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Windows 7: Windows 7 reverts to WinVista Boot Screen

02 Jan 2010   #11
Microsoft MVP


Vista's startup animation is the default for low-graphics Win7 installation, so it has somehow been triggered by your repairs.

The wild card here is GRUB, defying normal fixes like Repair Install since that would overwrite GRUB when it reconfigures the multi-boot.

However you can remove GRUB, run the Repair Install to fix Win7 boot, then reinstall GRUB according to the steps given in the most popular Win7/Ubuntu dual booting tutorial:

The scenario of Win7 installed last applies here since the Repair install is effectively a reinstall which reconfigures the boot.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2010   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium RTM x64

Well the same problem when I installed Windows 7 onto a minimum requirement system to see how it would run (off topic: it ran better than expected!). Whenever I power it on, the Vista boot screen is there instead.

I believe it has something to do with compatibility. I take note of that 100 MB system partition, which GRUB seems to overlook. Because it think that W7 is "Windows Vista (Loader)" it boots partition 2 (or actually 1 since 0 is the system partition). The BCD is in the main partition, because Vista never had the 100 MB partition.

As for solving it, maybe editing menu.lst or grub.cfg to use that system partition instead of the W7 primary partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Unfortunately, Sausage, the Windows 7 partition is marked as the system partition...
I've reinstalled Grub umpteen million times, so I'll be giving the Repair Install a try. Let's hope it works!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Jan 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP


Perhaps force deleting the 100mb System Reserved partition if you've got it will allow GRUB to configure correctly?

When deleted it normally requires booting into the Win7 DVD to run Startup Repair 3 times to rewrite the MBR to Win7.

However, you don't need the Win7 MBR if you want GRUB to do the job?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2010   #15

Windows 7 x64

Well, maybe this will help. I just set up a system so the boot files for a Win 7 install were on another drive, then removed that other drive, so there were no boot files on the Win 7 drive.

I made the partition active, then copied the bootmgr file, and the Boot folder with just the bcd file inside it. Then I rebuilt the bcd store. When I rebooted (and it worked), the Vista loading screen came up.

To check, I added some more files to the boot folder and found if I put the fonts folder in the Boot folder, the Win 7 loading screen would come up. If I removed the fonts folder, it went back to Vista.

You might try replacing your fonts folder in the root directory Boot folder to see if it helps. You might even try booting without the folder then replace it later.

This may not be the only reason for the Vista screen to come up, but you might try.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2010   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Well, I fixed it...
I used EasyBCD 2 Beta to re-create boot files on my Win7 partition, then reset the BCD configuration and changed the boot drive to the Win7 partition. Then, using Linux, I cleaned up every trace of BOOTMGR from anywhere but the Win7 partition, then restored the Windows XP boot sector.
Every OS boots, and Windows 7 has its normal boot screen.

There is only one tiny issue left. If I try to do a Windows Image Backup, it backs up the Win7 partition, but forces me to backup my H: drive (1st partition of 1st disk...once upon a time Windows 7 installed a bootloader there), since it considers it a "System" partition in my Backup & Restore center. However, in the Disk Management console, only my Win7 partition is a System partition.
How can I fix this behavior?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2010   #17
Microsoft MVP


Can you post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management map using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach files using paper clip in reply box?

There is some reason why backup is still seeing H as a system drive.

Otherwise just move the data off and format it logical which is preferred for data drives since it cannot be marked active.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jan 2010   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Heh, silly me. I had H: marked as Active. Used diskpart and set it to be inactive and now all is well...

Thanks for all of your guys' help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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