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2014-07-28

Windows 7 Won’t Boot: 0x0000007B

My Windows 7 PC would not boot. It turned out some of the boot files were corrupt or missing, and I got a bluescreen during startup:
https://flic.kr/p/odkE3W.

Also when I tried to fix the problem using automatic recovery I got an error saying “Failed to Save Startup Options”.

Luckily someone else had had the same problem:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/bootmgr-error-cant-load-windows-automatic-repair/e2f50f68-a49a-4936-8ca6-8d920557262a?rtAction=1406539673501

Solution summary:

1. Open the command prompt from the recovery console.

2. Run: BOOTREC C:\Windows C:

It will create new boot files on your C-drive. The first parameter is your windows folder.

3. If your boot sector is in fact damaged (mine was not) you should probably drill deeper into the Community answer mentioned above and follow the steps.