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Windows 7: Missing Operating System Windows 7/Blinking cursor

13 Jun 2013   #1

windows 7 home premium 64bit
Missing Operating System Windows 7/Blinking cursor

At first the computer would not load Windows, it would stay frozen on the black screen with a blinking cursor/underscore.

Then I burned a "recovery disc" to access the system restore/start up repair but to no avail either. The start up repair shows no errors.

System restore fails to replace the file "windows defender" which doesn't allow the restore to proceed.

I then followed some instructions found on "seven forums" using the command prompt
bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
cd boot
attrib bcd -s -h -r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /RebuildBcd
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot

When I got to the "bootrec /rebuildbcd"
"Total identified windows installations: 1"

It asked me to include "windows installation" in the boot list (Y)(N)(A). I accidently chose (N) and proceeded with the rest of the commands.

Once I removed the recovery disc and tried to reboot the computer normally, I received the message "missing operating system".

When I run the same commands again "bootrec /rebuildbcd"
"Total identified windows installations: 0"

It is now zero.

Can this be fixed with the same recovery disc? Or do I need to reinstall windows completely?

All your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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13 Jun 2013   #2

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Any info here?
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14 Jun 2013   #3

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hello lcc mate if you just want a clean install either of these tutorials will get you going you just need to wipe or clean all that drive and use the code from the original OS sticker for activation.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

or Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 :)
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