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Windows 7: Windows 7 won't boot. Nothing added to system.

05 Sep 2017   #11
KT888

System 1 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 System 2 Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi axe0
I tried running startup repair from a Macrium Reflect boot flash drive. It shows the option to fix boot options.
I accepted all 4 options it suggested

Reset the boot disk ID
This is the unique identifier of your hard disk and is a common cause of boot problems.

Replace the master boot record
Your computer will not be able to start if the Master Boot Record is missing or corrupt.

Replace partition sector boot code.
The partition sector boot code is called from the Master Boot Record. If this is corrupt then your computer cannot start.

Rebuild the Boot Configuration Database (BCD) and BOOT.INI files
The BCDd anBOOT.INI files are essential for the active partition to locate any operating systems of your disk. The Boot.ini file is only required if you have a Windows version earlier than Vista on your PC.

The first two seemed to work effectively but there's a giant red X next to Updating Partition Boot Sector and Creating BCD Store so I'm guessing they didn't work.

When I selected to reboot my system it does not reboot. Everything from the Macrium screen disappears and the screen shows the background from Macrium but the system does not shut down or reboot. I had to manually shut down and reboot.

I had to force a reboot by hitting the reset button on the case all 4 times.
I don't have any of my other drives connected to the system while I'm trying to repair this installation.

When I try to actually boot off the SSD with windows on it
Windows Boot Manager comes up
It says
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc & 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: \EFI\Microft\Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

So I did that
The System Recovery Options starts to come up showing the Windows 7 OS
It says Windows found problems with your computer's startup options.
Do you want to apply repairs and restart you computer.
I clicked the view options hyperlink and the details are as follows

The following startup options will be addede:
Name: Windows Recovery Environment (Recovered)
Path: Recovery\1205aab2-c189-11e4-9c81-fa230f647939\Winre.wim
Windows Device: Partition=D: (122001 MB)

A copy of the current boot configuration data will be saved as: C:\Boot\BCD.Backup.0001

I don't know why it hasthe Windows device listed as drive D, shouldn't it be drive C?

Especially since it's SAYING it's saving the current boot configuration data to C:\Boot\BCD.Backup.0001

So the 4th time I tried the above fix in MR each time it was listing both partitions on the drive even though one partition is only 100MB in size. It's literally just to mount backup drives since you can only have 26 drive letters and I have more than 26 drives between my 2 systems I have networked. So I set it up so all my backup drives are mounted to folders on the 100MB partition.

I thought I would try to fix the 100MB partition in case Windows for some reason had started the 100 MB partition at sector 1 which I though COULD explain why it's not booting. It didn't change anything in terms of booting effectively after trying this but I thought it was weird it was listing the D drive as the Windows device so before I ran startup recovery from the Windows Installation disc I ran Macrium 1 more time choosing the C partition to repair
It failed again of course and again did not reboot but just hanged in Macrium.
So I forced a reboot from the Windows CD and this time it says

The following startup options will be addede:
Name: Windows Recovery Environment (Recovered)
Path: Recovery\1205aab2-c189-11e4-9c81-fa230f647939\Winre.wim
Windows Device: Partition=C: (122001 MB)

A copy of the current boot configuration data will be saved as: C:\Boot\BCD.Backup.0001

This looks more correct to me but I don't know which do you think sounds correct?

When I try to actually boot off the SSD with windows on it
Windows Boot Manager comes up
It says
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc & 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: \EFI\Microft\Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

I hit enter to reboot and I get nothing. There's a flashing underscore at the top left of the screen and the system is hung. So I force a reboot, go back into bios and change the first boot option from Windows Boot Manager back to my DVD drive. I reboot off the Win Installation CD
This time it runs startup repair but it says Windows cannot repair this computer automatically

The problem details were again

Problem Signature 03: Unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21199126
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
but lists problem signature 06 as 13 this time instead of 12. If that's helpful to anyone.
Problem Signature 06: 13
Problem Signature 07: NoRootCause

But again no root cause.
That's just perfect

I think I see what the 13 represents.
The Diagnosis and repair details: says the nunber of repair attempts was 13
BUT it says Root Cause Found:
Unspecified changes to system configuration might have caused the problem.


Then
Unspecified changes to system configuration might have caused the problem.
Repair action: System files integrity check and repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x490


Next I selected View advanced options for system recovery and support
And I chose Startup Repair from the list

This time it says
Startup Repair could not detect a problem.

When I rebooted and re ran startup repair it again says
Startup Repair could not detect a problem the details this time Say Root cause found:
Boot status indicates that the OS booted successfuuly


So lets see.

Nope.
Don't know why startup repair thinks everything is fine because I'm now in an endless loop. My system keeps rebooting without even trying to go into windows. No drivers load at this point or anything.

That was the 3rd time I ran startup repair from the Windows CD btw. I also ran startup repair from the Macrium USB Flash drive 5 times. I don't think Macrium works for me because it won't reboot it just hangs when I select restart. and again I find that Macrium has rendered my SSD completely unbootable and I'm stuck in an endless loop. When that happened last time I tried this process you recommended Bootmgr is missing - Fix - Windows 7 Help Forums

It didn't fix the problem but I could at least see windows TRYING to load at least the windows drivers load before rebooting.

So I ran SU Repair again and again it says the number of root causes = 1
But all the tests Completed successfully with Error code 0x0 for all tests
and it says 3 times
Root cause found:
Boot status indicates that the OS booted successfully.

Don't know why it's saying that because the OS is DEFINITELY NOT booting successfully.

And again an endless loop.
I ran startup repair a bunch of times in a row (at least 5) but I'm still looping.

So I'll try the above link again to see what that gets me.

I guess this is caused by
Replace partition sector boot code
And Rebuild the Boot Configuration Database (BCD) and BOOT.INI files
both failing when I try to do them with Macrium

and again the first 2 completed successfully but
bootrec /RebuildBcd says
Successfully scanned Windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 0
The operation completed successfully

Windows obviously has a different idea of what it means for something to complete successfully than I do.

It seems that when my system is trying to boot using the windows boot manager in the bios I'm in the endless loop without trying to go into windows.
Oh well forcing the SSD with windows to be first boot device still results in an endless loop without attempting to go into windows.

So I ran this process again
  1. Make sure your computer is configured to start from the DVD drive
  2. Insert your Windows installation DVD or Windows repair DVD
  3. Press any key when prompted
  4. Choose your language, time, currency, keyboard language and click Next
  5. Click Repair your computer
  6. Select the operating system you want to repair and click Next
  7. Click Command Prompt in the Systems Recovery Options dialog box
  8. Type the following commands in the Windows RE command prompt window and press Enter to execute each command (paying particular attention to insert a space where shown below):
  9. bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
  10. c:
  11. cd boot
  12. attrib bcd -s -h -r
  13. ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
  14. bootrec /RebuildBcd
And now at least I'm back to Windows at least trying to load.
I get the Windows Error Recovery screen with safe mode, SM with networking, SM Command prompt, Last known good configuration, and start windows normally.


None of these work it's as described above.
Windows drivers load and then BSOD which reboots immediately.
So I'm still in a loop it's just a different one.


Sigh


Any suggestions?


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