...does not contain a valid windows installation...

#1
Greetings! I am quite new here. Just purchased and downloaded this software to fix "Boot Manager failed to find OS loader" error on my Windows 8.1, 64-bit laptop.

When I launch Easy RE, it finds 2 volumes. One is the NTFS windows 8.1 volume, the other is just the cdrom. When I select the NTFS volume and choose "Automated Repair", I get the message in RED letters: The selected partition does not contain a valid Windows installation. You've either selected a data drive, or the volume has been formatted and cannot be repaired. Please select a different drive to continue."

Can someone help me with what are the next steps with this recovery software?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#3
Peter is correct about all EasyRE support being over email, but in general that error would indicate a highly-corrupted (unreadable) or formatted Window partition, to the extent that neither the Windows bootloader nor EasyRE can read it.