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winload.exe error on booting up Windows 8

  1. #41


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Last try.
    1. Copy winload.exe from f:\windows\system32 to c:\winload.exe
    2. Rename to c:\winload7.exe

    3. In Visual BCD change Windows 7 loader
    a) ApplicationDevice to C:
    b) ApplicationPath to \winload7.exe

    reboot to see if any change.

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  2. #42


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8


    No change
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  3. #43


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Last try covers partition addressing issues.
    As there is no change then maybe its time to buy a new comp - just joking.

    What about putting Win 7 or 8 to VHD ?
    Give it a try, you need say a 20GB VHD to try - can be put on any partition (c:, f: ).
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  4. #44


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by boyans View Post
    Last try covers partition addressing issues.
    As there is no change then maybe its time to buy a new comp - just joking.

    What about putting Win 7 or 8 to VHD ?
    Give it a try, you need say a 20GB VHD to try - can be put on any partition (c:, f: ).
    Doesn't vhd require processor support ?
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  5. #45


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    No, VHD is just using a file as virtual disk, everything else is native !
    VirtualMachine is another story.

    I have all Windows 8 installations on VHD - the overhead for disk access is pretty small.
    Access to video, keyboard, mouse, USB, other disk partitions is native.

    A VHD is a file but acts as a disk (you can have partitions inside just like on a normal physical disk).

    The boot files are always on System Reserved or other "native" primary active partition.

    The best solution is to put Windows 7 in C: and create a VHD on any physical partition.
    Then install Win8 to VHD.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    If you can save your important user data to some external media,
    then you could format your HDD and create new partitions.
    I am still suspecting that there is something wrong with current disk partitions.

    I would first create 3 primary partitions plus one extented (which can contain many logical partitions).
    Put first OS - Windows 7 - on first partition (no need of System Reserved if you do not want to encrypt Windows 7).
    Then you will have two free primary partitions and an extended where you can create many logical if needed.

    Keep in mind that if you want a System Reserved 100MB (default size for Win7) is not enough - Windows 8 creates a System Reserved with default size 350 MB.
    Microsoft has discovered that 100MB is not enough for System Reserved
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  6. #46


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8


    I created VHD for Windows 7 in F. Still nothing happened

    Should I try by creating new partitions, now..?
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  7. #47


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    I created VHD for Windows 7 in F. Still nothing happened :(
    You mean Windows 7 is installed to VHD, VHD is on F: and Win7 does not boot ?
    And same error ?
    --------------------------------
    The decision to format hard disk and start from scratch is up to you.
    Save user data !
    I would install Windows 7 first on HDD. Then Windows 8 on VHD.
    The simplest way is install Win 7 with default options = System reserved + one big partition (c:) taking rest of disk.

    You can always shrink c: later and create new partitions out of freed space.
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  8. #48


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8


    Indeed it was a issue with partition, I followed these steps.

    1.backed up my data.
    2.deleted all the partition
    3. Created 3 partition, installed Windows 7 on the largest drive. It created the system reserved
    4. QuickFormatted the second drive.
    5. Created vhd in this drive.
    6.installed Windows 8 in vhd
    7.Nothing succeed like success.
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  9. #49


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Glad you have it working !
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  10. #50


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8


    Thanks for help. Also got Windows 8 working on physical drive.
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