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Dual boot Windows XP BSOD

Q: Dual boot Windows XP BSOD

I recently installed Windows XP onto a hard drive that already has Ubuntu 10.04 on it. Ubuntu still works fine, and i can use the GRUB bootloader, however when i try to boot Windows XP, it instantly goes to a BSOD when the "Windows XP" logo begins.

The code is :
0x0000007B ( 0xf7c1a528 , 0xc0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)

I've seen this issue on these boards before, and i think i know what the problem is, but i don't know how to fix it. The CD-ROM on my main laptop is broken, so i took my hard drive out of it and put it into another laptop (i have a Toshiba Satellite m40, and i put it into a Thinkpad T41). I then installed Windows XP normally and it worked fine. Then, after putting the hard drive back into my main laptop, I began to have this issue. I'm assuming the issue comes from Windows trying to load the wrong drivers or something.

At this point, i can still access that partition of the hard drive that contains Win XP, through Ubuntu, so i can definitely mess with the files in there if that is required.

Any suggestions? Any help would be really appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: Dual boot Windows XP BSOD

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Dual boot Windows XP BSOD

Do you have any minidumps available for analysis? You can check them in C:\windows\minidump.

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Hello, my name is Hunter, and I am in need of support.

I've been trying to get Windows XP and 7 to dual-boot, but my main issue is that every time I installed XP, Windows 7 boot would corrupt and I'd have to get to command prompt (which I don't have available on start up, had to use a recovery cd from Vista) and run bootrec.exe /FixMbr and /FixBoot to allow Windows 7 to boot up.

I then installed EasyBCD to fix the boot files, recognize Windows XP, and load them at start up. That worked fine, but upon running XP in total victory and happiness, I get the dreaded blue-screen of death. I've tried a number of things, none of which helped. (chkdsk, easybcd write MBR)

Exhausting all options, I seek help from the knowing people of this forum.

Thank you for your time,
Hunter

A:[SOLVED] Windows 7 and XP Dual Boot BSOD

Something to add is that I don't natively have a "safe mode" or anything like that, I'm not sure why. All is offered when I boot up is F2(Critical BIOS Settings) and F12 (choose what to boot first).

EasyBCD's boot-loader does allow me to run in safe mode on Windows 7 now, though. Just not XP. I do think it's possible that the XP install that I have is defective, but just to be sure, I'd like to know possible solutions/feedback.

Thanks again!

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I just got a new laptop with windows xp on it and Im trying to do a dual partition with windows xp to run pro tools for recording. I have created a second drive but it is a logical drive. On the computer management screen there is a small OEM partition, a recovery partition, the Os drive c partition and the e drive that I have created for windows xp. All are color coded as primary partitons except the e drive that I want to use for XP..this is a logical partition. When I try to restart the computer and install windows xp it comes up as a blue screen stating that the program has stopped to protect against any harmful changes. Please let me know what I am doing wrong. Thanks in advance.

A:BSOD when installing XP for dual boot with Windows 7

Hey. Very cool. What hardware do you plan on running with Pro Tools for audio interface?

Check my specs.

Pro Tools can run under Win 7 but they are proprietary software. To use the full version, you'll need one of Digidesign's DAW hardware solutions. Are you wanting to run LE?

Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase v5 and v3, Adobe Audition and Sony Sound Forge 10 are all excellent alternatives that work well on 7. I have them all inistalled and they're superb.

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Hey guys,

I need some help. I am the same person who posted a thread about needing drivers for Windows 7 after dual booting it with my preinstalled copy of Windows 8. So, I was on Windows 7 today, and my screen randomly blinked on and off for 5 seconds, and then came up with a message saying my system display driver crashed but had recovered. Then, about a minute later, it crashed again and came up with a BSOD saying that the display driver had crashed but failed to recover. I do not have the error code from it, as I only saw this screen once, and forgot to copy down the codde because I got freaked out But anyways, I have copied the system report to this post from the Seven Forums System Tool. I am currently running in safe mode on my Windows 7.

Thanks for help in advance!

A:System Crash: Dual Boot running Windows 7 and 8: BSOD

There are enough signs here that I have to wonder about this installation. Should this be a pirated copy of Windows, please be aware that we may not be able to fix it (as the hacks that were done to activate it will cause the OS to behave differently than we expect it to). If that's the case, our efforts to help may just waste your time. Secondly, the forum rules prohibit assisting with pirated software - so the topic would be closed if that is the case.

Please provide the MGADiag report according to these instructions (from this post: Product Key Number - Uninstall and Deactivate in Windows - Page 3 - Windows 7 Help Forums ):





To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.

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I have a new laptop (Compaq Pressario CQ61) that has Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) installed. This computer has an AMD processor. I am trying to set it up to dual boot Windows XP Home Edition.

I didn't have any issues partitioning the hard drive. I used nLite to slipstream my Windows XP installation disk. I added SP2 and the SATA drivers. I then burned this onto a DVD disk. Next I booted from CD using the disk I created. The installation runs through loading the files, but when it gets to "Setup is starting windows" I get the blue screen of death. The stop code is 0x00000007B.

I used the guide at the following address to download the SATA driver and complete the slipstreaming process.
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Operat...for-XP-solution-on-0x0000007B-BSOD/m-p/114120

Any guidance you can provide on how to resolve this issue is greatly appreciated.
 

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Hi all,

So I got a new laptop its a Lenovo Y700-15ISK, UEFI Bios. I am trying to get the machine to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 10. I installed Windows 10 first, no problem. Windows 7x64 is just not working.

