Windows 7 Installation error

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  1. Posts : 5
    Garuda Linux, Windows 7 Enterprise
       #1

    Windows 7 Installation error


    Hello,

    I'm trying to install Windows 7 with a USB stick. When I boot into the flash drive, it gives me this error message:

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix this problem:

    1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
    2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
    3. Click "Repair your computer."

    If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
    File: \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD
    Status: 0:000000d
    Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

    Windows 7 Installation error-p_20220622_132345.jpg

    The iso I used was created with rufus (GPT, FAT32). ((If I set it to MBR, the flash disk can't be detected during booting))
    • Secure boot is off.
    • My BIOS is updated to the newest version.
    • I tried inserting the USB with iso into different USB ports but didn't resolve the error.
    • I have no access to other Windows versions since I use Linux on my computer
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  2. Posts : 15,179
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #2

    Did you have a look and see if the bcd file is present on the usb stick?

    \efi\microsoft\boot\bcd
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  3. Posts : 5
    Garuda Linux, Windows 7 Enterprise
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Yes, I have it

    Windows 7 Installation error-image.png
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  4. Posts : 15,179
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #4

    the efi folder should contain a folder called Boot and a folder called microsoft.

    Inside the microsoft folder is another folder called boot . That is where bcd lives.

    If bcd is in the correct place, it might be damaged.

    Windows 7 Installation error-efi-folder.jpg

    You could try extracting this onto your usb stick EFI.zip
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  5. Posts : 5
    Garuda Linux, Windows 7 Enterprise
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I have extracted your zip file but I still got the same error.

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  6. Posts : 15,179
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #6

    perhaps there is something wrong with the usb you created. Use something other than rufus.

    the usual way

    1. format usb stick to fat32

    2. copy the contents of the win7 iso onto the usb stick

    3. copy bootmgfw.efi into EFI\BOOT folder and rename it to bootx64.efi. You can use the bootx64.efi file from the zip I posted.
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  7. Posts : 6,872
    W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
       #7

    Hi

    W7 doesn't like being in 2nd place, are you keeping Linux and installing W7 in a partition AFTER it on your hard drive

    have a read of these

    note the warning

    Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux
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  8. Posts : 7,029
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #8

    Please edit your profile with ALL your hardware specs. It will help us to help you
    System Info - See Your System Specs

    To make a Win 7 USB boot able drive:

    Open a CMD window as administrator and type:

    diskpart
    list disk (it will list all drives. Identify the USB drive number)
    select disk n (replace n by the USB drive number obtained with list disk)
    clean
    convert mbr
    create part primary
    select part 1
    format fs=fat32 quick
    assign
    active
    exit (to exit diskpart)

    If you have a Win 7 installation iso file
    On Win 7 use 7Zip to extract all files and folders from the Win 7 iso file to the USB drive.
    On Win 10, mount the iso file and copy all files and folders to the USB drive.

    If you have a Win 7 installation DVD
    On another computer that has ODD, copy all files and folders from the DVD to the USB drive

    To make it UEFI boot able you must add the \efi\boot folder


    To make it universal (all Win 7 versions), go to \sources on the USB drive and delete \sources\ei.cfg

    Windows installation
    Reset BIOS or load defaults.
    Set Disk mode to AHCI, not RAID
    Select OS mode = CSM or Select OS mode = other + UEFI (depends on BIOS).
    Disable fast boot and secure boot.

    Windows can be installed in two ways: Legacy-MBR or UEFI-GPT
    To install as Legacy-MBR you must boot the installation drive as Legacy
    To install as UEFI-GPT you must boot the installation drive as UEFI.

    If you have a UEFI BIOS, you should install as UEFI-GPT
    Detach any other drives (SATA or Power cable) from the MB.

    During POST, press F12(?) to launch the boot menu. You will see two options for the USB drive. USB UEFI (Name) and USB (Name). Select USB UEFI (Name).
    Go to install and delete ALL partitions on the main drive till you have one and only one unallocated space and then proceed.
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  9. Posts : 15,179
    Vista x64 / 7 X64
       #9

    I tried inserting the USB with iso into different USB ports but didn't resolve the error.
    I have no access to other Windows versions since I use Linux on my computer

    The problem is the usb stick won't boot properly. The OP does not have access to a windows machine to create a bootable usb.
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  10. Posts : 7,029
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #10

    He can update his computer specs. At least MB and CPU
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