Posted 23 November 2009 - 12:11 AM
I got Windows 7 the other day. My current system had WinXP loaded on it, and I figured I would just leave it on there and install Win7 on my other hard drive. So, I made a Duel Boot. One of my HDD's has WinXP on it, and the other has Win7. Both are Western Digital drives.
So I finish the Win7 installation and enjoy the brand spankin new operating system Microsoft is shoving down our throats. After a while, it starts to grow on me. In fact I begin to love it, much more than XP. I load my air card drivers (cell phone internet source, you might say), get the net up and running and install VIPRE anti-virus software, FireFox, and transfer some of my music from my drive with XP over to my drive with Win7.
After I installed VIPRE, I of course had to reboot, and I did. Win7 reloaded and everything was peachy. So then, I decide Im going to set up my home network so my parents can access the internet through our router (of which we were using with WinXP prior to 7.) So I do all the configuring through Win7 as I would WinXP; I go to internet options, apply internet sharing, etc etc. But for some reason, my parents XP machine wouldnt get the internet from my Win7 machine. It would connect to the router, and it appeared to be getting a good internet connection, however, no browser would actually display a Webpage. So naturally, I reboot my parents laptop and try again. No luck. Then I decide that maybe my computer needs a refresh so I reboot it as well....
This is when I get the all too familiar error message: "NTLDR is missing - Please reboot."
Now I know what your thinking... "This guy is an idiot, he doesnt know how to repair/install windows" right? Well, your wrong, in fact I do quite a few troubleshooting things to figure it out, but to no avail. So this is where I tell you all what Ive done and maybe you can tell me something else that I havent already tried.
So here it is, a complete list of my troubleshooting process:
1: I unplug all Flash Drives, and Optical Drives. (I have no FDD's)
2: I unplug my HDD with XP (thought there might be issues there.)
3: I unplug my HDD with 7, still get the error.
4: I repair/install windows (no good, and by the way there isnt really a repair option, so I went down the list and tried everything.)
5: I turn to BleepingComputer for all my computer needs because Im baffled.
So, there are only 3 reasons why this could have happened. Either my HDD has a bad sector (it doesnt, I scanned it for errors using UBCD), my copy of windows has a bad boot file on the disc, or during installation the boot file got corrupted. Or it might possibly be driver issues, since 7 appears to be using the drivers from my XP installation, and XP is 32bit and 7 is 64bit.
Even with both drives plugged in I get the error. It is only when my Win7 HDD is plugged in that I get the infamous error message. And keep in mind, this message appears AFTER the BIOS screen and BEFORE the windows selection screen.
So, I think my boot.ini file is bad. Would anyone agree? Either that, or XP hates 7 for stealing its spotlight.
If anyone can find a flaw in my troubleshooting, or has any advice for me that can lead to a fix, please reply. Right now I am reinstalling Win7 back on my HDD, and am going to try it again, but Im pretty sure I will get the same errors. (And yes, Im keeping the Dual Boot.)
Thank you all for reading, and thanks in advance for your helpful tech awesomeness.