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    computer problems,, not booting

    Hi,

    Can anyone help, my partner is having computer problems.

    XP was installed, it didn't work anymore and the disk is lost. He got a new copy of win7 and it installed fine, it works fine but it does not load from start up.

    On start up it asks to choose a version of XP, win7 runs and works from cd only. He installed a fresh copy tonight and it is still the same. If the disk is not in,it reverts to XP start up.

    He has changed start up in the bios to cd and hard drive/vice versa. he has also used easybcd to try fix it.
    Anyone got a solution to get win7 booting.

    He's doing my head in, thanks:p

    17 Comments

    Reinstall Win7 using CD. During installation, select to reformat HDD. That'll wipe everything and give you a fresh install of only win7.

    Wipe the hard drive during the windows 7 setup, failing that clean the disk with diskpart from the Win 7 boot media, it'll wipe the whole drive though.

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    Edited by: "dcx_badass" 7th Jan

    Double check that you only have one hard drive working when you installed windows 7.

    Sounds like you've got different OS on two partitions.
    Make sure you reformat all partitions and try installing win 7 again.

    get a good heavy hammer and smash the computer as hard as you can. do this at least ten times. That should cure it.

    Had a similar issue absolutely years ago; former XP machine wouldn't boot to win7 without the win7 disc in the drive. Futher faffing showed it didn't have to be the win7 disc - it could be any random disc as long as it was bootable. Wipe & repartition no different. Can't recall ever finding a workaround. Useless advice maybe, but I am offering empathy to your head being done in, and my additional ramblings may trigger some recollections to other HUKD members who did find a workaround to similar issue.

    someoneatsomewhereengland

    get a good heavy hammer and smash the computer as hard as you can. do … get a good heavy hammer and smash the computer as hard as you can. do this at least ten times. That should cure it.



    ​Agreed. Way better than my suggestion.

    AndyRoyd

    Had a similar issue absolutely years ago; former XP machine wouldn't boot … Had a similar issue absolutely years ago; former XP machine wouldn't boot to win7 without the win7 disc in the drive. Futher faffing showed it didn't have to be the win7 disc - it could be any random disc as long as it was bootable. Wipe & repartition no different. Can't recall ever finding a workaround. Useless advice maybe, but I am offering empathy to your head being done in, and my additional ramblings may trigger some recollections to other HUKD members who did find a workaround to similar issue.



    It's normally caused by the windows 7 bootmanager getting bumped by XP. I'd say NTDLR is there but BootMgr isn't
    Start the Windows 7 install DVD, and choose "Repair" and "Command Prompt". At the prompt, do a "bootrec /RebuildBCD" to write down a new bootloader.

    kester76

    It's normally caused by the windows 7 bootmanager getting bumped by XP. … It's normally caused by the windows 7 bootmanager getting bumped by XP. I'd say NTDLR is there but BootMgr isn't :(Start the Windows 7 install DVD, and choose "Repair" and "Command Prompt". At the prompt, do a "bootrec /RebuildBCD" to write down a new bootloader.


    That may be plausible if there were remnants of XP remaining, but not after a clean wipe & repartition.

    AndyRoyd

    That may be plausible if there were remnants of XP remaining, but not … That may be plausible if there were remnants of XP remaining, but not after a clean wipe & repartition.


    It could be the drive you partitioned wasn't the drive you were booting from. Windows does weird stuff with multiple drives and is known to put a boot partition on a separate drive to the installation drive. You won't notice the problem until you pull the 2nd drive and it stops booting with no Bootmgr or NTLDR missing.
    Yeah it's a massive ball ache reinstalling windows. I never use multiple partitions or install multiple OS as it's just easier to run virtual machines. I hate windows 7 as well, it used to hoard DLL files like a crazy woman hoards cats. I had a look in the WinSxS directory and found 42GB of DLLs in the directory before I scrubbed it

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    Edited by: "kester76" 8th Jan

    Are you live near Milton Keynes? Or if you willing to send it we can arrange this and I will fix it for you

    Looks like you need to re-write boot file, there are wrong commands in it and windows loader still thinks there is XP somewhere. I can bet you didn't erase hard drive while installing W7 didn't you?

    I would say if you've got yourself into this situation you're not confident writing command lines. Therefore the easiest way to fix is to reinstall it but this time completely format the HDD. I'm guessing there are multiple partitions and XP is left over on at least one.

    Also of you have multiple HDD/SSD, leave only the one you want Windows installed connected.

    When in windows 7 type diskmgmt.msc in the search box and post a screenshot of the result, that will help to diagnose the problem

    An XP computer is circa 2004.
    You say XP didn't work anymore.
    Has the 12 year old hard drive failed?
    Buy a Windows 7 computer on eBay for £35.
    (See it working or buy from a good dealer)

    peeej1978

    Reinstall Win7 using CD. During installation, select to reformat HDD. … Reinstall Win7 using CD. During installation, select to reformat HDD. That'll wipe everything and give you a fresh install of only win7.


    As this but delete all partitions and then format before installing

    Original Poster

    Hiya,

    Thanks for all the advice, he's took it on board.

    He's been on with it all day (yawn), he got a external drive and transferred all the files over.... From all the partitions with any windows folders in them, he then formatted each partition removing the old XP version. He did a fresh install of win7 while he was on!
    He said the computer now boots in win7.

    So, thank you so much from him and ME
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