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Windows 7: Please help: Unable to boot normally

07 Jan 2010   #1
rajeshshenoy

Windows 7
 
 
Please help: Unable to boot normally

Hello:

Initially I had Windows 7 Ultimate (retail version) installed on my desktop. When I tried to install Ubuntu, I found that the hard-disk partitioning scheme was GPT. So I made a back-up of my drive's contents, re-partitioned the disk as MBR, re-installed Windows 7, and overwrote the disk contents with my backed up files.

This worked splendidly (i.e., I have all my installed applications, etc. intact) EXCEPT for one nagging issue: When I boot, if I let it boot directly into the hard disk, it does not work. I have to select F10 (BIOS boot options menu), and from there select the hard-disk, and only then Windows 7 boots properly.

I tried bcdedit, bootrec, etc. No use. Any recommendations, please?

Thanks!


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07 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

This will work for 7, also. First make a system image and put on a separate hard drive, just in case. Fixmbr can cause problems and you should have a back up


http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d....mspx?mfr=true
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07 Jan 2010   #3
gregrocker

 

Are you still dual booting Ubuntu? Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony - windows 7 - Lifehacker

Have you double-checked that your Win7 HD is first HD in BIOS boot order?

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, using Snipping tool in Start Menu, attaching file with paper clip in reply box.
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07 Jan 2010   #4
AizenIlang

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Do you have any Error code? and what phase is it stopping you to get to start the boot process of win7 ?
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07 Jan 2010   #5
rajeshshenoy

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for all the replies.

1. Yes the HD is the first in the boot order. My other hard disk doesn't have any OS on it, and no active partition either.
2. The error message I get when trying to boot directly is a Windows Boot Manager error message saying that there has been a malfunction and suggesting me to boot into Recovery Console and select StartUp Repair. I have done that and it has found nothing. The error message code is 0xc0000225.

Thanks.
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07 Jan 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Screenshot?
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07 Jan 2010   #7
rajeshshenoy

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry ... forgot the screenshot. Attached herewith...

Thanks for your time!


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07 Jan 2010   #8
rajeshshenoy

Windows 7
 
 

Another point: Windows 7 is the only OS in the HD as of now. I have left ~50GB free for Ubuntu (to be installed later), though.

Thanks.
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07 Jan 2010   #9
gregrocker

 

Try removing the DVD and tapping F8 at bootup to access the Repair console placed there by the 100mb System Reserved Partition.

See if it finds an installation, offers a repair, if it does accept it and if Win7 doesn't startup return to run Startup Repair 3 times.

If not, click through to Startup repair and run up to 3 separate times.
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07 Jan 2010   #10
rajeshshenoy

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

Pressing F8 does not offer Recovery Console (only Safe Modes, Last Known Good Configuration, etc.). So, like before, I used the setup disk to enter the recovery environment. (I had run Startup Repair before and it had found nothing wrong.) Today, the first time I ran it, it found and error and fixed it. But my original issue persisted. I found that it had created a new 100MB FAT32 partition on my disk. (So now I have two 100MB partitions - one NTFS and one FAT32.) Now if I run Startup Repair, it says Windows cannot repair the errors on this computer - send information to Microsoft.
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