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comment Windows 7 refusing to boot - could running Bootrec make matters better or worse?
Yeah - a reinstall is on the cards. All my important data (i.e. pictures of the family) is backed up so I am not too stressed. Preferably I would like to fire up the old OS just long enough to make a full system backup and restore (on to a fresh HDD) from that. That way I should not lose any stuff (like preferences, browser history etc. etc.) A full reinstall of OS, Office, Visual Studio, SQL (bla bla bla) takes hours.
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comment Windows 7 refusing to boot - could running Bootrec make matters better or worse?
Tks for the reply. If I am reading it right, it is either the VBR was created by Vista (which this computer has never had installed) or it fails reading sectors 1-16. So the most likely cause is a bad value in the hidden sectors of the BIOS parameter block. But if that were the case, wouldn't the entire disk be unreadable by windows - i.e. I would not be able to see the files whilst browsing from the command prompt? And if a corrupt BIOS param block is the problem - would following the steps in the MS help link work - or is that advice strictly for the case where you have dual boot system.
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comment How to launch windows 7 “picture import” wizard as a different user?
Thanks for the reply but it does not work: yes that command launches the "Scanners and Cameras" control panel tool but windows did not autodetect my camera and "Add device..." prompts for a driver location - I have checked the SW that comes with the camera (and online) and no such driver exists!). I think the "Scanners and Cameras" tool is different to the "Picture import" tool that I am familiar with.
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