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winload.exe error after cloning to SSD


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#1 k-dog77

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 11:45 AM

Hi,

 

I'm just doing my 5th SSD upgrade - this is a Packard Bell notebook that I use when travelling.

 

I upgraded it to W10 a few months ago and it's been working fine.

 

It took a while to clone the HDD - at first it had errors and it took a while to repair these and get a successful clone with EaseTodo.

 

When I put the SSD in the laptop I got a startup error - at first I think it was 0xc00000000.

 

I have a USB with the W10 install files and followed steps for bootrepair and I copied winload.exe but it still won't work.

 

I now get the usual error message saying that Windows failed to load last time and when I tell it just to start I get an error saying:

 

Recovery

Your PC/Device needs to be repaired

Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

 

File:\Windows\system32zwinload.exe

Error code: 0xc0000428

 

 

I've tried to automatic repair but it just says it's not possible.

 

Any ideas where to go next? Thanks.


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Posted 03 January 2016 - 06:24 AM

The copy of winload.exe may have broken things further (as the last error message is that Windows cannot verify the digital signature of winload.exe)

 

When you clone a drive that has problems, you may also be cloning the problems.

What did you do to repair the problems, on what hard drive were the repairs made, and did you test the old system thoroughly to make sure that it was working well?

Did you run diagnostics on the old HDD?

 

I'd suggest:

- running HDD diagnostics on the old hard drive (if it is a HDD and not an SSD)

- then thoroughly test the old system to make sure it's working correctly.

- then re-clone and see if it works that way.


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Posted 03 January 2016 - 05:11 PM

Thanks for your reply.

 

The original drive is a HDD.

 

I just ran ChkDsk a few times and then tried to clone again - and it said it was successful rather than failed due to disk errors. I think the initial errors were bad sectors.

 

Is there something you would recommend to assess it properly?



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Posted 05 January 2016 - 09:33 AM

There's several different things that can affect the clone.

- it could be errors in the NTFS file system (which CHKDSK attempts to fix - this is not a hard drive diagnostic)

- it could be a physical problem with the hard drive (hard drive diagnostics can help with this - http://www.carrona.org/hddiag.html )

- it could be a problem with the cabling (try resetting the cables or try other cables)

- it could be a problem with the controller/motherboard (the only quick fix for this is to try it on another computer).

- it could be that the cloning software is corrupted - less likely, but still possible.  (try fixing it by uinstalling and then installing a freshly downloaded copy)

- and there are many other, less-likely possibilities.

 

The final assessment is "Does it work?"

Try installing the SSD (and removing the HDD) and see if it works properly.

Post back if you have any problems with it.

 

Now, I presume that you've done all this and it still doesn't work.

The next step would be Startup Repair.

If that doesn't work, then try System Restore (from the Startup Repair menu) to a point before you changed the winload.exe file

If that doesn't work, then try Reset using the Keep My Files option

and finally, if that doesn't work, then try Reset using the Remove Everything option (backup your stuff first - everything will be lost when you Reset with the Remove Everything option).

 

Good luck!


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