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An error occured whiie attempting to read the boot configuration data

I am trying to reinstall windows on my computer and I get this message.

File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000f
Info: An error occured whiie attempting to read the boot configuration data

HEPL PLEASE
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you are reinstalling (meaning formating), start your Windows CD, and work step by step. At some point, it will ask you if you wish to delete partitions. Delete all of them. Make a new partition, format it, and then install. That should work. .... Thinkpads_User
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fireandice68Author Commented:
The problem is I can't even start the windows CD
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you cannot start the Windows CD, there is a hardware problem of some sort. You do not need a hard drive in a system to boot from CD.

Can you get into the BIOS? Press F1 at startup. If so, get into the startup sequence and ensure that Boot from CD is at the top of the startup list. Then try again. ... Thinkpads_User
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fireandice68Author Commented:
Have already tried that
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So then two things:

1. The obvious, I suppose: Check that the Windows 7 CD is good. You can test this by trying to start it on another machine, but of course, abort it (cancel) if it starts.

2. There is a hardware issue needing repair. If the CD is good, then there is no software fix; only a hardware fix.

.... Thinkpads_User
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fireandice68Author Commented:
Ok cd is good only got a new one the other day and it works so does that mean it is possible it is the hard drive it's self
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
>>> mean it is possible it is the hard drive it's self <-- No. You can remove the hard drive to prove this. If the CD Drive is at the top of the order (you said so), the computer will go there first to boot. If not, there is some other hardware error.

It is feasible that the CD Drive is bad and won't boot, thus forcing to the hard drive, but again, you can prove this by removing the hard drive. ... Thinkpads_User
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fireandice68Author Commented:
I have booted other CD's like paragon and it works just not windows
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fireandice68Author Commented:
Ok i think it is the hard drive as i disconnected the HD and it booted the win CD so the problem is the HD right
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Something has messed up the hard drive then and it is preventing the other boot sequences from working. A straight defective hard drive should not do this. It also could be the hard drive controller. If it fails, the machine might not know how to boot.

So at this point, the next step is to replace the hard drive (which includes the controller) and then you should be good to go.

I have seen lots of bad hard drives (just defective) and they did not stop me from booting from CD. So you have some sort of unusual error.

... Thinkpads_User
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fireandice68Author Commented:
pk thax i will try a new HD, i will leave this question open just in case thanx for your help
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The Author essentially accepted my answer ID:36596427 and no one else has responded. so I think my answer should be accepted. .... Thinkpads_User
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