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Windows 7: Cannot Boot From Recovery CD

12 Oct 2017   #31
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can't see .exe because you don't have file extensions showing. That is not important.

Browse like this:

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13 Oct 2017   #32
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I browsed in 7-Zip to the ISO file (which was in users/downloads). extracted to USB, inserted USB into problem computer, but when I tried to boot to USB from Windows Recovery disk, says Operating System missing. I wonder if I'm doing something wrong with the ISO file...shoulld it be somewhere besides download file?
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13 Oct 2017   #33
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Tried again, sure looked like files were extracted and sent to USB drive, but when USB inserted and booted to that, still says Operating System Missing. Files on USB drive are:
3 folders (boot, efi, sources) and 2 files (bootmgr and bootmgr.efi
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13 Oct 2017   #34
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Fix the mbr and PBR with bootice.

BootIce.zip

1) Install NT6 MBR to usb drive:

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13 Oct 2017   #35
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

2) Install PBR code that loads bootmgr to your usb drive:

BootIce.zip


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13 Oct 2017   #36
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Okay, a big thanks for all your work. It seems advanced for my skills (or lack of), so I will tackle in a.m., when I have more time. But before I do, should I run or save Bootice? And if save, where should that be on this confusing Windows 10 computer? I have trouble finding what I've downloaded...so I fear I may not install it properly.
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13 Oct 2017   #37
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It doesn't need to be installed. Just download it, extract it from the .zip file it is in, then run it. It should automatically show any usb drives you have plugged in.

You should be able tell your internet browser where you want to download things to.

If you are using edge:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...microsoft-edge
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14 Oct 2017   #38
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

SIW2, I downloaded bootice, followed your directions carefully. Seemed to work fine, but there are no files on USB drive. TI made sure it said destination was USB. Tried it twice. What am I doing wrong?
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14 Oct 2017   #39
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Oops, hold on. I put the ISO files back on the USB drive (had deleted them, thinking they might confuse the issue, duh) Tried Bootice again, plugged USB into dead computer, and Windows came up! Will let you know if I can find files I need. Thanks again!
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14 Oct 2017   #40
newenglandmom2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Well, shoot. Under Computer, Hard Disk Drives, there is "Recovery (C:). Just all the functional stuff, no documents or files. But that's 8 GB free of 15GB, so I know that's my real C, I just can't get to it. I think there is a partition problem,.

Also under Hard Drives is a local Disk E, but when I clicked on that, it froze the computer. Time circle still going. I hate to shut down again for fear I will never get back this far. Advice?
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