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Windows 7: Windows 7 reverts to WinVista Boot Screen

01 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Windows 7 reverts to WinVista Boot Screen

I just went through a lot of trouble to get Windows XP, Windows 7 and Grub2 (for all my Linux distros) working together. In order to do so, I followed this post on the Ubuntu forums. The part that concerns Windows 7 is Step 2.
I ran all the commands and was able to get all of the OSes working together, but now Windows 7 is using Vista's ugly green scrolling bar as the boot screen.
I've tried
bcdedit /set {current} locale en-US
bcdboot %WinDir% /l en-US
Neither worked.
I'd rather avoid doing a clean install, if possible.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

I believe it has something to do with a different bootloader being used, in this case, GRUB. I've also heard of it happening when an illegal bootloader is used for the purpose of bypassing/cracking activation in 7. Strange that in both instances that the boot screen would be Vista's screen though. May be something Microsoft overlooked.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


Then only way I know to repair it is a Repair Install but then Win7 will reconfigure the boot to take control from GRUB.

You'd need to remove GRUB and reinstall it afterward, but that might just recreate the problem.

Best to ask in Ubuntu too since they know GRUB best.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64

Can you attach a copy of the bcdedit readout? Open an administrative command prompt and type:

I got the Vista screen once when I was dual booting between Win 7 32 bit and 64 bit. It didn't hurt anything, just looked funny.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Also, did it ever show the real boot screen? Like on my netbook (dont have it anymore) it showed that screen because of the screen resoulution (I have no clue why Microsoft did that)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RJ12 View Post
...because of the screen resoulution (I have no clue why Microsoft did that)
Because the size of the screen, logical. You had a clue all along.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

The screen resolution is fine. The correct boot screen has also been used until I performed the instructions at the link above. Since I've had the normal boot screen with Grub before, I'd venture to say that it isn't the problem.
Output of bcdedit:
Windows Boot Manager
identifier              {bootmgr}
device                  partition=H:
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {globalsettings}
default                 {default}
resumeobject            {4945e62e-ce3a-11de-a974-b35f472bd77d}
displayorder            {default}
toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
timeout                 30

Windows Boot Loader
identifier              {default}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Windows 7
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
osdevice                partition=C:
systemroot              \windows
resumeobject            {4945e62e-ce3a-11de-a974-b35f472bd77d}
nx                      OptIn
detecthal               Yes
Drive H: is the first partition of the first hard drive, and drive C: is the second partition of the third drive. In disk management, C: is marked as the system partition, and H: is just Active. Most of the files for BOOTMGR are gone on H:. All that is left is \BOOTSECT.BAK & \Boot\BCD & \Boot\bcd.log

Perhaps if I reinstalled BOOTMGR onto C: and removed all traces from H:?
I'm not exactly sure how to go about doing that though...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

I assume you followed the steps to the letter?
You copied the boot files from the DVD to the HDD, correct?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

If you are referring to the tutorial I linked to, then yes, I followed it to the letter. However, I did accidentally copy files to "C:" at one point (which should be H: now...). I never did anything with those files, though. I just left them there, and later deleted those which I could. H:\boot\bcd and H:\boot\bcd.log are not deletable, even though they shouldn't be being used....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64

Just to help us keep it straight, which drive is listed in the bios as the primary drive, or the first one in the Disk order? It does seem GRUB likes to swap primary drives, so that might make things a little confusing..

Have you ever had Vista on this machine or any of the hard drives you are using? Since I saw the Vista screen using 2 versions of Win 7, I have to assume the screen is buried in Win 7 or it was on one of my hard drives, or possibly even in the bios somehow, but that would be just a wild guess.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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