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Windows 7: please don't laugh...

20 Oct 2010   #21
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mypcbroke View Post
Again, question: Will I be asked to "hit any key to load CD/DVD" after each repair/restart? because I feel like I'm going in circles. If it's repairing, I'll keep doing it, but I was assuming the pc would take action on its own (which it doesn't at the beginning)
You want to see if HD will start up before booting back into DVD to run another repair.

The Recovered flag means it should start IF it is marked Active. I highly recommend you use Partition Wizard bootable CD to look at the Disk Management picture which will confirm Active flag, allow you to browse for files and reveal unexpected issues:

Example: Is WIn7 installed on a Logical partition which cannot be marked Active to recover the System MBR into it? Instead it must be recovered into a primary SysReserved partition. In that case look for the 100mb SysReserved partition to mark Active. The PW picture can tell us this.


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20 Oct 2010   #22
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mypcbroke View Post
Also, this time after hitting "Repair My Computer" it had (recovered) listed instead of "Windows 7" like before... am I on the right track?
Did it have windows seven and Windows seven recovered listed and you had to make a choice?
If it did chose recovered and see if it loads.
It only has:
(recovered) 10138 MB (C Local Disk
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20 Oct 2010   #23
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Aside from the happy face that I didn't mean in the prev post, I have the boot order as 1. IDE0 and 2. CD/DVD.

Am I correct in assuming that the HD will try to load, then it will go to CD/DVD if it doesn't? Or will I always get a press any key for CD/DVD if I have the windows DVD in there?
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20 Oct 2010   #24
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mypcbroke View Post
I marked it active via command prompt. And I was under the assumption I couldn't retreive files because Microsoft phone guy told me to do certain command (not sure what they were for, I think he heard the desperation in my voice)
if I remember correctly it was: clean, format fs=ntfs
does that mean anything to anyone?
With Clean command you had your HD wiped and formatted. Did it ever start up during install?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mypcbroke View Post
Am I correct in assuming that the HD will try to load, then it will go to CD/DVD if it doesn't? Or will I always get a press any key for CD/DVD if I have the windows DVD in there?
It should not even be offering you to boot DVD if you have HD set first to boot. But if you don't press any key then it should boot to HD and it appears it is trying if you are getting that error. Try again.

There should also be a popup Boot Menu accessed by tapping F2 key at boot to make these choices if you are unsure.
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20 Oct 2010   #25
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I don't know if I'm doing everything wrong. But I tried all steps up to getting the Partition Wizard. I burned it to a CD, but I keep getting "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key"
and I have selected CD/DVD from my boot menu...
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20 Oct 2010   #26
gregrocker

 

Did you click on the ISO to use built-in Windows Image Burner to burn PW ISO file to CD? You can't just copy it to DVD. It needs an Image BUrner.

Use ImgBurn at 4x speed to know it is burned bootable. http://www.imgburn.com/

Where did you get Win7 DVD? Did you burn it yourself? Was this a factory install?
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20 Oct 2010   #27
DocBrown

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

This is a Windows 7 Retail DVD you are using for the repair ?
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20 Oct 2010   #28
mypcbroke

Windows Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Greg,
Sonic RecordNow! picked the option for me and it is saved as:
pwhe52
ISO Image file

Doc,
It is the Windows 7 upgrade DVD they sent from Acer. My pc originally had Vista but I bought it after a certain date so I received a free (?) update
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20 Oct 2010   #29
gregrocker

 

I don't know if Sonic burns ISO disks. It is not being seen as a bootable disk anyway.

Best to use the built-in Win7 image burner or ImgBurn.

It would be good to see a picture of your HD using PW CD to know what is there. But if Win7 is on a primary partition and is marked System Active and won't repair after 3 attempts, there isn't much else we can do - Except look to see if you have a Recovery partition to run in case Win7 won't install. That way you can upgrade to 7 from Vista if it becomes necessary. Or do you have the Vista recov disks?

If you're ready to try reinstall we can do that, too. Or wait until tomorrow?
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20 Oct 2010   #30
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mypcbroke View Post
Greg,
Sonic RecordNow! picked the option for me and it is saved as:
pwhe52
ISO Image file

Doc,
It is the Windows 7 upgrade DVD they sent from Acer. My pc originally had Vista but I bought it after a certain date so I received a free (?) update

In reading all the different posts here, I think the Microsoft helpers may have Cleaned & deleted the main win7 OS. So Fresh Clean install might be the best option


" It only has:
(recovered) 10138 MB
(C Local Disk "

That sounds like the size of the recovery partition installed by the manufacture
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