Boot Menu disappears after Windows 7 installation...

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  1. Ironside65

    Ironside65 Registered Member

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    Let me describe briefly what led up to the problem I'm having now and then I'll describe in detail the current situation.

    Briefly, the past: My PC (a 64-bit triple core system) consisted of the following two HDDs (Hard Disk 0 as D: and Hard Disk 1 as C:) with OS being Windows XP SP3 32-bit. I purchased Paragon Partition Manager 10.0 Personal and created a second partition on C: with the intentions of installing Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (the full package, not the upgrade) as a second OS in the second partition. Although this was over a month ago and I was doing this at night, I remember doing the following -- 1. I created a Paragon Recovery Disk, 2. I tried to use the "install new OS" via PPM while in XP, I kept getting the error message "Windows 7 64-bit cannot be installed while in a 32-bit environment" (or something to that effect), 3. So I rebooted the PC and installed Windows 7 64-bit from its installation disk and directed it into the second partition I had created previously. From that point on, I could never get Windows 7 to boot without it booting into XP unless I booted from the Paragon Recovery Disk and manually selected the OS to boot from. I never would get any kind of Dual Boot Menu. I tried several different resolutions but all to no effect. So within the Windows 7 OS I installed Paragon Partition Manager 10.0 64-bit and created a new partition on D: and made the first partition on D: and the two partitions on C: hidden, and reinstalled Windows 7 in the newly created partition.

    Here's the current situation:

    Basic Hard Disk 0
    Local Disk (*) | Data (F:) | Windows 7 (C:) See detail below
    216.3 GB NTFS | 176.9 GB NTFS | 72.4 GB NTFS

    Basic Hard Disk 1
    Local Disk (*) | Local Disk (*)
    96.9 GB NTFS | 135.9 GB NTFS


    Windows 7 details:
    Windows 7 (C:)

    Volume letter: (C:)
    Volume label: Windows 7
    Type: Primary
    File system: NTFS
    Root entries: 79494
    Sectors per boot: 8
    Sectors per cluster: 8

    Serial number:EA2C-58EA-2C58-B375
    Partition ID:0x07 NTFS
    NTFS version:3.01
    Total size:72.4 GB
    Partition size:72.4 GB
    Used space:24.9 GB
    Free space:47.4 GB
    Activity:Yes
    Hidden state:No

    Here are the details from BCDEDIT

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit

    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier {bootmgr}
    device partition=C:
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {globalsettings}
    default {current}
    resumeobject {b6757f87-c8c5-11de-94cd-9c75b8206da2}
    displayorder {current}
    {b6757f8c-c8c5-11de-94cd-9c75b8206da2}
    {b6757f8e-c8c5-11de-94cd-9c75b8206da2}
    toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
    timeout 20

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {current}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 7
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    recoverysequence {b6757f89-c8c5-11de-94cd-9c75b8206da2}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {b6757f87-c8c5-11de-94cd-9c75b8206da2}
    nx OptIn

    Real-mode Boot Sector
    ---------------------
    identifier {b6757f8c-c8c5-11de-94cd-9c75b8206da2}
    device partition=C:
    path \NTLDR
    description Windows XP SP3

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {b6757f8e-c8c5-11de-94cd-9c75b8206da2}
    device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume5
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 7
    osdevice partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume5
    systemroot \Windows

    C:\Windows\system32>

    Right now if I reboot the PC hangs at the display of the motherboard manufacturer and does not even make it into the POST screen. So I have to boot into the recovery disk and then take it from there. I no longer care about the dual boot option, I just want the damn thing to boot normally into Windows 7.

    Any questions or suggestions or recommendations would be greatly and deeply appreciated.

    Guy
     
  2. SIW2

    SIW2 Registered Member

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    Hello Guy,

    Please post a screenshot of the Disk Management window.


    If you simply want to boot into 7:

    1. Choose the 7 partition you want to keep, e.g. C

    2. Boot PM cd, rt click C and Mark as active.

    3. Restart and go into Bios - set the HD containing your chosen partition as FIRST in the HD boot order.

    4. Boot the 7 dvd - windows loading files, select language and keyboard, Next. You get a screen saying "Install Now". Don't click that.

    At the bottom of the same screen , it says "Repair My Computer" - click that.

    Run Startup Repair 3 times.


    Hope it helps.
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2009
  3. Paragon_Tommy

    Paragon_Tommy Paragon Moderator

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    If you are able to boot to Windows 7, install PM 10, mark the XP partition inactive and hide. As SIW2 mentioned, The Windows 7 Recovery CD will automatically fix your Windows 7 boot problems. Once you get Windows 7 to boot without any assistance, EasyBCD is an intuitive tool to modify your OS boot options.
     
  4. Ironside65

    Ironside65 Registered Member

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    Well, one is never too old to learn something:D

    As was kindly suggested, I changed the order of the hard drives in the BIOS so that correct hard drive is booted from -- and after running the Windows 7 installation DVD and selecting to repair the operating system... I AM NOW BACK IN BUSINESS :)

    Also, I never knew how to use the PrtScn button on the keyboard... until now :)

    For what it's worth see the attachment.

    Thanks very much to the two gentlemen who responded to my question!
     

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  5. SIW2

    SIW2 Registered Member

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    Thank you for posting back.

    Glad it worked out for you.:D
     
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