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Windows 7: stuck on "welcome" screen cant get "sfc /scannow" to work

27 May 2012   #1

windows 7 premium
 
 
stuck on "welcome" screen cant get "sfc /scannow" to work

Hi everyone.
All my experience is with XP, but my partners windows 7 laptop has this problem and I am stuck. it is a Dell laptop latitude E4300 about 4G ram, no external devices fitted.

Laptop starts to boot, I log in, "welcome" screen comes up but never finishes processing. Harddrive light keeps on pumping endlessly.
I tried to boot in "safe mode" and it stops at exactly the same spot.
I tried to run “System restore”: I can pick a restore point OK, and it loads it but then gets stuck on “finishing restore” (similar to the “welcome screen” thing - it just keeps on processing )
“Start up repair” both from harddrive or dvd both say it cant find anything wrong.
Ran the command prompt. “Sfc /scannow” it runs “beginning verification phase of system scan” – it gets to “Verification 100%” then displays the line : ”windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation”
Any ideas of where I can go from here? all Ideas welcomed greatfully - she might expire without her laptop

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27 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Have a look at this Microsoft article: How to use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7

When the system file checker runs it creates a log file, which should help you pinpoint which file couldn't be repaired.

However, if you can't get into Windows you might want to check this tutorial: Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

Did your partner create a set of Dell recovery discs or does she have a Windows 7 DVD?

If all else fails, you may have to re-install Windows.
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27 May 2012   #3

windows 7 premium
 
 

Thanks seavixen32. I should have mentioned I have already tried the "startup repair infinite loop" tutorial. I was able to copy the files over, however it did not change the problem at all.

I also took a look at the cbs.log file (I had to copy it to a usb stick and open it on another computer as I cannot gain access to the desktop on the faulty windows 7. And I must admit I could not get any usable information from this file - probably due to my ignorance !!

She did not create any recovery disks.

I do have her windows 7 disk - but when I ask it to do a startup repair from the disk it still reports that it can find nothing wrong. It still wont start in safe mode, and still wont complete a system restore.

Could I trouble someone to take a quick look at this cbs.log file and tell me if it contains anything useful to my problem? (it should only contain relevent data as I moved the old one, so a fresh,relevent .log file would be created.

Thanks for any help
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28 May 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 
 

I'm not real familiar with these log files, and tend to ignore the repair of .cdf-ms files
But I did note that it fixed your wimgapi.dll file also

I'd suggest starting with these free diagnostics: Initial Hardware Diagnostics
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28 May 2012   #5

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by babba View Post
Thanks seavixen32. I should have mentioned I have already tried the "startup repair infinite loop" tutorial. I was able to copy the files over, however it did not change the problem at all.

I also took a look at the cbs.log file (I had to copy it to a usb stick and open it on another computer as I cannot gain access to the desktop on the faulty windows 7. And I must admit I could not get any usable information from this file - probably due to my ignorance !!

She did not create any recovery disks.

I do have her windows 7 disk - but when I ask it to do a startup repair from the disk it still reports that it can find nothing wrong. It still wont start in safe mode, and still wont complete a system restore.

Could I trouble someone to take a quick look at this cbs.log file and tell me if it contains anything useful to my problem? (it should only contain relevent data as I moved the old one, so a fresh,relevent .log file would be created.

Thanks for any help
sfc/scannow did check to running mini windows so recovery environment itself!
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28 May 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

boot to "safe mode" and logon as user admin instead. Does work?
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28 May 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Laptop starts to boot, I log in, "welcome" screen comes up but never finishes processing. Harddrive light keeps on pumping endlessly.
=>how long did you wait?

I tried to run “System restore”: I can pick a restore point OK, and it loads it but then gets stuck on “finishing restore” (similar to the “welcome screen” thing - it just keeps on processing ) =>this can take some time. How long did you wait?
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28 May 2012   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

babba,
Would be nice to know if your partner has a 32bit version of Win 7 installed or a 64 bit version.

Since you have her Win 7 DVD, however, we can proceed.
Code:
  • Boot from the win 7 DVD
  • At the very first dialog, use the SHIFT+F10 key combo which will put you at a x:> command prompt.
  • you can now remove the DVD
  • try DIR C:
  • if not the "windows" drive,then keep going until you get the correct letter
I'm going to use C: in the following example.
  • CD /D C:
  • SFC /SCANNOW /OFFBOOTDIR=C:\ /OFFWINDIR=C:\WINDOWS
RUN THAT ABOVE COMMAND LINE 3 TIMES!

let me know what message you get after the third time.

You can go ahead and reboot the system or shutdown as you desire.
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28 May 2012   #9

windows 7 premium
 
 

Wow thanks for all the responses. Hopefully I am not too hasty in saying I seem to have got it going - I think that the user settings were corrupt somehow? (And she had only one user)
Using the windows disk and your input, I finally got into windows under a tempory user profile... I created a new user with admin rights. I was then able to shut down and startup quite successfully using this new user. I am about to - very carefully - copy documents etc over to the new profile and very quickly make an image! I had another go at logging in as the old user and it still seems to hang - so I will just delete it. At very least I now have all her files off even if I have to format and reinstall.

Thanks for the help. What a great forum! I have been lurking for a while and learn heaps.
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28 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Sounds like good news then.

Thanks for the update.
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