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Installing linux distribution has stopped windows 7 booting

Q: Installing linux distribution has stopped windows 7 booting

I was trying to install a ubuntu distribution to my primary hard drive (along side Windows 7) and at 99% of copying files the setup reported there was not sufficient memory to install backtrack. I cannot boot back into windows 7 as the computer resets before getting past the boot screen (shows 'starting windows' as normal then the screen blacks and takes me back to BIOS).
this process loops unless I select windows repair option, which does not fix the problem.
The Backtrack live CD won't let me delete the new, half-installed partition, so therefore I cannot change the windows partition back to it's usual (small) size of 55GB.

All help would be appreciated as I need windows on my PC for work

Thank you to all in advance.

A: Installing linux distribution has stopped windows 7 booting

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

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My older (third computer) needs a new operating system, and I don't want to pay . I will be giving this computer to someone who doesn't know much about computers, and the specs are as follows:

Intel Pentium III @ 866MHz
40GB Hard Drive (Not sure of brand nor speed)
128MB SD-Ram
(Model Sony VAIO #PCV-RX360DS)

I want to try to get a distribution of Linux on the computer, and since the computer is not currently running an operating system, and I'm not skilled with Linux (usually in the CPU or Vid Card section of this site so...) I need help. Thank you for any help.

A:Which Linux Distribution?

I've always found that the Ubuntu distribution is a good choice for this sort of computer. It's based on Debian . . . very stable and proven.
Try a "Live" copy first if you like.
Nothing is installed to the hard drive . . it runs completely from the DVD ROM.
To date I haven't had a problem getting it to find any hardware on laptops nor set-top boxes.
Good Luck

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My older (third computer) needs a new operating system, and I don't want to pay . I will be giving this computer to someone who doesn't know much about computers, and the specs are as follows:

Intel Pentium III @ 866MHz
40GB Hard Drive (Not sure of brand nor speed)
128MB SD-Ram
(Model Sony VAIO #PCV-RX360DS)

I want to try to get a distribution of Linux on the computer, and since the computer is not currently running an operating system, and I'm not skilled with Linux (usually in the CPU or Vid Card section of this site so...) I need help. Thank you for any help.

A:Which Linux Distribution?

I've always found that the Ubuntu distribution is a good choice for this sort of computer. It's based on Debian . . . very stable and proven.
Try a "Live" copy first if you like.
Nothing is installed to the hard drive . . it runs completely from the DVD ROM.
To date I haven't had a problem getting it to find any hardware on laptops nor set-top boxes.
Good Luck

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Hey Guys and/or Girls,
Upgrading my Windows XP/ Ubuntu (GRUB2 Dual Boot) system to Windows 7.
Instead of buying a copy of Windows 7, I would like to use the Win7 install DVDs that came with the computer when it was purchased.
I have booted from the first of 3 discs for HP's Win7 install DVD's, however it said it had to format the entire disc and create only one primary partition.
Obviously, this isnt really what I wanted .
Is it possible to install Windows 7 onto the older Windows XP partition without affecting the Ubuntu partition?
Thanks for any help!

A:Installing Windows 7 New Distribution DVD onto partition

You can use a Windows 7 ISO downloaded from here, and activate it with the product key from the COA sticker on the computer. No need to use the HP Recovery DVD's.

What concerns me is how to keep the Windows bootloader overwriting the Linux GRUB bootloader. I'll ask Kaktussoft to comment here - he is more experienced with this and will be able to guide you better.

It will help to see the existing disk/partition layout:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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i tried to use ubuntu 14.04 LTS as live USB from the boot i can choose LIVE USB after that it shows options like try ubuntu or install ubuntu but when i  choose any of the above option  a black screen is coming up and  nothing happen after that ...the same problem with all other linux distribution except ubuntu 12.02 LTS (it is possible to try or install so i think no issue with BIOS settings) as i am a python developer i need to try(install) latest 14.04 LTS of ubuntu . but HP shows Blank screen not even to use live Ubunts. i tried OS faild* Ubuntu 14.04 LTS*Elementary OS*Linux Mint*Fedora*Korora*lubuntu but Ubuntu 12.04 worked fine...but i want to use latest version of any of the above...!

A:Unable to try any linux distribution

Enter the BIOS and in system configuration-->Boot options,  enable legacy support 

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i have mandrake linux installed on my computer. everytime i turn on the computer, i get a blue screen where i can select linux or windows(or other stuff). the problem is i only have 8 seconds to make a selection or else some sort of log screen comes on. How can i make it automatically log onto windows if i don't make a selection (if it is possible)?

A:booting windows over linux

Look into /boot/grub/menu.lst

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Windows 7 not booting! I have a Medion Laptop and it froze so I forced it off. Now when i load it in any mode (safe mode freezes after avg file) It will go to a black screen or a 0xc0000009 I/O error message.

I've run it in start up repair and there aren't any system restore points available and start up repair took 17 hours before i decided to turn it off! What is going on!? My hardware doesn't make any strange sounds and my bios recognises my Hard Drive.

Luckily, there's nothing important on the laptop so i don't mind if we have to reset it to factory settings as i have the Windows 7 installation disc as well!

Please help! It's frustrating

A:Pc not booting Windows or Linux!

Here's an article to look through How to Fix Windows 7 When It Fails to Boot Hope it helps.

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I'm having two hard disks which is of 80gb one of the hard disks i loaded windows xp (service pack 2) and i loaded LINUX(FEDORA9 64bit) on other hard disk.One hard disk is kept as master and other as slave.BUT while booting it is booting only xp but where as the options for selecting other is not coming. Kindly tel me how to use both os such that one OS should be in one hard disk and other should be in another hard disk.

A:Problem while booting OS (windows xp ND LINUX)

As both Operating systems have been set up when they were the only O/S in the eystem, it's difficult to get them to play nicely with each other now.
You have a few options and I'll list them in order of easiest to hardest:
1) Plug both drives in and control the bootup by enabling and disabling each drive in the system BIOS. (When you boot up press F1, Del or Esc or whatever your "Setup" key is).
2) Plug in both drives with Windows drive as primary master. Boot your Fedora disc and install Grub to the root of the Windows Drive. Note: Fedora may still not boot in which case you progress to step 3.
(Super Grub Disk )
3) Do step 2 but over-install Fedora but make sure you don't reformat your existing /Home partition.
4) Use a third party bootloader such as my favorite freebie:

Additional Information: Found:

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I tried to install Linux on a separate partition in my HDD which is already having windows 8 pro, but while installing instead of showing the free space(which I've partitioned ) it's taking entire HDD into consideration. How can I install Linux without formatting HDD or removing windows 8.

A:Dual booting (Windows 8 pro and linux)

Here is a nice tutorial for installing Linux Mint 17 with Windows 8.1: you are new to Linux, Mint is an excellent "starter" distribution.Don C

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here are the settings to change the bootup order in grub in linux and also to change the utc settings for the clock in linux both using terminal commands (same as windows command promt) when you are using duel boot in windows and linux.

A:Duel booting with linux and windows

Nice job but too techy.

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I have both windows xp and linux on my system. Everytime I start up I get a drop-down list for the two operating systems with linux being the default one that always starts first. How can I make Windows xp start first without having to select it everytime. Please help, thanks

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need advice
i was wondering if it is possible to change the boot back to me choosing what disc i want to boot from not the grub 2 bootloader? i have kubuntu on a ssd and windows on a standerd drive i had windows 7 installed allready when i installed kubuntu on to the ssd and linux installed the grub 2 boot manager so when i start the pc the grub menu shows me the options then boots into windows 7 (my choice). i would prefer to be independent in the boot so when i turn the pc on it goes into windows boot and i choose which drive to boot from(kubuntu or windows 7)

A:Advice on booting windows 7 & linux


I would provide more information but I'm sure Karl will come along and tell you my advice should not be heeded. Sorry...

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I am thinking of running windows xp and linux on the same hard drive. I know I load windows first, but is there a boot loader that will allow me to choose which os I want to load up at start up?

A:Windows Xp and Linux dual Booting

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my laptop is having redhat linux OS, and i want to add windows xp.
when i keep windows xp cd to install in my laptop. first it is asking "please
press enter to boot from the cd" and then when i press enter. iam getting blank screen. i want to keep both linux and windows in my laptop. please help me if u can

A:windows xp booting problem on linux system

If memory serves me you need to partition the HDD into two C/D then install XP on the first partition C:\ NTFS then install Linux the second D:\Linux Format. If the boys at Linux have come up with a better way that's great.

I think VMARE and some others opensource programs can do this too.. You need to look into it at the Linux level. Or maybe someone here knows more about Linux. I am more of Windows Wired/Wireless Networking type of guy

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I have Windows XP Home installed on one 40 gig drive
I installed Redhat Linux on a second 40 gig drive

When I rebooted I got the boot option to run either Linux or DOS
I chose DOS to boot to XP (which obviously isnt right) and I was given the choice to do a System Recovery or System Restore.....

Is there a way to change the boot.ini file in xp to include Linux ? Or a way to get Linux to include "Windows XP" rather than "DOS" in the boot menu?

Thanks for any input


A:Dual Booting Windows and Linux: 2 different drives

go into linux.

ensure that /etc/grub.conf is correctly pointing to your linux installation.

/sbin/grub-install /dev/hdb1

where hdb1 is your linux /


dd if=/dev/hdb1 of=bootsect.lin bs=512 count=1

creates bootsect.lin file in pwd, copy this to c:\

boot into DOS, run this command:

fdisk /mbr

reboot, you will go straight into XP.

with bootsect.lin file in c:\, edit boot.ini to have the following line at the end:

c:\bootsect.lin = "Linux"

Save and reboot, you will be able to boot linux from the XP boot menu.

