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Windows 7: What's with this "Startup Repair"?

06 May 2011   #1
keepitsimpleeng

7,XP64,XP32,VistaUlt
 
 
What's with this "Startup Repair"?

I have a little HTPC running 7 with WMC. It's doesn't do anything else, in fact since its remote has a mouse "twiddle pad", I don't keep a mouse or keyboard connected.

So I go to show a friend how it works, start it up and get this "Startup Repair" window. It has a close box and a Cancel button. but they only produce a popup window with "cannot be canceled" message.

So it runs for about an hour, then it says cannot fix the problem. I look at all the "tests" it ran and it found nothing amiss. So I crossed my fingers (I have Vista too) and restarted. Behold it started up and ran perfectly.

Does anybody know what "Startup Repair" does or even if it has ever fixed anything?

My friend was not impressed.

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06 May 2011   #2
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Have a looky here pal Startup Repair FAQ
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06 May 2011   #3
Wallonn7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi keepitsimpleeng and welcome to SF!
Take a look here for all the info about. It is a
visual and informative step by step.
Hope that helps!
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06 May 2011   #4
keepitsimpleeng

7,XP64,XP32,VistaUlt
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PooMan UK View Post
Have a looky here pal Startup Repair FAQ
Been there, done that, all pain, no gain.
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06 May 2011   #5
keepitsimpleeng

7,XP64,XP32,VistaUlt
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wallonn7 View Post
Hi keepitsimpleeng and welcome to SF!
Take a look here for all the info about. It is a
visual and informative step by step.
Hope that helps!
That's about how to do it intentionally.

This was unintentional and seemingly purposeless.

There was apparently nothing wrong when shutdown prior to Startup Repair, apparently nothing wrong on restart after Startup Repair, and Startup Repair reported it found nothing wrong as well as it couldn't repair it when it ran.

So why did it run? Does it keep its secrets or just hide them somewhere?

Anybody know?
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06 May 2011   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

If Windows detects problems during startup it will autofailover into Startup Repair. Sometimes this will fix it, other times you'll need to run Repair from DVD or Repair CD if the files used for Repair are also compromised.

If you will post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, we can check if there are any problems with the setup on disk. Otherwise you can check the logs and use other diagnostic resources following these troubleshooting steps
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06 May 2011   #7
keepitsimpleeng

7,XP64,XP32,VistaUlt
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If Windows detects problems during startup it will autofailover into Startup Repair. Sometimes this will fix it, other times you'll need to run Repair from DVD or Repair CD if the files used for Repair are also compromised.

If you will post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, we can check if there are any problems with the setup on disk. Otherwise you can check the logs and use other diagnostic resources following these troubleshooting steps
Attached is a screenshot, I think that is what you requested..if not let me know.

There have been no problems with the HTPC except this one, and it has been running fine. It has booted and run without problems twice since the Startup Repair foofaraw. I checked the event logs and nothing caught my eye.

Looks like it was an electronic brain fart. I.e. something stubbed it toe and a hysterical Windows called paramedics, the Red Cross and SWAT.

Is there anyway to stop it if it happens again? Or change this default behavior?

This is a new (March '11) computer on new hardware only has avast installed on it, it's not used to browse the net, just Netflix streaming. I don't want to spend a lot of time on it especially to chase MS phantasms. There's nothing on the box so reinstalling it would be easier than tackling a big troubleshooting task.

Thanks for taking the time to reply.
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06 May 2011   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Looks correct. If it becomes a problem a clean reinstall is always a good option, especially if Win7 is laboring under all of the factory bloatware. Reinstalling Windows 7
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06 May 2011   #9
keepitsimpleeng

7,XP64,XP32,VistaUlt
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Looks correct. If it becomes a problem a clean reinstall is always a good option, especially if Win7 is laboring under all of the factory bloatware. Reinstalling Windows 7
Good advice I say, thank you for your reassuring assistance.

God save us from jello-ware and technical pomposity.
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