to get a bootup menu
When I try to boot into Win7 I'm getting
Windows Failed to start
file: \Windows\system32\winload.efi
Status: 0xc000000f

Do you have any ideas how I can repair Win7 to boot?

If I boot up with a Win7 install disk (Like I normally would to repair boot up problems)
I get an error say:
This version of System Recovery Options is not compatable with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disk that is compatible with this version of Windows.

I'm guessing the Win7 recovery procedure is looking at Win10 and isn't smart enough to search for the Win7 partition.

Thanks,
Docfxit


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30 Oct 2015   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Docfxit View Post
If I boot up with a Win7 install disk (Like I normally would to repair boot up problems)
I get an error say:
This version of System Recovery Options is not compatable with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disk that is compatible with this version of Windows.
Docfxit
If your original Win 7 OS install and Install disc are pre SP1, and you updated W7 to SP1 since the original install that could be the problem.
You need a W7 Install disc (or Repair disc) with SP1 to do a Startup Repair.

Did you update to SP1 since the original W7 install ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2015   #3
Docfxit

Win 7 Ultimate x32, x64, Win 7 Pro x32, x64 Win 7 Home x64, XP Pro sp3
 
 

The installed version is SP1. When it was installed I used a disk that included SP1
I did not do an in place update to Win7.
I'm currently using a DVD with the Same version of Win7 Ultimate w/SP1

Are you sure Win7 install disk will recognize Win7 on partition 4
I have on partition
1 EFI system partition
2 Reserved
3 Win10
4 Win 7
5 Backup Data
6 Recovery
This is a GPT drive

Thanks,
Docfxit
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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30 Oct 2015   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I have Legacy BIOS and use a MBR initialized disk for my OS's.
I have multi-boot PC's, and the W7 install disc always fixed my boot problems, no matter what other OS's are installed, or what partition W7 is in.

I have no personal experience doing a Startup Repair with UEFI BIOS, or a GPT initialized disk used for OS's
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2015   #5
Docfxit

Win 7 Ultimate x32, x64, Win 7 Pro x32, x64 Win 7 Home x64, XP Pro sp3
 
 

With A Legacy BIOS I have had the same experience as you.

With UEFI BIOS the boot information for both Win10 and Win7 is kept in the EFI partition.
It appears the Win7 setup disk isn't searching for the correct Win7 partition
It appears the Win10 setup disk doesn't work at all. I thought it might resolve boot problems for Win10 and Win7. It doesn't fix even the Win10 boot problems. I tried to repair the boot problem when it wouldn't boot into Win10. It didn't fix it. Now Win10 does boot properly and I tried a repair hoping it would find Win7. It says the same thing as before that it can't repair any boot problems.

I still need to find out how I can repair Win7 Boot up.

Thanks,

Docfxit
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2015   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You can post your problem on sister site Windows 10 Forums
Maybe someone there has the same setup and experience as you, and can help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Oct 2015   #7
Docfxit

Win 7 Ultimate x32, x64, Win 7 Pro x32, x64 Win 7 Home x64, XP Pro sp3
 
 

I did post it there before I posted it here.

I haven't had any response.

Thanks,

Docfxit
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