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Windows 7: Infinite restart loop

02 Oct 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Did you do the wipe to the Ubuntu partition or did you just delete it using Partition Wizard.

If you just deleted it that is probably the issue as he Grub boot-loader is still there.


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03 Oct 2010   #12
dvoriner

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

I wiped the partition four first (but I did not touch "Linux swipe" partition). Then I tried to mark the eMachines partition active and ran the startup repair for few times with no desired result so I decided to delete everything related to Linux in the Partition Wizard (I did not wipe "Linux swipe", I just deleted it). GRUB might still be there even though I never get to see it. Is there a way to delete it? Is that what I want?

I hope someone else in the future will profit from this conversation as well!!!

EDIT: I find the information to delete GRUB here. Should I try it?
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03 Oct 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

Mark the System Reserved 100mb boot partition active: Partition - Mark as Active

Then boot into the win7 DVD Repair console and run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until it starts. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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EDIT: I find the information to delete GRUB here. Should I try it?
That bootsect command is automated in Startup Repair. You can certainly run it separately if necessary, though.

Here is the correct method to run Recovery: http://www.ehow.com/how_5977219_do-r...ine-disk_.html

If the Recovery Partition fails to run, try marking it Active first.
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03 Oct 2010   #14
dvoriner

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

OK, so I marked the partition SYSTEM RESERVED as active and ran startup repair for three times but with no result.

Then I deleted GRUB from the command line of the Win 7 repair disc as described in your thread "Remove GRUB"... and it worked! The Win7 booted successfully.

Yesterday I did some unnecessary things - among which running the "factory recovery" so I guess I do not need the eMachines recovery now... but I will definitely keep this link as it may come handy one day.

Anyways I want to thank you a lot for your patience and great help, gregrocker and Bare Foot Kid. I hope others will take advantage of this thread as well.

Have a nice day!
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03 Oct 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

If you'll post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, we can look it over for any other problems.

Did your Factory Recovery partition run when you tried it earlier? Try making Recovery Disks now that you're in Windows. Or did you receive any disks with computer?

In the future, you can avoid the GRUB corruption by placing Ubuntu/Linux on another HD and booting via BIOS Boot Order and one-time BIOS Boot Menu key (F10 on eMachine).
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03 Oct 2010   #16
dvoriner

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Hi,

here is my Disk management screen shot with some translations of mine in red. I hope it makes some sense.

Yes, I ran the factory recovery from the HDD (there was no CD or DVD in the drive). I got there by typing Alt + F10 right after turning on the computer. As far as I remember the name of the program was "eMachines recovery management" or something like that...

I did not receive any CDs or DVDs with the computer. I assume that everything needed for recovery of or reinstalling Windows is in that "recovery partition" as seen in the screenshot.


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03 Oct 2010   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



From the screen-shot it certainly looks as though the recovery partition is still intact, have you tried to create the recovery disks, this is a "copy" of the recovery partition that can be used to recover the PC to the same factory condition that the recovery partition does, in case of Hard Disk Drive (HDD) failure.

Look around really good in the Windows start menu for the program used to create the disks, it's a really good idea to create them 'just in case'.



I'm really pleased you got the PC booting again.
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03 Oct 2010   #18
dvoriner

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

OK, I will make some recovery disks as I might try to uninstall the antivirus again in the future (the original source of all trouble)

Thank you again, BFK and gregrocker.
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03 Oct 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You are very welcome; if you want to try Linux again, it is best to install it to a separate Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to avoid boot issues, have a look at the info below.

information   Information

The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Just be sure not to change where the original HDD SATA cable was connected, it has to be re-connected to the exact same port to avoid boot issues.



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03 Oct 2010   #20
gregrocker

 

Look for Recovery Media Creator in All Programs list. It will burn disks which are a bootable copy of the Recovery Partition in case HD or partition fails.

When you have Win7 set up and running best, also backup externally a Win7 Backup Image which is a more customized therefore useful backup than factory recovery. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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