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Repair 0x0000007b Stop Error.
0x0000007b error when repairing an XP computer.
How to move a hard drive or change a motherboard without reloading Windows
XP "Part Three".
Okay, so you had to move your hard drive to a new system or you
changed your motherboard due to system failure or an upgrade. Here is the
reason your getting the 0x0000007b error message.
Unlike previous versions of Windows, when the Windows XP operating
system boots up it looks for new devices AFTER it loads the drivers for the
hard drive controller. The 0x0000007b error message you are getting is from
Windows not being able to find a controller that is similar enough to the
previous controller to start up from. It sees it as not having a controller
or not seeing a hard drive and it goes into a 0x0000007b stop error to
protect itself from corruption.
In previous articles I have mentioned different ways to try to get
around these problems and avoid getting the 0x0000007b error but I wanted to
figure out a way that was fairly reliable to repair your system from the
0x0000007b error if you got it and cant work around it. It seems that once
you have seen this error on your monitor that there was little you can do to
correct it short of saving your important information and reloading Windows
I found that you may be able to change some settings in the
registry with a basic Bart's PE disk with a registry editor and adding the
correct keys in the right places to let windows know that it can start to a
generic controller (MS
article 314082) but unless you do it just right it will still come up
with the error. Basically the process is very difficult and "way" to
complicated. There is an alternative that I have used with good success.
The easiest way to recover from the 0x0000007b error is a little
time consuming but way more reliable than the manual way I found. Its a
feature that is built into the newer versions of the Ultimate Boot CD for
Here). You will need to have an original Windows XP disk like from a
Dell, OEM or Retail Disk and a valid XP Certificate of authenticity to make
the boot disk. This disk has a lot of other features and utilities on it
that I will probably cover later. After you have made the disk successfully
here are the steps you will need to follow.
Make sure your computer boots to the CD rom first. If you don't
know how I covered this in the first part of an article "HERE".
Put your new boot disk in your computer and start
When the computer gets to the prompt for a
password type in "secret" (without the quotes) and hit enter.
I couldn't find
this and had to ask at the Ultimate Boot CD forum and they made me look like
I was an idiot for not knowing the password.
You should get a boot menu.
Choose to start the Bart's PE.
After you get to the Bart's desktop click the
start menu button.
Move your cursor to Registry Tools
Find a program called Fix IDE
and click on it.
Follow the prompts.
When it finishes click on the Start menu button
again and click Shut Down.
Use the drop down menu and pick Restart and eject
If all goes well the disk should eject and the
computer will restart allowing Windows to come up like its supposed to.
If it still comes up with the 0x0000007b error,
you can try the other program called Fix HDC.
It would appear that both of these programs are designed to do the
same thing that the MS article explains, but you can do it with a few mouse
clicks instead of trying to do it the hard way editing the registry
If these fail you can always try the MS article but if the
above doesn't work, your probably doomed to reinstall Windows from scratch.
Two options to this are:
1. Install Windows on another drive and
then slave the old drive and copy your important files over.
2. As a last resort you can also try
reinstalling Windows to the same drive making sure that you designate
Windows be installed to another folder than Windows. I have done this before
and if I remember, Windows wanted to install itself to windows.001 and once
it was reinstalled I was able to go to the files that I needed and move them
over to the new My Documents folder. Keep in mind this is not the cleanest
way of making Windows work again and getting your files back but it does
work. Please also remember that if your files were encrypted you will have a
hard time getting them without special software.
Hope this helps...
Here are a few comments from people who were
It worked! I've spent almost two days trying to get
into my pc! I posted my issue on forums and tried MS KB to no avail. Thank
you so much! "Brad"
Man I hate having to fix my windows PC's and your
synopsis of how to replace config directories through recovery console
really did the trick. Thanks for making the internet a useful place.
Your restore instructions got me out of a sticky
wicket. Thank you!
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