{bootmgr} Error - Cant load Windows - Automatic Repair Not Working - Help Please

I recently Purchased a new laptop and installed Windows 7 Ultimate on it once it came out (laptop came with Vista) but Windows 7 has had serious errors. This issue happened to me before once already but I just reistalled and am now getting the same issue again. This is whats happening.

1.) Turn on my PC.
2.)After my BIOS loads I get this error:
"Windows Failed to Start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
Fix - Insert CD & Repair
File - \Boot\BCD
Status - 0x000000f
Info - Error Occured while reading Boot configuration data."
3.)Then I restart and insert my Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit Disk and go to Automatic Repair.
4.)I get this message as the details to my repair:
"The following startup option will be added:
Name: Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
Path: Windows
Windows: Device Partition =D :(223434MB)
Name: Windows Recovery Enviroment (recovered)
Path: Recovery\62e8ee9a-bae8-11de-9oe8-b4ac47dde459\winre.wim
Windows Device: Partition =D: (223434MB)
A copy of the current boot config will be saved as c:\BootBCD.Backup.0006"
5.) I Hit Repair & Recover and get this message:
X - Failed to Save Startup Options - OK

- So im back where I started, not able to start windows. I Have no idea what has caused it. I havent been using any new harware or installed any new software. I have no idea what to do. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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Last updated January 17, 2020 Views 23,921 Applies to:
Hi AJG121,

Welcome to Microsoft Answers.

On which partition have you installed Windows?

Automatic Repair should have fixed the startup issue. However, since it’s unable to fix the problem, let’s try the bootrec.exe tool switches and see if running the below commands help in recovering your PC.

To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2. Press a key when you are prompted.
3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
7. Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.

Now run the following commands:

1. bootrec /fixmbr

The /FixMbr option writes a Windows 7 or Windows Vista-compatible MBR to the system partition. This option does not overwrite the existing partition table. Use this option when you must resolve MBR corruption issues, or when you have to remove non-standard code from the MBR.

2. bootrec /Fixboot

The /FixBoot option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that is compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Use this option if one of the following conditions is true:

• The boot sector has been replaced with a non-standard Windows Vista or Windows 7 boot sector.
• The boot sector is damaged.
• An earlier Windows operating system has been installed after Windows Vista or Windows 7 was installed. In this scenario, the computer starts by using Windows NT Loader (NTLDR) instead of Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe).

3.  bootrec /Rebuild BCD

 The /RebuildBcd option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Additionally, this option lets you select the installations that you want to add to the BCD store.
Note If rebuilding the BCD does not resolve the startup issue, you can export and delete the BCD, and then run this option again. By doing this, you make sure that the BCD is completely rebuilt. To do this, type the following commands at the Windows RE command prompt:

• bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
• c:
• cd boot
• attrib bcd -s -h -r
• ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
• bootrec /RebuildBcd

For detailed information, refer:

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

Hope this helps.

Happy  New Year!

Shinmila H - Microsoft Support

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