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Windows 7: Can't boot my PC now

13 May 2012   #31
EllisDeTripp

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

All the selections "try" to work, i.e., if you select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt", it will start scrolling files, but then it stops and reboots. If you select "Repair Your Computer", it will load some files from somewhere, then it looks like Windows is loading, then it "resets" itself & reboots. One of these scenarios is what you get on every choice.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
So F8 "repair your computer" is there but freezes ... strange



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13 May 2012   #32
EllisDeTripp

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'd like to try a new approach --- what would be the best method to gain access to the files on the hard drive & copy it? Then I could just wipe the drive clean & try starting over with my programs & download the files afterward.
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13 May 2012   #33
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EllisDeTripp View Post
I'd like to try a new approach --- what would be the best method to gain access to the files on the hard drive & copy it? Then I could just wipe the drive clean & try starting over with my programs & download the files afterward.
The best methods would be outlined in Post #3 of this thread... You said you could not boot the CDs, though. Are you sure your boot order in the BIOS is set correctly? I am wondering if you are actually reading from the boot media even with Windows. It is possible you are getting to the recovery environment from the Windows installation rather than the boot media which is not what you want.
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13 May 2012   #34
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EllisDeTripp View Post
All the selections "try" to work, i.e., if you select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt", it will start scrolling files, but then it stops and reboots. If you select "Repair Your Computer", it will load some files from somewhere, then it looks like Windows is loading, then it "resets" itself & reboots. One of these scenarios is what you get on every choice.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
So F8 "repair your computer" is there but freezes ... strange
"repair your computer" is just one file WINRE.WIM that acts like a boot disk. A mini windows starts. Actually the same as "repair windows" on install DVD. Both crashes. So....

Hard disk has errors or more likely... corrupt memory.
start again to "advanced boot options" so you see safe mode and repair your computer etc.(F8). Now press ESC. Then presse tab-key to select "memory diagnostics" and press enter. Let it run a few hours. Post results.

Check for memory errors before backupping files!!! Otherwise the backup will be corrupt as well
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13 May 2012   #35
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

After checking memory and not finding errors:

Boot from WIN7 installation DVD. On the screen where is "install now" press SHIFT+F10
Now you get a black "Command prompt"
Code:
 
DIR C:
DIR D:
DIR E:
What is the drive letter of windows? Assume it's C in this recovery environment

Code:
chkdsk/f C:
Replace C with actual drive letter
Any errors? All errors repaired? Eventually do it more than once to repair all errors.
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13 May 2012   #36
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Ellis,
I agree. copy off everything dear to your heart.

Let's try this approach, which I've used numerous times:

Boot up from your Win 7 DVD.

At the very first dialog. use SHIFT + F10 key combo.

That will get you to a command prompt.

The command prompt will show X:>
X: is a ram drive created by Win 7.

Enter:
Cd /D C:\

now
DIR
do you see anything.

do the same for D:, E:, F:

If this works, we'll be able to copy the files over to a a usb stick or usb drive.
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14 May 2012   #37
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Ellis,
I agree. copy off everything dear to your heart.

Let's try this approach, which I've used numerous times:

Boot up from your Win 7 DVD.

At the very first dialog. use SHIFT + F10 key combo.

That will get you to a command prompt.

The command prompt will show X:>
X: is a ram drive created by Win 7.

Enter:
Cd /D C:\

now
DIR
do you see anything.

do the same for D:, E:, F:

If this works, we'll be able to copy the files over to a a usb stick or usb drive.
@karlsnooks : Copying important files to USB-drive is always a good idea!!
But because even WINRE crashes I think it's faulty memory or harddisk has errors.
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14 May 2012   #38
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I only give valid advice.

Thanks for recognizing that.
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