My windows 10 was a fresh install, slipstreamed updates and drivers from Lenovo using NTLite.

Windows 7, slipstreamed all Lenovo Windows 7x64 drivers, also windows updates (sp2). Windows seems to install fine but when it reboots after the install and boot picks Windows 7 from the Windows Boot Manager, I get a blue screen! 0x0000007e. I installed the USB 3 drivers via NTLite in booth the install.wim and boot.wim. I don't have an issue with is asking for drivers at the Windows 7 install.

After installing Windows 10, I made these changes to the bios.

Boot mode: Legacy Support
Boot Priority: Legacy First
Turned off OS Optimized defaults

Installed Windows 7x64 from usb stick, install seems to work but when it reboots,
BSOD BLUE SCREEN! Same error 0x0000007e
Also unable to boot into windows 7 using safe mode. I get as far as:
C:/Windows/System32/drivers/disk.sys
then it BSOD's
Totally totally at a loss right now!

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

A:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Originally Posted by Carsomyr


I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!



This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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Hello Everyone ,

i was wondering if anyone could help me in this matter :
i have windows7 and Redhat on my Laptop , i have removed and reinstalled the Windows7 last night and after that lost the Dual boot option , in fact the system is booting on windows7 and there is no option to chose linux ,

as far as i know , i should edit the msconfig file which i tried and couldn`t make it dual boot ,

Please check the attachment file ,

Thank you

A:dual boot , reinstall the windows and lost dual boot

Read this: Fixed Windows - But Now Grub is Gone?

Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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hello,
i have some questions regarding dual booting windows 7 home premium x64 with linux fedora 14 on dual independantly dedicated drives. i am a college student with moderate computer (windows) knowledge but am doing software development and would like to play around with some linux for a class. i have no prior experience with linux and have minimal knowledge of operation. i am currently running windows 7 and would like to keep it as my primary os. i do not wish to share media files across drives or os's, windows does that just fine as is and i dont want to get into a third drive. my current drive is a 1tb wd black caviar hdd. it is also currently 2/3rds full and the desktop is about 6 months old so i would rather not partition the drive for a dual boot. i would think that there are some other advantages for the os's operating independantly off their own drives other than if one hdd dies i should still have the other with its os still ok. i have read some topics about RAID configs with dual boot setups with dual drives like this but am not very familiar with RAID. is there a RAID config that would be beneficial in this situation? i currently do not have a RAID card. my tower internals are not very accessible and i dont like the idea of disconnecting drives depending on which os i want to operate. so what would be the best way of going about this? this is a near future project so i am looking for someone with some experience in this area hopefully.
thanks - garrett

A:windows 7 and linux fedora dual boot with dual drives

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are you trying to ask something? There's nothing there.

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Hi

If everything goes well I'll be building my first gaming desktop later this year.
One of the scenarios I'm considering is having 4 hard disks and two OSs,
a1, a2, b1, b2
the a disks would be 128 SSDs each with its copy of Win7,
the b disks would be 1 TB HDDs with data.

I want a1 (when I boot with it) to recognize only b1, the same with a2/b2.
In sum, I want one of the data disks not to be seen/accessed by the "other" OS.

Is this possible, and if yes how?

Regards

A:Windows 7 dual boot dual disks

Just remove the unwanted drive letters in Disk Mgmt and it will not be seen in Explorer.
During install of each OS, unplug all other drives. Set preferred OS to boot first in BIOS setup, then trigger the other OS SSD using BIOS Boot Menu shortcut key.
If this isn't to your liking install EasyBCD to add the secondary OS to a Windows Boot Menu. This way the drives will still be independently bootable to come and go as you please. They would not if you leave the other one plugged in during install.

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?
 

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

A:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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Hi,

I have an ACER 7535g in which the HDD recently failed.

I swapped it out for a Toshiba MK1246GSX, and clean installed Win 7 on it.

Since then ive been getting horrendous CPU spikes (really ever since I upgraded to win 7) and want to check if its Audiodg.exe, which seems the only extra process to suddenly spike during the freezes.

So I am trying to install a dual boot of XP pro as this service/process whatever was brought in on Vista.

Ive added Intel Sata drivers to an XP image using nlite, and created a partition. When I try and boot from the CD it goes through the process of loading everything from the CD then bluescreens just after showing Windows is starting.

I never get to the screen where I can see if it recognises the HDD.

I chaned the SATA BIOS setting to IDE and tried again and the same thing happened, except this time the laptop just turns itself off at the Windows is starting point.

To check everything was ok, I successfully installed a copy of win 7 32 on the partition with no problems.

Any ideas?

Could it be the wrong SATA drivers?

Cheers

A:Dual boot BSOD

Sounds more like a bad copy of WinXP CD, where did buy the CD?

With a good copy of WinXP try this way:
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot

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Hi, I,m new here an I hope you guyz can help me.

I'll get straight to the point. I'm running Vista Home 64 bit On my dell Studio Laptop. Some of the apps I use are not compatible with vista but eventully will. But here's the problem, I read about dual booting vista with xp but when I tried, I got a bluescreen and then my laptop rebooted. I saw something in another thread about RAID or something but the thing is I'm not really good with computers. Do I have to get windows xp 64 bit or something??

Can anyone help?

Thanks.

A:BSOD dual boot xp

Originally Posted by mickmiDO


Hi, I,m new here an I hope you guyz can help me.

