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\Windows\System32\winload.exe error on a VMWare Host – 2008 Server

After resizing a system disk on a Windows 2008 Server VMWare Guest, an error occured when rebooting the server :


The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt

To solve this issue, I inserted the Windows 2008 installation CD and booted from it. Do not select Install, but select Repair.  Open the command prompt selection.
The Windows 2008 boot configuration can be configured with the tool BCDEDIT.EXE.  (command-line options)

First you can run the tool to see the current settings.

From the Command Window, switch over to your C: drive, or the drive letter you gave your host’s boot drive.



It should probably look something like this :

Windows Boot Manager
identifier              {bootmgr}
device                  unknown
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {globalsettings}
default                 {current}
displayorder            {current}
toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
timeout                 30

Windows Boot Loader
identifier              {current}
device                  unknown
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Microsoft Windows Server 2008
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
osdevice                unknown
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            {12f74cff-e685-11dd-8438-93c12396c12f}nx                     



The highlighted text in red is what we are looking for. 

THE FIX: To solve the issue for the starting location (currently unknown) you can use the following 3 commands :

  1. c:\windows\system32\bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:
  2. c:\windows\system32\bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:
  3. c:\windows\system32\bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=c:

Once complete, reboot your VMware hosted server.

Categories: VMWare
  1. November 13, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Good work Ed, helped me out today, thanks.

  2. Rafael Lozada
    October 23, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Thanks a lot. You fix works

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