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Windows 7: Windows 7 fails to boot after uninstalling my wireless driver.

16 Oct 2012   #1
ShadowByte

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit & Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
 
 
Windows 7 fails to boot after uninstalling my wireless driver.

Here's how it all went down:

Three days ago, my wireless connection suddenly stopped. It could still scan and detect wireless access points, but it could never connect. It would either stay on "identifying" for what seemed like forever - or it would connect but state:

"No internet access".

Sounds like an IP conflict. But this isn't my immediate problem. I scoured the forums, trying solutions, all to no avail. I did find out, however, that the problem arose after the latest Windows Update was installed, about 15 minutes prior. As a last resort, I uninstalled my wireless driver and the software belonging to it - with the intention of re-installing. I had already downloaded new drivers from the manufacturer's website before hand.

Then, disaster.

As I booted into my Windows 7 partition, the screen displayed "Windows is loading files" - and it then booted into Startup Recovery Mode. I attempted the automatic repair, but it failed. I tried to use System Restore to the point before I uninstalled, and it refused to do so. I even went into the registry to see if I could disable it from there, and I couldn't even find the driver (which makes sense, I uninstalled it completely).

I honestly am confused and annoyed. My faith in Windows is going down - fast. Every time an issue occurs with it, it's almost always because of the most recent update to the OS.

I have a dual boot of Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I know the issue isn't my router because Ubuntu connects to the network immediately without any problems.

I know this is all because of that stupid update. I don't understand how a NETWORK driver would affect the OS's ability to boot properly... it's not as critical as a video card driver or even a processor driver.

Thank you for any input.


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17 Oct 2012   #2
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

It is possible that in the tinkering that you have done you might have inadvertently corrupted your MBR for Windows 7. That is why it may not be booting. Please restore the Windows 7 MBR and then check if Windows 7 boots up properly.

You can read how to restore the MBR at MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record.
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17 Oct 2012   #3
ShadowByte

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit & Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
 
 

Thanks, wanchoo. I'll get on trying to restore my MBR. I don't have a Windows 7 Disc handy, but I can probably borrow it from someone.

I'll post the results when completed.
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17 Oct 2012   #4
ShadowByte

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit & Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
 
 

Does anyone else have suggestions while this happens?
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22 Oct 2012   #5
ShadowByte

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit & Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
 
 

I have reset the MBR and nothing new occured - same story. I've resorted to backing up my data and re-installing the operating system. All is good now.

Thanks.
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