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Hey guys,

I'm an advanced windows user but am unsure about dual-booting as I have never attempted it before.
I am going to dualboot on my windows 8.1 laptop -

Asus Vivobook S550CM
8GB Ram
Nvidia GT 635m 2GB DDR3
Intel i5 3337u Quad Core

. But I also want to dual boot to Arch Linux

would i be able to do so and can i get a tutorial

A:Dual-Booting windows 8.1 with Arch Linux

For UEFI you can study following technet page on how to prepare UEFI partitions for Windows 8.1

On the above page you'll find a script ( link with example at the end ) which you can use to format your hard drive, what is missing in the above script is to create extra partition which would be used for linux.
I'm not familiar with arch installation setup but here is their link about UEFI:

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Hi there,

I recently decided to make some space on my hardrive for my downloads etc. on F:/, containing Linux (SuSe 10). What I did not know was that the boot files from the MBR disappeared when I formatted the drive. Unable to boot into windows due to the absence of GRUB, I tried making a bootable CD (XP Sp3, since I bought my computer in 2004, I am assuming it cant be newer than SP3) and boot my comp by changing the order of the Drives detected in the BIOS. I have also tried a USB boot program of Windows XP and this does not seem to work either. My screen just says "GRUB" always. I have tried pressing Del, boot possibility from the HDD, CD-R, or USB. I dont know what to do now, can any body suggest something?

A:Issue booting Windows XP after deleting Linux

Welcome to TSF!!!!!

You can't boot from ANYTHING? No cd's, no USB drive, nothing? I just, well, says "GRUB" all the time? Um, crap, I'm stumped. I can fix it if i can just get u to boot something, but I've never dealt with anything like this. Um, anyone else maybe?

Christian Dude

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This is not really a problem, just a curiosity I would like explained.

At times I like to use Puppy Lilnux from live-CD instead of windows. When I just need to check something on the internet, it boots about 3 times as fast. However, when booting Puppy, just before the GUI appears, the screen goes light blue and there's the windows logo visible, although nowhere near the center of the screen. It's all very blurred and in low resolution. Then I get the GUI loaded and everything is just fine.

It's as if some sort of ghost image was stored in my graphics card's memory. But I don't see how that's possible as I've even powered-off the computer (by pulling the plug) many times during its life-span, yet it seems to display this ghost image every time. Any explanation?

Graphics card is ATI Rage Fury Pro 32mb

A:ghost windows logo when booting linux

Possibly burned on the screen?

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I have 3 hard drives on my tower: one 250 gb for data, one with 500 gb for Windows 7(64) and lastly I have one with 80 gb for Windows XP(32). I had installed XP before I installed 7. After installing 7, whenever I powered the machine, it would allow me to choose between "Windows 7" or "an older version of windows" (XP). Perhaps I was not careful nor did I do enough research when I installed 7, but I assumed the hdd with XP would keep its MBR with only one option and a new MBR would be installed on the 500gb hdd allowing me to choose between both.

Now taking this in consideration, and as I had stopped using XP completely, I thought it would be harmless to format the 80gb hdd. I wanted to install Linux. So I installed Ubuntu (10.04) 64bit on the 80gb, assuming that grub2 would be installed there with an entry for Windows 7 (the MBR installed on the 500gb hdd). Things did not go as I'd expect. Not only did grub2 not display any Windows 7 entry, whenever I set the 500gb as first boot hdd, I get an error saying no MBR was found.

Believing that for some reason the MBR in the 500 gb was damaged (or maybe it never existed, perhaps what really happened was that the 80gb XP MBR was edited during 7 install), I inserted the Windows 7 64 bit dvd, accessed repair, dos and ran repair commands I found on the web (not blindly of course). More specifically, "bootsect /nt60 D:" ( MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record ), where D: was the label shown for the 5... Read more

A:MBR not found when booting Windows 7 (Dual-boot with linux)

Try this:

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

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Hi - I am new so am hoping I am in the correct place.

I am starting to work for a call center from home.
I log into their network by booting from a DVD.
Once I am in, my display is all colorful pixels and I can barely make out display.
Their technician suggested 3 things
1 - update my drivers. I am hardware scared, so I went to the mfg website and followed their how-to video ... it looked like I had the same drivers when I checked the properties. (uninstalled from add/remove programs anything to do with ATI and installed from their site) - nothing changed. So I surfed some more and paid for Driver Detective - nothing changed (except a smack to my credit card).
2 - I was asked what color my monitor cable was and I advised blue - they said that was VGA and I should change to DVI ... I don't have a clue why really and they are a bit expensive to "test" to see if that is the issue
3- was told that the ATI Radion 1100 series was compatible with their DVD (or a BFG 6200 le 256 mb pci ?) - I have 3200 series - don't exactly know what that means, but I can't find such a thing at Staples ... if I order one, again a bit expensive to "test" to see if that is the issue

I live in the middle of nowhere Nova Scotia & anything I purchase has to be shipped in - not many options available to me and when I ask folks, I just don't understand the answer, and if i have to install haardware I am pretty scared. The only experience I have in opening the ... Read more

A:Solved: display pixelated when booting to linux (? not into Windows)

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My mouse antennae was being seen by BIOS/hardware configuration, as a storage device, after I moved it from one front panel USB device, to another USB front panel device.

I moved it back, and all is back to normal.

But, I moved it to a 'safer' USB port, where it might be less likely to take a hit, and break off.

Is there a way to change how the USB channel is read?

A:Mouse 'antennae' is stopping Windows and Linux from booting...

Fewer brain cells everyday. What is the question?

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Hi, guys. Last Christmas, I bought each of my twin sons a Dell Inspiron 15R. As teenage boys do, they really mucked them up with every kind of virus and x-ware out there. After not being completely successful cleaning them up with various anti-what-ever programs, I decided to reformat and do a clean install. Problem is, Dell no longer furnishes a hard copy of the OS that was installed at factory. Apparently, they have partitioned the hard drive and installed all original software in that partition, and provided a PC Restore program that will access all software and re-set-up the computer to the state is was when purchased. After doing this, everything worked fine as it claimed it would. Personally, I find it to be the best thing that Dell has done with MS in years.

My question is this...Can I dual boot this set-up with Linux (which I use exclusively, and my son wants to learn), or will this partition that Dell is now using cause me real problems in the case that I may need to perform a future PC Restore? Thanks.

A:Dual booting Windows 7/Linux on a Dell Inspiron 15R

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support

The best two ways of running Linux with Wondows on one Hd drive.
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

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Ok here is the story that is toying with my mental health...

I consider myself to have a fair knowledge of Windows Oss, since i've been using/tweaking them for the past 13 years. I recently decided, after getting some incentives from the fact I had a Linux pc at work, to install on my Acer Aspire 5672 laptop, Ubuntu, and switch from a dual-boot Windows XP SP3/WIndows Vista SP1 system to a Windows XP SP3/Ubuntu one. Everything is fine for a while, I upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04, to Ubuntu 8.10 and a couple of weeks pass where I was messing up linux while learning. So at one point I decide to reinstal Ubuntu.

I am saying all of the above not to necessarily link the events that led to what you will read next, but to create a timeline...the events can as well be completely irrelevant to each other.

I reinstall Ubuntu 8.10, do all the updates and finally when all is set and done, I decide to boot in Windows. Curiously enough GRUB was not touched from the whole reinstallation process. I log into windows and the system starts to hang, taking 15 minutes to boot. Got stuck on the loading after the welcoming screen, showing only desktop and no bars/icons. After it eventually loaded, my keyboard and touchpad didnt respond at all (although they do respond in BIOS). My USB connected mouse worked. I decide to do a couple of restarts to see if the problem persists. Yes same issue. I log back into linux. Touchpad, keyboard works like a charm. No problem there.

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i have lenovo g460 with windows 7 premium 64 bit, it was working fine yesterday...but when i try to use my laptop now i see a message on black screen

PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable
pxe-mof: exiting pxe rom.
no bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key

but i dont have any installation disks except repair disk which i created through windows wizard... i searched for solution over net and tried to recover ..first i booted with repair disk and found operating system as unknown on local disk startup found error but cannt repair it and through commpand prompt i tried these commands

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

the first 2 commands worked successfully but when i run the last command it scanned and identified windows installations 1 and prompted to add it to boot list when i press y to add i got the message

the requested system device cannot be found.

pls help me to solve the issue...thanks in advance...

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Hello all...

I have always been fascinated by Linux, but have been afraid to install it after hearing horror stories. With the influx of many new Linux "packages" out there, I decided to go with Fedora Core, which is Red Hat based. It was recommended to me as a system that is good for beginners.

I installed it with nay a problem... booted just fine, everything works perfectly, but I am having a problem figuring out something: How to have an option screen that lets me choose what to load up when I reboot my machine.

Heres my situation:
HARD DRIVE A, 20G, this hard drive belongs solely to Fedora Core.

HARD DRIVE B, 120G, I have Windows Pro XP and Windows Pro 2000 installed on this hard drive.

Now, the thing is, I have done some searching on bootloaders, and it seems like all of them, or most, only support dual booting from the same hard drive. But I know for a fact that Mandrakes bootloader gives the option of booting from a different hard drive (I was using Mandrake before Fedora). Now Mandrake had a sweet setup, nice blue screen with lots of options...

Is there any way to get what I had with Mandrake and use that with Fedora Core?

Sorry if I cause a sigh in some of you, but I am a newb at Linux, but I want to learn so badly. Thanks for any input.

A:Booting options with SEPARATE HARD DRIVES Linux/Windows

How did you set up Fedora bootloader then?

Most all linux distros use GRUB as the bootloader and it supports booting from anywhere with no problems. I haven't installed Fedora on a multi-HD system so I don't know if it detects Windows installations on other drives.

Were your Windows installations on the second HD before the Linux install too? If you move around the Windows partition then it will not boot and you will have a lot of trouble getting it fixed.

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Hi All,
I want to disable RAID1 mirroring on my XPS Gen 5 PC running Windows XP Pro Build 2600 (SP2) so as to facilitate Linux/Windows dual boot.

I have 2 x 160Gb Sata HDDs controlled by an Intel 82801GR/GH SATA Raid controller, can someone point me in the right direction?

Can I make Linux my primary OS?

Also if you have any info regarding the implementation of dual booting (i.e. Windows XP Pro and PCLinuxOS 2007) it would be greatly appreciated.

