|23 Dec 2009||#1|
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Windows 7 won't boot
Right, whilst I realise there have been many posts on this subject my situation is slightly different. My computer originally came installed with Windows Vista 32-bit and when Widows 7 Ultimate 64-bit was released I wanted to upgrade. Obviously I had to do a custom installation as you can't simply upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit system. To get around this I just installed windows 7 on my other (empty) hard drive. For a while everything worked fine and I had the option to either boot Windows Vista or Windows 7 on startup. I found that I was satisfied with Windows 7 and wanted to get rid of Vista to free up some hard drive space. I used Paragon Partition Manager and Formatted the old Vista drive. I presumed that the system would have no trouble booting Windows 7 as the option had been there when the dual boot was available...how foolish of me. When I restarted the computer text appeared saying "no items to display". Initially I thought that the computer was just trying to boot from the clean harddrive so at the next startup I went into boot options and selected the other drive. I was then informed that "BOOT MGR" was missing and thus it couldn't load. Having misplaced the Windows 7 installation CD I ended up just reinstalling the old Vista OS. Is there any way I can get Windows 7 to boot properly again without doing a full reinstall?
P.S. After going to Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Advanced Tab -> Startup and Recovery Settings and clicking on the Default Operating System drop down menu only Windows Vista was present.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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|23 Dec 2009||#6|
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As SIW2 advises, set your Windows 7 HD to be first HD to boot in BIOS, after DVD.
Then boot your Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD, in Recovery tools open a Command Line to mark the Windows 7 drive active:
SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 disk)
Now return to Recovery tools list and run Startup Repair 3 separate times to rewrite the MBR to Windows 7.
You may need to unplug the Vista disk to achieve this if it interferes.
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