Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Can't boot windows 7 after registry restore

12 May 2010   #1
terryl

windows 7 home
 
 
Can't boot windows 7 after registry restore

After doing a complete registry backup and then a registry restore using GFI Home, my windows 7 (64 bit) machine will not boot from the hard drive. After the startup POST, I only get a blank screen.

I am able to boot to a Windows 7 rescue disk and have tried running the Startup diagnostics and doing a system restore to yesterday's system restore point but with no luck.

I have run the Windows Starup Diagonostics several times. Most of the time it returns 'no problems found - successful boot' but occasionally it returns 'bad or corrupt boot manager - successfully repaired'. In no case will windows then boot.

After it passes the bios screen the hard drive will flash once and the screen will go blank.

Can someone help me with replacing the startup files manually through dos or do I need to restore the operating system to day one?

Thanks in advance for your help.

T


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

12 May 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome to SF!

Please keep us posted on the thread on the other forum, just so we know what you have tried and what's going on.

Can you boot up in Safe Mode at all?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2010   #3
terryl

windows 7 home
 
 

Hi and thanks.

No I can't get windows to boot at all. I can only get my rescue disk to boot.

T
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


12 May 2010   #4
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Try to run a Startup Repair . If you need, you may download and burn Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files to run startup repair .

(blue texts are links. Click on those to get the infos )
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2010   #5
terryl

windows 7 home
 
 

My bad in the earlier post. Startup Repair is what I have been running...serveral times. Sometimes it reports 'no problems successful boot' and a few time it reports a 'missing or corrupt boot manager - successfully repaired'. The results however are always the same blank screen when I try to boot from windows.

T
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2010   #6
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try restoring from an earlier restore point.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2010   #7
terryl

windows 7 home
 
 

I've done that a couple of times to no effect.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2010   #8
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try running startup repair a few more times, while I rack my brain and request more help from the Gurus.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2010   #9
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

hi terryl , do you have a floppy drive in your pc and access to an old vista start up floppy , run it and at the command prompt type "c:\windows\explore.exe" with out the quotes that should get you to the desktop , that way you should then be able to run the win7 repair install , if you do not have access to a floppy drive try to use a bootable usb pendrive
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2010   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Replace the registry hives in "YourWin7DriveLetter:\Windows\System32\config" with the ones from "YourWin7DriveLetter:\Windows\System32\config\RegBack".

The hives are the files with no extensions.

Can be done from command prompt, but it's easier to use a bootable app. with a file transfer Wizard. There's a good one on this freebie: FREE Rescue Kit Express | PARAGON Software Group ...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Can't boot windows 7 after registry restore




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Manually restore registry from restore points
Hi, In XP it was possible to manually copy a backup of the registry from a system restore snapshot. I often deal with laptops where the system registry hive is damaged, in this situation it is not possible to access restore points in the usual way; instead we would access the disk by external...
Backup and Restore
Windows 7 freezes randomly -How to restore windows registry
My Window 7 64Bit freezes randomly. Although I do not know exactly what the cause is. I have noticed that windows always has "registry errors". I have repaired registry several times by using the tool "free windows registry" but NO success, keep coming back and the system still freezes randomly....
General Discussion
Urgent Problem! Can't restore registry backup, Can't Boot Windows.
What basically happened is... I was installing Adobe After Effects on my computer and i was getting error "Installer can't initialize, restart pending on your system" or some similar stuff. I was trying to find solution on that problem, and what i found was that i have to delete some registry key...
Backup and Restore
Problem when using ERUNT to restore Windows 7 registry:
Hi. I've always used the ERUNT program to backup and restore the registry in my previous system which was Windows XP Pro and it always worked flawlessly. With Windows 7 however, I've found that it restores the registry but it always seems to create a problem in the Task Scheduler. What happens is...
Backup and Restore
Windows is broken. Tweaked registry, now I can't restore
I was trying to move the rest of my c\program files and c\program files x86 to another hard drive, as I tweaked the registry after I've installed a few things there. I initally booted into a boot disk to change the name of c\program files/x86, booted into windows, realized a few things were...
BSOD Help and Support
Corrupt Registry prevents Windows 7 boot
I've got a windows 7 box that will not boot because of a missing or corrupt System Registry. I ran through the startup repair about 10 times. It tried to fix me up, but eventually reached the point where it said it couldn't repair the issue. When I view the results of the scan, everything is...
BSOD Help and Support

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:38.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App