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Unread 04-12-2008, 04:36 PM   #1
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winload.exe missing or corrupt

Hello all,

I know there is a thread here dealing with this issue but my problem is slightly different so I have started a new thread.

My system is a bit of a mess. I have two IDE drives, two SATA 1.5Gb/s drives and one SATA 3Gb/s just recently installed. I also dual boot Vista and XP.

I have an old Gigabyte K8N Ultra-9 motherboard with an Athlon X2 4400 skt939 chip.

I recently tried to expand my RAM to 4GB from 3GB. Once I added the extra stick of 1Gb DDR and rebooted I found that only 3407872Kb was showing up.

Stupidly I thought that I could install a new BIOS and used Gigabytes BIOS tool and tried to update to the latest version. This didn't seem to work the BIOS still showed version 5 and now I got the winload.exe is missing or corrupt message.

I entered a vista disk and the system somehow booted up. I immediatly used the same tool to install the backed up BIOS I had made before attempting my halfarsed upgrade.

Now the system will not boot at all. I keep getting the winload error. I figured that the BCD had been cocked up somehow and ran the vista repair tool. It didnt work. Ran it again, still didnt work. Tried the fixboot tool, still didnt work. I tried the bcdedit but the device and paths all seemed correct pointing to drive F, the same place the repair tool was reporting my Vista install is.

I tried Powersuite 08 and was confused to see that it was calling my Vista OS drive E! Then in DOS I found out the it thought my Vista drive was called G!

It is all getting too confusing. I feel like I have too many drives and the BCD data is screwed. I have reinstalled Vista now and want to clean everything up. Should I reformat my drives to delete former installs? Is there anyway of getting my original Vista to install? I just know enough to cause major damage and not enough to fix it
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Re: winload.exe missing or corrupt

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I have reinstalled Vista now and want to clean everything up. Should I reformat my drives to delete former installs? Is there anyway of getting my original Vista to install?
so after re-installing, Windows Vista loads without problem ? Also can you still log in to the XP operating system ?

which partition is your XP installed, the previous Vista and the recent Vista installation ? Also how are the 5 hard drives partitioned, which drive letter for which partitions ?

To recognize 4GB+ system memory you need to be using a 64bit operating system.
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Re: winload.exe missing or corrupt

Hi Bakuryu

Yeah the new Vista works fine and is installed on disk C. XP is no longer recognised by the boot manager when I start up however, the old version of Vista is recognised but still gives the winload error when you try and start it.

My drives are partitioned thus:

Disk 0 IDE: D = 111GB - Video storage

Disk 1 IDE: C = 30GB - New Vista install

Disk 2 SATA: E = 127GB - XP installation + J = 105GB - Documents folder

Disk 3 SATA: F = 59GB - Old Vista install + G = 19GB - Backup disk +
H = 20GB - Program Files + I = 200GB - Music files

Disk 4 SATAII: R = 400GB - Video storage + S = 400GB - Photo storage +
T = 130GB - Program Files

Bit of a mess right!

I am running Vista Ultimate 64bit but apparently the architecture of the bloody AthlonX2 64 chip restricts it from registering 4GB of RAM. At the moment the BIOS is showing 3407872KB and Vista is registering 3327MB. Don't know if there is anything I can do about that?
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Re: winload.exe missing or corrupt

Open elevated command prompt in Vista and type :
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bcdedit /enum all > c:\bcd.txt
Now post the C:\bcd.txt file contents.
Also make sure you winload.exe file inside the Windows\System32 folder in the F drive.

You can also try this,
backup the winload.exe file from f:\windows\system32 folder, and copy f:\windows\system32\boot\winload.exe to f:\windows\system32 folder.

Or you can even try copying the present working winload.exe from c:\windows\system32 folder to f:\windows\system32 folder.
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Re: winload.exe missing or corrupt

Thank you Bakuryu, that sounds like it would have worked but in my impatience I have reformatted the old Vista and XP drives and removed some partitions making simple c,d,e,f,g,h,i and T drives. Everything is running smoothly now and the only problem I have is getting this 4GB of RAM to be recognised! Don't suppose you have any suggestions do you?

Thanks again for all your help!
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Re: winload.exe missing or corrupt

Which BIOS version is presently installed ?

GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - BIOS - GA-K8N Ultra-9
The latest version in F9D.

Also when updating from Windows, don't mulitask (like browsing internet/running benchmarks or software updates) while updating BIOS.
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Re: winload.exe missing or corrupt

Yeah FD9 was what I tried to install when I encountered all of my current woes and the winload error raised its head! I dont understand why as I didnt think Vista queried the Bios for disk identities when booting anymore
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Re: winload.exe missing or corrupt

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I dont understand why as I didnt think Vista queried the Bios for disk identities when booting anymore
I guess Vista is using Bios to check for the activation validity.The the updated BIOS might have some issues with that process.

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I have is getting this 4GB of RAM to be recognised!
Is the full 4 GB showing up in BIOS?

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Re: winload.exe missing or corrupt

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Is the full 4 GB showing up in BIOS?
No, 3407872KB is what the BIOS shows! Its not the RAM either as I have tried each piece individually and they all work fine.
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Re: winload.exe missing or corrupt

it looks like a bug with the mobo bios. I think you better get a new mobo.
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