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Windows 7 Boot Problem:

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Hi Experts:
My custom built PC system had a dual-boot configuration. My Hard Disk (1 TB divided in two 500 GB partitions) had Win XP Pro 32-bit on Disk 0 Partion 1 and Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit on Disk 0 Partition 2. Everthing was working fine and I could boot up my system in either OS.
Today, I removed my WinXP OS by following the required steps - Using my Win7 installation disk to get a CMD prompt and perform the following steps:
Type the command:
Diskpart
Once the Diskpart environment is ready, select first hard disk by typing the command:
Select disk 0
Once the first hard disk has the focus, select the first partition (Windows XP) by typing the command:
Select partition 1
Just for peace of mind, you may want to double-check that you have the Windows XP partition selected by typing the command
Detail partition
Delete the Windows XP partition by typing the command:
Delete partition
Now select the Windows 7 partition by typing the command:
Select partition 2
Make the Windows 7 partition the active primary partition by typing the command:
Active
Exit the DiskPart environment by typing the command:
Exit
At this point, you are ready to enable the Windows Boot Manager on the Windows 7 partition using the BootRec command.
Write the master boot record to the Windows 7 partition by using the command:
Bootrec /fixmbr
Write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 partition by using the command:
Bootrec /fixboot

  All the steps returned success. However, when I tried to reboot my system to Win7, I get the following system message:
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the
cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your windows installation disk and restart your computer.
2. choose your language settings, then click "Next."
3. click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer
manufacturer for assistance>


File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data."

I went through alot of suggestions including the following methods to try and solve my problem, but to no avail.

Method 1: Startup Repair from the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)
============================================
1. Insert the Windows 7 installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.
3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next.
6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on Repair your computer.
7. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
8. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.
Method 2: Rebuild BCD
============================================
1. Put the Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.
3. Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
7. Type BOOTREC /FIXMBR, and then press ENTER.
8. Type BOOTREC /FIXBOOT, and then press ENTER.
9. Type BOOTREC /REBUILDBCD, and then press ENTER.
Method 3: Use the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) to run System Restore
============================================
1. Insert the Windows 7 installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.
3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next
6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on System Restore.
7. Follow the System Restore Wizard instruction as usual and choose the appropriate restore point.
8. Click Finish to restore the system.

What else can I try other than re-installing my Win7 operating system?

Cheers,

PGM
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