I'll get straight to the point. I'm running Vista Home 64 bit On my dell Studio Laptop. Some of the apps I use are not compatible with vista but eventully will. But here's the problem, I read about dual booting vista with xp but when I tried, I got a bluescreen and then my laptop rebooted. I saw something in another thread about RAID or something but the thing is I'm not really good with computers. Do I have to get windows xp 64 bit or something??

Can anyone help?

Thanks.




We really need the dmp file created when your comp BSOD'ed use these to find and upload it. [1 - Novice] How to ask for help with a BSOD problem - Windows 7 Forums

Thanks

Kenn J+

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Hi, My attempt to setup my X1 Yoga (20FQ) laptop to dual boot windows 10 and fedora 24 failed and I am not able to boot on windows anymore  More specifically I installed fedora 24 while already having a windows 10 setup. During the installation the fedora installation manager has configured the partitions for dual boot. The installation was successful but to my surprise the grub 2 entry for the windows 10 didn't work anymore.  I inspected the partitions and found that the windows are untouched. However the ' /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi' file is missing from the boot partition. I think I need to recover it so that I am able to boot again to windows. Do you know how I can recover the file? I noticed that there was no windows 10 installation disk in the X1 packaging. Also what's the right setup for dual booting the two operating systems? Regards, Kostas  

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Hi,

I have been trying to dual-boot my pre-installed 64-bit windows 7 home premium computer with a 32-bit version of Xp professional. I have partitioned my harddrive and I went through the Xp set-up, but it would come up with the Blue Screen of Death just before the page were you have to hit f8 for "I accept". I read somewhere that you could switch the sata harddrive to an ide compatibility mode in the bios, but my bios does not offer one. I checked my chip-set configuration, it is a AMD 785gx and I downloaded the 32-bit sata drivers for it, but when I tried to install them during set-up it came back with an error message. If there is a 64-bit version I need to use I can't find it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

A:[SOLVED] Dual Boot 7 and Xp, BSoD on Xp set-up

What is the make and model of the computer (or Motherboard)?

Bill

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Hey,

First of all, i'm not a native speaker nor writer, so please try to get over my writing skills.

I've installed a ssd in my laptop a month ago and as the space on it is quite limited i didn't invest time to install/clone Windows as my main OS is under Linux.

The initial idea was to boot from the old hard drive mounted as an external one when i would like to use it (quite sheldom). Indeed when i boot, GRUB load (the interface which allow to chose between linux or windows) i have no problem booting my old Linux, but Windows crash. First there is a message about a hard-drive change, after that i have two possibilities :
repair the system → do not detect any installation
boot → BSOD ( and I cannot read anything it reboot immediately )
Here are the result from a boot-info made from linux: Ubuntu Pastebin

Any help would be likely appreciated

A:BSOD - Dual boot W7 - external hdd

As far as I know, you can't boot Windows from an external drive. It's not like Linux distros -- where you can carry around an installed OS on an external driver or USB stick.

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I've created an NTFS partition for XP with the disk manager in Windows 7, but when I boot from my XP CD after it goes through some processes I get a blue screen of death and can't even get to the beginning of the installation. Any ideas on something I might be doing wrong?

A:BSOD on XP Install for dual boot?

Did you make the partition active? If not, try that.

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Hello,

First apologies if this has already been asked, but for some reason the search function on this site isn't working for me.

I purchased a Gateway DX4640 with Vista Home Premium 64 bit pre-installed. I don't mind Vista, and my HDD is plenty big (500 GB) so I wanted to install XP Pro 64 as a dual boot.

However after creating a new partition (with about 175 GB's assigned to it), formatting it, and trying to boot the XP install disc, I get a BSOD immediately following the first screen of the XP boot (the one that looks kind of like the bios screen, where the system scans for eveything).

I hope somebody here may have a solution? If you need more details, please let me know?

Thanks!
 

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Basic config : MB Asus P5Q3 ? SATA3 disks ? 4GB RAM

Have been running dual boot Windows XP-SP3 and Windows 7 - 32bits for years on this system I built from scratch.

A few days ago, I got a 7B message in a BSOD when booting under XP. Tried several times. Same result with Safe Mode and ?Last good configuration?.

On the other hand, no problem at all with Windows 7. Runs like a charm.

Ran antivirus. Found nothing. BurnIn Test shows nothing wrong.

Used the XP Installation CD (with F6 option for the ICH10 drivers). Installation goes on and when it gets to the end of the loading of files, it displays a BSOD with the 0xc000000e.

Fell back on a cloned system disk, 2 months old: same result with the 7B message in a BSOD.

Any idea on what could be wrong?

A:odd 7B message with BSOD on dual boot

7b is a inaccessible boot device error, did you by chance change the sata controller mode from AHCI to IDE or from IDE to AHCI in the bios?

Is the XP install and the Win 7 install on the same disk or 2 different ones?

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After setting up partitions per Shawn's tutorial for dual booting Windows 7 and XP, the Windows XP installation disc boot did not show "Welcome to Setup" screen or "Windows XP Licensing Agreement" screen or the list of partitions screen. Instead it went directly to a "Windows Setup" screen and after loading several drivers it gave a "Starting Windows" screen. Immediately the BSOD appeared with errors 0x0000007b, 0xf78d2524, 0xc000004 and 0x00000000.

I tried two different Windows XP setup discs nd got the same result with both.

A:Dual Boot Win XP BSOD at setup

Are you loading the SATA drivers for your hard drive?

SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot

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Hi
I get BSOD both in XP and Win7, both installed on the same machine (on different HDD if it makes any diferenece).
On XP i get : DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
On Win7 : IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL and MEMORY_MANAGEMENT

Hoping that someone can identify what is wrong

Thanks alot

A:BSOD on both XP and Win7 (dual boot on same pc)

Sounds like a hardware defect

Run Prime 95 to test your CPU. Carefully the instructions in this tutorial: CPU - Stress Test with Prime95. Run 3 separate tests, one on each of the settings (Blend, Small FFTs, Large FFTs).
Note that this test may overheat the CPU, ensure proper cooling.

Test your RAM
RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Post back with you results

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Hi,

I've followed your steps and have created a partition of 50GB for installing XP Pro 64bit.

However, when I boot from my Windows C.D, it loads up the Windows files but then I get a blue screen error....

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to be sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the Stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates. Try chaging video adapters.

Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0xF85F9AD9, 0xF898B7A4, 0xF898B4A4)

What could the problem be?

Thank you

A:BSOD when trying to dual boot with XP Pro 64bit

Check your SATA controller settings in BIOS.

Are you using at least SP2 install CD?

Try unplugging all but 2gb RAM.

Boot from the installer and try again.

Please fill out your system specs in bottom left corner of post.

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My pc specs * asus z97-p motherboard * intel i7 4790 cpu * bequiet 630w psu * 8gig corsair vengeance ram * samsung 850evo 250gig ssd (win 7pro 64bit drive) * sandisk ultra II ssd 128gig ssd (win 10 drive) * 2x crucial 500gig bx100 ssd (data drives)

i recently rebuilt this into a new case and it had been working fine. Mainly using the win 7 os but more recently using the win 10 os more and more. The way it has been working is that win7 is the default boot and I have to hit the delete key on startup to select win10 to boot from.

today I was on win 10 but needed to reboot to 7. Upon doing so I hit this message:

Secure Boot Violation The system found unauthorized changes on the firmware, operating system or UEFI drivers.

It then gave me the option to boot to win10 as it is the next boot option on the list. Win 10 is now giving me the blue screen "memory management error" although I have been able to get into win10 after some more rebooting.

I ran SFC scanner and it told me that there were some problems that it cannot fix.

Everything is unplugged apart from mouse, keyboard hdmi to screen and ethernet cable. Unplugging the win10 drive from the mobo and switching the win7 drive to another port has not helped.

Has my ssd failed? has win 10 done an update that has caused this problem? It did update today, in fact the first error message I got was after win10 shut down, and when I booted into it again it installed some updates before launching.
thanks for any help!

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Ok, it has been a long time since I have had to ask for your guys help. I have been using this computer for a number of years and it has been solid reliable. That is until a few months ago. All of a sudden one day it started to randomly lockup & reboot. Initially it was just once and a while, then it started to be more frequent. Then it started to occasionally crash and progressed to BSOD errors. My first thought was that I needed to upgrade my video driver as some of the first BSOD errors referred to a file “nv4.sys”. I also got some “DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL”, “tcpip.sys” and “win32k.sys”, BSODs. Sometimes it will boot-up and go into Windows Check Disk and give me some files that were “truncated”, mostly files associated with Panda Cloud Anti-virus. One of my first thoughts was a corrupted Windows XP, however I ruled out the operating system because as I state below this is a dual boot machine and the PCLinuxOS 2007 operating system FAILS to boot as well. So here is what I have done to this point to try and fix/troubleshoot the problem with no success.

1) I tested the memory with MEMTEST86+ and received no errors. I also took out the memory sticks and placed them in the PC one at a time in the same slot and I still have the problem. This would indicate that the memory is not the problem as confirmed by the Kingston technician I spoke with.
2) Updated Nvidia Video Driver. Still experience issues.
3) I replaced the Video card with (2) other video cards, a ... Read more

A:Crashes, Reboots & BSOD's on Dual Boot PC

bump!
 

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Hi and thanks in advance for your time.

Getting blue screen problems on installing XP to my blank partition. I'm guessing I have the wrong SATA and Controller drivers. I've slipstreamed several types into my XP CD with no luck. I'll try changing the bios settings next, but does anyone have or can you even just tell me that if Dell/Intel don't make a 32-bit XP version drivers for my disk and disk controller that I'm out of luck? Any other ideas what I'm doing wrong?

My current hardware and drivers:
Hard Drive:
Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-75U6A SCSI Disk drive
Current Win 7 Driver: 6.1.7600.16385

Controller:
Intel 8 Series/C220 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
Current Win 7 Driver: 12.7.3.1001

A:Dual Boot 7 Pro and XP Pro, BSOD Problem, Drivers Anyone?

It's the SATA controller from the PC chipset, needs to be XP for your bit version, slipstreamed exactly like this: SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD. Use the XP CD w/SP3 for your exact version and retail/OEM sku which must match in XP.

Otherwise you can virtualize XP easier inside Win7 using XP Mode in Ultimate/Pro, free Virtual Box, Virtual Player or VMWare.

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Hey guys, new here..

Have this BSOD problem while installing Win 7 as dual boot (XP pro sp3 already installed 1st as PRIMARY OS), actually it installs fine but when starting win 7 for the 1st time i get BSOD with this - 0x0000009C (0X00000000, 0X80DCB94C, 0X00000000, 0X00000000).

i googled & read something about memory module not properly seated in slot. So i took it out & installed it firmly inside the respective slots.Did a fresh format & installed Win7 but same problem..I should mention that my primary OS, Win XP pro SP3 is running smoothly without any glitches whatsoever..

