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A rather upsetting Win 8 problem

  1. #11


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well, it got you into the Boot Loader. Try booting to the Install DVD, get into the command prompt and run Bootrec and do a ScanOS. one more time. See if it locates your OS.

    But, I see a problem, you have a RECOVERY partition, which due to it's placement on the drive, will overrule the regular OS which is installed. I always delete these. I've tried everything, I've tried hiding the partition and it STILL favors it in the boot sequence. It sounds as if there is somethign wrong with it, so I would just delete it, and extend the actual Windows 8 partition to use that space. Do you have a Windows 8 install disk?

    The d000034 error means that your system drive is NOT being detected in the bootloader as C, probably because that stupid recovery partition.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 17
    Windows 7/Windows 8 Dual Boot


    Alright. And yes i do have a Win8 install disc. Let me know if you're able to deal with the recovery partition issue.

    Edit: Still no luck. Its still booting to win8 recovery without fail. Continue to Windows 8 invokes a reboot. And also, im seeing a good deal of partition on my HDDs. Which one is the recovery?
    Last edited by Shifted; 23 Jul 2013 at 14:07.
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You'll have to boot using Hiren's Boot CD, to Mini-XP, you'll be able to see it. It SHOULD be "Drive C" and your regular system drive will be another letter. There is an old version of Partition Wizard on the disk, you can use it to show a drive map. You can also use the Disk Manager by right clicking on My Computer and starting it. Once you've identified it, delete it. It's usually the first partition on the drive, and that's the problem.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 17
    Windows 7/Windows 8 Dual Boot


    Alright. I'll give it a shot.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 17
    Windows 7/Windows 8 Dual Boot


    Alright. So that's done. When trying to boot to windows 8, now it can't find winload.exe. From what I understand from what you said about the recovery partition however, the bootloader is now looking for winload on recovery partition which now no longer exists. If that's so, how can i aim it in the right direction?

    EDIT: I figured out how to aim the bcd in the right direction using Visual BCD Editor. That error is now gone but as usual a new one arises. This time its /windows/system32/config/system. Seems to be registry. But i checked and its still there. This is a headscratcher.
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  6. #16


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It's still not seeing your Windows 8 drive as the C drive then. Boot to the install disk, and go into the command prompt, type in drive C and see what it shows you. You may have to use the Diskpart command to set it, I'll ask Brink to help, because I don't know how to use that command.
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  7. #17


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Also, if you can browse the drive to where Winload is, look and see if there are any "winload1.exe" files or other renamed Winload files.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 17
    Windows 7/Windows 8 Dual Boot


    "Drive C" directly returns "not recognized." Diskpart > list volume though shows C as the 750 (win8) and D as the 160 (win7).

    EDIT: When i performed the search for winload on the Win8 drive it returned a bit of them in \WinSxS\amd64_mircosoft-windows....etc.
    The one anomaly i found is that there is another winload.exe that resides in /windows/system32/boot/ . Not sure why its there though.

    edit2: The search term I used in explorer was " *winload* " That should have found every winload on the drive

    edit3: Running diskpart > list volume inside win7 gives me the opposite letters for the drives. Which i suppose was expected.
    Last edited by Shifted; 24 Jul 2013 at 08:27.
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  9. #19


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    YES! you found a second Winload - Copy that into the regular folder for it, that should be the original backup file. Make sure you save the other one though.

    Yah we need to change the drive letters for the partitions, sometimes, you can do this through the Disk Manager in Mini XP, and it stays. Try setting C to the main windows drive, and no letter for the other partition.

    Just to let you know, there was one, and only one time I was successful in recovering Windows 7 by replacing the Winload file with the original winload file. It was for a Windows 7 x64 installation.

    But a month later, I lost it again, and the second time I lost it it was irrecoverable.

    You see this happens in Windows 7 when you run the Repair from the OS and not the Install disk. You know, after a blue screen, it would boot up and choose "Repair Windows"? - This is why that happens, allowing the computer to continue booting to "Repair your POC" would ALWAYS make it fail, so I have been very careful to never allow that ever again. It's harder to track down in 8 because the the Windows 8 Boot GUI.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 17
    Windows 7/Windows 8 Dual Boot


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    YES! you found a second Winload - Copy that into the regular folder for it, that should be the original backup file. Make sure you save the other one though.

    Yah we need to change the drive letters for the partitions, sometimes, you can do this through the Disk Manager in Mini XP, and it stays. Try setting C to the main windows drive, and no letter for the other partition.

    Just to let you know, there was one, and only one time I was successful in recovering Windows 7 by replacing the Winload file with the original winload file. It was for a Windows 7 x64 installation.

    But a month later, I lost it again, and the second time I lost it it was irrecoverable.

    You see this happens in Windows 7 when you run the Repair from the OS and not the Install disk. You know, after a blue screen, it would boot up and choose "Repair Windows"? - This is why that happens, allowing the computer to continue booting to "Repair your POC" would ALWAYS make it fail, so I have been very careful to never allow that ever again. It's harder to track down in 8 because the the Windows 8 Boot GUI.
    Great! I hope this works. I backed up the original and i replaced the winload with the one i found in boot. I'll try that first and if that doesn't work ill go into mini xp and change drive letters. Man why does Windows 8 have to be so different? lol
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