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Windows 7: "win boot conf data file does not contain a valid OS entry" oxc0000098

11 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 64
"win boot conf data file does not contain a valid OS entry" oxc0000098

Ok, so I had the "file recovery virus." I was using malwarebytes and Another malware removal program (can't remember that name) to get rid of it. I remember one of them listed a file name with "boot" in it as infected so I deleted it as suggested. Well now I can't boot windows 7 64 bit on my HP Pavillion laptop. It said no bootable device was found.

My husband made me a repair disk from his work computer but Under the system recovery options, it is blank. It says "if your operating system isn't listed, click load drivers". When I click load drivers, there are a ton of files listed and I don't know which one to choose.

If i dont boot from CD, I am also getting a windows boot manager screen that says to insert the windows installation cd (which I don't have) and restart.
File: \boot\bcd
status: oxc0000098
"the windows boot configuration data file does not contain a valid OS entry."

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!

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11 Sep 2012   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello NancyF, welcome to Seven Forums

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media.

Have you tried the factory recovery option built into the PC frm the factory, I believe it's the F12 key (for HP) at PC startup, that will over-write any date you may be trying to save though.

There is also the option in this tutorial linked below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

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11 Sep 2012   #3


Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot.
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