Where O where is my initial OS?

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joseph501325

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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.



Joseph
 

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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
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.

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