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System will not boot to Windows 7 Professional

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November 18, 2012 12:08:44 AM

Hi All,

My Desktop restarted on its own while I was browsing online and won’t boot to Windows 7 Pro. This is what shows up:
File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
Info: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.
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I boot my windows 7 prof. upgrade cd to repair and the system recovery options has:
OS: Window 7
Partition size: 114369 MB
Location: (D) Local Disk
Why is my Operating system located on D:? Shouldn’t be on my primary C drive?
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I went to system repair and problem signature07 missingOSLoader showed up.
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On DOS prompt:
Action: Bootrec /fixMBR
Result: The operation completed successfully
Action: bootrec /fixBoot
Result: The operation completed successfully
Action: bootrec /rebuildBCD
Result: Successfully scanned windows installations. Total identified windows installations: 0
The operation completes successfully.
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Memory check ok

I cannot F8 to advance boot option when loading from the Agility SSD, it only works when booting from Window 7 upgrade CD I have, but that doesn’t help since it boots to the Install & windows repair screen.

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I built this Computer June of 2011 and had no problem. In July of 2012 I migrated my current Primary Drive to a new OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G and since then there has been about half a dozen times when it will not boot up to my OS. It displays:
“Version 2.02.1205, Copyright ( c ) 2010 American Megatrends, Inc.”
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After a manually shutdown and startup it boots fine. Does this have anything to do with the issue now?
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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November 18, 2012 2:10:50 PM

Have you tried using "system restore". Start>computer>system properties>system protection>system restore. I also suggest you disable "hibernation" at least on your ssd windows installation. I did this to save about 11-13 gb of space on my lowly 32 gb ssd. It's a known issue on some ssd's anyway. http://www.vikitech.com/3053/enable-disable-hibernate-m.... Hibernation saves the battery with laptops; if you're using a desktop, it's a no-brainer.
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November 18, 2012 3:11:01 PM

Hi o1die, Thank you for your advice; I had system restore and hibernation disabled on my 120G agility 3 when I migrated my OS to it. Currently the only access I have is the UEIF/bios screen and booting to Window7 upgrade CD for installation and repair options.
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November 18, 2012 3:17:05 PM

Is there any way to boot back to my Windows 7 Pro normally without resorting to loading an old backup image or other, because I don't want to loose any programs. If that is the only resort to get my computer back than I will do it. Please provide other solutions besides reinstalling OS or re-imaging it. Thanks.
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November 18, 2012 3:23:15 PM

By the way if this is not be best category to post this issue please let me know and where it would be best posted for expert aid. Thank you.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 18, 2012 4:25:35 PM

I use only one drive at a time, if that helps. Unless your ssd is bricked, you might try it disconnecting the other drive. My files are so small that I don't need to store them on my main drive. I use the ssd exclusively now. If your regular drive still works and it contains your most important files, I would clone it to the ssd as a last resort. Connect the ssd after you boot into windows; if the drive isn't toast, windows should detect it. I use maxblast 5 which works if either the old or new drive is made by seagate or maxtor. There is a partition program in windows 7 which I've never used that might let you select part of your main drive to clone if your files are larger than the capacity on your ssd. I've never used it. Saw a post about it awhile back, but you'll have to do some research and decide if you want to try it. Good luck.
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November 19, 2012 1:59:46 AM

o1die, I am not looking to clone, move, partition or do anything to my programs or files. I am asking is there a way for me to correct whatever is wrong and boot my Window 7 Professional normally. As stated at the top of this thread I am not able to boot to Windows 7 at all. I am sorry, but I am not sure how your advice help me correct what the issues are I stated up top. Please clarify for me so I may understand it. Thank you.
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November 19, 2012 10:12:42 AM

I have my main files on my old hardrive; some folks raid they're system, but I just leave a backup drive available in case my ssd goes south (I've had two fail, replaced under warranty). Cloning only takes a few minutes, compared to 2 hours or more for a fresh install. Sorry if this doesn't apply to you. I'm done. good luck.
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November 19, 2012 4:03:33 PM

Thank you for your advice o1die, I will implement a regular backup clone image of my SSD in the future.
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November 20, 2012 9:03:24 PM

Hi, I want to share the solution that worked for me step by step so anyone can try it and see if it works for you. In many other forums people find their solution and post “I got it! It Works!” And never provide the steps so others may benefit from it, so here is my contribution for this issue.

Here is the solution that worked for me after trying many others. Please follow all the steps from top to bottom. (note: these instructions are not created by me, but steps that I have taken that worked for me)
1. Startup Repair (you may have to run it several times).

2. If the above doesn't cure the problem, go back to the Repair Option and this time choose Command Prompt, then type these 4 commands (in all instances the capitals are for clarity only):
BOOTREC /FIXMBR and press Enter
BOOTREC /FIXBOOT and press Enter.
BOOTREC /SCANOS and press Enter.
BOOTREC /REBUILDBCD and press Enter.

3. If it’s not successful or you receive ‘No operating system found’ or ‘Element not found’ messages, go back to the Command Prompt and make the partition active by typing these commands:
DISKPART and press Enter.
LIST DISK and press Enter.
SELECT DISK N and press Enter (N represents the disk you want).
LIST PARTITION and press Enter.
SELECT PARTITION N and press Enter (N represents the partition you want).
ACTIVE and press Enter.
EXIT and press Enter.
Startup repair reboot
For me the following boot problem occurred after the startup repair and if something like this or similar goes back to startup repair again.
File: \boot\bcd
Status: 0xc000000f
Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
After another Startup repair and reboot all is back to NORMAL!!
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November 20, 2012 9:06:45 PM

I got my own BEST ANSWER !! Too bad I can't select my own answer as best.
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