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Windows 7: Systems Repair loop, Netbook, Windows 7 Starter

28 Nov 2012   #31
gregrocker

 

I gave you complete steps to get past the problem - which you then repeated, ignoring the steps I gave.

Tap the F2 key repeatedly and vigorously to get into BIOS setup, set the HDD to boot first and see if it will start.

Then follow the other steps I wrote out for you because they represent all of your options.

If you haven't copied out your files yet then you can do that using Step 3 with the flash stick installer prepared from Step 1 and 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.


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29 Nov 2012   #32
SarahCrazyChild

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

I did not ignore those steps, I just didn't understand them. I did mention, I'm a novice right? I had to read over it a couple of times to make sure that was not one long step and I was just worried because I'm a very cautious person and wanted to make sure we were on the same page. I will look over everything again, it may just take me a little time to figure it all out.
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29 Nov 2012   #33
gregrocker

 

Feel free to ask back any questions you have.

Are you able to get into BIOS by tapping F2 at boot? You said you had done this orginally, correct?

Once there is the correct HD set to boot first?
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29 Nov 2012   #34
SarahCrazyChild

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Yes, F2 works fine. And I have set it back the way it originally was before I used to USB boot as priority. I will look over the other information as soon as possible. It's turing out to be a busy day.
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29 Nov 2012   #35
gregrocker

 

Well does Win7 start?

Without much feedback or any questions to further understand how to do the steps you've been given, it's hard to help you more.

This is an interactive process where we give steps to complete, you ask back if you need any help to get them done, or report their results. Then there will be new steps if needed.
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29 Nov 2012   #36
SarahCrazyChild

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Windows 7 does not start. When I push the button to turn on my computer it shows the Gateway logo (the screen that offers the F2 option), and then it goes straight to the screen telling me it can't boot properly.

Any information you need from me I can offer it, but as I said, I'm a novice and things aren't always obvious to me. So, if you need any specific information from me to help with my problem you can just ask and I'll tell you. I still have to go over the steps you laid out previously more thoroughly.

I didn't quite understand this: "If Windows 7 will not start, confirm its partition (or it's 100mb System Reserved partition if you have it) is still marked Active: Mark Partition Active" Where would I find this information. I mean I can read all this stuff and get back to you, unless that's what you meant by asking questions.

Sorry if I'm making this tough for you, but I know practically nothing about computers.
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29 Nov 2012   #37
gregrocker

 

The blue links are tutorials which show you how to do the step. Since you can't start Win7 to Mark Partition Active you'd use the Command Line in the installer accessing DISKPART At PC Startup.

But since there's a good chance Win7 is still marked Active, go ahead and boot into the installer now by tapping the F12 key then choosing the DVD or flash stick to boot, on second screen select Repair My Computer, then run Startup Repair.

Try this several times with reboots to see if it will start Win7. If not report back what it finds.
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01 Dec 2012   #38
SarahCrazyChild

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

F12 will not work.
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01 Dec 2012   #39
SarahCrazyChild

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

I've also been through the start up repair several times before this current problem. I've done the repair several times, as I was stuck in a loop. The first couple of times it said there was nothing wrong, but then I was stuck in a system repair loop. Then I tried a restore point and it said it restored it, still in a loop. Then it began saying there were problems, I believe I put everything in my first post here.

Golden helped me copy my files before I attempted any repairs and when I came out of the Peppermint system I used to copy my files, I got the current can't boot properly screen.
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01 Dec 2012   #40
gregrocker

 

I notice in Post 12 by pressing the ESC key you were able to get a Boot Menu which shows Win7 as the boot choice. I believe this boot menu was set up so that you could choose Peppermint to boot from your external HD, but when you unplugged Peppermint it no longer shows on the menu. In that case try ESC again, highlight the Win7 choice, then as it says just beneath there "Press F8 to access Advanced Boot Options."

On the Advanced Boot Options see if Repair My Computer choice is there. If so then from System Recovery Options run 3 separate Startup Repairs with reboots. If this doesn't start Win7, boot back in the same way to try System Restore to your earlier Restore Point. If Repair choice is not present on Boot Options, try Last Known Good Configuration and Safe Mode.

If that fails enter BIOS setup using F2 to reset BIOS to defaults. You will see this setting on one of the tabs, select it.

While in BIOS setup set your bootable install media written from Step 5 of Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start first to boot, then Hard Drive.

If you burn the installation DVD or write it to flash stick correctly, then it should prompt you to "press any key to boot disk" when you reboot with it inserted. You can then work through the other repair steps in tutorial above, or proceed directly with Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 if you're sure you have all of your files rescued - if not there are steps in both tutorials to do this using the Installation media.

As I wrote earlier you can also try running Gateway Full Factory Recovery .
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