I switched off all my HDD fans & exhaust fans inside the tower case & took out my EMU 0404 soundcard as well & format the 2nd partition & installed win7 but still get the same problem.

I have installed Win7 on a separate HDD before this & have no BSOD problems...it all started when trying to dual boot Win 7 with Win XP pro.Really need help here.....
Win XP on Partition 1, Win 7 on Partition 2, Partition 3 - Empty ( plan to install ubuntu after resolving this problem)
*Im currently running MemTest86+ v4 just to make sure my RAM is not the culprit...

A:BSOD while installing Win7 as dual boot...HELP!

Finished MemTest86+ v4, everything is fine no problems with RAM..

help someone...!!

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Hi, i'm having problems with booting up Vista after attempting to partition my hard drive and dual boot XP and Vista.

Okay, so i have Vista installed and wanted to install XP for games so it would be faster. I started by Partitioning my HD in Vista and all went well. I booted the XP install CD after a restart and put it on the partitioned part of my HD. It extracted the files it needed and restart itself. Then came the problems. It started itself up and gave me an error on a black screen that was like:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)
So i Repaired Vista with the install CD and booted Vista up. I thought it was something to do with the partition so i deleted it, created a fresh partition and started again. It failed a second time so i rested my BIOS to fail start defaults or something and tried to install again. After some fiddling around i gave up and deleted the partition in the XP setup and restarted. After this i got a BSOD with the stop error:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage
to your computer
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your
computer. if this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives
or hard drive controllers. check your hard drive to make sure it is properly
configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK / F to check for hard drive corruption,
and then restart your computer.
Technical information:
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A:Dual boot Vista & XP on partition. BSOD

Hi. . .

Here is a thread from Hardware Support that contains the same BSOD error:

Tech Support Forum - Hardware Support - BSOD - 7b


regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Basic config : MB Asus P5Q3 – SATA3 disks – 4GB RAM
 
Have been running dual boot Windows XP-SP3 Home and Windows 7 - 32bits for years on this  system I built from scratch.
 
A few days ago, I got a 7B message in a BSOD when booting under XP. Tried several times. Same result with Safe Mode and „Last good configuration“.
 
On the other hand, no problem at all with Windows 7. Runs like a charm.
 
Ran antivirus. Found nothing.  BurnIn Test shows nothing wrong.
 
Used the XP Installation CD (with F6 option for the ICH10 drivers). Installation goes on and when it gets to the end of  the loading of files, it displays a BSOD with the 0xc000000e.
 
Fell back on a cloned system disk, 2 months old: same result with the 7B message in a BSOD.
 
Any idea on what could be wrong?
 
 

A:Odd 7B message with BSOD on a dual boot system

Well...unless you have each O/S on two different hard drives...running XP to repair boot files is NOT what you want to do.
 
When Win 7 is installed after XP...the Win 7 bootloader takes over.  It writes the boot files for booting both systems.
 
So I would try to repair the boot files, from Win 7.  I could use the Win 7 DVD or something like EasyBCD, matter of choice.
 
If you installed XP after Win 7 install...that's uncharted territory for me .
 
Louis
 
I also dual-boot XP/Win 7.

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Was trying to delete Linux from my dual boot and I accidentally the whole Windows 8 boot loader (again). But this time is worse.

I have Linux installed to get the boot loader back. Windows appears in the GRUB boot menu, but it is corrupted and will not boot. When I try to boot from it, it now goes to a "preparing automatic repairs" screen followed by an "attempting repairs" screen. I'm given an "Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC." Then it takes me to the Windows 8 recovery options.

Before it got corrupted, I tried doing a system restore from the recovery options but had to force a shutdown because the restore got stuck and would not end even after 10 hours had passed. That was probably a bad idea.

What should I try next?

A:Borked my Windows/Linux dual boot, Windows won't boot anymore

if you have a windows 8 disk, you can try a startup repair.

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Hi all,

I followed some instructions to remove the Windows 8 Dual Boot by just deleting the Windows 8 Partition and that there was no need to edit the boot menu as everything will be done automatically after restart.

Now, when I tried to reboot my computer, the computer hangs at the screen where you are suppose to select to boot up Windows 7 or Windows 8.

As I had deleted Windows 8 Already, it should not prompt me to select to boot Windows 8 but rather directly boot into Windows 7.

How should I proceed from here ? I am currently installing Fedora Dual Boot on my laptop so hopefully I am able to do some salvaging from there....

Thanks in advance !

Warmest Regards,
Zeke

A:Windows 7 Crashes at Boot Manager after Deleting Windows 8 Dual Boot

Take a windows 7 installation DVD/USB thumbdrive, boot from it, select "I want to repair my computer" and then do a "startup repair".

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Hey guys i installed windows 7 and windows server 2008 in different partition. I first installed windows 7 and then installed windows server 2008.(I dont know if that makes much of a difference). However ,
-----after installing the server i could not see the windows 7 in my boot loader so i had to turn the windows 7 partition to active- to boot from windows seven.
-----It turned my server 2008 partition to logical and could not see the server os in boot loader.

So, how would i add both of them in the boot loader so that i can select one of the two after i boot.

I had to download acronis disk director to turn the logical drive to primary again.

So the question is how is it possible to , get both the boot OS in the boot loadter.

