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Windows 7: I need Serious help from experts!!

20 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
I need Serious help from experts!!

Please, I have spent countless hours searching on google, the forums after spending a whole week on this issue, Please if you can help would be appreciated as this problem is not found on the web

System specs


I previously had a duel boot of xp and windows 7 ( xp was installed on my MAIN harddrive when I formated it. After MANY fail attempts I realised I had to change the harddrive priority in BIOS to make the harddrive that had the windows 7 instalation number 1. When I start my computer it loads up normally until it says NTLDR missing Ctrl + Alt + Delete to restart. So I put in my windows 7 disk in hoping to be able to repair the installation. At first when I tried this no OS would be found to repair in the System Recovery Options but after putting the hardrive in a higher priority it now appears as


Each time i click Next it says "This Version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try Using a Recovery disc that is compatible with this version of Windows"

That however is impossible since it the only Installation Disc I used to Install Windows 7!!

I know there is a problem with how the computer is booting up but if I cant select the operating system I cannot go any further please assist me , Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hello, and welcome!

Start out by marking your Windows 7 partition as Active. See this tutorial: Partition - Mark as Active

Then, run a startup repair on your Windows 7 installation.

Startup repair should do the trick for you; if not, post back, and we'll go from there.

Good luck!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Thank you so much Johnathan King,

We HAVE made Progress!! Using Method 2,
After making the partition active I was ABLE TO FINALLY!!! go into the repair utility (Although nothing was listed as a windows OS, I clicked next and clicked the first option , which i think was repair ) and it said it had been successful upon clicking finish I now get the following response

boot0: GPT
boot0: test
boot0: error

Do you know where to go from here?, I Finally feel like i'm making progress!
thank you so much thus far :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Sorry for Double posting >_<

I repeated the whole process again and its now back to the BOOTMGR is missing problem :s (the previous disk0: GPT etc no longer appears) so back to square one i suppose

and i have tried bootrec.exe
/fixboot and /rebuildbcd do not work at all

I hope I have given you guys all the information you need
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

For now, remove the XP drive; just disconnect it from your computer, and let's focus on getting Windows 7 working right. Then, we'll add XP into the mix.

Make sure the Windows 7 drive is the #1 hard drive, in the BIOS.

Now is there a 100MB "system reserved" partition on the Windows 7 drive? If so, follow these directions to remove it: System Reserved Partition - Delete

You can also try writing a new boot sector to the drive. From the command prompt, enter the following:
list vol
Make note of the drive letter of your main Windows drive. It should be C, after you delete the system reserved partition, but just make sure. If it's different, substitute that for C, below:
exit //that just exits Diskpart
bootsect /nt60 C:
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot
If that doesn't work, run a startup repair from the DVD, and hopefully that will do the trick.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

I dont see that partition of 100MB on the windows 7 hard drive ( I dont think I have because I cant see it when i check the partitons in the windows 7 hard drive under list partitions ) , Just to clarify your 2nd set of instructions is what I should follow if I DONT have that partition?

Sorry if its a obvious answer I just want to get it right , thank you for all your help thus far
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64

Yep, that's right. If you had the 100MB partition, you would remove it, before commencing on the second part.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Ok Just so I inform you of exactly what I do so you can see if theres something I am doing wrong

The harddrive that has win 7 is placed at a Higher priority then the blank hard drive I have ( I removed the one that USED to have xp on it Until I formated it )

Then I boot the DVD from the Bios then Click Shift F10 and inputed all the commands which you listed and was successful, Then I clicked the X above to close the console command, Then just to try and run the windows Repair while i was there I tried but the

Windows 7 Ultimate ( Recovered ) came up again and I could not select it to attempt to click next and repair it

So I clicked Restart on My computer and The same problem appears

BOOTMGR is missing
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

once again sorry for the double post

I WAS able to get into WIndows 7 by installing a new copy of windows on another hard drive, my question is Can i format this new instal of windows 7 so i can just load the old one or what do u think i need to do?

When i boot up the comp the NEW windows 7 is installed in what is now C:
and my old windows is instaled in E:

So what do I do now please help almost finished now
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP


If you'll post back a screenshot of your new Disk Management drive map and listings (using Snipping Tool in Start Menu) we can see what might have been blocking your Repairs, or if your new install placed it's boot-critical files on E if it was still plugged in during install.

Be sure to copy over your files.

Then you can wipe the old HD of possible infected or corrupt code from an elevated Command Line: Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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