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11 Apr 2011   #1

win 7 ultimate


hopefully one of you far more intellegent people on here may be able to offer me some advice.

My eldest son seems to have knackered my desktop.........for whatever reason it seems he was removing some entries from the registry, not really knowing what he was doing....related to some signmaking software.

On reboot, the PC seems to boot up ok but the screen just stays black with a white cursor.

Downloaded a windows 7 repair disk but even though set to boot from it, just seems to go straight past it and into normal boot and to the black screen

any solutions other than a complete reinstall?


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11 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Run a system restore. Boot from the repair disk and in system recovery options choose system restore.

System Recovery Options

Choose a restore point before the registry was mangled.

You need to set the boot order in the bios for the computer to boot from cd-rom first. Alternatively, insert the cd in the tray/slot, restart and tap F9 or F12 repeatedly (the key differs from brand to brand) to invoke the one time boot menu, choose cd drive here.

How to run a system restore?

System Restore

Where did you download the repair disk from? You can use the one from here:

Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files
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11 Apr 2011   #3


Hi Steve, welcome to the forums. Try putting your installation DVD in and allow it to boot from it. As part of the installation you can choose startup repair. There are excellent tutorials here at Seven's the one for you if you need it....Good luck!!
Startup Repair
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11 Apr 2011   #4

win 7 ultimate

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11 Apr 2011   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

If the system is unable to boot from the CD, chances are that you don't have the CD/DVD player set as the first boot device in the BIOS. Registry problems shouldn't have anything to do with booting from a CD.

EDIT: Oops! that was already covered above.
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11 Apr 2011   #6


Burn the Repair CD with ImgBurn at 4x speed to be sure.

How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD - Boot to CD

You can also use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen.

Accept any offered repair. If Win7 doesn't start, run Startup Repair which should automate System Restore. If not, run it manually from the Tool list.

If you need to copy out your files: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console - Windows 7 Forums

Then you can run full Factory Recovery (if you have it on the HD) from boot, or clean reinstall following these steps: Reinstalling Windows 7
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