No longer able to boot Windows 7

  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

    No longer able to boot Windows 7

    I was playing around with Virtual Box on my Win7 PC and installed a Linux OS inside of Virtual Box. During the OS install, I must have opted to modify the boot records as it hosed my PC and I can no longer boot Win7.

    When I boot, it just goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor at the top left.

    I have tried using the Win7 System Repair utility on the installation disk by running bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec /fixboot, and bootrec /rebuildbcd. When I run bootrec /rebuildbcd, it states "Total identified Windows installations: 0".

    Windows 7 is definitely on the C: drive as I can see it when switching to C:, but I'm not sure why it's not being recognized. Here's what bcdedit reports:

    Windows Boot Manager
    identifier {bootmgr}
    device partition=C:
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    default {default}
    displayorder {default}
    timeout 30

    Windows Boot Loader
    identifier {default}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 7 Professional (recovered)
    locale en-US
    recoverysequence {2ee359b9-d422-11e3-8d61-c9b76251009e}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows

    Any ideas?
      My Computer

  2. Posts : 461
    Win 10 Pro x64, Win 7 Pro x64

    I'm not an expert when it comes to boot problems but I'm sure someone who is will want to see a screenshot of Disk Management:

    Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
    How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

    HTH :)
    Last edited by Urthboundmisfit; 05 May 2014 at 07:53. Reason: clarity
      My Computer

  3.    #3

    Confirm that 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred if you have it) or C is Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts.

    It will not repair if the correct partition is not marked Active.
      My Computer


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