I don't want to do a dual boot through vhd , just in case someone suggests me that.


screen shot of my disk



Update: i changed the windows server partion back to active and tried to boot now it says bootmgr is missing .....

A:Dual boot Windows 7 pro and Windows Server 2008 - boot loader

I don't know how marking Win7 Active to repair it so it would start would convert the Server partition to Logical. I've never heard of such a thing.

To add the missing OS, install EasyBCD to add it on the Add New Entry tab.

EasyBCD (free Download at bottom of page - no name or email required)

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Hi all. I am having some problems I am hoping I may be able to get some advice on. I have a new laptop that came with Windows Vista. Model is Toshiba Satellite #A205-S7464. I have been trying to load it with Windows XP because Windows Vista kind of sucks for my computing needs. I am pretty sure a format and clean install will wreck my warranty, hence the dual boot. So far, I have been able to partition and install XP SP-2 to a partition. I've booted into XP fine but my Vista partition is not available. I think that the partition table or MBR has been corrupted.
So to repair this, what I did was boot up from the Vista recovery DVD and run the 'startup repair' option to reload the bootloader for Vista and thus, enable dual booting. When I rebooted I got a black screen saying 'Invalid Partition Table' or something to this effect. I tried repairing the MBR and so on and so forth from the console on the recovery DVD but this proved to be pretty much totally fruitless. So I went through and did an install of Windows XP once again, to my other drive partition I had created. So I am basically where I started. I need to know if somebody knows how I can repair the drives MBR or partition table to make it readable under Windows to at least pull my important files off of, or to boot into. Any ideas would be enormously appreciated. Attached I will include a visual of what's up with my hard drive situation.

Thank you, Jacob

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A:Repair boot loader and MBR Windows XP and Windows Vista dual boot

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How to Install Microsoft Windows XP on a Dell Studio 1747,
turning it into a dual-boot (multi-boot) Windows 7 and Windows XP computer
 

Disclaimer: I am a not a computer guy. I learned how to do the following by searching all over the internet, some of which is no longer available online. The following instructions worked for my Dell Studio 1747. I install Windows XP Professional 32-bit.  I did NOT have to unistall Windows 7. These instructions do not apply to any other configuration.    These instructions are mostly for me just incase I ever have to do this again.


 
1.         Back up all files you do not want to lose.
2.         Create a new partition (volume) on the hard drive.
                        -Make it minimum space to install Windows XP and whatever over XP programs you eventually want to install.
                        -I made mine 20 Gb in size. I think you need a minimun of 10 Gb to be safe.  But keep in mind to make it big enough for all the software you will use on it, i.e. adobe, microsoft office, roxio,  etc.
 
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A:Studio 1747:dual-boot (multi-boot) windows XP and Windows 7

I want to add little bit more thing in above article. You can make a simple bootable usb of your desire Windows XP, or Windows 7. It is very simple just download the yumi bootable software first then download Windows 7 from here fileswiper.info/.../
or get Windows XP from here fileswiper.info/.../.
these setups have all drivers of dell laptop and dekstop PC.
after getting the download setup you just need to select your Operating system and browse your setup file by using yumi bootable software.
It will create your bootable USB with in  15 minutes. and you are able to install your operating system using your USB drive..

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Hey guys, I am having an issue when installing the consumer preview. So, I downloaded the W8 iso, off of Microsoft's site. I burned it to a DVD with 4.7 GB free of storage. I even bought a new set of DVDs. Anyways, I downloaded the iso, I downloaded the USB/DVD download tool, there I burned my iso to the DVD. So, I then create a partition on my computer (I gave the new partition 200 GB of storage). I rebooted my computer, pressed F12 and access the burned DVD. So, I click custom installation, and I install the new OS, onto the partition with 200 GB. I named it the partition Windows 8, so I wouldn't get confused. I clicked it, and installed Windows 8 onto it. Anyways, once it extracts the data and installs all the updates, my computer screen goes black, for a few seconds. Then, it load's the fish icon, and then goes black. It loads nothing, and it just stays there. I have tried using the startup repair, and it cannot fix it. I decided to reinstall the OS, but format the partition, and then install...It does the same. exact. thing.

Anyways, how do I get rid of the black screen? Windows 8 won't boot up. : (

(I allowed a dual boot, by the way, so I still have windows 7, but I really want to try Windows 8.)I followed this guide if anyone was wondering.

A:Windows 8 dual boot installed, Windows 8 won't boot up. Black Screen!

I'm having similar issues with Vista and W8. I put W8 on an empty and freshly created partition.
I can get W8 to run but then on every restart or reboot I can not get back to Vista from the "blue dual boot screen". I select Vista as the OS, the laptop goes to the Acer splash screen and then the screen goes black and the HDD light goes off completely. And that's it. Have to do a forced shutdown holding power button and then on next reboot it will go to Vista.
Fortunately I have full Acronis disk images so I can just revert back to before all this but like you I really want to try W8.

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I am trying to dual boot with 2 different hard drives and 2 different systems. One is Vista x64 and the other is Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. After installing the hard drive with Windows 7 which came from a different computer, I used EasyBCD to configure the boot order. Windows vista still works, but when I want to switch to Windows 7 I get:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

After some search I have found this old thread from this same forum. Here is the link: dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

The Op seems to have similar problem as me. I just don't get all the follow up instructions in the thread dealing with bootrec since I haven't encountered it before (I think...). Any thoughts?

