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Windows 7 Ghost Image Boot Loop

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  • We have 10 Dell Optiplex 580s.  I've loaded one with all our software, antivirus, etc.  I created an image of both the 100MB drive and O/S drive.  It's now stuck on the boot loop.  I've ran the Recovery Disk and Fixed the MBR.  What other steps can be taken to make this work?


    Thank you, Frank Brown NextGen NCP IT Network Administrator

    Freitag, 8. Juni 2012 15:18

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  • I have similar problem when I made image while another disk has been attached. I have cured this remotely from another computer in registry.

    Regards

    Milos

    Freitag, 8. Juni 2012 18:18
  • Did you run Syspep with the generalize switch?  With Dell systems, it is not uncommon to have the same model number, Optiplex 580, but actually have different hardware.  It depends on how the systems were optioned during ordering.  If you did not do a sysprep prior to cloning, you can end up in an unending “boot cycle.”

    Freitag, 8. Juni 2012 20:35
  • I apologize I failed to mention these are Windows 7 Pro machines.  Is this still an option?

    Thank you, Frank Brown NextGen NCP IT Network Administrator

    Montag, 11. Juni 2012 12:14
  • Hi,


    Firstly, please let us know how you created the image and if there is error message when system boots loop.


    However, please try to perform a Start Repair and see how it works.


    Also, it is recommended to prepare the image using Sysprep and ImageX.


    For more information, please refer to:

    Sysprep Technical Reference

    Video: Preparing an Image Using Sysprep and ImageX


    Hope this helps.


    Jeremy Wu

    TechNet Community Support

    Dienstag, 12. Juni 2012 09:59
  • Hi,

    Did you create the ghost image partition by partition or did you create the image of the whole disk?
    Check if the 100 MB is the active partition in order to boot...
    Did you apply sysprep to the image?
    Check if the BIOS configuration for SATA Emulation (AHCI / IDE) is correct...
    Did you see a BSOD after it reboots? Can you see the error code?

    Regards,
    Adrián
    Dienstag, 12. Juni 2012 16:19
  • Hello Jeremy,

    Sorry for the delayed response. 

    The image has been created with Ghost 11.5.  I have copied the entire disk rather then just the partition.  I have prepared the image using Sysprep.

    Procedure for Preparing Image (1stTry):

    1. Run Sysprep /generlize with the shutdown command.
    2. Create image of partion using Ghost 11.5

    Procedure for Preparing Image (2nd Try):

    1. Ran the following three commands - 
       bcdedit /set {default} device boot
       bcdedit /set {default} osdevice boot
       bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device boot
    2. Ran Sysprep /generlize with the shutdown command.
    3. Created image of partion using Ghost 11.5

    Procedure for Preparing Image (3rd Try):

    1. Ran the following three commands -
      bcdedit /set {default} device boot
      bcdedit /set {default} osdevice boot
      bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device boot
    2. Created image of partion using Ghost 11.5

    Both Windows start and Windows Recovery freeze at the "Starting Windows Screen"

    Right before watching the below animation:

    We have since had to format each HDD and restore using the Dell DVD provided.  We'd love to learn from this for future deployments.


    Thank you, Frank Brown NextGen NCP IT Network Administrator

    Montag, 25. Juni 2012 12:14