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Stuck: Can't go back to Windows 7 cus of buggy Win8 (VHD) installation

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Win7 and 8

    Stuck: Can't go back to Windows 7 cus of buggy Win8 (VHD) installation


    Hi everyone,

    Hope to find help here regarding a laptop running on Windows 7 but is currently stuck in a cycle of restarting in Windows 8 (on VHD). Yup stuck because there's no way I can get back to my Windows 7... because it keeps loading up Win 8 and keep getting error. Here's the story:

    Installed Windows 8 Consumer preview using VHD (via Powershell)
    But loads up to show an error:


    Your computer ran into a problem and needs to restart....
    ... VHD_BOOT_INITIALIZATION_FAILED
    It's collecting error info and will restart in ___ second...


    It counts down to restart
    Upon restart, it shows the fish loading - right below it says "Preparing automatic repair"

    Then after, it shows "Choose your keyboard layout" and displays list of languages/country. I choose US.

    Finally it displays "Choose an option" giving me only these following option:
    Troubleshoot
    Turn off your PC


    Apparently, it doesn't even give me an option to Continue to the consumer preview...

    I have no idea what else to do with Troubleshoot because under that option, there's only Refresh, Reset, Advance... Refresh yields nothing (unsuccessful), Reset is what I avoid because it says it will delete files and such, Advance (it's just too advanced)...

    Therefore, the only option is to Turn Off Your PC ... which only turns off PC.

    When it's restarted same cycle happens and Im stuck with buggy Win 8 installation

    -----

    I tried troubleshooting by:
    1. Going to Troubleshoot > Advance Options > Command Prompt
    2. Here I tried to execute bcdedit to change default boot to my Windows 73. Nope, there is no bcdedit

    Please help me! I don't know how to go back to my Windows 7 ... so i can get rid of this VHD.

    Thanks so much in advance!


    eid

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,851
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    I don't know much about VHD since I never used it nor wanted to - but this should get you going back with 7:

    MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record - Windows 7 Forums
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Win7 and 8


    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    I don't know much about VHD since I never used it nor wanted to - but this should get you going back with 7:

    MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record - Windows 7 Forums
    Thanks for replying

    But, I'm stuck in step number 3 where i could not even find any operating system on the list. When I chose the second option (Restore your computer using a system image...) there wasn't an image available :S

    I don't know why I'm not even given an option to choose between win 8 and win 7 on startup. That's frustating... it goes straight to Win 8 that loads the sad smiley error (VHD_BOOT_INITIALIZATION_FAILED)

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    Posts : 1,851
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Ya, I don't really know what you did at all, but if 7 is actually an intact operating system on the machine still, then this should help:

    Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Forums
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