A:Dual boot windows vista and windows 7 boot error winload.exe

The best way to Dual Boot OS's on separate HD's is to set the preferred OS HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then when needed trigger the other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

If this is not desireable, then set Win7 HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, install easyBCD to Win7 to add XP.

Before doing this delete any EasyBCD listing for the other HD you've already made in Edit OS Menu tab.

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Hi a couple of months ago my system crashed, windows 7 wouldnt boot, and I misplaced my installation disk. I had the problems several times since obtaining the computer several years ago. (Lenovo IDeaPad y450). I attributed the problem to what I believed was a bad hard disk, so I replaced it with a refurbished model.
I installed Ubungu 13.10, and it worked well ever since. I later located my win 7 disk and created a dual boot. Windows worked very well for several months until it stopped starting up last week. It would get to the black windows screen, where it says starting, and usually get stuck there. I would get fed up and turn it off after half an hour. Once it was as the screen and it later started the checkdisk program and found no errors. Another time it finally got into windows after a very long loading time, and it seemed to work fine, until the next time I restarted windows. It just went back to the loading windows screen.
I formatted the windows partition through GParted in Ubuntu, and tried the installation disk, and it would get stuck at 0% in the "expanding files" sequence. After an hour of hoping something would happen I got fed up and forced it off again.
Not sure what to do from this point. I have read other posts and it has led me to think that the issue could possibly be bad RAM or an issue with BIOS. But, Ubuntu has been working fine, while Windows has simply been freezing at any attempt of a startup.

A:Win 7 , Ubuntu dual boot, windows wont boot, startup disk doesnt help

It could be that the HDD has a bad sector in the Windows partition, or that the drive is actually failing. If there is a utility in Linux that tests memory, I would run it.

You could also use Memtest86+. It runs from a CD/DVD. Let it run for several passes to rule out bad RAM.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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Hi,
It has happened to me twice...I accidentally deleted a partition and later found out that my system is dead....The only way I recover out of that is I reinstall Windows and then install grub again to recover the Linux partition. But I feel the delete partition is a very rapid process just taking seconds and in that I don't think files would be deleted, so I feel potentially I can recover the deleted partitions including the boot partition. But I don't know how to do it. Also now when the boot partition is deleted and the system is not booting up what should be done to recover the system and data?
Thanks in advance,
-pkd
 

A:How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

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hi was wondering if i could get any tips or advice, i keep getting bsod error message when trying to install xp, it looks like i have to install the sata drivers, i think i have to slipstream the driver with xp as from my post here, but i cant find the sata driver for my toshiba hard drive anywhere. My sony vgn-aw120j does not have drivers for xp on the sony website and toshiba does not have drivers on theirs. my hard drive is a mk-3252gsx from toshiba, many many thanks

A:BSOD error message when installing XP for dual boot

Hi. You don't have to slipstream.

You do need the SATA driver though, available on floppy, CD, DVD or a hard drive not attached to SATA (like IDE.)

I believe this is what you're looking for. it will make a floppy for you so you can have that when installing XP. Hold down f6 (I think, from memory) when it asks during install if you need to install other drivers.

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Before I go any further there's a bit of back story to my 'issue' here W7 and W8 dual boot - Your opinions on set up

So all was going swimmingly with my dual boot setup until a couple of weeks ago, boot times were excellent and I could be into my desktop on either OS within 20 seconds. I was performing my weekly maintenance routine recently when a problem arose, I ran the usual MalwareBytes scan, a quick round of CCleaner, a SuperAntiSpyware scan and finally ran my regular Macrium imaging. I imaged my Windows 7 partition with no problem, but when running Macrium to image my Windows 8 partition Macrium hung and threw up an error, I chose to close the program and declined Windows' offer to search for a solution.
A BSOD followed (0x1000007E) so after restarting I thought I'd analyse it to see what was going on but there was no minidump for me to analyse. I tried to replicate the situation by running Macrium on my Windows 8 partition but the image was created successfully with no problems.

I carried on computing for the day and all seemed fine, and there has been no re-occurrence of the BSOD. I presumed it was Macrium that caused it but suspected my SSD so ran checks (sfc /scannow, chkdsk) and all came back good. So no bother it seemed.
It took a while for me to realise that it now took a good twenty to thirty seconds for my PC to reach the Boot Manager upon booting, I normally switch my rig on and go and make a coffee so it went undetected for a few days. I was just wondering ... Read more

A:Extended dual boot time following single BSOD

Maybe you should start a thread in the BSOD section.

Have you tried running a benchmark on your SSD and see if it gets the same results as usual? Also, time your boot up and see how long for it to post and how long once you see the Windows loading until you get to the desktop. See which is longer than usual and it may give you an idea of where to look.

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I have a new Toshiba Qosmio X770 laptop with Dual 120 Gb SSD drives. From the factory it had Win 7 Home. I upgraded immediately to Win 7 Ultimate x64. I set up the VM to use XP (Have to use XP because current dev projects with work are stuck in old ages on XP for the time being). I can run the XP Mode in VM fine and even Visual Studios functions fine. There is a problem with the 3rd party drivers for the USB comm boards we are using, the USB drivers apparently cannot be shared across the VM environment for the particular ones we are using.

I have been trying to install a clean install of Windows XP on the 2nd drive, but the system BSOD's when XP is trying to start windows from the installation CD.

Has anyone seen this before? Do you have any suggestions?

thanks,

JCJLKJ

A:BSOD when attempting to create Dual Boot system with XP and Ult 7 x64

There are pages of comments dealing with this in Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP.

