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I used easeuse disk copy, after acronis, clonezilla, windows image restore failed me. Basically it copys all sectors, I set it to skip bad sectors(40). The source drive works, it just gave me a couple errors and stopped booting at one point.

The drive is an identical copy, minus 40 bad errors. The drive is set to C and active partition, I rebuilt the boot order. I've ran sfc /scannow and ran chkdsk /r

chkdsk found 20kb of bad sectors if I remember right.

Now the issue I get is when I log into my profile which was saved right, I get a blank light blue wallpaper (non-license) explorer.exe is not running, and there are only 4 processes running in taskmanager, including taskmanager.

I would try a repair install but CRTL-E would not open, nothing will open once I force start explorer.exe, almost like all services are down.

What should I do? Fresh install is almost not a possibility I will try and fix this issue.

sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows

returns "Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation"

--- EDIT ---

Turns out I overlooked my drive letter, it is infact the wrong drive letter for my system partition, all resources were probably looking for C:\ but instead my cloned drive had changed to D:\ . Don't make the same mistake if your cloning your drive, use Diskpart to check and be sure.

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Why is a fresh install not possible? What about an in-place upgrade using the same edition? – user3463 Oct 17 '12 at 3:51
It's not possible because all my data/programs are on another hard drive, this system drives links all programs to the secondary drives. Of course it's possible, just I'd rather fix the issue then take the easy way out and start from scratch loosing 500gb of program links, having to repair or re-install of it. – RzK Oct 17 '12 at 3:57
@RandolphWest If I run an upgrade, would I loose my profile? all my install shortcuts etc? I mention shortcuts because the programs aren't on my system drive. – RzK Oct 17 '12 at 4:07

It turns out, after Easeuse disk copy cloned my drive it had set a drive letter for it, which was D:\ instead of the original of C:\ .

If you clone drive, and your profile has no explorer.exe, to get to the command prompt from inside Windows, hit CTRL-SHIFT-ESCAPE to bring up task manager. From there enter a new task, and enter "cmd". Then follow instructions on how to change your drive letter.

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