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?