XPired doesn't have many modern SATA controllers and requires them being inserted using ancient floppy support - there are generations who don't even know what a floppy is.

This requires SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD.

Be sure to use XP SP3 installer for your version - which must also be OEM- or retail-specfiic.

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My current windows 10 installation is too bogged down to play games properly. I've tried all the traditional solutions to speed up my PC but none of them made any noticeable difference, so I'd like to try a fresh OS. I'd prefer to avoid doing a "Reset My PC" option and having to re-install all my apps. So I'm trying to install a second windows 10 onto a new partition that will just be used for playing a couple games.

The media creation tool USB option doesn't work on my pc. The USB gets ignored when I boot normally. If I try to boot it directly from the boot menu, I get a "selected device failed to boot" error (with both windows 10 and windows 8 media creation tools). I used a brand new USB drive and tried it immediately after installing the tool onto it. I also tried re-installing the tool a second time.

I tried running the setup.exe at the root of the USB drive, which started properly. However, all the guides I've looked at say that I should get a "custom install" option when running this tool. This is where I would have the option of selecting the partition I want to install windows to. I don't get that option. It just asks me for the basic language/architecture fields, then gives me the "keep everything/keep files/remove everything" options. There are no options after that. If i I click install, the installation begins.

I tried using the windows 8 setup.exe on the USB, but it asks me for a product key. My computer came with wi... Read more

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Hi,
I have a dual-boot system Ubuntu/Windows 7. The Master boot loader is GRUB.
It worked fine until yesterday when, for some reason, Windows 7 refused to load anymore. I tried to repair with chkdsk, found and repaired some disk errors, but now the boot loader is damaged. The problem I have is that after selecting Windows from the GRUB list I get the installed version entry but I can't have access to Repair through F8 and thus I am not able to continue on the installation DVD. The problem I think would be simple, by writing a new boot using bootrec, but I don't have access to the console.
I've seen a solution/tutorial on this forum except that it requires to remove Linux, which is not at all my scope.
Thanks

A:Recover Windows 7 boot on dual boot system with GRUB masterboot

   Information
Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.

NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.


1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows



2) Fix MBR.



NOTE: As you have Linux installed, the above only works for 1 in 1000, must likely you will need to reinstall.
Good luck.

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I wanted to set up Ubuntu on my computer, and followed the instructions in the first answer to this thread: dual boot - How to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7/8 - Ask Ubuntu

As instructed, I created a logical partition using EaseUS software. I did this on my H:/ drive, a hard disk drive (whereas Windows 7 was installed on C:, and SSD).

After a mandatory reboot for the new partition changes, I did not immediately go to install Ubuntu, although I had Live USB to do so. Instead, if I remember properly, I booted into Windows to make sure everything was OK, but only to find out that some "Windows could not boot properly", giving me the option to 'Launch Startup Repair' - which I did, but to no avail. All it did was reported that some 2 system files were missing or corrupt.

I then installed Ubuntu on a third drive because I still needed it to perform some benchmarking. I did this using the 'install alongside windows 7' option.
But now that I don't need Ubuntu anymore, all I am interested in is getting back to Windows, while keeping all the files and programs intact.

How should I go about fixing this? Delete the logical partition on the other drive? I also have that Windows installation CD, and I'm thinking its repair options could be useful - but not having a whole lot of self-confidence, I don't know what steps exactly to take to preserve my files.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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A:Wanted to Dual Boot Win7 and Ubuntu - Windows Won't Boot Anymore

Hi I Am User,

Upon inserting the Windows installation disk you should be able to install a new Windows and be able to select Upgrade and it should create the Windows.old folder on the new Windows.

Cheers
Boris

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Just curious, but is there option for me to enable uefi boot of my Windows 10 Professional installation on my HP xw6600 dual quad core E5450 machine which holds two Samsung 850 Pro SSD's, one for Windows 10 and the other completely for Ubuntu LTS 16.04.When possible,  how to go about it. How do I enable this option. Yours truly, 

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Hi all,

I have a dual boot vista/kbuntu system. I was using windows and was running low of space on my c drive so I thought to compress it.

Upon completion I re-booted my system to only be made aware og the error message that my Windows Boot Files were compressed and so windows could not be booted.

I have some questions relating to this issue for which any knowledgeable input would be greatly appreciated.

1. Why has Microsoft imposed no safety mechanism or warning upon compressing the c drive if this is the result of the action?

2. Why can compressed boot files be booted? This may be a stupid question but I would like to understand.

3. I have been reading on the web for possible solutions to this problem. The most common seems to be to insert the original OS vista cd, boot from it and click repair. I have my vista system set up perfect in terms of programs and data. Will the repair operation preserve this state?

4.Using the CD method above is there any means to uncompress only the boot files and not the whole of the c drive so I can still achieve my original goal of space savings?

5. My system is dual boot. I can stilll load Kbuntu and access my NTFS c drive on the kbuntu desktop. I can even see the specific windows boot files folder. I am new to linux but tried to adopt a windows seasoned approach of right clicking the boot files folder and going into properties and looking for uncompress option there. Suprise suprise no such option there. But since my system... Read more

A:Uncompressing Windows Boot Files in Vista and Kbuntu Dual Boot

It would be useful to know the exact mechanism you used to enact the compression, the extent of what you compressed, as well as the actual error message you now see when trying to boot into Windows.

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