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Windows 7: please don't laugh...

22 Oct 2010   #141
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Another good point Dave ! I had not thought about the DVD Drive maybe being going bad.


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22 Oct 2010   #142
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

@Greg, I would continue with your "missing OS loader" Startup Repair first, hopefully this will get it running.

Trying to throw some ideas out, someone is bound to come up with a winner.

Will help with the USB install if you think it's necessary, after the current repairs are ran.


@Doc, can't figure the cause out, just running the possibilities down.
As far as hardware, suspects are ODD problem, HDD problem, maybe connection on one or both.
I've had laptop ODD problems where re-seating it helped.

Might try re-seating both.



This one is definitely a head scratcher.
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22 Oct 2010   #143
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

PW partition screenshot (literally)

Safe Mode does not go through...


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22 Oct 2010   #144
gregrocker

 

That is the exact same situation as last time, with 5.07gb installed to Win7 partition. I don't think it could be the full Win7 install as it's never been reported to be smaller than 5.97gb.

If others disagree, then we can try rebuilding the bcd to overcome the "No OS Loader" result from Startup Repair. First would be to run the bootrec commands I just gave you from the Win7 DVD Command Line. Then the full rebuild commands I can provide.

Dave has a promising idea to try USB install. Do you have a clean copy ISO of Win7 that you can write to USB flash stick? What always works for me is to use UltraISO trial version, Open ISO on File tab, Write Image on Bootable tab, use Format button first, then Write button.
http://www.ezbsystems.com/ultraiso/download.htm
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22 Oct 2010   #145
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

My flashdrive is super old school and holds only 256MB... I bought it in high school and it has never needed replacing, so yeah... it's kinda small

I am currently at Command Prompt via Windows DVD. I have done the:
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
(it says: "The operation completed successfully.")
and
bootrec.exe /fixboot
(it says: "The operation completed successfully.")
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22 Oct 2010   #146
gregrocker

 

If Win7 doesn't start return to DVD Command Line to type:
  • bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
  • c:
  • cd boot
  • attrib bcd -s -h -r
  • ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
  • bootrec /RebuildBcd
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22 Oct 2010   #147
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

It says:
Successfully scanned Windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 1
[1] D:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? Yes<Y>/No<N>/All<A>:

Hit Y, enter. Got "The operationg completed successfully."

Can you tell I'm afraid of proceeding alone for anything now?
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22 Oct 2010   #148
gregrocker

 

You are doing fine, better than most.

We'll be here until you get it working.

Can you borrow a 4gb+ flash stick?

http://compare.ebay.com/like/1304013...=263602_304662
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22 Oct 2010   #149
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

You will need a 4GB flashdrive to install Win7 from.

Might be worth the investment.
Should be able to get one at any local computer store for $10 or less.

Let's see how the rebuilding the BCD goes.
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22 Oct 2010   #150
gregrocker

 

Dave can u see any way 5.07 gb could be a Win7 install?

This is what's installed last two times.
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