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\$windows.~bt\windows\system32\winload.exe corrupted or missing error

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  • I have begun getting an error message on boot that that the file \$windows.~bt\windows\system32\winload.exe corrupted or missing. I've done the following:

    1) Booted from Win7/64 Install (upgrade) disc and ran Repair System. No system errors found.

    2) Booted from Win7/64 Install (upgrade) disc, opened command prompt and ran bootrec.exe /fixmbr, bootrec.exe /fixboot, and bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd.

    3) Booted from Win7/64 Install (upgrade) disc, opened command prompt and ran chkdsk /f /r

    4) Booted from Win7/64 Install (upgrade) disc, opened command prompt and ran sfc /scannow. For this program I keep getting a message there is a system repair pending which requires a reboot to complete. Reboot Windows and try again.

    If the Win7 disc is not in the CD/DVD drive there error returns.

    This started appearing BEFORE I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on the H: drive (SATA0) while Win7/64 resides on the C: drive (SATA1). I had been running EasyBCD so I could dual boot Win7/32 but have since uninstalled it.

    Suggestions?


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    Saturday, October 20, 2012 6:59 PM

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  • Seems to be unfinished installation.... (Any more info in WindowsUpdate.log and Event logs?)

    Set logging in F8 menu and see if there is a path to problem resolution in boot logfile.

    Run in-place upgrade. You will lost IE9, so subsequent upgrade would be needed if you cannot live without IE 9.

    If nothing helps, backup c: and data, create new "helper" installation (perhaps diskpart or similar  tool would be nedded to erase the whole disk completely and restore content of c: from backup.

    HTH

    Milos

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    Saturday, October 20, 2012 9:14 PM
  • On the in place upgrade, my copy of Win7 is the upgrade disc. Will this work or do I need a copy of the full kit? Will Win7 give the option for in place upgrade? Will my existing apps get whacked?

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    Sunday, October 21, 2012 9:55 PM
  • Hi,

    I would like suggest you enable S.M.A.R.T. for the HDD in the BIOS and check if it helps.

    Regards.


    Spencer

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, October 22, 2012 8:49 AM
    Moderator
  • I ran a search using Ultra File Search and found 12 copies of winload.exe and 7 copies of BCD. One BCD is in C:\boot, 2 in Norton Bootable Recovery Tool Wizard, 2 in Windows\Boot and 2 in Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-b..environment-dvd-... All twelve winload files are in various folders entitled in part "md64_microsoft-windows-b..environment-windows_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600." Only what appears after the "7600." changes.


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    Monday, October 22, 2012 7:17 PM
  • Okay, I've tried:

    Windows Repair Console; chkdsk /f /r; sfc /scannow; bootrec.exe /fixmbr, /fixboot, /rebuildbcd

    The system will NOT boot unless the Win7 Home Premium Upgrade disc is in the CD/DVD drive.

    Now what?


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    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 1:58 AM
  • Swapped SATA cables so C: drive is now SATA0.

    Cable swap did not work. From Windows 7 Home Edition install disc, I started Windows RE, I ran:
    bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
    C:
    cd boot
    attrib bcd -s -h -r
    ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
    bootrec /Rebuild Bcd
    Rebooted.

    Received boot error:
    File: \Boot\BCD
    Status: 0xc000000f
    Info: Error occurred while attempting to read boot configuration data

    Rebooted into Windows RE and ran:

    bootrec /FixMBR
    Rebooted - same error

    Rebooted into Windows RE and ran:
    bootrec /FixBoot
    Rebooted - same error

    Now what? If the Windows Cd is in the drive, all is well even if I do NOT select Boot from CD/DVD.


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    Saturday, November 10, 2012 5:21 PM
  • Hi,

    The error message usually indicates that the boot sector is damaged or missing.

    Please refer to the link below and check if it helps:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/itprovistadeployment/thread/022386ba-a445-44ba-97f7-d8ba4b6cc54b


    Spencer

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, November 12, 2012 2:04 AM
    Moderator
  • Solved it.

    1) Disconnected second HDD.

    2) Ran Windows Repair Console and selected Repair; ran it three times rebooting after each run.

    3) Once Windows loaded, reconnected 2nd HDD & went back to Windows RC and opened command prompt. Ran Diskpart List Volume.

    4) Made sure 2nd disk was set to Inactive.

    5) Exited and rebooted. Problem solved.


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    Monday, November 12, 2012 2:49 AM