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Windows 7: EasyBCD broke my Windows 7 Home Premium


01 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
EasyBCD broke my Windows 7 Home Premium

Note: I'm using a Nintendo DSi to post this, so I may not do a quick reply.


Recently, about two weeks ago, I decided I wanted to install Linux Mint (htp://linuxmint.org). I installed it, and it worked just fine.
After some time, I got a huge set of viruses from a fake IRC client, and it was nearly impossible to get rid of. I didn't have any system restore points, nor did I (still don't) have a Windows 7 Home Premium build 7601 installation disk. So, my only choice was to find a Windows 7 Home Premium build 7601 ISO file, (I don't have any disks with enough space) and extract it with 7-zip to run setup.exe. The system restarted a couple of times during a one-hour process, and the re-installation was complete.
With the virus set gone, I just realized that by re-installing Windows, I lost the modified BCD Store that had the information for booting into Linux Mint.
I was mad at myself for that, since I use that OS for the primary set of time I run my laptop.
Looking up on Google how to modify BCD files (didn't want to do the half-hour re-install, causing the loss of special files), I came across EasyBCD, made by NeoSmart Technologies. Testing it's easy-to-use BCD editing, I successfully got Linux Mint back in my BCD Store. But, then came my "curiosity".
Note: At this time, I had just learned about Windows Longhorn, the abandoned beta of Windows Vista.
I had just got my hands on a ISO copy for both Windows Longhorn and Windows Whistler (XP). Becoming intelligent with how to use EasyBCD, I successfully added the ISO for Windows Longhorn build 4039 installer to the BCD Store. I restarted my laptop, selected the installer in the OS selection menu, and it got up to the loading screen (which I thought looked nice), and then froze.
I restarted my laptop, booted into Windows, and opened EasyBCD. In the menu to add ISO entries, I chose to add Windows Whistler. (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS)


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01 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
~Continuation

But, for the first time ever, I found the Options GUI. Being even more curious than before, I came across an option to install EasyBCD on another partition of the hard drive. I chose my empty third one, with 13.1 GB, and hit the install button. Once it finished, I restarted my computer, and got the following error:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc0000098

Info: The Windows Boot Configuration Data file does not contain a valid OS entry.


I rebooted and tried to use the System Recovery, but that is also missing, and displays the same error.

If possible, can someone please help? Thanks in advance, The Minecraft Loadout.
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01 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

If you do not have a Windows 7 installation DVD, or it's not up to the Service Pack level currently installed,you can download a legal copy with SP1 integrated from here:

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have, Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate and 32 or 64 bit. Note that Basic or Starter is not available.

I recommend using ImgBurn at 4X speed (or the slowest available) to create the DVD from the downloaded .iso file.

You can do this on any computer capable of burning a DVD.

YOU MUST HAVE A VALID KEY TO INSTALL THIS .ISO. The one on the COA sticker on your computer will work.

You can also create a bootable USB Flash drive (4GB or larger) to install Windows 7 from.
  1. Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3
  2. Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom
  3. Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file
  4. Select your USB flash drive
  5. Click Create

For techies or folks who work on computers: Create Windows 7 Universal ISO With All Editions Selection On Install with ei.cfg Removal Utility.
This will fit on a 6GB flash drive or can be burned to a DVD.
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01 Aug 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

ztruker, thanks for the info, but sadly enough, I don't have any available system to use, just my laptop.
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02 Aug 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Since no one is actually helping...

I decided I was going to try repairing the BCD using my Windows Whistler installation disc from my Grandma's house, via the setup's command prompt.
It loaded all of the setup's files, and after it said "Setup is starting Windows...", it gave an error saying that it had some critical error. It returned the error code "0x0000007B". Hope I can get some help, it's a pain using a DSi
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02 Aug 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Fixed!!!

Well, I actually fixed my Windows BCD file! Grandma bought a Windows 8 installation disc, and surprisingly, it has support for Windows 7! Now that I have it fixed, I'm going to make a Windows Repair USB/Disc so I don't have to get help fixing a problem!
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02 Aug 2013   #7

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Now that you have a working system, create a Windows 7 Install Flash drive from the link I gave you. Better than a repair disc.
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03 Aug 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Thanks, Ztruker, and okay!

I actually just got done making a repair disc, but from your advice, I copied it onto my 8GB USB Flash Drive.
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04 Aug 2013   #9

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

No, you can't just copy it. You have to use a .iso as input an a program like USB Universal Installer to create a bootable flash drive you can use install from. If you still have the iso, just follow the steps I gave you. If you don't have the .iso you can create one from the DVD you now have.
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