Had Duel Boot with Linux,Restored Back to just Windows, but will not Boot.

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  1. scorpiosOB1

    scorpiosOB1 Registered Member

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    Hi Everyone,
    How it happened,
    I have Windows Vista 32bit Installed, and Decided to Duel Boot with Linux. it now
    Kept Freezing,
    So I Restored back to just Vista, with a previous backup of vista, saved on a USB drive.
    Made with Paragon Backup & Recovery version 10. Every thing seemed to go OK,

    But when I Boot, I get a black Screen that say's "BOOTMBR Missing" Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart.

    What I Have Tried,
    I have Used the Recovery CD made with the Free version of Paragon Backup & Recovery version 10,
    to Boot in Normal Mode. Click on My Hard drive and select Update MBR.Press Apply to perform changes.
    It sill said "BOOTMBR Missing"

    I can access the "WinRE" and the "OS_ install" partitions with the Recovery CD and they look Ok.
    So I used the Recovery CD to Format the Partitions, ( "WinRE" and "OS_install" )to NTFS.

    Then used Paragon "Backup & Recovery" to Restore the Vista Backup again.
    tried to BOOT but sill said "BOOTMBR Missing"

    I have Tried the OME Repair Disk, But End up with the same result.
    I then tried the OME Repair Disk, clicking on the "Command Prompt" and typing {Bootrec/FixMbr}

    Part Success,
    This put in a New "MBR" and Now I get the "Windows Error Recovery" window,
    But selecting "start windows Normally" Ends up with a Black screen.

    I read as much as I can,but end up with More Questions than Answers,

    Questions > Like} I read that some of Linux grub is left behind in the Boot table unless you "Delete"
    "Partitions"? is this Just for Deleting the Data in them, or should the "WinRE" Partition be Deleted as well.?
    When you format the Two Partitions,is not all the Data removed (Linux grub)?

    Thank You in Advance,
    to Any one who can Help me,it will be Much Appreciated.
    Please forgive my mistakes as this is my first time asking for help.

    System
    Duel Core/Intel Processor/ 232gb hard drive / 1gb ram/ Vista 32bit
     
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  2. Mech_An

    Mech_An Registered Member

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    Do you have Startup Repair option on your OEM Recovery CD?

    If not, please download Windows Repair CD http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/
    * Then burn *,iso as an Image (from another PC) and boot your PC from it.
    * Choose your language settings, and then click Next.
    * Click Repair your computer.
    * Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.
    * On the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair.
    Once completed. restart your PC and boot to Windows. Does it work?
     
  3. scorpiosOB1

    scorpiosOB1 Registered Member

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    Hi Mech_An
    Thank you for replying to my post.
    I have been an Admirer of you and "Paragon Tommy" Posts for some Time.

    In reply to your Questions,

    Yes, I have a Startup Repair OEM Recovery CD. ( I Mistakenly said OME )
    It looks the same as the one you recommended from that site, ( very Interesting site)

    I clicked Startup Repair till completed.
    Restarted the PC, and now it boots to the "windows Error Recovery" screen.
    the one that say's "Windows did not shut down successfully, etc
    safe mode,
    safe mode with Networking,
    safe mode with Command Prompt,
    Start windows Normally ( This Boots to the Splash screen "Microsoft Corporation")

    It Looks like its about to Boot, go's to a Black screen to load, and just stays there.

    It will Now Allow "F8" at startup, to take you to "Advanced Boot Options"
    if this is any help?
    I do have a Separate Backup of just the (C) drive (Partition) on it's own,
    Could this be useful ?
    Thanks again for your help
     
  4. Mech_An

    Mech_An Registered Member

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    Hi @scorpiosOB1

    Thanks for detailed explanation.

    Could you please collect LOG files from WinPE or Linux-based Recovery CD of B&R program?

    * Boot from Recovery CD
    scenario for Linux based CD:
    * Select Normal mode
    * Run Hard Disk Manager
    * Close Hard Disk Manager
    * Select LOGs Saver , click Next
    * Mark 'Save all LOGS in one archive' , click Next
    * Select Mounted Resources to save archive on your USB-drive, click Next
    * In the next window click [...] next to path and set the desired destination, click Next
    * Click Finish (Do not click 'Send LOGs by email')
    scenario for WinPE CD:
    * Reproduce the error
    * start File Transfer Wizard
    * select (X: ) Boot, open Programs -> Paragon Software -> program
    Please make sure you go exactly to X:, and not to C:
    * find log files: BioNTlog.txt, cdb.log, pwlog.txt, stubact.log - and transfer them to physical partition, for example to an external drive, following the steps of wizard
    * finish

    Attach collected LOG files here. I guess we are missing something simple.

    Additionally please check if Boot folder exists in System Partition or in System Reserved partition.
    You can check it via File Transfer Wizard from Paragon Recovery CD.
     
  5. scorpiosOB1

    scorpiosOB1 Registered Member

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    Hi Mech_An
    Thank you for Your continued help

    My Linux-based Recovery CD of B&R, must be slightly Different than Yours.
    Mine is 10.0, and does not have Hard Disk Manager?

    But your Instructions are Great, And I Could follow Them from "LOGs Saver" onwards!.

    Attached is the LOG files you asked for,

    Additionally; I checked, and a "BOOT folder" Does Exists in the System Partition
    ( with lots of Folders inside ),
    Also a "BOOT folder" with folders inside, does exist in the Reserve Folder ( WinRE )

    Thanks Again, I am Learning a lot from this Experience.
    _____________
    scorpiosOB1
     

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  6. Mech_An

    Mech_An Registered Member

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    Hi scorpiosOB1,

    It looks like Windows want to boot from WinRE partition instead of new boot files which appeared after Startup repair.

    Let's try the following: we can temporary delete WinRE partition (it could be restored later from full backup)
    1. Boot from your Recovery CD
    2. Start B&R program
    3. Select your WinRE partition and press Delete.
    4. Confirm Delete operation
    5. Press Apply to perform changes physically.
    Then restart and check if Windows boots.

    If it still fails to boot:
    Try to make Startup Repair from Windows Repair CD once again.
     
  7. scorpiosOB1

    scorpiosOB1 Registered Member

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    Hi Mech_An

    Followed your Instructions to Step 5, (restart and check if Windows boots) But it did Not.

    Then did Startup Repair from windows Repair CD

    (SOMETHING INTERESTING)
    The Windows Repair CD Had Replaced the Contents of the "WinRE" Partition
    I Noticed this from putting the B&R Recovery CD in,

    I could see that the "WinRE' Partition was set on "Active",
    Making Both Primary Partitions (OS_install, and WinRE ) "Active"
    ( I Thought there could be only ONE Active ?)

    It was Also slightly Larger ( "Used space" for this Partition ) had gone from 575mb to 589 ?
    But it was the Same Result,
    { It Looks like its about to Boot, go's to a Black screen to load, and just stays there.}

    I don't want to Spoil anything your trying
    But I think I would like to try to put in the Separate Backup of just the "OS_install " (Partition) I have,
    ( in case of any File Corruption )

    So if that's OK, would it be worthwhile to Delete then REFORMAT the "OS_install " Partition Thats in,
    then Restore the Separate Backup of the "OS_install " (Partition) I have on a USB.

    Thanks again for Your continued help
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    scorpiosOB1
     
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