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Windows 7: Laptop Won't Boot, can't get past Initial Windows Screen

09 Nov 2011   #31
Jim15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

gregrocker: I looked at using the maker's CD, but I have a problem in that regard: I have no idea what the make and model of my hard drive is. In the directions given for the link you provided, I'd have to have access to windows in order to find out.

Also, about what I said earlier- I did want to avoid reinstalling and losing my installed programs, but I'm really on my last legs here. I've spent a solid 2 weeks trying to fix this problem, and I guess... I just want it to be over. I'll lose a few programs, but if I can back up my important files and this problem finally goes away, it'll be worth it.

I do appreciate you listing ways to fix this though, thanks.

SlasherIT: Yep, I'm going to go back up my files now. I'll update if I can't figure anything out... hopefully this goes well!


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09 Nov 2011   #32
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Is Ubuntu loaded? Are you ok navigating with it?

You can find all your installed programs by going into C:/Program Files/ and checking what is installed so if you want you can make note of what to re-install.
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09 Nov 2011   #33
Jim15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I'm not sure if I did things right. At first there was a screen with some options, but then it booted up into the operating system. I know you said that I was supposed to do some other things first (Try Ubuntu), so I'm not sure if I've already done something wrong. I also can't seem to locate my flash drive on there, but I did find my files.
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09 Nov 2011   #34
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Go onto Computer, you should find the USB there. But it will probably be listed as something else as Ubuntu is running off it...
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09 Nov 2011   #35
Jim15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT View Post
Go onto Computer, you should find the USB there. But it will probably be listed as something else as Ubuntu is running off it...
I found something called system reserved. Do you think that might be it? I see a few files in there, but the ones that stand out to me are "boot" and "bootmgr"

If it's not that, then I'm not sure where else to find it...

Edit: I also found another one called cdrom. It actually has a syslinux folder in it. Not sure if I should use that one or the other.
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09 Nov 2011   #36
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Don't you know what files are on the USB?

Why don't you just give me a screenshot of the Computer window, I'll be able to help you better...
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09 Nov 2011   #37
Jim15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 







There are some pictures I took of what I see, hope those help.

I only have the unbuntu boot on my flash drive, so you'd think it'd be easy for me to spot, but no such luck so far.
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09 Nov 2011   #38
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Can you find a program called Disk Manager or something like that? It basically allows you to benchmark all devices and things like that. Try finding it... You'll find it somewhere under System (not the drive)
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09 Nov 2011   #39
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Alright, I found it. Go under System > Administration > Disk Utility. In Disk Utility, it will list all drives and its information. You will then be able to identify your drive by the amount of space it has, and open it.
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09 Nov 2011   #40
Jim15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Found something called disk utility. I was able to find the usb through that, but it's different from if I was using Windows. It doesn't look like I could drag and drop into a space. Maybe it's just because I'm looking at it through disk utility... I will try some other things and update in a minute.
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