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Windows 7: Win 7 boot files missing or corrupt

17 Sep 2011   #1

Win 7 boot files missing or corrupt

I have an Advent Roma 2001 configured, in PC World style, with a "recovery partition" alongside the system partition and, after resolving a hard disk problem, I found that the machine would not start/boot Windows 7. clearly some necessary files are missing or corrupted, but the normal system recovery tools have not solved the problem(s). I'm familiar with the process for resurrecting XP, but not its counterpart for Windows 7...the files and steps for doing this are rather different. it would seem that pretty much everything else is in place on the hard disk, but certain recovery programs report "0" Windows installations when Win 7 is still in place where it was before the disk problem, e.g. it is available to be selected by the main recovery/startup program...this prog can "see" it, but can't access/boot it.

I'd really appreciate it if someone (or some folks) could map out the steps, files, command line statements, etc. so that I can breathe some life into this anaesthetised device sooner rather than later...I may as well work my way through the whole lot rather than using a trial and error method...that might take a long time. however, I'm also happy to be advised on the approach if and where this unnecessary or inadvisable.

thanks in anticipation,


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17 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Try running a Startup Repair as this tutorial explains. You may need to run it three times.

Startup Repair
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18 Sep 2011   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Do you have a Win 7 DVD?
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05 Oct 2011   #4

thanks for your responses...

...'got rather distracted with the problem itself and chasing a copy install disk, so I must apologise for the "pregnant silence".

the solution to the problem proved to be a repair/replacement of the corrupted bcd file that screwed up the Boot Manager. I will be delving more deeply into the "details" of that file later...'had the commands/procedure slightly wrong first time round...once this was corrected, the Boot Manager fired up. the install disk was required to replace the spldr.sys that had also been corrupted, I suspect, when the fault developed with the bcd file.

thanks again,


P.S. my dad looked after the first Vampires on Indomitable/Indefatigable...Joe Hutchinson...his late brother Frank(RAF) used to live in Peterborough...'real ol' die-hards, eh? 'sorry if this breaches forum protocol, by the way. vaya con Dios!
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