Solved osloader missing won't boot

Dell Optiplex 960d desktop computer (int...
March 13, 2013 at 12:17:33
Specs: Windows Vista, coreduo
I reinstalled windows 7 on another partition and I an see my old windows on my larger partition, and was able to see and save all docs pics, etc... Is there a way to make the original partition to boot? I already went through the rebuild steps which made it worse (meaning that the repair window no longer recognized that I had an operating system at all) - before I tried to rebuild, my windows 7 would show up where its says "which os do you want to repair?". After I tried it- it was blank and showed none. However, now that i've reinstalled on a separate partition I can see everything on the original windows 7 partition. Any suggestions?
also- I no longer get the message about the os loader missing because it boots to my smaller partition with a fresh copy of w7

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#1
March 13, 2013 at 20:03:03
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Run msconfig, under the boot tab, if you see both installations, you should be able to set things to allow both to boot, assuming that the original installation only had problems with its boot loader. If the problem is with an infection (a Root Kit 'Virus'), you then may be in trouble with both. You may be better deleting the partition, repartitioning/formatting it, and starting clean. After all, why would you need two Windows 7 installations on the same machine anyway?

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
March 14, 2013 at 01:18:18
the original installation also has programs loaded- didn't want to reload all the applications

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#3
March 14, 2013 at 04:56:54
You should have done a repair install then. Now you are wasting disk space with two installs. I would recommend seeing if you can get all of your installers and reinstall what you need. If you can, then delete the partition that the old one is on and reuse the space, especially since your new install is completely clean of junk. Of course, make sure that you copy any files you need to another partition before you remove it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
March 14, 2013 at 05:07:44
I went ahead and reinstalled a clean install on the original partition on account of it being the larger partition. I would have preferred to do a repair install, but I couldn't find how to do it with windows 7. I'm very use to doing it on xp, but 7 only allowed me to "install", or if I chose repair it merely offored to restore to an earlier date or check for startup problems (which it said it couldn't fix).

If you know how to do a repair install for windows 7 I would love you to tell me for future use because I can really use that information. It use to work like a charm with xp


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#5
March 14, 2013 at 19:50:17
Look here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

A good Clean Install install is always a good choice, except for the time needed to get everything back just the way you want it.
Good Luck.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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