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Windows 7: Stupid boot situation

26 Aug 2010   #11
Northorne

Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
 
 

No I'd really rather not, I just dont have that kind of time.

Based on the fact that the backup partition (14gig) is partition 1 on the only HD. And that the image of the boot selection above says both OSs are on "Primary 01". I think that may be where the linux boot files are hiding. I've attached an image of the contents of the 14gig backup partition (partition 1). Can anyone spot things that arent supposed to be there?

Stupid boot situation-capture1.jpg




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26 Aug 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

I don't see the GRUB or Linux files in the Recovery Partition but am not a Linux expert so maybe you should ask in a Linux forum and provide complete screenshots of both partitions. Win7 partition is the System Active partition from which it is booting.

Try making your factory Recovery Disks, then running the Recovery Partition to see if it will even run (just cue it up). If it won't work at all, then you can wipe that partitiion with free Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD. Wipe with at least one set of zeroes to overcome GRUB corruption on HD.

You may need to repair the Win7 MBR using the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.
System Repair Disc - Create
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If it turns out the Linux or GRUB files were placed on Win7 partition, then you may be able to resolve this by running a Repair Install from the Win7 desktop, which will reinstall Win7 while keeping all files, programs and settings in place. Hopefully the reinstall will overwrite the Linux files.
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26 Aug 2010   #13
Northorne

Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
 
 

gregrocker,
Awesome, thank you. But one question.
Are you saying that the boot files for my main 200+gig 7 partition are actaully in that backup partition?

At this point I just want to wipe that 14gig backup partition and see what happens. That wont get me into immediate trouble will it?

Thanks again
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26 Aug 2010   #14
gregrocker

 




We have to go by your screenshot which shows that everything is contained in the Win7 partition: System, Active, Boot, etc. However the screenshot could be in error as it shows Recov partition is 100% free space.

Because the Recovery partition sits on the boot sector, it might be necessary to repair the MBR once you wipe that partition.

Here are the steps I would follow:

Back up a Win7 System image externally.

Boot PW CD, select 1 for screen res, rightclick Recovery Partition, select Wipe, apply zeroes to overcome possible GRUB corruption, OK, Apply.

Next rightclick Win7 partition to Resize and take up the unallocated space to the left by dragging the left grey border over it, OK, Apply.

Now take one last look at Win7 partition to make sure it is still marked Active. If Win7 will not now start, then boot into the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times to repair the MBR to the Active partition. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If you still get the GRUB menu, then run the Repair Install.
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26 Aug 2010   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

As Greg has already posted these, have a look at Option Three to see how to run a wipe.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD




Also have a look at this one to get some further understanding of the process.


Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to Repair Boot Issues




Thanks for picking up my slack Greg.
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26 Aug 2010   #16
Northorne

Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks fellas, I think your suggestions should solve the problem. I'll take a crack at it after work and let ya'll know what happens!!
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26 Aug 2010   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Do post back with an update.
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26 Aug 2010   #18
dolittle

windows 7
 
 

If you don't what to have a Linux choice in the boot loader. Boot with your 7 dvd or build a 7 repair disc and run bootrec.exe /fixmbr from the Command Prompt.
Say Yes (press Y )and restart.
Let us all know.
You can redo the partitions with windows manager.
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26 Aug 2010   #19
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dolittle View Post
If you don't what to have a Linux choice in the boot loader. Boot with your 7 dvd or build a 7 repair disc and run bootrec.exe /fixmbr from the Command Prompt.
Say Yes (press Y )and restart.
Let us all know.
You can redo the partitions with windows manager.
The bootsect and bootrec commands are automated in Win7 Startup Repair, but this is certainly worth a shot as it might rid you of GRUB on its own.

However be aware that GRUB can play havoc with the Win7 bootloader until it is wiped from the HD, or overwritten with a Repair Install or Reinstall.
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