Rgds, Jody.

A:Disabling RAID1(Mirroring) & dual booting Linux and Windows XP

hello & welcome to TSF ,

this is to get you started while i look for the rest that you asked for

follow this link

still working on the raid question

get back to me after you read this to let me know if this is what you want


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Hello SevenForums, members and great administrators.

First, there is a lot forums and sections , so If posted in incorrect one please move it.


I want to Dual-boot Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with Linux Mint (or maybe Debian). I know , with Ubuntu is very easy, but I hate it That is because, low driver support , bad name , bad look and much other.

Questions :
1. How to do it ?
2. What I need ?
3. Do I need empty DVD or Windows 7 Installation DVD (because I lost this one) ?

I'm currently using LMint in VM , but I need it on my current machine , Dual-boot with Win7. And I will delete Win8 for this.

Answer when you can.
Thanks in advance.

A:Dual-booting Windows 7 Ultimate and Linux Mint (or Debian)

Hi Trinity -

Be sure to make a Win7 System Repair Disk for rescue purposes if you dont' have the installer.

GRUB boot loader can corrupt Win7 beyond repair when on the same HD, so be sure to also save externally a Win7 backup image: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

The cleanest method to avoid GRUB corruption of Win7 is given here by our moderator: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

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First of all I would like to say thank you for allowing me to join the forum. Back in 1999 when I was medically retired from the British Army after sustaining a spinal injury on Operational Tour, I retrained myself in computers. My OS of choice back then was MS Windows, however after Windows XP I moved to OSX.

About two years ago I knew I needed to get back involved with Windows and bought my Lenovo Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium. I then installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a different partition and upgraded to Windows 8 Pro when it became available.

I am now looking to install a distro of Linux and can't seem to find any information of doing so. I don't know which Windows partition it would be best to install it on 7 or 8. Also I understand that Ubuntu have a Windows Installer wubi, but I have heard horror stories after the installation.

My main fear is losing Windows 7 or 8 and if the entire process is too risky I'll just leave it altogether. So I guess my question is has anyone installed a Linux distro on a PC which originally came pre installed with Windows 7 and then added Windows 8 to a partition; if so can you help me out. I apologise if this question offends anyone who may think I should have posted this on a Linux forum, I just thought I would get a more concise answer from the Windows Forums.

thank you all so much for your help and time in advance.

A:Windows 7 and Windows 8 dual booting then adding Linux

It would be best to install your Linux distro on another HD with the WIndows OS HD unplugged. You can even run Linux from a boot CD or flash stick.

If you decide you want to try multi-booting it with Windows I'd back up a Win7 backup image of your Windows installations first so you have a path back to where you are now.

I'd also look over this tutorial written by one of our top members here: Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums.

You can discuss this further with the tutorial's author in its comments section or ask him there to chip in to discussion here. You'll get help that like him is Golden.

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I recently bought Dell Vostro 1550, it came with linux installed on it.
I want to install windows on it, Please guide me in proceeding further.


A:Installing Windows on a Linux machine.

Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums

If you don't want a Dual Boot and there's no GRUB on the HD then you can delete all partitions and create/Format new partitions as you want during Steps 6 + 7 of Clean Install Windows 7. If there's GRUB on HD first run Diskpart Clean Command

In addition read over these steps to assure you get a perfect install, which are the same for retail since you will need a retail copy of Win7 unless Dell sells you one: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

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I'm planning on purchasing the following laptop:

Ubuntu Linux version 10.04
Intel® Celeron™ Processor ULV U3400 (2M Cache, 1.06GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Aberdeen Silver for WLAN
13.3 inch HD WLED Display (1366x768) with Anti-Glare
2.0MP Webcam with Digital Mic for Win 7
2.0GB, DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 1 DIMM
250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD (Intel GHA HD)
Dell Wireless 1702 802.11n/BT3.0 Combo

For the $450 price point, I really like what is being offered, except that I don't want Linux as the OS and would rather install Windows 7. I recently did purchase Windows 7 so I was wondering if it is possible to install Windows 7 in place of Linux OS that it comes with?

Since there is not CD/DVD-Rom, what would be the best option to do it?

In addition, is the process of deleting Linux and installing Windows 7 pretty complicated? I just dont want to mess up the laptop, like drivers etc. If Windows 7 can be installed, only then will I purchase this laptop.

I've been trying to find a proper instructions link to do the above, but no such luck so far.

Any advice will be highly appreciated.


A:Installing Windows 7 over Ubuntu Linux

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i got a problem,i was using win xp + sp2 on sata hard drive and decided to install suse linux 9.3 on my other non-sata hard drive,but after installing linux i got error like this:
"root (hd1, 1)
filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
chainloader +1"
i can choose to load linux or windows but when choose windows i get that error.
i dont know what is that but in partitioning options in linux my windows hard drive filesystem id is called "0x07 HPFS/NTFS" but when loading windows it says 0x7.
Also i couldnt explore windows hdd but when changed mount to /windows/C i could but windows didnt load anyway. The Windows are installed on E: drive, i changed mount to /windows/E but it didint load anyway.
Please help,i dont want to reinstall it because there so much good stuff in it.
P.S. sorry for my bad english

A:Please help,cannot load windows after installing linux

Have you tried booting the Windows CD and using the recovery console? You need to use the FIXBOOT command to fix the boot files for Windows. Description of the Recovery Console should get you going.

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I installed a linux CD on a second harddrive. Now 8.1 will not boot. I can log in but then the screen flashes loads icons, flashes.

It is unusable. Help please.

Safe mode works

A:Windows 8.1 will not boot after installing Linux 10 CD HD2

It is because Grub is the main Boot Loader. If you want both to run, you will need to see the following instructions. How to Configure the GRUB2 Boot Loader Also see Set Windows as Default OS when Dual Booting Ubuntu

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I recently got a new computer with Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) installed on C:. Everything worked great and this is what things were like back when everything worked: Two 500 MB disks in a RAID 1 array partitioned into C: (for Windows 7) and D: (for data etc.). The 100 MB partition that W7 creates was there as well. Also a 1.5 TB disk with two partitions (drive letters E: and F:).

I then installed Ubuntu Linux in a partition I created on the 1.5 TB drive to get a dual boot configuration. This messed things up - apparently the Linux installer doesn't like RAIDs. I cannot boot Windows 7 now. I'm attempting to fix the MBR, BCD etc. and have read Recovering the Vista Bootloader from the DVD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki and done lots of Googling.

However, I'm not sure how to proceed because the drive letters are now messed up. The reason is that when I boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD to repair Windows 7, the RAID (i.e. originally C: and D:) cannot be accessed until I load drivers for the RAID from another DVD. Before I do that the partitions on the 1.5 TB drive show up as C: and D: (as previously mentioned, they originally were E: and F:). Once I have loaded the RAID drivers, the partitions on the RAID get the letters H: (the Windows 7 partition, originally C:), G: (the 100 MB partition that didn't have a drive letter) and F: (originally D:).

In a nutshell:
RAID: C -> H (Windows 7 is installed here)
RAID: D -> F
RAID: 100 MB -> G
1.5 TB: E -> C
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A:Cannot boot Windows 7 after installing Linux

What a mess. I would say the first order of the day is to get rid of Linux. Apparently the Grub took over. Then resort the drive letters (looks like your G with the MBR is still whole).

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I installed linux and when I boot up it automatically goes to Linux and wont go to Windoxs XP.
It doesnt even give windows as an option to use.
So then I read online that I only needed one partition so I deleted my E partition 2.
Now linux nor Windows will boot up.
I dont want to reformat my computer, is there anyway I can save my information.

A:Installing Linux not able to boot windows XP

I want to add to that

I am basically just wanting Linux off my computer right now. I am just wanting to be able to have my Windows OS like it was.
I typed in fixmbr under recovery and now its not doing anything.
It wont boot up at all.. before it would boot up into Linux. But I didnt know how to get into my Windows OS.
Now what can I do??

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I messed up a little yesterday and now only have Linux Mint Mate 14 installed on my laptop. I want to completely wipe the harddrive and install windows again. I have all my data backed up on an external hard drive.

What I've tried so far is booting a live linux dvd and using GParted to delete all the partitions there are. Now there is only a Unallocated partition.

The problem is that when I try to boot from my windows xp or windows 7 disk, it gives me the following error.

error : no such partition.
grub rescue>

What do I do now?

A:Need help deleting linux and installing windows.


All you need is the Windows 7 disk. During installation, opt to format the entire disk as part of the installation.

error : no such partition.
grub rescue>
This ^ error message means that you are definitely not booting from the installation disk, but still booting from the messed-up Linux installation.

Do this:

1. In your BIOS, double-check that the DVD drive is 1st in the boot priority. Save that setting using F10 in the BIOS.
2. Insert the installation disk in the drive, then reboot the PC.
3. Windows will load from the disk - proceed with installation as normal.

A useful guide:

Clean Install Windows 7

Take note of Step #7.


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I have windows 7 RC, windows vista, and linux mint running in a triple boot config. I dont really want to keep linux and was planning on installing the Retail version of Windows 7 once i buy it. However, while im booted in windows, i cannot see linux at all. I can only see the Win7 partition (C: ) and vista partition (D: ) under Computer.

But i can see it in Disk Management

The last two partitions are for linux.

So my question is, when i decide to install windows 7, will the windows 7 install disc see those linux partitions so i can delete them while installing Windows 7? You know the utility in the Win7 install disc that allows u to delete, format etc. partitions.


A:Will Linux partition appear when Installing windows 7

Yes, the install disc will see the partitions. Windows cannot read the partitions, as it does not recognize the Linux format.

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hi guys i'm just so mad because at my self i was stupid enough to install linux ubuntu on top of my windows 7 , i have a hp pavilion notebook dv-6 2155dx 4gb ram 500gb hdd it comes with windows 7 pre-instal , is there anyway how to get back to my wondows 7 i don't have the cds for this notebook , please anyone help meeeeeeee

A:recover windows 7 after installing linux

Well, the Ubuntu installation would have formatted your hard drive, so unless you have a recovery partition still intact you're going to have to contact HP and see if they'll sell ;you a set of recovery disks. Good luck!

