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Windows 7 not loading, error code 0146


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#1 Sam321

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 11:00 AM

Dell Inspiron 1545 does not load Windows 7. I ran diagnostics and it comes up with error code 0146. So I see that this relates to the hard drive. So I took out the hard drive and tried it in another Dell Inspiron that I have. The hard drive works fine. I think the hard drive is good. I am not sure what to look at next. I tried the hard drive from the good working Inspiron and it too did not load Windows 7 in the faulty laptop.

 

The furthest I get when I try to start the faulty computer is just pass the login screen. The login screen is extremely slow to respond. Once it finally process that I clicked on the login icon one of two things might happen. Sometimes you will see the normal decorative Windows 7 light blue screen that will eventually go to a black screen with the mouse pointer visible and responding. Sometimes a small dialogue box pops up that says it is preparing my desktop. It never does. The laptop will go to sleep after sometime has pass.

 

I would like to know what should I check next. I assume the hard drive is not communicating with something else that it should be. So perhaps a motherboard component? So it comes up with 0146 error code. But hard drive appears to be fine since it works fine in another computer. 

 

I am not a technician but I can follow directions and Google. Thanks for your time mates.



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Posted 15 November 2014 - 12:48 PM

If you take a hdd which has had Windows installed on it in one computer and move it to another computer to boot from without removing the identifiers you may find that you can no longer boot into Windows.

 

If you run sysprep on the hdd with Windows 7 or 8.1 before using it with another motherboard you should be be able to boot from it without any complications. You want to remove all hardware identifiers from the hdd, this generalizes the drive.
 
Click on the Start orb, then type cmd in the Search box.
 
cmd will appear under Programs above the search box, right click on it and choose Run as administrator.
 
This will open the Elevated Command Prompt.
 
In the Elevated Command Prompt type in CD C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep, then 
use the command: "sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown"
Don't power the drive back on until it's in the other computer.
Note: You'll want to install the motherboard chipset drivers after moving the drive.
 
I would like for you to do the Startup Repair using the installation disc.  The tutorial below has a download for a ISO image which you can burn to a disc to create a bootable installation disc.
 

Instructions for a Windows 7 Repair installation.
 
A Windows 7 Repair Installation will require a installation disc.
 
If you do not have a Windows 7 installation disc you can download a free legal ISO image of Windows 7 SP1 from the links below.  You will need to download the same version of Windows 7 that you have installed.  These images are hosted by the Digital River store which is an official distribution partner of Microsoft.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 
 
Attention:  If you do have a Windows installation disc, skip Part A and go to Part B, Step 1b.
 
Part A, Steps 1a - 6a
 
How to burn ISO image using Windows Burn Disk Image.
 
Notice:  This applies only to Windows 7 and Windows 8, earlier versions do not have this.
 
1.  Place a blank CD or DVD in the tray of your optical drive and close the tray.
 
2.  After you have downloaded the ISO image you want to burn right click on the Start orb, then choose Windows Explorer.
 
3.  When Explorer opens click on Downloads in the left pane.  Scroll down till you find the ISO file you want and double click on it.  Click on Burn Disk Image.
 
4.  In the image below you will see Disk burner:, this should be set to the optical drive you want to use.  Click on Verify disc after burning if you want to Windows to verity the disc image after burn.  Click on burn.
 
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5.  In the image below you can see that the green progress bar, when the image is finished burning the bar will be filled.
 
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6.  After the image has completed being burned click on Close
 
Please note:  In order to boot from this DVD you may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD/DVD-ROM is the first device in the boot order, and the hdd is the second device.
 
 
Part B, Steps 1b - 10b
 
1b)  Place the installation disc in the tray of the CD/DVD drive, close the tray and restart the computer.
 
2b)  You will be prompted to press any key to start the installation, I find the space bar handy.
 
At this point the setup process will load files, this will take several minutes.
 
3b)  You will now need to choose the  Language, Time, currency format, and Keyboard or input method that you'd like to use.
 
After this is done click on Next.
 
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4b)  Click on the Repair your computer link at the bottom-left of the Install Windows window.
 
This link will begin the Windows 7 System Recovery Options.
 
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5b)  System Recovery Options will now search your hard drive(s) for any Windows 7 installations.  This will take several minutes.
 
No participation is required on your part at this time, wait till it has finished and the next window opens.
 
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6b)  Choose the Windows 7 installation that you'd like to perform the Startup Repair on, then click on Next
 
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7b)  Click on the Startup Repair link from list of recovery tools in System Recovery Options.
 
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For a future reference, there are several other diagnostic and recovery tools available in the Windows 7 System Recovery Options including System Restore, System Image Recovery, Windows Memory Diagnostic, and Command Prompt.
 
8b)  The Startup Repair tool will now search for problems in the system files.
 
If Startup Repair finds a problem with any system files the tool may suggest a solution which you will need to confirm, or may solve the problem automatically.
 
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9b)  Startup Repair will now attempt to repair whatever problems it found with system files.  
 
Note:  If Startup Repair did not find any problems with system files you won't see this step.
 
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Important: Your computer may or may not restart several times during this repair process.  This is normal, you should allow it to continue until you see the Restart your computer to complete the repairs window. 
 
10b)  Click on Finish, this will restart your computer.
 
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It is possible that the Startup Repair will not be able to fix the problem.  If the Startup Repair tool determines this, it may automatically run the the repair after your computer restarts.  If it does not automatically run the repair but you are still having problems with Windows 7 repeat these steps to run Startup Repair again manually.

Edited by dc3, 15 November 2014 - 01:08 PM.

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 12:53 PM

Thanks for your time to post to my problem. I will digest your post today and let you know what happens once I try your suggestions. I will first have to wrap my head around your advise.

 

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 01:10 PM

I've modified my tutorial to list the individual links to each version of Windows 7. 


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