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Windows 7: Windows 7 will not load past "Starting Windows"


14 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Windows 7 will not load past "Starting Windows"

I have searched the forums for the last 2 days but have not found a solution to the problem so here goes.

2 days ago my Windows 7 x64 Home premium system worked fine. I woke up the next morning and It would not load past the "Starting Windows" screen.

I have a stock ASUS Essentio series computer with 8 Gigs of ram a 320Gb Western Digital Hard drive and a 6 core intel processor.

I have tried so far:

I have removed the hard drive and replaced it with an older windows vista x64 drive I have. The Windows Vista drive booted right up with no problem.

I have Booted the computer with the Vista drive as the OS drive and the Windows 7 drive as a secondary hard drive. When I did that the Windows 7 drive showed up, all the files were there but the problem was I could not access any of the files under my user folder. (access permission or something) But it seems that this would show the hard drive is not fried.

I have tried restoring the drive to an earlier restore point but each restore point I try it says that it can not restore.

I have tried the windows repair option and that freezes on "Loading windows files"

I have even tried going into the bios and booting under different drive settings. Nothing.

By looking through this forum It appears that there is something wrong with my Windows 7 drive booting drivers maybe. Or possibly a system update that went wrong overnight and now the OS wont boot up. (or something else I could be completely wrong)


Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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15 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Have you tried running a Disk Check on the Windows 7 drive with both boxes checked using the Vista system (I assume this is what you mean by an old Vista drive)?

It may be safer to do it through the Windows 7 Recovery Environment (RE), though. I am fairly sure Vista and 7 use the same file system, but just to be safe, better to use the RE.
  • Use Advanced Boot Options to select Repair Your Computer and get to the System Recovery Options. Then select the command prompt. Do the following:
    chkdsk /r c:
    chkdsk /r d:
    chkdsk /r e:
    chkdsk /r f:
    .etc until you get the message that the volume could not be opened for direct access. For any drives that do not give the message:
    Windows has checked the file system and found no problems
    run chkdsk again as above. In other words, if it says:
    Windows has made corrections to the file system
    after running the disk check, run the disk check again.

    I realize you may only have one disk show up in Windows explorer, but you may have more than one disk through recovery options. This is because the system creates a hidden boot partition (which will be C: in recovery), you may have a recovery partition for your PC that is hidden (which will be D: in recovery), and you will have your primary Windows partition (which may be E: in recovery). A custom PC will likely have at least C: and D: to scan.
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