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Windows 7: Windows won't load! Please help!

24 Apr 2012   #31
stuartedwards5

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

I can only assume the worst then, as the PC is less than 3 months old and there is no way that my 750gb HDD is full.

I shall look again via Lucid Puppy, but what can be done otherwise?
Cheers chaps.

Stu


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24 Apr 2012   #32
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Stuart,

The problem could also be too many backups or restore points, but we need to be able to boot into Windows in order to confirm this. Try make as much space as you can, then try and boot as normal.

Regards,
Golden
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24 Apr 2012   #33
stuartedwards5

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Thanks Golden, I'll crack on with that first thing in the morning.

I recall when the machine was functioning and starting acting strangely, trying to use system restore. There were no restore points available and couldn't go any further.

I'll check and clear a load of space tomorrow and fire it up and hope for the best!

You're a life saver!
Cheers guys,
Stu
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25 Apr 2012   #34
stuartedwards5

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

Hi guys,
I fired up Lucid Puppy again and had a look at the files on the machine. There is no way the disk is full, but I deleted everything I thought was non essential.

A drive mounter program popped up and listed the available drives, including the USB drive:

Code:
Pmount Puppy Drive Mounter
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sda1 ntfs 200m 171m free
sda2 ntfs 653.0G 592.8G free
I assume the sda2 ntfs is my main drive, and it looks pretty empty.
After I deleted a load of files, this is what the mount program showed

Code:
Pmount Puppy Drive Mounter
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sda1 ntfs 200m 171m free
sda2 ntfs 653.0g 607.4g free
As you can see, the drive is quite empty now.

I tried to load Windows after this, which failed, with the same black screen after the Lenovo logo screen with blinking cursor for a second or two, then nothing.

I then booted from the other USB drive (Windows repair drive with the .iso installed), and followed the command prompt instructions by Golden. The same as before was displayed:

Code:
X:Sources>diskpart

Microsoft Diskpart version 6.1.7601
Copyright <C> 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: MINWINPC

DISKPART> list disk
Disk ###  Status   Size    Free       Dyn       Gpt
--------- ------   -----  ------     ------   ------- 
Disk 0    Online   698GB  1024KB
Disk 1    Online   3852MB  0KB

DISKPART>
It still states that the drive has 1024KB of space left, which I don't believe to be the case now

Agh!
Thanks,
Stu
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25 Apr 2012   #35
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think diskpart is just trying to tell you that there's only 1024 KB of unallocated/unpartitioned space on the drive (not free allocated). You'd have to dig a little deeper to find actual free space within the volumes/partitions.

In diskpart type:

select disk 0 (where 0 represents the number of the disk you're interested in)
detail disk
select volume # (where # represents the number of the volume you're interested in)
detail volume

You'll see free space on the volume at the bottom of the output.
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25 Apr 2012   #36
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

You are right, diskpart won't show the actual free space with the 'list disk' command, the 'free' column is for un allocated space.
My bad, I don't use diskpart very much.
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26 Apr 2012   #37
stuartedwards5

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

I went through what sibbil said and it worked fine, cheers! It states the volumes are healthy and things look OK, and...

Code:
Volume Capacity     :652GB
Volume Free Space   :607GB
This is good news right?!

Thanks,
Stu
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26 Apr 2012   #38
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Very good news, your free space is fine.
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26 Apr 2012   #39
stuartedwards5

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

I've made a huge blunder.

I checked the "license.rtf" file in C:\Windows\System32 via Lucid Puppy and found that I have Windows Home Basic, and not Premium like I stated originally. Not entirely my fault, as the shop said it had Premium installed.

Looking back through My Digital Life.info, where Golden thankfully found me a link to the Premium .iso, I cannot find a 'Home Basic' version of this .iso download.
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life

I found another article about downloading the Professional .iso file, then being able able to install Home Basic afterward.
Legal Download from DigitalRiver: Windows 7 SP1, 13 languages

Any ideas?

Thank you for your patience guys. My bad!

Stu
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26 Apr 2012   #40
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

We have a tutorial on these forums for creating a universal disc. It may be helpful to you: Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
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