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Hi there, people of the internet.
I'm having some issues trying to re-install Windows 7 back to my laptop having switching fully to Linux Mint 16. I've got an ISO file for the installation of Windows (I have genuine code) but having some massive fail moments trying to work it.

I've used the USB Image Writter to put my ISO file onto my formatted USB but when I try to boot from it from restart I get the error "No Boot Sector on USB" So that has confused me quite so. I'm using a Dell Inspiron i545 and having a nightmare with it.

I don't have any side portions of Windows just 100% Linux. If I can get some help It will be greatly appreciated.

Forever in your debt,

A:Trouble with Re-Installing Windows from Linux Mint 16 - ISO-USB

From Wikipaedia:

There is no standard definition for ISO image files. ISO disc images are uncompressed and do not use a particular container format; they are a sector-by-sector copy of the data on an optical disc, stored inside a binary file. ISO images are expected to contain the binary image of an optical media file system (usually ISO 9660 and its extensions or UDF), including the data in its files in binary format, copied exactly as they were stored on the disc. The data inside the ISO image will be structured according to the file system that was used on the optical disc from which it was created.Click to expand...

So although an .iso file of (say) linux might well be bootable, it's not true that all .iso images are. I don't know what that .iso image actually is, although it might well be an image of a Windows 7 setup CD. But that is not how it looks on a USB drive. I think you will have to go back to the setup CD and take a more normal type of exact copy, or re-write it to USB with a more explicit instruction to the writing software that 'this is supposed to be bootable'.

Just in case - have you checked in the bios that a USB drive can be set 'bootable', and that it is top of the drives list ?

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I need some assistance setting up a used computer that a friend gave me. I thought I would be able to put the xp disc in and just start it up, but it had Linux Puppy installed on it and it was bypassing the cd rom. I have never been exposed to this os, and it confused me for a while. Reading some other blogs people were saying that you had to manually delete the files. So, I did that and now I am getting a couple of errors while rebooting.

Press any key to boot from CD..... (This never seems to work)
Try (hd0, 0): Ext2: No grldr
Try (hd0, 1): invalid or null
Try (hd0: 2): invalid or null
Try (hd0: 3): invalid or null
BIOS: Drive =0x0, H=0, S=0

Try (fd0): invalid or null
Cannot find grldr
Press space bar to hold the screen, any other key to boot previous MBR... (None of these seem to do anything)
Timeout: Error loading operating system

I remember deleting the grldr, so not sure if I should have or not.

Can anyone help me out?


A:Removing Linux Puppy and Installing Windows XP

Hi veggiebin,

I would first of all check the boot order in your BIOS. Linux Puppy can not make your PC bypass the CD, it is more likely that the boot order is set to boot from the hard drive before trying the PC.

EDIT: just saw that I overlooekd the "press any key to boot from CD"
Do you use a USB or a wireless keyboard? In that case the problem may be that your keyboard is not recognised and therefore the "press key" doesn't work. Could you try a different keyboard?
regards myrti

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I've never used Linux and cannot figure out how to make it go away. Purchased Windows 7 Home online and tried to download it. Unfortunately I can't figure out how to run the installation... and now my computer won't even connect to wireless. HELP!!

A:Installing Windows 7 & deleting Linux Kubuntu

All Linux code must be deleted using the CLEAN ALL command.As you have had linux on the HD you need do a Clean all & full format.
Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using the CLEAN ALL command in Step One in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Than clean install
Clean Install Windows 7

For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
System Info - See Your System Specs

Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums

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If you have Linux and Win 7 installed on the same machine and run across an install error when trying to install Win 7 SP1, then this one is for you.

Pay attention to the the last paragraph of the article and use Disk Management to solve your problem.

Windows 7/2008 R2 Service Pack 1 fails with 0x800f0a12 - The Servicing Guy - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

A:Windows 7 and Linux on the same PC-error when installing Win7 SP1

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

How to Mark a Partition as Active in Windows 7

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I'm just starting and very much intrested to learn linux.Now I need help to install Red Hat Linux WS 3
as dual bootable with Windows XP(from very begning).Already Windows is installed.
System Configuration:

MotherBoard : Intel 915 chipset
Processor : Intel P4(3.0GHz)
Hard Disk : 160GB(Segate)
RAM : 1 GB

Need some help in installing.

A:Installing Red Hat Linux WS 3 as dual bootable with Windows XP

Welcome to TechSpot!

If your current installation of XP takes up all the space on your harddrive, you'll need to shrink the NTFS partition using an program/application like PartitionMagic.

When that's done you'll need to set your cd/dvd drive as the first boot drive in your bios. You should be able to get into your bios by pressing either Del, Esc or F10, depending on your computer.

After that put the CD or DVD with the distribution into your computer and restart it.
Edit: Also why are you choosing to install Red Hat Linux WS 3. Are you that Fedora isn't the right choice for you?

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Two weeks ago I purchased an ASUS M32CD PC Desktop with Windows 10 Home 64bit pre-installed, and now all of a sudden it's not booting.

When I set up my pc for the first time after I bought it, I mistakenly agreed to participate in Windows Insider Program, and shortly after setting my pc up, Windows Update automatically downloaded and installed a newer Windows 10 build which took about 4 hours to complete.

Since everything was still working great after the new build, and I had the option of going back to my previous build through recovery settings within 30 days, I decided to test it for a bit. Last night I decided I wanted to go back to the build which came pre-installed on my pc, and when I clicked on it via the recovery section, it said the files needed to revert back had been deleted and that I could not go back to previous build. So I decided to just Reset my PC instead. It gave me the option of keeping my files and settings or deleting all files and settings and reinstalling Windows. I chose the latter. It went to a blue screen that said Resetting your PC, and once it got to 2% complete, it abruptly ended and said there was a problem resetting my PC. I tried it one more time, and at 2% it again ended and said there was a problem resetting my pc, and I was given the option of going into advanced recovery.
From there I chose to continue to Windows 10, but it would not load anything. Since then I have tried to use the Windows Repair function, but it doesn't re... Read more

A:Windows 10 stopped booting

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I have two HDs on my desktop PC and Win 7 installed on both of them. Recently there have been issues when trying to load either copy of windows.

One tells me there is disk inconsistencies and the disk needs to be checked. The other loads up the startup repair and tells me it's been repaired and to reboot my PC. When I reboot my PC the same process repeats.

I tired reinstalling a fresh copy of Windows but all that did is give me three Windows 7 OS to choose from when it asks me which one to load.

At this point I don't care if I have to format both of my HDs, I'd just like to get a copy of Windows working. It's weird that both copies on separates HDs stopped booting, could it be a virus? Anyways, please advise.

A:Windows Stopped Booting

Try booting with only one HDD connected. If that one doesn't work, try the other one alone. Post back what you find.

An image of your Disk Management screen would help too.

But here's my question: What reason do you have to load W7 twice on the same machine?

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Hi guys,

I recently purchased a netbook on ebay with Linux Mint pre-installed. I want to rid of Linux and install Windows 7 Ultimate, however the only device I have to date is a 2GB SD card as I've either lost or broken my USB's or external HDD's.. Is there a way to create a bootable SD card with a small downloadable copy of Windows and install it to the HDD? Then download a 'full' copy of Windows to install that and activate it with a key?

Otherwise I'm going to have to go out and get a USB stick. Or is there an easier way with mounting etc?


A:Installing Windows from an SD card on a netbook with Linux Mint


I speak under correction, but as far as I know the minimum size required for a Windows install from a USB stick is 4GB.

Microsoft Store Online


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Hi Sir(s)/Maam(s). Can you pls help me? So i tried to install a Kali Linux rolling in my HP Probook Laptop pre-installed with a Windows 7 ultimate 32bit. I googled the machine of my laptop and it says it can support 64 bit. Then i followed instructions on how to (dual boot) Kali Linux with Windows 7. so i followed the instructions only that since the instructions written in the website: You are being redirected... showed a portion Using a tool "Gparted". This did not show up while i opened "Kali Live"(as in the instructions), and i thought to myself maybe it ddnt show an option - "gparted" bcause the kali they were using to install is an old kali while i'm installing a new 2016.1 kali rolling 64bit. so i went ahead and clicked graphical install. so the installation went on(Kali Linux) to an option where it says - Partition Disk(so my thoughts were correct i thought) then i went to a partition where it said "Separate/home partition" so i thought maybe it'll separate my windows 7 partition automatically. then it displayed the partitions it made so i thought maybe i was doing everything right.(as shown here You are being redirected...). And then installation was complete and it requested to reboot so i went and rebooted it. now i was expecting to show options where i can choose where to reboot Kali Linux or Windows 7. Now it only shows Kali Linux. . Did i delete my windows? i had so much important data there... Can someone ls help me? P... Read more

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I have a Samsung N120 Netbook that came with Windows XP. I tried to run Linux Mint as a 2nd operating system, but I kept getting errors and I became frustrated with it. Ever since then I have only used XP, but every time the computer starts up it goes into Grub and I have to choose to enter XP. Basically what I am looking to do is remove all traces of Mint and Grub and I suppose XP for that matter and upgrade to Windows 7. What is the best way to do that considering I have a netbook which does not have a CD/DVD drive? Sorry if this has been posted already and thank you in advance.

A:Removing Linux and Grub/Installing Windows 7 on Netbook

You can boot off a usb and repartition/merge on your hd. I don't know what resources you have. You can do a remote install over a network.

