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Windows 7: (System Restore) Something very strange happened...

21 Jul 2009   #1
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 
(System Restore) Something very strange happened...

Can anybody explain this:

For a reason I had to do System Restore. It worked and told me my system was restored to a restore point I had chosen.

Reboot, everything seemed fine. Logon screen, my password, and then the usual Welcome-screen which normally lasts only a couple of seconds before opening my desktop. But this time welcome-screen was all I got; HD didnīt work at all, computer just stayed so, showing "Welcome" in the middle of the screen. After couple of minutes a friend called in and I forgot it. Returning to my computer over two hours later it was still doing nothing. "Welcome" was still on display.

It just happens I made a full system image yesterday, so problem was not so big. I just restored this image and everything worked. But I was curios so I thought what the hell, letīs play.

Iīve now made 4 attempts: after restoring system image I have created a restore point, installed something small and then tried to restore my system to the point I just created. Every time the same result: rebooting brings me only to Welcome-screen and system freezes.

At the moment I donīt think I can use System Restore, at least I do no longer trust it. Luckily, like I just proved to myself, using Windows 7 system image recovery option works fine.

Anybody out there with same kind problem with restore?


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21 Jul 2009   #2
chinga69

xp/vista/win7/win8/10 tech preview
 
 

sorry havnt tried sys restore only restore image which like you worked

could be a glitch in rc 7100

cheers brad
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21 Jul 2009   #3
7echno7im

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64
 
 

I had this on a few builds. When it does get stuck... shut it down(by holding the power button) then boot in to safe mode with networking(by repeatedly pressing F8, but it should be up by default after a hard power down). Do not do a system restore. Just log all the way in Safe Mode. The reboot again and see if then you can log in fine.
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22 Jul 2009   #4
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 7echno7im View Post
I had this on a few builds. When it does get stuck... shut it down(by holding the power button) then boot in to safe mode with networking(by repeatedly pressing F8, but it should be up by default after a hard power down). Do not do a system restore. Just log all the way in Safe Mode. The reboot again and see if then you can log in fine.
Problem was, I had to do a System Restore. After that, also booting in Safe Mode failed freezing already before the Logon screen.

But like I said earlier I think in the future Iīll rather do Image Recovery, if needed.
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22 Jul 2009   #5
Orbital Shark

 
 

You could try 1 of 2 things...or both

Startup Repair

or

Repair Install

And see if either of those have any effect
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22 Jul 2009   #6
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
You could try 1 of 2 things...or both

Startup Repair

or

Repair Install

And see if either of those have any effect
OK, played some more. Your first tip works. After doing the System Restore once more about an hour ago after reading your post, same thing happened. Computer freezes after logon, showing only the Welcome-screen. So I rebooted with W7 installation CD, chose "Repair your computer"-option and did startup repair. After that my computer booted normally. Thanks, this means I can use system restore now when I know that in worst case I have to do a startup repair after restoring.

Upgrade installation donīt work, because after restore I canīt open Windows, and when booting from CD the upgrade option is not available.
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22 Jul 2009   #7
srq2625

Win7 Ultimate, x64
 
 

FWIW - I had the same issue ....
  • Created a manual restore point
  • Installed some drivers I hoped would enable my integrated web-cam (on my lappie)
  • Reboot - no joy, the computer just went ape s***
  • Did the rollback to the manual restore point
  • Hung on the reboot just as in the OP
  • Did the not think to do a repair but did a bunch of other things with no joy
  • Because I'm less smart than others (and maybe a bit impatient) I just did a clean install - what did it cost my but about 30 minutes.
Thanks to this thread, I now know I can recover from a flaky restore.
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22 Jul 2009   #8
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by srq2625 View Post
FWIW - I had the same issue ....
  • Created a manual restore point
  • Installed some drivers I hoped would enable my integrated web-cam (on my lappie)
  • Reboot - no joy, the computer just went ape s***
  • Did the rollback to the manual restore point
  • Hung on the reboot just as in the OP
  • Did the not think to do a repair but did a bunch of other things with no joy
  • Because I'm less smart than others (and maybe a bit impatient) I just did a clean install - what did it cost my but about 30 minutes.
Thanks to this thread, I now know I can recover from a flaky restore.
Ya, I had to rep Orbital Shark. Tip is nice and simple, but it completely solved my issue.
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22 Jul 2009   #9
Orbital Shark

 
 

Aww, shucks...

Thanks

Glad it worked
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22 Jul 2009   #10
Win7User7

Windows 7 and XP (Dual boot)
 
 

I've got one for you. 7 created restore points before installing drivers, updating AV etc., but all these get wiped once I reboot. If I create a point manually, it stays there fine. I haven't had to restore (thankfully from what I see of others experiences) but was just wondering why this might be?
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