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#1 player1146


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Posted 19 August 2015 - 06:24 PM

I recently reinstalled Windows 7 via a bootable DVD.  Just when I got all of my files and settings back onto my computer, Windows was saying it was not genuine.  I ran an activator to activate Windows.  When the activator restarted the computer, the computer got caught in an infinite boot loop.


I put in my Windows 7 disc and selected "Repair your computer."  It finds a Windows installation on the D: drive, even though I installed Windows on the C: drive.  When I try to repair the Windows 7 installation on the D: drive, it tells me the disc is not compatible with that installation of Windows.  When I click "Load Drivers" to look at my files, I see that I have a C: drive called "System Reserved" and then the D: drive has become my Local Disk.  So it appears the activator created a new drive and moved Windows to it.


Since I cannot use the Windows DVD to Repair the Windows installation, I'm not sure what to try next.  I have an old Ubuntu live disc if I need to use it.  I just spent 3 days getting Windows back to how I wanted it so I'd prefer not to wipe my hard drive if there's any way around it.  Any suggestions?

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 06:52 PM

First of all - welcome to BC !



I ran an activator to activate Windows.


What exactly do you mean by this ?  Normally you do not run any sort of activator to activate Windows, you merely enter the COA code as part of the install process and it checks with MS and normally activates.


If you are using a genuine but different install disc from the one originally installed then you will normally need to make a call to MS to get activation, this is usually a free call.


If the 'bootable DVD' you were using is merely a copy of a Windows install disc then you are out of luck. You are going to have to get a legitimate copy and re-install. And if it is a copy you have been using and if you wish to continue using it then BC cannot offer any advice on that.


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