Install Windows 7 from a USB Memory Stick | Remote Administration For Windows

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Hi Sir(s)/Maam(s). Can you pls help me? So i tried to install a Kali Linux rolling in my HP Probook Laptop pre-installed with a Windows 7 ultimate 32bit. I googled the machine of my laptop and it says it can support 64 bit. Then i followed instructions on how to (dual boot) Kali Linux with Windows 7. so i followed the instructions only that since the instructions written in the website: You are being redirected... showed a portion Using a tool "Gparted". This did not show up while i opened "Kali Live"(as in the instructions), and i thought to myself maybe it ddnt show an option - "gparted" bcause the kali they were using to install is an old kali while i'm installing a new 2016.1 kali rolling 64bit. so i went ahead and clicked graphical install. so the installation went on(Kali Linux) to an option where it says - Partition Disk(so my thoughts were correct i thought) then i went to a partition where it said "Separate/home partition" so i thought maybe it'll separate my windows 7 partition automatically. then it displayed the partitions it made so i thought maybe i was doing everything right.(as shown here You are being redirected...). And then installation was complete and it requested to reboot so i went and rebooted it. now i was expecting to show options where i can choose where to reboot Kali Linux or Windows 7. Now it only shows Kali Linux. . Did i delete my windows? i had so much important data there... Can someone ls help me? P... Read more

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How would one go about installing Windows 7 (assuming one has a legitimate Windows 7 CD) on a dual boot, on a computer that has only Linux (precisely Linux Mint) as an OS?

Recently, a nasty virus on my Windows 7 partition basically destroyed its boot system (dual-boot with a ~500 GB hard drive, 30 GB allocated to Linux Mint 17.1). Upon restarting the computer, the computer would become stuck on a blank screen with a flashing cursor on the top-left; not even the GRUB menu would show up (and F11 recovery option is basically obliterated). Currently, I have/I am using a USB with Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela burnt onto it.

Rather than go through the hassle of repairing the Windows system, I am considering installing Linux Mint as the sole system (thus formatting the drive), and later installing Windows 7 as a dual-boot system. My main concern is if that is possible.

A:Installing Windows 7 alongside Linux (Mint) (dualboot)

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Had to to a format :drive /p:2, that is format with zeroing out the secondary flash drive which still had some boot loader, that activated randomly screwing up the system boot. Turns out the Asus Flash Erase is worth sh*t.

I've got Windows 8.1 Pro x64 installed for a month now and up until today everything was running smoothly.
Today the Os will not boot though, the boot process hangs during the loading animation, similar thing happens, when I try make a new install or repair the system using the repair tools from the dvd - when I click "Repair Tools" or "Install" nothing shows except for the blue background.
The problem goes away, when all other drives, except for the one with the OS, are disconnected.
I use a following build:
MB: Asus Maximus VII Gene
- Plextor m6e m.2 pci-e ssd<- Windows 8.1 installed
- 4 x WD Green as archive
- Crucial m4 SSD for vm's
Removing all drives except for the helps, however that is not really a solution. Disabling the SATA Ports does not help either, they have to be physically unplugged.
Also! - after disabling the Plextor drive an keeping the other drives connected, right after POST there is a message about a missing windows bootmgr. It's in my native language (now I have 8.1 en_us, a month back I had another installation on the Crucial ssd), so it seems the second bootloader is somehow interfering (?) although like I said, everything was running with no problems for a month.
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I have a Dell Inspiron n5110 and, like the subject states, the fan stops working after booting up Windows 10.
I just noticed this lately, so I can't really pin point the cause, but, I believe that it's only recent since my laptop ran smoothly in the past (I was playing the Witcher with medium settings, I was rendering 3d models/scenes with thousands of polygons, etc.), but now, it overheats every time I play and then shuts down.
I already tried cleaning the fan, replacing the thermal paste on the CPU and the GPU.
The fan works when I ran Dell Diagnostics and when the system is POST-ing (upon start up), then when the Windows 10 logo appears, the fan stops. I already tried looking for a driver, but I think fans don't require drivers...?

Any help/suggestion is appreciated. Thank you! :)

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In this form I hope to solve PC errors, thanks for the help everyone!

I've a lot of PCs, all of whom have Windows 7 Enterprise and XP dual boot.

Nowadays, suddenly in many PCs both the OSs stopped booting, but I'll query about Windows 7 in this forum.

When Windows 7 starts to boot, as soon as the 'glasses' of the Windows logo appears, Windows 7 reboots.

On booting from safe mode, the restart happens after classpnp.sys is loading/loaded. I tried renaming that file, but then the restart happens on disk.sys, on moving that file too, it happens with fvevol.sys.

I tried to enabling boot logging (from F8), but there's no ntbtlog file in the Windows installation directory.

Please help me solve this PC problem!

A:Windows 7 suddenly stopped booting.

Welcome to SevenForums!

You mentioned you have many PC's with the same problem. The first thing I would look for is any updates that were installed on the machines shortly before the problems started.

If the PC's have System Restore active you might want to boot using a Install or Repair disc and restore to an earlier date.

Also try running Startup Repair, Startup Repair You may have to run it three times, booting between each run.

I try to never touch any machines that are dual boot, sorry I don't really have a lot of suggestions.

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I searched the threads for an existing post and I couldn't find one that matched my problem. Sorry if a solution has already been posted somewhere.

I have a new Acer 1410 w/ 4GB of DDR2 memory and a 1.6 CULV processor. It came with Vista Home Premium installed, but I downloaded Windows 7 Ultimate from my technet subscription. Because I don't have an optical drive I had to install from a USB stick. I did this without any problems at all.

Windows 7 has been booting fine and running great for about a week now. I haven't recenly loaded any new software or drivers. Yesterday I shut down my laptop normally; when I tried to reboot an hour later I was shown the "loading files" screen and was then taken to the Windows Startup Repair option. Windows spent an hour trying to repair whatever was wrong with my startup and I was finally given an error message that it couldn't make any repairs.

I tried going to the DOS prompt and fixing the boot manager and boot file; interestingly all this did was suddenly give me the option to boot Windows 7 or Windows Vista (!!!). I still get the Windows Startup Repair when I try booting Windows 7. If I try to boot Vista (I was curious) it takes me all the way to the login screen but then tells me I have files missing if I try to login, which is fine - I wasn't trying to set up a dual boot anyways.

Here's the part that's really got me stumped: If I try booting my laptop into install (using the bootable USB stick I created to se... Read more

A:Windows 7 stopped booting; Can't repair.

UPDATE: I may have some new information. I've booted to the install menu and picked "Repair your computer". From there I went to the command prompt and typed "sfc /scannow".

I received this message:

"There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart Windows and run sfc again."

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I installed arch linux on another partition of my hard disk, after I installed it grub took over the windows boot loader.

When I try and boot into window I get the error 0xc000000e saying that windows cannot boot etc.

Ive looked online to try and figure out how to solve this problem and they said to open up a windows disc and go to the repair section.

I have tried doing this and when I click on the repair section I get an error that pops up saying:

This version of system recovery options is not compatible with the version of windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of windows.

I didnt get a windows disc with my laptop but I did make a recovery on discs from how it came when I got it. On the back of my laptop it says windows 7 home prem OA. I downloaded 2 different isos so far one from a link that just said windows 7 64bit. And another windows 7 64bit home prem iso.

The computer is an asus g53s 64bit. And ive been trying to fix this for a solid 2 days. If anyone can help, id be greatly appreciated.


A:Windows won't boot, error 0xc000000e after installing arch linux


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My PC has two SATA drives, for storage, and two 128GB SSDs. One of the SSDs has Microsoft Flight Simulator (FS9) installed on it. The second is divided into two partitions: the first has the O/S, the second Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX).

The first sign of trouble was when aircraft fuselage textures stopped loading in FS9. Eventually, when this didn't clear, I decided to reboot. After I did so, the FS9 SSD was completely missing from My Computer. Tried rebooting a couple more times. No joy, and the Asus BIOS splash screen was taking ages to move onto the Windows is starting up phase, so I assumed that the drive had failed. I unplugged the faulty SSD, and all was OK. For two or three reboots...

Then, rebooting once again a little later, all I got was, after the BIOS splash screen, a black screen with one line of strange characters. A few letters and numbers there, but mostly stuff like you might find in Wingdings font, musical notes, patterns and shapes. I took a photo of this. I can post it if really needed, but don't expect the exact string will help much. It's the same string of characters every time..

I booted using a BartPE DVD and went into the explorer utility. The O/S drive itself is clearly OK (it would be a bit much for both to fail in 30 minutes!) as both partitions on it, the one with the O/S and the one with FSX, are accessible in BartPE and I can browse through the various folders.

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A:Windows has stopped booting. Advice needed please!

Work through the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start since infection cannot be ruled out and the normal repair routine might not work if it's infected.

Test the SSD's with the manufacturer's firmware. Check for firmware upgrade.

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I got a new disk drive for my pc and as soon as I got it installed Windows 7 would no longer boot after the start up screen. The error I get says "Windows has failed to start. A new hardware or software change may be the cause."

I've looked up the error and I've tried starting it in safe mode which won't work, I don't have a backup to reset my computer to and the option it gives me to repair the computer works but it sits on the repair screen infinitely. The only option I have found left is to reinstall windows or use the repair disk, but the computer was unfortunately gifted to me and was gifted to someone else before me so there is no disk. I just wanted to know of any more options before I got but a new OS to save my baby.

A:New Disk Drive Stopped Windows Booting

If that hard drive containing Windows 7 came from another computer and was installed in your computer, it's not going to boot and work properly.
Windows 7 needs to be installed in the hard drive in the computer that it's going to be used in.

What's the brand name and model name and complete model number of that computer?


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I have windows media edition. i installed ubuntu yesterday after that i tried to switch windows but windows went in hibernated mode soon after window logo and then sytem restarts.after few try i press f8 for advance option before hibernating. there i made silly mistake without knowing about option i select something like "delete distoring data and start system boot".(sorry i dun remember exect option). but soon after that i am getting
STOP:c000021A {Fatal System

Error} The Session Manager Initialization System terminated unexpectedly with
a status of 0xc000003a (0x00000000 0x00000000) The system has been shut down.

