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Where O where is my initial OS?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by joseph501325, Feb 4, 2015.

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  1. joseph501325

    joseph501325 Thread Starter

    Feb 4, 2015
    Hello, its good to be here. I put BootIt BM on the computer I'm working on:

    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 2804 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.0), 256 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 137828 MB, Free - 126916 MB; D: Total - 84053 MB, Free - 78853 MB; G: Total - 39 MB, Free - 15 MB; H: Total - 99 MB, Free - 63 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0T656F
    Antivirus: None

    Once installed, BootIt BM listed three OS's on the Boot Menu: Vista, Win 7 Ultimate and XP.

    Initially I was elated because I thought BootIt BM had found the OS that for days I've been

    looking for, albeit under a different name: Vista. However, when I click on Vista on the Boot Menu

    all I get is "Disk error Press any key to restart".

    A week or so ago, wanting to place s second OS on this machine and not knowing that I should have

    installed the oldest OS first, I partitioned my hard drive and installed XP. Win 7 Professional was

    the initial OS When I booted up I could not access Win 7 Professional. XP booted fine. There was

    no multi/Dual boot.

    When I partitioned my hard drive there was unallocated space left over. After I could no longer access

    my Win 7 Pro, I formatted that space and installed Win 7 Ultimate on it. The dual boot of XP and Win 7

    Ultimate works so far so good. This system is listed as being on a logical partition on an extended

    partition if I'm not mistaken:

    Partition 1 Primary 39MB 31 KB
    Partition 2 Primary 1OOMB 40 MB
    Partition 3 Primary 82GB 140 MB
    Partition 0 Extended 134GB 163 GB
    Partition 4 Logical 134GB 163 GB

    Volume 0 G Repair disk UDF DVD-ROM 142MB Healthy
    Volume 1 E FAT Partition 39MB Healthy
    Volume 2 C System Reserved NTFS Partition 100MB Healthy
    F:\New Folder (2)\
    Volume 3 F NTFS Partition 82 GB Healthy
    Volume 4 D NTFS Partition 134 GB Healthy

    In the 'Direct Boot' option on the Boot Menu of BootIt BM l get these options:

    [1] Auto Auto MBR 0 HDD Partition-0 39MB FAT-16

    [2] Auto Auto System Reserved HDD Partition-1 100MB HPFS/NTFS

    [3] Auto Auto MBR 2 HDD Partition-2 84054MB HPFS/NTFS

    [4] Auto Auto HDD Volume 137829MB HPFS/NTFS

    The numbers above in brackets are mine. When I click on the first one I get a blank black

    screen. When I click on boot for number two I get Windows Boot Manager saying 'The boot

    selection failed because a required device is inaccessible'.

    When I click on number three to boot it I get my Dual boot menu offering Win 7 Ultimate (which

    is what I installed last) along with XP. However neither of these OS's will boot from this (Direct boot)

    menu. Same thing for number four in 'Direct Boot'; when direct boot is attempted the response is Boot

    Manager is missing.

    In the first Boot Menu from the BootIt BM screen, of the three OS's, Vista, Win 7 Ultimate and XP,

    l am able to boot. viz. Win 7 Ultimate and XP. Vista won't boot from this menu.

    It was a surprise for me to even see Vista listed. Originally this computer came with Vista. Then it was

    changed to Windows 7 Professional. Win 7 Pro is what I am trying to retrieve on this machine.

    Thank you for your time. With this info mentioned above, can anyone tell if Win 7 Pro is still on this

    machine? And if it is does anyone know how I can get it boot?

    Once again I thank you for your time.

  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    You appear to have a late 2008 model Dell OptiPlex 360 desktop.

    I'm not familiar with the BootIt Bare Metal partition manager app, so I can't address any issues with it.

    There are plenty of experts here, so be patient until one replies.

  3. joseph501325

    joseph501325 Thread Starter

    Feb 4, 2015
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