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#1 lxer96

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 06:26 PM

Hello,
My Acer laptop is suddenly having this issue and will not boot into windows in any mode including safe mode. I tried using a recovery disc with no luck. I can get to the command prompt from the recovery disc and I tried fixboot and fixmbr with no results. Please advise! Also thanks in advance.

I just realized I posted this in the wrong forum. It's a Windows 7 PC.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 06:52 PM

Se here: http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/restoring_winload/

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:21 PM

I get a file not found while trying all the steps outlined there.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:08 PM

What exact step are you referring to?

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:12 PM

Step 7. Then after starting with the second set of instructions the drive with 100ish MB is labeled C: but the file isn't found there either.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:59 PM

What kind of disk are you using?

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:58 AM

The recovery disk is one I found online because I never made one. The hard drive is a WD blue scorpio.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:34 PM

The recovery disk is one I found online

I need to see the source of that download.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:06 PM

Easy BCD Lite: Recovery Essentials Neosmart Technologies. I'm not sure what site I downloaded it from now.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:24 PM

If you can boot all the way to command prompt....

Attached is zipped winload.exe file from my computer.
Unzip it and place unzipped file into your USB flash drive.
Boot the computer to command prompt and copy the file from USB flash drive to \Windows\System32 folder

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:28 PM

How do I copy the file from the USB to the folder you specified from the command prompt?

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:50 PM

Just before you enter command prompt screen note the drive letter Windows is on:

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Following instructions are based on the above example (Windows on drive "D"). If in your case you see different letter you'll have to adjust my instructions.

When you enter command prompt you should see
X:\SOURCES>...

Now you'll have to find your USB flash drive.
There is no other way but to use hit or miss way.

At You should see X:\SOURCES>... enter:
c:
press Enter.
If the command prompt will change to C:\ type:
dir
press Enter.

Do you see winload.exe there?
If not try next letter (we'll skip "d" since we know it's your hard drive).

Type:
e:
press Enter.
Type:
dir
press Enter

Do you see winload.exe?

...and so on until you find your USB flash drive.

Let's say you found your USB flash drive as drive "e".

In that case type the following command at any command prompt:

copy e:\winload.exe c:\windows\system32\winload.exe (<--- watch for two "spaces")

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:58 PM

Ok. Got it. Now I'm getting a different error.

File: \windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc00000e9
Info: an unexpected I/O error has occured.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 09:01 PM

You're getting that error when exactly?

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 09:03 PM

When the computer tries to reboot initially. It is still set to boot from the hard drive in bios.




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