Please help

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First off i wanna say hi to everyone, long time reader but never posted.. but i knew this day would come!!! lol....

system spec:

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
2 250gb Seagate Barracudas 7200 > Raid 0
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W
Asus M4A78LT-M Mobo
2 Crucial 2GB 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 1600
1 2GB G. Skill 240 pin DDR3 Memory

Ok computer has been doing scandsks for the last week all of a sudden when starting up and now it splashes the boot screen and hangs on the black screen with a blinking cursor at the top left.
I have been researching this for the past couple of days in the net and unfortunately have been unsuccessful at finding ananswer.

heres what i have done so far:
1-booted from windows cd and did STARTUP REPAIR, it found my windows installation and finished without no problems - PROBLEM STILL EXISTS
2-command propmpt and fixboot command unsuccessful since it stays on x: dir and i cant find the c: dir for the right commands
3-SYSTEM RESTORE found no earlier restore points which i found odd but it is what it is.. lol..
4- went ahead and tried installation of windows to see if it recognized my drive on array and it did with the correct size and data.

I tried installing the regrun reanimator to see if it maybe was a root kit problem but the boot up disk didnt recognize my c drive either.

so here i am stuck on stupid!!..

any help will be greatly appreciated!..

A:Windows stopped booting with continous blinking cursor

Sounds like a bad hard drive so IO would download Sea Tools and make bootable cd and run both tests on the drive.
| Seagate

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Hey there,

I have a Dimension C521 Dell desktop PC. It is a glorious computer; have had it for 5+ years now, and have had very few problems with it, and when, nothing a virus scan or system reformat wont fix. Its all been great, until we got this. My sister went on a website (Roblox, I think), and my brother occasionally plays Runescape on it. The anti-virus software has always been iffy with Runescape, showing multiple viruses, but we could always fix it. Not until Roblox went up. Shortly after, the PC froze, so I had to do a hard reset. While rebooting, we got an annoying ticking noise from the computer, down where I think the HDD is. I'm unsure if this is the "click of death", but comparing to Wikipedia's media of it, it sounds different. The noise is somewhat a click, sometimes going 2-6 times in a row, stopping, then repeating. Father (who has been helped before on this site; thank you!) thinks its the PC trying to boot from the CD drive yet failing. Well, being the ignorant person I am, I ignore it and continue...

Everything is similar, except...

Boot from CD:

What we think is that something deleted our boot drive.

So we find the system disk, and insert it. It downloads the files, and then goes to:

Welcome to Setup
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft?
Windows? XP to run on your computer.

To setup Windows now, press ENTER.

To repa... Read more

A:Windows XP PC stopped booting, lost boot drive?

Try pressing F2 and entering the setup menu. Once there, find the boot disk priority (usually in the boot tab) and make sure the hard disk is at the top of the boot list. If the hard drive is not on the top of the list the computer will try to boot from other devices and could cause the error you're seeing.

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Just tried to add Crucial ram to a used Precision M6500 Win7 Laptop - 2.8GHz core i7 *GB SP1 on EBay last week. After taking advice from Crucial tech this laptop will no longer boot.
Apologies for the long explanation: 
Working machine came with 8GB (2x4) of Hylinks Ram. I added 8GB (2X4) of Crucial memory under the keyboard of the machine. The machine would not boot. Pulled memory from all four slots. Put one stick of Hylink and one stick of Crucial in battery side slots to see if they work together there. The machine booted windows. So I put the other Hylink and Crucial sticks under the keyboard. The machine did not boot.
I called Crucial. Tech told me to pull the cmos battery. Wait 15 minutes and plug it back in. This is were the real fun begins!
Now the machine won't boot windows under any condition. 
I pulled the the additional memory out from under the keyboard. The machine runs the memory test and blue screen flashes on and off in a split second. It goes into startup repair mode. And ends with the following report every top I push the start button:

"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.... 
Launch startup repair (Recommended)"
Start up repair does not work. The machine will not boot Win7 with either 8 or 16GB in place.
So it seems pulling the cmos battery is at the bottom of this. But for the life of me I can't figure out why?
The following are things I've tried to get windows t... Read more

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I have installed Windows 7 and then i installed Linux on an other partition of the Hard Disk
now i wanted to install windows Xp for some project work, i removed the linux(ubuntu) and installed the Xp on the same partition

the problem is that i am not able to see the option to boot Windows 7.

Please Help .....

A:Windows 7 Not Booting After Installing Xp

Here is a great tutorial on how to do what you are trying to do.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP


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Hi my name is Kent nice to meet you.

So here i have this problem that i don't know what to do.
I have my old motherboard its a Asus P4S88 and i have some 2 gig of ram its DDR.
So its done i got all the wire and stuff and i have build my simple computer and i reset the pins to. so i was trying to install windows 7 Ultimate 32 bits.
And when the loading comes out it freeze and then restart by it self.
And i got a new Idea again ^_^ my other computer have a windows 7 on in. I went and remove it and put it on my other one ( The one that i just build) well its works its loading well but then its freeze and then its restart again and again.
And now they want me to inserts the windows 7 Cd to fix some stuff so i did put the windows 7 Cd in it and it said it fix the problem. so it restart the same problem over and over again.

Sorry for the long story.

I hope i (WE) can fix this^_^
Good luck not just me but you to^_^
take care all ways have a good day.^^ :)

A:Installing and Booting up windows 7

Hi this board was it originally for a xp system ? as the only thing I see on the asus site shows as xp ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download P4S8X there are no win 7 drivers so you may have great difficulty in getting it to work with win 7,have you checked the hdd is fit to use ie run a diagnostic from the hdd maker support site

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How does one boot into DOS from SUSE Linux?

A:Booting to DOS from Linux

If.. by DOS you mean a console... then start up your machine, wait until it boots, then press Alt+Crtl+F1

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A few hours ago , I used EasyBCD and deleted Windows 7 entry from it ( still had a Windows 7 loader entry ).
Due to that now whenever I try to boot up Windows 7, I get a BSOD right at the icon thinggy ( those 4 lights ).
BSOD Error message -> 0x7b

I do have a USB flash with windows 7 on it, and I tried to use it in order to repair or reinstall. When trying to repair, it sais that It can't find any instalation of Windows.When trying to install it finds no drives ( like partitions ) where to install it.

I have tried using the command prompt and I have found out that If i write : diskpart and then list volume. It only shows the USB Flash and no other partitions.

At this moment I'm running this PC with Ubuntu, I can access my old Windows files and move them around. Also the ubuntu instalation doesn't see any Windows instalation out there. I can only chose between Wipe everything and install Ubuntu or something else.

As far as I remember my partitions look like :
sda1 - 1MB I have no clue what this is but I guess it is due to EasyBCD or something
sda2 - 104 MB - the one Windows always makes
sda3 - 131072MB - Classic C drive ( the place where Windows is installed )
sda4 - D: drive, where I keep my files.

Here is some info I got from ubuntu.

What options do I have other than wiping the entire hard drive? I want to save some information from the hard drive.

A:Windows 7 installing and booting problems.

If you want to save info, use your Ubuntu to boot, and copy the files you want onto a USB memory stick.

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Well this is a long story.

It started way back when my computer randomally decided to tell me that "delay write failed" and then i restarted my computer and it creeped along very slowly. The startup took about 11 minutes and everything after that was terrible. I then found out about PIO mode and DMA mode... which somehow my drive switched from DMA to PIO all by itself. So then i uninstalled it, restarted, and then it worked perfect. Everything went smoothly. Only, this was a repetitive course i had to keep working with. Every other week my computer would start to slow down and the same process happened. Sometimes boot up time would be close to a half hour.

So then the other day i decided to put more memory in my system. I only had 512 mb, and decided to get another stick of the same and boost it up to a gb. Only my computer wouldn't start when i put it in. Wierd, i thought. So i took it back out and i had to refresh my bios by taking the battery out for a while and then booting it back up. But now windows won't start. It stays on the same loading screen that it used to take anywhere from 10 minutes to a half hour and i let it sit there for 4 hours and no progress. I'm running my computer off a linux live cd right now. Thats the only way i can make use of this machine! I have two hard drives... and i decided to try and do a fresh install on my back up hard drive. So i unplugged the primary, booted up with a new XP disc, went through the install and ... Read more

A:Problem booting/installing windows... PLEASE HELP!

i'm sorry... the error was C:I386....

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I have tried installing windows 7 on my vista machine on a seperate partition, but once all setups are complete and win 7 is ready to load, the bootloader won't come up.

This is my friends win 7 disk and he claims to have installed it several times on a clean hard disk.
To get back into vista, I had to begin reinstalling windows 7, then before i boot into it for the first time to let it configure i went onto vista and formatted / removed entry in boot loader.

I have also tried running the "are you ready for windows 7?" application and it was fine with it.

I'm currently using my vista disk to system restore and get some luck out of that, but otherwise, I have no idea. Can anyone provide some advice?

A:Problem booting after installing windows 7

Hi this is a how to on dual booting windows vista and 7

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So I'm attempting to help fix my friends computer, its a Gateway NV series running windows 7, not 100% sure what the model number is.
The problem is when I try to boot the computer, I get a window saying:
"Start Up Repair
Windows cannot repair this computer automatically
If you have recenly attached a device to this computer, such as a camera or portable music player, remove it and restart your computer. If you contiunue to see this message, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance. Click finish to exit and shut down your computer."
There's two options above the FINISH and CANCEL buttons: "View diagnostic and repiar details" which opens a window saying:
"Startup repair diagnosis and repair log
Last successful boot time: some date, number of repair attempts: 23
Session Details - System Disk = \Device\Harddisk0
Windows directory = C:\Windows
Autochk Run = 0
Number of root causes = 1"
and the other option is "view advance options for system recovery and support", but none of the options here do too much.

I was given a windows 7 upgrade disc and a windows 7 drivers and software disc. I tried booting for the upgrade disc but that didn't work. So I downloaded a version of windows 7 and burnt it to a dvd and tried to boot from that, but that didnt work either. So I tried to boot to ubuntu from the cd to backup all his files, and that worked.
I need a way to get windows 7 back on this computer... please ... Read more

A:Problems Booting and Installing Windows

So you/your friend dont have the windows 7 installer disk or haven't created a repair disk ?

At that situation you may download Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs &#x2014; The NeoSmart Files .

