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Windows 7: Home Prem 32 Bit Boot Problems

20 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 32 Bit
Home Prem 32 Bit Boot Problems

I have had Start and/or Restart problems since June 2010. Windows would stop with no error message at the Starting Windows Screen. I could do a "REPAIR" and it would start/restart about 10 times before stopping. I determined if I removed the battery the problem went away. I got a new battery which did not help. I installed new RAM, no help with battery installed and I installed a new CMOS Battery which worked for about 10 starts/restarts with the battery installed. Took the battery out and about 2 weeks ago start problem occurred again. I had to use REPAIR DISK to do REPAIR and it would start/restart about 10 times then hang. I just finished doing a Easy File Xfer to my 320GB external drive and reinstalled Win 7, all Windows updates, all Lenovo Updates, restored from external drive and reinstalled my SW. STILL HAVE THE PROBLEM!!

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21 Feb 2011   #2


Did you wipe the HD before clean reinstalling? The boot sector may have corruption that needs overwriting. SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Check that you have the latest BIOS update. Consider reflashing the latest BIOS if so. If not reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Test your RAM using memtest86 for 5-6 passes, check RAM timing, reseat RAM: RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Test your HD using maker's diagnostics/repair extended CD scan: HD Diagnostic

Check all cables and connections.

Check your logs for repeat errors: Win7 troubleshooting steps.

Tips for getting a purrfect clean reinstall - use the ones which apply: re-install windows 7
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21 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 32 Bit
WIN 7 hOME Prem 32 bit Boot Problems

No, I did not do a "CLEAN INSTALL" I did a Custom Install to an existing system.
I reset the BIOS when I replaced the CMOS Battery.
I ran the Memtest.
I ran the HDD test.
I have installed new memory.
I have installed the latest BIOS 2.23
I ran SFC /scanall after a successful boot.
I plan to run it from cmd prompt when boot fails.
This re-install took nearly 10 hours to get all Windows Updates, Lenovo Updates, reinstall my programs/data, import my email accounts and email.
You did not mention running bootsect.exe which seems to fix some problems. Repair gives either a 0xa error or a 0x490 ERROR.
I really do not want to repeat the 10 hour re-install.
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21 Feb 2011   #4

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Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic
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21 Feb 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello roguecowboy, welcome to Seven Forums!

If you want to rule out everything possible, you can't do that doing a half-way job; if you don't do the wipe (secure erase) you may continue to have file system errors, after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

The old boot commands are obsolete in Windows 7, have a look at these instead.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

How to Mark a Partition as Active in Windows 7
Note   Note

Contrary to popular belief, doing a format with Windows 7 does not remove any data at all, it just checks for sector errors and marks the space to be over-written as needed, all the data is still there including all the code from previous/failed installation attempts.

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