Windows 10: Booting/Fixing Windows 10 Disk.
Booting/Fixing Windows 10 Disk.
I have a problem that I hope someone can shed some light on.
Essentially I am trying to boot from a cloned copy of my Windows 10 on a new Samsung SSD I bought and I get an error message.
I have 4 "active" drives...Win7 (main OS), Win7 Backup, Win10 & Win10 clone SSD.
I use EasyBCD to dual-boot.
What I did last year was clone my Win7 and install/upgrade to Win10 on that cloned drive.
I boot using the BCD file on my Win7 so Win10 is booting using the Win7 BCD file...my choice.
If I try to boot directly from my Win10 HDD from the BIOS, I get the error message (see first screen capture).
If I boot using my Win10 ISO CD and attempt a Repair, I get a message that it could not repair (see second screen capture).
As I said before, I can boot to Win10 thru my Win7 but also I cannot boot to its Win10 clone on the new SSD. I get the error message in the 3rd screen capture.
So how do I (1) fix the Win10 on the HDD so I can boot directly from it using the BIOS and (2) how do I fix the Win10 clone on the SSD so I can boot both from the BIOS and from my Win7 using EasyBCD.
Number 1 is more important than number 2.
I have also included 2 other screen captures of my current Win10 version and the "Test" version I am running all this from right now for the purposes of posting this thread (booted from Win10 ISO CD.
Ummm..... how many licenses for Windows have you purchased? The way I read your OP, it sounds like you only had the original Windows 7 license and you have cloned it and/or upgraded it a couple of times. Having multiple Windows installations running from the single license violates the EULA (end users license agreement) and the forum rules here prevent us from assisting in doing that.
Just one. I am NOT using my Win10 yet. I am keeping it up-to-date for when I do transition from Windows 7. I prefer Windows 7 anyway but it will only have support for so long.
I use Windows 7 100% of the time.
Cloning it as my Backup Windows 7 is perfectly legal.
When I do finally transition to Windows10 it has to be able to boot on its own...hence the "test".
Do you have a suggestion on how to fix my booting problem?
The easiest/most reliable way to fix Windows boot problems has historically been Macrium Reflect's Fix Windows start problems utility. Probably the easiest way to make it is to make a bootable USB flash drive or DVD of Kyhi's recovery tools:
Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk
Boot into his recovery tools, run Macrium Reflect, under the restore menu will be the utility to fix Windows start problems. You will get a list of Windows installations that it finds then in the next step you will get a list of bootable partitions available for Macrium Reflect to fix.
You can also install Macrium Reflect free - but the fix Windows start utility is only available when you actually boot the computer from a Macrium Reflect rescue drive with Windows PE:
Macrium Reflect Free
I have tried the EasyRE from Neosmart (EasyBCD) and it didn't recognize the Win10 as bootable even though that partition on that hard drive is "active".
Maybe your suggestion will work.
I'll give it try and report back.
If it doesn't work, post a screenshot of disk management, widen all the columns so we can see the data in them, and we can help more:
Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of
Macrium ready to go.
Here's the Disk Management screen capture.
C: IS Win 7 (boot).
F: is Win 10 HDD
G: is Corsair SSD (utility drive - non OS).
H: is Win7 Backup
J: and L: are external USB Backup Drives.
: is my Brother Printer Card Reader.
Macrium Reflect should be able to hook you up.
That is one impressive program.
It found all my "active" bootable disks and identified their OS correctly.
I asked it to boot from the Windows 10 HDD and it did its thing.
I rebooted and there were 3 new entries in the BCD Boot Menu... Windows 7 - My W7 Backup, Windows 10 - my Win10 HDD and a second
Windows 10 - my Win10 SSD.
I was able to boot into all of them from the one menu. Previously to get into my W7 Backup to verify it, I had to boot to that hard drive directly from the BIOS.
The only nit is that it made my W7 Backup the default entry which I was able to change with EasyBCD.
I am definitely impressed, not only with the application but at the speed with which you specifically and Tenforums in general responded.
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