Download the appropriate disk image that you need in this situation, burn it in a disk , and boot it up .... then follow these tutorials .

Startup Repair

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

These tutorials should work .

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have installed new hard drive western digital hddwd1916 to replace faulty c drive & tried to install windows 7. i am getting disc boot failure, insert system disc & press enter msg after switching off & on again hope you can help.thanks.

A:Problem Installing Windows 7 & Booting to DVD

Have you set your CD drive to be the first boot device in your BIOS setup page? Is the DVD you're using an original pressed CD or a DVD-R you burned?

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well i decided that i wanted to experience somethign different then windows, and possibly faster than windows? well i was wondering if someone coudl help me do all the processes to dual boot my computer iwth windows xp and linux. i am not sure what linux to use i am currently researching that but i want something that will be fast with AIM, an internet browser, and music. thats prety much all i use my computer for and windows has to many things going on that makes my computer to slow. if any of this makes any sense i could use some help. if anyone has a good linux distro i could go with that will be fast wtih the things i need that would be great.


A:dual booting with linux.


Glad to see you're expanding your horizons. Linux has come pretty far and more manufacturers and programmers are taking notice every day. Any current Linux distribution will have what you're looking for. If you can function like a normal person in Windows, you'll be able to do the same in Linux. You can view the distributions I use and go with anyone of those, they're all good. For a newbie, I'd suggest either Suse or Ubuntu. They have a much better package management system (kind of like your add/remove programs in Windows) which you'll be able to understand and adapt to more easily.

When you install a new Linux distro (distribution), it will install Grub (boot loader, like ntldr in Windows) in the MBR on the Windows system. It will automatically recognize Windows. So, you'll have no problems booting, at least we hope.

When you get into Linux, there are significant differences, but a lot of similarities. For instance, both Windows and Linux have the same system requirements. As for the differences, Linux has a much better memory management system. You'll never use your SWAP partition (paging file or virtual memory in Windows speak), which results in a great speed boost. Linux protects yourself from yourself, you will NOT have an administrator account. That way you cannot delete important system files or anything like that. Be careful when you first install, like Windows, Linux will attempt to format the rest of the free space with it's own fil... Read more

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First, I'm a linux noob. Just made the switch on my laptop and I love it. That got me thinking of how much I'd enjoy linux over the not-so-great Windows computers at my university. So here's the situation:

- The campus computers are laggy and won't let you install anything (except spotify for some reason?)
- I have a 16GB usb
- The tech support here said that the computers probably won't boot from a cd or usb because the they are all connected to some off-site server that controls what is booted.

1. I was wondering if any of you knew how I can force the computer to boot from the usb?
2. Is 16GB fine for Linux mint 13?
3. Will it still work if I switched to a different computer? (I don't know if it might automatically load drivers for that specific hardware and not know what to do when I go to a different computer)


A:Booting Linux on USB without restarting

You could do that, but you'd need to find a way of booting it from USB first, otherwise it wouldn't work. I would imagine they'd have protections in place to prevent exactly that thing from happening to be honest.

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My operating system is giving out, i am locking up regularly now, i feel i have too many things installed on a vary small drive to pinpoint the problem. i have been neeeding a second hard drive for a while now, i think its time.

The question is, how can i boot off of one hard drive, but install all my applications on the other, as if i where booting my OS off of a 30gb ssd, just big enough for the operating system, but actually installing things on my second hard drive.

i am NOT getting an ssd, unfortunately, i am not rady, that was just an analogy, hopfuly it got the point accross though. i donot believe this is a form of dual booting, which is what comes up when i search the issue.

your help is appreciated... i already know an ssd will benifit me more than another hdd, but i do not have enough room to support all my things, and am closing in on 50gb left on my hard drive.that being said, im looking at a 3 terabit hdd at 7200rpm.i wont be changing up to a new one for a LONG time

A:booting windows on one drive, but installing things on another

Just install the operating system as usual, and when installing programs go into the advanced install options and change the location to where you install your program.

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i installed windows 8.1 using pendrive after shuting down that laptop is not starting. During boot it is not showing anything.Nothing is happening even after i press f2 or f10 or laptop is lenovo g570 please help me.

A:lenovo g570 not booting after installing windows 8.1

Hello sagarap and welcome to the forum! How did you create the pendrive, from an ISO and where from? Any errors during installation? What OS was on it before? After install did you make sure the BIOS was set to boot from the hard drive?

Some more info would help.

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i installed windows 8.1 using pendrive after shuting down that laptop is not starting. During boot it is not showing anything.Nothing is happening even after i press f2 or f10 or laptop is lenovo g570 please help me.

A:lenovo g570 not booting after installing windows 8.1

There is a separate Windows 8 forum. Since this is a Windows 8 issue, best to post there.

Windows 8 Forums

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Hello all,
I'm new to this forum and got the one due to need of formating the hard drive for following reason.
I was going to going to reinstall windows 7 professional x64 version of windows in my laptop but during installation I got structed at the point where the earlier partitions are to be deleted and new ones are to be made(I got the option from custom install) to give the path for new C:// drive and others.
Here is the basic of problem, the installation was taking very long time to delete my earlier partitions(nearly 30 mins.). So I derectly pressed the power button and shut down (while the deletion of earlier C:// drive was going on) my laptop eject the DVD on next boot, but now nothing was appearing after booting.
So I again tried to do the same installation but this time the installation was stucked at the windows icon ('Starting Windows' Icon).
Please help with this issue!

A:Stucked at booting windows 7 due to errors in Installing

You can boot to a command prompt using you W7 install disc. Command Prompt at Startup

After getting to the command prompt, you need to run Diskpart with the Clean option. Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Next boot with the W7 disc and start the install.

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Yesterday i installed the windows update from Windows and slept. On the next day morinig i was not able to boot the system. Please help.

A:Windows7 not booting after installing Windows update

Did this machine go into hibernation during the update?

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Ok so the title explains it all. The booting time for any windows installation takes way too long. Does anyone know a fix for this. If there is none, its not that much of a big deal. But a fix would be nice. Also some windows programs take a while to also boot up their installation, like office 07.

A:Booting time for installing windows is very long?


Do a google on housekeeping for PC, its doing things like running msconfig, clearing the cache, IE file history, etc etc.

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Hello everyone, pls I need your help to resolve the issue I'm having with  my HP Pavilion DV6000 PC, the problem started wih my laptop speaker, and I tried to make a system recovery to get the issue fixed but after the recovery I was asked to install a window cos it was runing on window 10. and while installing the window I mistakenly took the power adapter out from the laptop and it went off cos my battery is bad, I powered it on  and I have been trying to reinstall the window back but its not installing. this is the message its bringing up:
I have done what it says but still having the same issue, pls I need your asistant.  Thanks

A:laptop not booting after recently installing windows 10

treasureplant41 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about your laptop no longer booting in Win10 and wanted to help.There's no telling how much damage you did by removing the power adapter, so let's hope the simple fix will work -- repairing the boot loader files. To do this, you will need access to a working PC for this step in order to create the media needed to repair your PC boot loader.Once you have that, please download and create Win10 install media from this link: that when you go do download and build install media, the tool defaults to matching what is already installed on your PC (as in, Home for Home, 64-bit for 64-bit).  While you CAN change these settings, do NOT. If you do, the resulting media will be different and will force you to enter a NEW product code!Boot from the media you created, and follow the directions in this link: will need to go to the Advanced Options screen and click on Startup Repair.  You will probably have to run Startup Repair three times for it to fix all the boot loader problems.If your PC then boots OK, you're good to go.  IF it does NOT boot, then more damage was done than the boot loader files. And, in that case, you would have to completely reinstall Win10 to get the PC working again, and whil... Read more

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Hello everyone,

I have an Asus EEE PC 1001PX running Windows XP which wouldn't boot, displaying the following error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

I researched a lot about this problem, and concluded that the best thing would be a repair. And so, having no CD/DVD drive, I made a bootable USB Flash Drive with the Windows XP installation, and slip streamed into it the SATA drivers. However, the screen showing me the currently installed OS and allowing me to repair it never displayed, and so I couldn't make an automatic repair. Therefore I tried repairing the system using the Recovery Console Repair option. The problem I encountered here was that while I was able to rename ntfs.sys into ntfs.old, I was given an Access is Denied when I tried to copy the new ntfs.sys on the drive using this line: copy D:\i386\ntfs.sys C:\windows\system32\drivers.

Therefore, I gave up and made a format followed by a clean install of Windows XP ...... encountering yet a new problem when the installation completed and the system restarted. The new error message is now as follows:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

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A:Problem with Booting/Repairing/Installing Windows XP

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Hello...I will start from the begining .

I bought the Acer V5 and tried booting it came with boot-up Linux which means nothing to me so I made a Windows 8 bootable USB and the problems started. First I could'n find the USB and after enabling the Legacy mode it finally found it and booted from it. Turned out the partitions are GPT and as I made the USB MBR it couldn't install so I canceled which I guess was my mistake but there was no other option. After that I created the bootable USB with GPT partition scheme and tried again. Unfortunately this time I got something called GNU GRUB....wth? I googled around and found the commands required for booting - root (hd1,0), then chainloader +1 and finally boot. Then I get the famous The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors with Status: 0xc000000e. Of course tried that couple of more times but still to no avail. I cannot recover or repair as Windows was never really installed, so I don't know what to do....Hopefully someone here would be able to help. Thanks in advance guys.


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I switched OS to Ubuntu for about a week, LoL didn't run well in Ubuntu so I reinstalled windows 8. When i open playback devices all I have is NVIDIA HDMI Output (port 0) and (port 1), both of which show unplugged and disabled. I have disabled and disconnected devices set to show, but those are all that show. I have reinstalled drivers, reinstalled windows, downloaded Realtek, enabled onboard audio in BIOS, but nothing has fixed the problem so far. When I boot into Ubuntu via USB, the audio works fine.

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I've been unsuccessfully trying to dual boot my laptop with a Linux distro. Grub2 never installs and so even though the distro is installed, I cannot boot into it. I have asked on several Linux forums and they suggested there might be some problem with the way my hard drive is partition.

