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Windows 7: Windows failed to start. Reboot. Started


29 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Windows failed to start. Reboot. Started

I came home from work tonight, booted up my computer, and got a screen saying Windows failed to start, insert installation CD and repair or something of this nature. A flash of discomfort rose in me and in desperation, I rebooted. And then Windows started just like it always had.

Do I have anything to worry about? Is this a fluke or are there no such thing as flukes?




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29 Sep 2011   #2

Win 7
 
 

Well, look for symptoms. Does Google go to the searches that you tell it to (no redirects), Does your internet work? Does it randomly shut off (for unknown reasons, beyond auto restarts etc). How is it after the reboot. Anything noticeably different?
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29 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Everything is exactly the same as before. As I am typing these words, I am still running off that first clean reboot. I'm almost afraid to shut down for fear of this happening again. Yet my assumption is it appears from the lack of replies that I have little to worry about...

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29 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

It could be an indication that there may be a problem with your hard drive, or it may just be a corrupted system file. Did you notice any clicking noises from your hard drive?

Try a disk check to see if anything shows up.

Disk Check

If not, you could try a repair install using this tutorial: Repair Install

It keeps all your personal files and applications intact, but should fix any problem files that Windows finds.

You can also check for corrupt system files by running this command from a command window with elevated privileges: sfc /scannow

Don't read too much into lack of replies. The forum has members from different parts of the world with different time zones, and you may have posted at a time when many of us were in the land of nod, inspecting our eyelids.
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29 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 8.1
 
 

You could also try doing the Command Line SFC Scan, just to double check your files are not corrupeted before you look at repairing your files.

Also you could see if Windows 7 has any Updates available for your machine.
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29 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Theres no harm in running a startup repair (NOT the same as repair install) and a sfc scan to fix startup and other errors. Heres how.

Startup Repair

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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29 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

seavixen32:
I apologize if that is how I may have come across. I meant (read: assumed) that their were few replies because this was such a nonissue/non-specific issue that any sort of reply wasn't deemed necessary. Again, my apologies for this crass supposition.

I will try what you have all suggested and report my results. Regards.
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29 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mkoll View Post
seavixen32:
I apologize if that is how I may have come across. I meant (read: assumed) that their were few replies because this was such a nonissue/non-specific issue that any sort of reply wasn't deemed necessary. Again, my apologies for this crass supposition.

I will try what you have all suggested and report my results. Regards.
No apologies needed as it was more of an observation and certainly not intended as a rebuke of any kind.

No matter how insignificant a problem may seem, it is important to the person who posted it and we'll always try and answer it.
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