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Win 7 boot issue

Hello,

My nicely working dual boot (XP 32bit / Win 7 64bit Home Pre OEM ) gave me the one finger salute yesterday evening. Unfortunately what happened was two fold. Basically I was swapping out the GF GTS 450 video card with a Gigabyte GTX 550Ti, Win 7 was almost loading when I inadvertently hit the UPS power button.
When I restarted Win 7, it kept running the startup repair in a loop, not fixing the error. I booted off the OEM disk and tried the repair options (no backup made, of course), tried bootrec from the cmd prompt, but the issue is not with the MBR asI choose to load Win 7 or other version of windows without a problem. Also, since I have WIn 7 installed on the second partiton, system restore in Win 7 doesn't want to play either. As far as compatibility, I booted into XP, it found the card, used the existing Nvidia drivers, rebooted and all was happy with XP. But with Win 7, not so much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. The error I see mentions corrupt registry.
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  1. Is it possible for you to boot win 7 in safe mode? If so, I'd run ccleaner to remove any video card remnants and possibly repair your registry. you can then reboot normally and proceed to update the video card drivers.
  2. Have you tried enabling boot logging? Are BootMgr and WinLoad.exe on the Windows 7 partition?
  3. Thank you Hawkeye22 for the response. I unfortunately failed to mention that I did try booting into safe mode and it just went back into Startup Repair. To be honest I had a fair amount of experience with XP, but just now getting into Win 7. Most likely booting off the Win 7 OEM disk and reinstalling the OS on the same partition would hose the existing software already loaded or maybe even force a format, I believe.
  4. Thank you Hawkeye22 for the response. I unfortunately failed to mention that I did try booting into safe mode and it just went back into Startup Repair. To be honest I had a fair amount of experience with XP, but just now getting into Win 7. Most likely booting off the Win 7 OEM disk and reinstalling the OS on the same partition would hose the existing software already loaded or maybe even force a format, I believe.
  5. Thank you Hawkeye22 for the response. I unfortunately failed to mention that I did try booting into safe mode and it just went back into Startup Repair. To be honest I had a fair amount of experience with XP, but just now getting into Win 7. Most likely booting off the Win 7 OEM disk and reinstalling the OS on the same partition would hose the existing software already loaded or maybe even force a format, I believe.
  6. Is there an echo in here or do you have the hiccups? :lol:

    Well, at this point a repair install might be your only chance. I'd wait to see if anyone else chimes in.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
  7. Good question, I swear I only hit submit once. :o I looked into the repair install, it looks like you have to be able to start Win 7 to give this a shot, or perhaps I misrad the instructions? But, if I id try a reinstall, wouls I then have 2 WIndows 7 entries in the bootldr?
  8. No, a repair install should ask which install to repair. Since you have only one, that is the one it will fix. A clean install will create a second boot option. I'm not sure what would happen if you chose the same partition that windows is already installed on. And yes, from the link I posted it does read like you have to be able to boot into windows in order to do a repair install. This seems odd considering you didn't have to do this for XP and also it defies logic as to how you can perform a repair if you need to be in the broken OS in the first place.

    If I find anything else out, I'll be sure to post back.
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    Ah, this looks more promising! Hope this works for you.

    Recover Windows 7 from a serious error. If your computer won't start Windows at all, you can access Startup Repair and other tools in the System Recovery Options menu from the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive. These tools can help you get Windows 7 running again.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Start-your-computer-from-a-Windows-7-installation-disc-or-USB-flash-drive
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  11. Thank you to everyone who responded to the thread, especially Hawkeye22. I ended up restoring the XP image from a ghost backup and then just reinstalled the Win764bit OEM in another dual boot config (on a separate partition, of course :D ;) and this time created a new ghost image of the whole dang thing.
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