So last night my OS(Windows) died on me, my bootmgr went missing(corrupt i guess) and i could not load into windows. I used my brothers computer to download Ubuntu as a temp OS until i get my hands on a windows ulimate ISO.

I began to like Ubuntu so i thought i may stick with it, until it started crashing on me.

Ubuntu itself has crashed atleast 4 times within me typing this question(required me to actually restart my computer and retype this). Now, my computer did not crash as I could still move my mouse but nothing on the os OR the os itself would respond.

Anyway, i have decided to go back to windows now as i did not have half as many problems with windows that i have with ubuntu.

Now, I got my hands on the official windows 7 ultimate from the Microsoft website and used Universal USB installer to make my usb a bootable installer. Now, this worked perfectly for Ubuntu, it ran and installed flawlessly.

On the other hand, when doing this with windows 7 ultimate, it just gets stuck on "Windows is loading files"(It fills up, then freezes). I have read up about this problem and have come to the conclution that my RAM is not working as it should be.

So, as my friend suggested I attempted to try Windows Server 2012 R2, I get passed the "Files are loading" part, but then get left with a completely black screen. No cursor or anything like that.

I have even attempted to run a Windows XP iso which completely failed(Didnt even start up the installer).

If i forgot to mention, i am doing this all from my USB.

Should I just give up on this computer or is there any way i can bring it back from the dead without replacing its RAM?


  • WinUSB is a application for creating a Windows bootable USB flash drive that works in Windows and also in Ubuntu. – karel Nov 30 '14 at 7:01
  • @karel I will attempt an install of win 7 ultimate with it now, will report back. – Oariest Nov 30 '14 at 7:09
  • If I understand correctly, you got Ubuntu working properly, so that indicates that you don't have hardware issues. You described your original problem as a corrupted bootmgr, which is fixable. You are having problems in general loading any OS via USB, which points to a common denominator (which you fixed for Ubuntu). This is way to complex for a single question. Pick one issue (at a time), write a focused question on that, provide basic information about your hardware & procedures, and that would lend itself to being able to help you within the scope of this site. – fixer1234 Nov 30 '14 at 7:09
  • @fixer1234 Indeed, i was able to install ubuntu from USB, but not any windows iso so far. – Oariest Nov 30 '14 at 7:11
  • You have quite a collection of Windows ISOs. I'm assuming you got them from a reliable source (Digital River), so your problem is not that you are trying to install crud. You're aware that you need a license key for the Windows you install or it is likely to stop working (and you shouldn't rely on anything from an unofficial source)? – fixer1234 Nov 30 '14 at 7:16

Try getting a new usb and running setup again if it doesn't work, you should just give up if you don't want to replace parts or get it looked at.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.