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Windows 7: Only boots from the usb

27 Dec 2015   #1

Win 7 home 32bit
Only boots from the usb

I installed windows 7 on a brand new hd from a usb. It will boot up normally with the usb stick. If I remove it, I will get a blinking cursor. If i go to the bios and load up from the hd I get a blinking cursor. I have tried the startup repair yet no errors were found. Does it have something to do with the reserve partition having a different drive letter assigned ?

I installed linux after the problem hoping that grub would fix the boot problem. It gives me the option to load windows from 2 spots but neither will load without the usb. Linux loads up fine.

I am stumped. 2days trying to get this to work. Reinstallation failed to fix it as well.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2015   #2

Win 7 home 32bit

I removed the drive letter from the reserve partition and windows still will not boot without the usb
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2015   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1

try to boot up with the windows installer (disc or usb stick) and follow these instructions to make the partition active and bootable:

Select Repair your computer at the Install now screen.
  1. Click No if asked to Repair and Restart.
    Click Cancel if it looks for a Disk Image.
  2. Now in System Recovery Options,
    click the Command Prompt option.
    Press ENTER after you type in each of these commands which are not case-sensitive:
    • DISKPART (to open the partition utility)
    • LIST DISK (disk number(s) will be shown)
    • SELECT DISK n (where n is the number of the disk - probably 0)
    • LIST PARTITION (partition number(s) will be shown)
    • SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Primary partition you wish to make Active)
    • ACTIVE (the selected partition on the selected disk will be made Active)
    • EXIT (to exit DiskPart)
    • EXIT (to exit the Command Prompt)
  3. Restart computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Dec 2015   #4

Win 7 home 32bit

It marked the reserve as active but still won't boot up without the usb
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2015   #5
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My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2015   #6

Win 7 home 32bit

Thanks I just downloaded it and will give it a shot. Fingers crossed :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2015   #7

Win 7 home 32bit

That did the trick thank you but now I dont have my grub loader. It boots windows automatically without giving me the option to choose linux.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Dec 2015   #8

Win 7 home 32bit

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Only boots from the usb

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