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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Thanks, Terry, that's a very interesting Microsoft document - illustrating the complexity behind some of the simplest things that one can easily take for granted (like the OEM boot process!). aboutblank September 24, 2015
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Thanks, Terry, for the clarifications. One of the things I noted in my first post, that I didn't mention in my long post on September 15th, was that I had installed a Linux distribution (Robolinux) to the (renamed) PQSERVICE partition at the beginning of the drive, and specified that the...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Continued from above... As to the solution, here is what I did: I created a partition, the first one at the start of my hard drive, called PQSERVICE, and selected FAT32 (just to be on the safe side, as the original PQSERVICE was FAT32). I assigned it drive letter P: and did not try to hide it...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Continued from above... Now to the SOLUTION TO THE "STRANGE BOOTING PROBLEM" PROBLEM : The key turned out to be the PQSERVICE Partition, which had no drive letter on the original Acer Laptop. "That PQSERVICE contains your recovery information - a recovery console, plus a full factory backup...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Good news! I finally SOLVED the problem, which I will explain below!! But first, I wish to report an anomaly I ran into using EasyBCD 2.3: On the main menu, under "BCD Backup/Repair", under "BCD Management Options", there is a selection for "Change boot drive". First, I noted that if you...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Just an update, I still haven't finished with this problem, but have taken a break....Current status is that I have restored the PC as it was in April 2014, from a complete backup I made of each partition at that time: (From memory) those partitions are: a (roughly) 10 GB Acer PQSERVICE...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Thanks, Mahmoud. When I boot from CD, I select (by hand) 'Boot from Vista/Windows 7' (if I remember the wording), and I immediately see the Windows 7 boot menu. I usually use the up-down arrows to stop the timer, and select 'Windows 7 Home Premium' (by hand; the alternative is 'Safe Mode')...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Thanks, Terry. I greatly appreciate your interest and input. I'm still pursuing a solution, and will post back here if I am able to find one, at that time aboutblank July 13, 2015
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Continued from earlier post, above.... I decided to retry the entire process a second time, but this time, to search for the log file, mentioned in the error message. It turned out to be a long text file called triplehelix.log, and was in the /etc folder. There were several mentions of the...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Hi Terry! And thanks for the reply. I got a kick out of it! When you start that museum, keep me in mind, I might have a few contributions! :) (I actually still have an IBM System/36, their smallest 'pc' version, in my "office," and it worked when I last started it (probably a decade ago!).)...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    I had noted that when I was researching the problem, and had checked my bios settings, but forgot to mention it. What I found when I checked my Phoenix bios was that I could change the order of the devices (Hard Drive, CD, USB, etc.), but could not select which physical hard disk to try to boot...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Thanks, Terry60. An easier to answer question for me would have been "what haven't you done?" ! :) I've tried many things, multiple times, including booting to Microsoft's install disk and also to the 32-bit recovery disk that I created, running both the automated repair, as well as the...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    Thanks, Terry. Here's the EasyBCD "view settings" info: EasyBCD View Settings 06/26/2015: There are a total of 2 entries listed in the bootloader. Default: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Timeout: 10 seconds EasyBCD Boot Device: C:\ Entry #1 Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium BCD ID...
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    EasyBCD 2.2 Build 182 fails to open on Windows 7 32-bit

    I downloaded and installed EasyBCD 2.3 Beta (2.3.0.197), and the the problem is gone. The window is opening normally, and neither bcdedit.exe nor bootgrabber.exe is running when I checked Task Manager after the window opened. However, please see this thread...
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    Strange Booting Problem - Windows 7 Home Premium on Acer Laptop

    I'm about at my wits end, having spent days reading 'how to' posts, downloading repair disks, using Windows Startup Repair, etc. I've tried every repair option using EasyBCD (v. 2.2.0.172), without success. I've even tried all the options up to and including the "Nuclear Holocaust" option...