Fix Windows 7 – “Error: Loading Operating System”

Error Loading Operating System is a dreaded error message. There are a lot of people who consider the “Error Loading Operating System” to be a fatal unrecoverable crash, but in fact you can often easily repair your computer and get rid of this error.

We have worked a bit to work on the solution to this error and it does work pretty good. Here is how you are going to do it.

1. StepThe best way to fix the “Error Loading Operating System” problem is with the help of your Windows 7 Startup Recovery.

Either boot from your Windows 7 DVD and click on “Repair Computer”

Windows 7 Repair your computer

Or insert the Startup Recovery Disk in to the drive and run Startup Recovery. Click on the Install Now option from this screen.
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2. StepThe next screen will provide you with options to select your Language, Keyboard Input Method and the Time Settings. Select the appropriate choices from the available ones and click on Next.
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3. StepClicking the Next button will provide you with a list of options. Select the Command Prompt Option from the tools provided in this screen.
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4. StepYou are provided with another screen from where you can select one of the two options. Either you can restore your system to a previous condition or you can select to recover your system’s problems that you experience while starting up. Select the option to recover problems while starting up and select your Operating System.

5. Clicking on the Next Button will provide you with Command Prompt Screen. The default directory will be :\Windows\System32
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6. StepRun the diskpart command from this location. This will provide you with a list of all the volumes available on the System, their types and their status along with their sizes.

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7.Now switch to your CD/DVD drive. In my case it was G:\ so the Command was G:, then cd boot (see picture below). Once you changed to the directory G:\boot, view the directory information of the drive with the ‘DIR’ command. This drive will contain a file named Bootsect.exe.

Enter G: 

Enter cd boot 

Enter dir

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8. StepWrite the command as shown in the Screenshot below and you will restore the bootcode and fix the BOOTMGR:

bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr

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Once you get the bootsect.exe executed, the “error loading operating system” will be gone. In case you need further help, please write to us and we will get down to you.

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10 Responses to Fix Windows 7 – “Error: Loading Operating System”

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Ivica said:

    Thanks a ton. Got this message after trying to install XP on the other partition, and when restarting the pc neither the setup countinued, neither the Windows 7 could load later. This saved my day. (and files)

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Jack said:

    i have a problem with step 8 – it doesn’t work for me. getting info: “the system partition as not found”
    is there any way to repair my pc? please help

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    James said:

    Got a message saying “The system partition was not found: The requested system device cannot be found.” Please help

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Paul said:

    You just saved me. After I did a remove of a threat by TDSSKILLER, my whole labeling of drives was messed up. I was afraid of installing windows again.I did the steps exactly as you said and now everything is working like a charme again. No, bios flashing or reinstalling windows like suggested on other websites.

    Thank, Two thumbs up!!!


  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Bill said:

    I tried as shown above but all I get it to do was say that this is a Boot sector restoration tool and tells me to type help for detailed usage instructions.

    I have a windows 7 64 bit.

    Pls help.

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    ML said:

    Didn’t work for me…. stuck at step 7. I got an error saying cyclic redundancy check. Am I still able to recover my data???

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    DT said:

    when i typed select disk 0, it said “The disk you specified is not valid.
    There is no disk selected”.
    What’s wrong????!?!?!?

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    kadacians said:

    Cant see anything after diskpart command

    i have w7 ultimate

  9. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    kadacians said:

    Got past that but it says partition not found know plz help

  10. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    oliversk said:

    kada can you post a screenshot? what happens when you enter list volume?

    You need to make sure you enter the correct letter for the partition

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