So, I've decided to format my HDD completely and install Win7 and Linux Mint from scratch. So I'd like to know the best way to format the HDD so that after installing Win7, Grub2 will be able to find the MBR file and overwrite it. I'm asking this because during the installation of Win7, when trying to partition the HDD, windows always creates a "system reserved" partition as "sda1" and then another partition with the chosen size as "sda2". The reason I think GRUB2 isn't installing might be due to the MBR file being located in "sda2" and not in "sda1" because usually, when installing Mint, the installer detects Win7 but in my case it never does which doesn't make sense because Win7 is installed in "sda2". So, I hope someone can advice me on formatting my HDD so that the Mint installer can detect Win7 and properly install Grub.


A:Best way to format HDD for dual booting with Linux

If you want more customized advice post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux - Windows 7 Forums

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I'm currently downlaoding the new Ubuntu, I have vista premium installed at the moment and I want to dual boot to see what linux is like. Am I correct in thinking that to do this all i have to do is.

1. Download Ubunto
2. Burn it to disc as ISO
3. Use partition magic to create a partition on my harddrive
4. Restart PC with ubunto disc in drive and with bios set to read cd drive first
5. Installation will begin.

This is my first time dual-booting and don't want anything to go wrong!

A:Dual Booting Linux/Vista

Looks good. Make sure to defrag your Vista partition first before repartitioning. Then when you install Ubuntu, make sure you install it to the correct empty partition. Ubuntu will put in the GRUB bootloader so that when you start up your computer you will be given a choice between Vista and Ubuntu. Welcome to Ubuntu! You'll love it! Install Beryl! I'm starting to sour on Vista Home Premium.

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NT versions of MS Windows can multi-boot Linux by its boot loader NTLDR. The steps are summarized in Task E4 of Just Booting tips.

I have been looking at Vista's new boot manager and use it boot Linux. The basics has not changed. The key features are using the bcdedit.exe to carry out 4 main steps (first 2 are done in Linux).
The Linux must has a boot loader, either Lilo or Grub, in its root partition.
The first sector of 512 bytes of the Linux partition is copied into the partition where Vista's bootmgr resides.
Vista BCDedit is informed of the name of the Linux. An identifier is issued by BCDedit.
User declares the identifier as a device boot.
User informs BCDedit the filename of the Linux's first sector.
User informs BCDedit the booting order of the Linux

In a nutshell Vista chainloads a Linux same as Grub or Lilo. However while Linux chainloads another system at the +1 position (starting from the second sector and load the entire boot sector) Vista only loads the first sector nothing else.

This is more to do with MS attitude towards other operating systems. It is a message saying I don't support you guys and there is no way I would come out to read your partition and fetch your boot loader. If you want me to boot you then place the first sector on a plate and deliver it to my "C" drive.



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A:Vista booting Linux explained

Another masterful tome, saikee. Perhaps you should go to work for MS to help them implement their seeming new-found interest in interoperability.

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I'm trying to boot Ubuntu from a CD but it dies part way through claiming a graphics issue. I'm running an 8800gts 320mb. Any idea what its issue is? Knoppix won't run at all.

A:Linux not booting due to graphics issues

I'm no Ubuntu expert, but try booting from your CD into rescue mode, and seeing if you can run the program that configures Xwidows again, to see if you can select a new video card driver.

I don't have exact instructions for that distro, I am afraid.

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I've decided to hookup my brother's old rig, its an Intel Celeron 166mhz, or maybe just an Intel Pentium I or something, but its 166mhz. Anyways, the computer will boot and go through the Hewlett Packard screen and then it has the LILO os chooser which ijust let it go to Linux and it runs through and says 'Loading linux........... and then it does uncompressed linux.....' really quickly and then the computer restarts and it goes through all of this again, over and over again. Any ideas? Btw, i dont have anything plugged, no keyboard or mouse or anything, just the monitor. Could that be the reason?

A:Neverending Restart when booting into linux

Originally posted by PHATMAN5050
I've decided to hookup my brother's old rig, its an Intel Celeron 166mhz, or maybe just an Intel Pentium I or something, but its 166mhz. Anyways, the computer will boot and go through the Hewlett Packard screen and then it has the LILO os chooser which ijust let it go to Linux and it runs through and says 'Loading linux........... and then it does uncompressed linux.....' really quickly and then the computer restarts and it goes through all of this again, over and over again. Any ideas? Btw, i dont have anything plugged, no keyboard or mouse or anything, just the monitor. Could that be the reason? Click to expand...

Try plugging the keyboard and mouse..Linux may be rebooting to "hopefully" see the devices on the reboot.

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I have had Ubuntu on my laptop for a while now, and I was trying to set up a dual-boot with xp. My partition layout was such: An ext3 boot partition, a 40gb NTFS partition set aside for xp, a 160gb ext3 home partition for linux, and an ext3 partition that linux runs from. Upon putting in a known working xp boot disc, the screen hangs (without ever displaying anything except a blinking cursor) on boot until I eject the cd, whereupon it promptly loads grub. Thinking this to be a grub/xp clash, I rashly deleted the ext3 boot partition and formatted it for windows, but the problem persists (though now grub gets an error 17 while trying to load). Any ideas on how I can get both of these OSs working? Thanks.

A:booting from disc hangs[from Linux]


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Currently Using Vista as main OS, but on the computer I have installed:

Ubuntu Linux 9.10
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit SP2
and Windows 7 beta build 7400

hoping to get a proper copy of Win7 by the end of the month, but currently struggling to make anything other than vista work, and if you read my topic about pcsx2, you'll see what a struggle that is! Using GAG bootlaoder as my bootloader, GRUB from linux wouldn't work.

Vista is the only one it can make work, when i try to boot Win7 beta, ti says botMGR is missing, guessing that's cos it's expired, but it said that before if i booted that HDD, if i loaded vista, the loader would see Win7 and load it up fine. but that loader disappreared after reinstalling vista 4 times and i found GAG.

Linux is on a partition of the Vista HDD but isn't available in GAG.

Any help guys? . Have googled for hours and found nothing helpful!

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I have been having major issues lately with my HP Pavilion DV6t laptop running Windows 7 Professional. The computer is about 2 years old and has had no issues up until about two weeks ago. At the time, I started to have trouble loading windows 7. The OS would often fail to load and generate a blue screen error and reboot itself before the windows loading screens had completed cycling through. Afterwards, the PC would typically fail to start if I rebooted it again and instead prompt me to run windows repair and/or system restore. At first, running those utilities would fix the issue and the computer would work again for a day or two. However, I found that these problems would just start up again soon afterwards and that I was eventually unable to start up windows at all. 
At this point, I was even unable to even boot up safe mode. The drivers for safe mode would start to load but then the loading sequence would eventually freeze up and nothing would happen (often the computer would just crash after a few minutes). After the PC tried to prompt me to do system repair a few times after crashing or producing a BSOD error, it eventually would not work anymore and I would have no way to access windows. It would also not let me conduct system restore after going through the routine of not loading windows a few times.
After I got to this point, I decided to just go ahead and reformat the whole computer and ... Read more

A:Computer stops booting Windows 7 Even After Reformatting/Re-installing the OS

Are you getting any error codes when the computer blue screens? Those would be helpful in narrowing down the cause of the problem.

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I installed windows 7, I'm only done phase 2 and I can't even start phase 3 because my disk drive doesn't work. When I load up My Computer I can see the drive, but when I put in a disk it disappears and I get a message:
"Storage Device Connected
A storage device was connected. If this device is a port multiplier, only port 0 of the port multiplier will be active."
From the Intel(R) Matrix Storage Console.
I've checked for driver updates, and reinstalled the driver.
The disk drive is WDC WD3200BEVT -22ZCT0

Please help me Seven Forums you're my only hope.

A:Disk Drive stopped working after installing windows 7

Is your drive actually not working or are you just getting that message?

There was an issue with that message popping up on occasion even though the drive was still working. Here's the fix for it, although there was an April update as well.

Here's teh april update and the older fix:

April Update
Drivers and Downloads

Older Fix (Jan 2009)

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Hi All,
Im dual booting Lubuntu and XP Pro sp3.
I have a very few files on external drives that were downloaded with Lubuntu that Windows wont open.
Mostly Lectures and a few mp3s.
They open and play,read fine in Lubuntu but windows shows them as 0 bytes with the
"refers to a location that is unavailable" error message.
Ive tried taking ownership of the files on Windows and so on but that doesn't work.
Not a huge issue but would be usefull to open the files with windows,does anyone have any ideas?

A:Dual booting Linux/ xp cant open files

Worth a look, .

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I would very much like to have a silent running low power PC for mundane tasks such as web browsing, document writing, etc. I have a 1.2GHz fanless mini-ITX board already but I need some guidance with the software side. I do not want to have to listen even to a laptop hard drive crunching away, so I plan to use NAS to store many GBs of data and make the PC solid state. I am not sure exactly what is the best way of doing it. At first I thought network booting was the way, but I recently I downloaded and used gParted, a live CD with partition and hard disk tools. It has a proper graphical interface with a desktop and the whole thing is only 30MB. It seems you can do a lot with a small amount of disk space, and since a good 1GB compact flash card is not that expensive, I reckon that will give me enough space to work with and will be speedy enough to replace a hard disk.

Ideally, I want a fully up to date Linux OS with gnome, firefox, IM, basic word processor, to run right out of the compact flash card. I want to be able to use any software like openoffice, the GIMP, etc, but that can be loaded from the NAS maybe? (this is where I really don't know how to go about setting it up). But I want the OS to behave like a regular OS installed to a hard drive where you can make changes to it and they will still be there after it is rebooted. As opposed to a Live CD running out of the compact flash card (i.e. not a "read only" OS).

As for the NAS, it is very likely I w... Read more

A:Linux compact flash booting for silence

I don't see why it couldn't work. CF cards are pretty much the same as normal IDE drives, only the connector is a bit different.

I've been considering one myself for an old computer too.

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