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Windows 8 multiboot partition says its empty but has files

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    The command is meant to put the text file on your desktop. Just copy and paste it into the window or type it. You will see the bcdtext.txt file on you desktop I am looking for.

    If you want to see what it is, just open it, or type the first part of the command in the Admin command window.

    It should look like the following
    C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /enum all > %userprofile%\Desktop\bcdtext.txt

    C:\Windows\system32>

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  2. #12


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


    If you have ANY small (100 to 200mb) partitions, you should NOT remove them, there is a high probability that your Boot Sector is on that partition... Either way be careful.

    If you want to install an OS other than Windows 8, you should either wipe the whole drive, or remove the drive and install a new empty drive. I found this out to my extreme grief once when I tried to update a Windows Vista Laptop to 7 - It had one of those 100mb partitions, I wiped it, and it removed my Boot Sector.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 26
    Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit


    @XweAponX
    Its a simple fix, create the boot sector, and run a Windows7 disk, and select that new partition, and there was a "fixboot" command, you could probably google it quickly.

    @Saltgrass
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/9t7mhbya3xh1ndb/bcdtext.txt

    I was tweaking it a bit with a program called "VisualBCD", but thats after Windows 8 broke.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Ok, I am looking at the entries in the BCDtext file. Usually the first grouping of 8 numbers will distinguish each identifier, with the last two of the eight numbers the ones that usually change.

    I am not looking at your recovery or any other entries. We can work on that later.

    Your boot manager should show these as your options.

    {current}
    {7e5a94e8-7ce2-11e3-9bb9-082e5f8356a8} <-error here
    {7e5a94eb-7ce2-11e3-9bb9-082e5f8356a8}
    {b25769d3-2ec6-11e1-85ea-eeaf3738e8fe}
    {572bcd60-ffa7-11d9-aae0-0007e994107d}
    The one {current} is your Windows 7 Loader Identifier. The {7e5a94e8 (Windows 8 (fast)) and {7e5a94eb (Windows 8 recovered) are both pointing to the same partition, D: The first one, and probably the original, has an error for the osdevice entry and shows it as unknown.

    But the second loader, does point to the right place and should get you into Windows 8 if the winload.exe file was where it is supposed to be. But, just for verification, when you are in Windows 7, you can open the D: partition in Explorer and see the normal Windows file structure and go to the System 32 folder, as the loader shows it?

    Sorry, but I am still hung up on the partition only showing as 10 GB in Explorer.

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {7e5a94e8-7ce2-11e3-9bb9-082e5f8356a8}
    device partition=D:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 8 (fast)
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    integrityservices Enable
    custom:17000077 352321653
    osdevice unknown <--should be partition=D:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {7e5a94e7-7ce2-11e3-9bb9-082e5f8356a8}
    nx OptIn
    custom:250000c2 1

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {7e5a94eb-7ce2-11e3-9bb9-082e5f8356a8}
    device partition=D:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 8 (recovered)
    locale en-US
    osdevice partition=D:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {babfa84a-940a-11e3-8253-806e6f6e6963}
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  5. #15


    Posts : 26
    Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit


    I put the Windows 8 (fast) the partition as D:/, and it gives this error:
    Click image for larger version
    But when I hit Enter, it boots into this, which is what I explained as what happens when I boot into recovered mode:
    http://imgur.com/AZGcTyJ

    Then I thought I could fix it by making a bootable disk in a healthy windows 8 disk, so I proceeded to "Refresh PC", and got this error, even though my Windows 8 documents are in 1 drive.
    http://imgur.com/gMdDEUl
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  6. #16


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    The Wndows 8 (fast) option is the one showing the error. What happens if you boot to the Recovered version?

    If your earlier comment about booting into the Recovered is the Windows Boot Manger noted as Recovered, I will have to ask again, can you go to the winload.exe file in the Windows 8 install.....? If you can't, we are wasting our time.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 26
    Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit


    Whats the "windows 8 install"? If its the D:/ partition, I can access the file, and I can right click and edit with notepad, and it doesn't give an error (the file has content). And the recovered mode is the same thing.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Then I really have nothing else to suggest. From what I can see, it should be working.

    Maybe someone else will have an idea... If you ever decide to reinstall, before you do that, you might use some third party partition management and try a partition recovery on the Windows 8 partition.
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  9. #19


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    Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit


    Which 3rd party tools would offer this? I have GParted, and might have Partition Magic working.
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  10. #20


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    The only one I have experience with is Partition Wizard. If Partition Magic is of the version compatible with Windows 8, it might also work. I would be a little leery of GParted since in thinks the Linux partitions are fine, it may not be able to see a problem.

    But again, if a Windows 8 repair doesn't help recover the install, I do not have any other suggestions.
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