Unmountable_Boot_Volume stop message after upgrading

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 16 Sept. 2010 / Last Updated on 22 Sept. 2009]

This tip explains the Unmountable_Boot_Volume stop message that may occur after trying to upgrade some Windows Vista computers to Windows 7.

A user tries to upgrade his Windows Vista computer to Windows 7. During the installation process, after the reboot, the following stop message is displayed:

0x000000ED: Unmountable_Boot_Volume

The problem was this: the user had previously encrypted the boot/system volume on his computer using a third-party full-disk encryption program. The problem is that he didn't decrypt the volume before starting the upgrade.

Make sure you decrypt encrypted system/boot volumes on Windows Vista computers before upgrading them to Windows 7.

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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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