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#1 empty_pockets

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

Hi all. I’ve posted this problem on a couple of other forums and thought I’d pick you guys’ brains with it too. I need some help with a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. I'm trying to do a System Recovery with image disks created with the included Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 cuz it had a virus and I don't know if it got it for sure, but after Windows is thru loading files I get a message in the Windows Boot Manager:

\windows\system32\boot\winload.exe
The selected entry could not be loaded because the app. is missing or corrupt.

This laptop did not come with ANY disks when bought new. The only disks available are the 2 I made with DataSafe. I've tried several suggestions I found on the net, but, so far, none have worked:

Booted from a Windows 7 Repair Disk>cmd prompt and:
1. typed bootrec.exe /fixmbr = success
2. bootrec.exe /fixboor = success
3. bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd = success
4. chkdsk c: /r = fixed 1 file
5. chkdsk d: /r = OK
6. sfc /SCANNOW /OFFBOOTDIR=c:\ /OFFWINDIR=c:\windows
Rec'd this msg. with the above command:
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to
fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.
I extracted this file and saved it to a thumb drive for later use if need be. (It was 18MB of gibberish to me)
7. Renamed winload.exe to winload.old and replaced it with a known good winload.exe file from my pc.
8. Ran an Avast Free AV boot-time scan = nothing found
9. bcdedit in Windows Boot Loader section indicates:
identifier <default>
device partition=c:
path \windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
(windows\system3\boot\windload.exe does not show anywhere in BCD, although
the Boot folder and file appear in Windows Explorer). Winload.exe also shows in
Windows\System32 folder as well
10. Rebooted into F8>Repair your computer, but does nothing except load into
Windows normally.
11. Tried factory image recovery in DataSafe Local Backup in Windows, but it wouldn’t load and the pc booted back into Windows.

Somewhere along the line in these steps, I now notice that when I boot off the recovery disk, it no longer shows \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe being missing/corrupt—
just \windows\system32\winload.exe being missing/corrupt. Go figure. lol

So, basically what happens is that Windows is working, but I need to do a factory image
recovery, put the 1st recovery disk in, Windows loads files along the bottom of the screen,
then gives me the error msg. about winload.exe is missing or corrupt.

I'd be obliged if someone could shed some light on this. Please use terms, instructions, etc. that I can follow because I’m no pc guru. Hope I haven't forgotten anything, but, who knows? Done so many things I can't remember 'em all.

Thanks for any help.

Dell Inspiron 1545
Pentium Dual-Core 2.20GHz
4GB RAM
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit
Avast Free AV

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

are you recovery discs that you made with the dell datasafe scratched? I'm very tempted to tell you order new recovery discs from dell or download and burn a win7 iso from digitalriver. The ones you have sound borked.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

No, the disks aren't scratched (only 3 or 4 days old) and d'loading a Win 7 .iso won't get me a factory recovery image.
Thanks for the reply.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

so did you create the 'recovery discs' 4 or so days ago and they don't work when you boot to them?

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:51 PM

It will boot to the disk, but, as I mentioned in my OP, it boots to the Windows Boot Mgr. with the error msg.:
windows\system32\winload.exe is missing/corrupt

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

This one must have everyone else stumped too.




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