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I deployed an image and then tried to boot it, but the system tried to network boot instead and then gave me the message "Operating System Not Found"

    Question

  • Hi all,

    Windows 7 Pro 32bit

    I have a captured image and I booted into PE on my target system. I used Diskpart:

    select drive 1

    clean

    create partition primary

    format quick fs=ntfs label="Win7 32bit"

    assign letter="C"

    exit

    Then I applied the image with imagex:

    imagex /apply e:\testimage.wim 1 c:\

    The image applied, but now when I try to boot (After removing the PE boot disc), it tries to network boot and gives me the message "Operating System Not Found. I made sure to reset my boot order to HD>removable>CD>Network.

    Do I need to manually create a small partition responsible for booting? What steps do I take from here? I was surprised that googling didn't lead me to my specific problem, but mostly problems involving SCCM and large scale deployments.

    Thanks in advance,

    Joe


    • Edited by WhiteVandal Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:14 PM
    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 6:12 PM

Answers

  • In your diskpart,you need to add

    act

    To make partition active

    After applying image, you need to create BCD environment with:

    bcdboot C:\Windows

    Note

    Drive letter C: is whatever you used in command:

    Imagex /apply e:\testimage.wim 1 c:\

    If you would use two partition setup as suggested by other posters, then the small 100 MB partition would be C: and the "Windows" partition would be "D:". Hence, you would use

    bcdboot D:\Windows
    Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:45 AM

All replies

  • Your hard disk should have two partitions, system and boot. System partition is hidden, sized approximately 100MB partition, that is needed to start Windows operating system.

    Boot partition is visible c: drive, where operating system and application are sitting.

    Regards

    Milos

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 7:51 AM
  • Hi,

    is there the USB stick in your computer? Unplug the stick and boot again.

    Regards,

    Tim


    www.directoryadmin.blogspot.com


    Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:49 AM
  • In your diskpart,you need to add

    act

    To make partition active

    After applying image, you need to create BCD environment with:

    bcdboot C:\Windows

    Note

    Drive letter C: is whatever you used in command:

    Imagex /apply e:\testimage.wim 1 c:\

    If you would use two partition setup as suggested by other posters, then the small 100 MB partition would be C: and the "Windows" partition would be "D:". Hence, you would use

    bcdboot D:\Windows
    Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:45 AM
  • It's possible to keep all of windows 7 in one partition, but you'd have to start over and click some 'advanced' settings.

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:33 PM
  • I first created a seperate partition for boot, marked the main partition as active and used bcdboot. This worked, but I didn't want a second partition if I didn't need one, so I followed Les52's steps with just the c: drive and that worked, too. Thanks to all who replied.

    Now, are there any downsides to just having the one partition as opposed to having a seperate 100MB partition for boot? I don't see any difference.

    Friday, April 27, 2012 1:41 PM
  • The other partition is for recovery.  But in my case I would just reimage the computer.

    Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:56 PM
  • you need to do the following:

    Diskpart:

    select drive 1

    clean

    create partition primary

    format quick fs=ntfs label="Win7 32bit"

    assign letter="C"

    select partition 1

    active

    exit


    Thursday, December 14, 2017 2:24 PM