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Windows 7: System restore menu not showing up.

24 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7
System restore menu not showing up.

Currently running windows 7 64 bit. My problem is that my windows will not boot up and will just sit at the 'loading' screen forever and nothing will happen. I've tried using the system restore function but whenever it loads to the blue screen the window pops up for not even a second and goes away. I've tried running a repair/install disk and running in safe mode does not work either. Also the F8 functions won't do anything either, restore to a working point etc. I've scanned for malware and nothing shows up. Windows was working just fine until I normally restarted it and this problem occured. I'm not sure what the next step I should take to fix this problem is.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Jul 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

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*Follow steps in these tutorials and post back results for further suggestions.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7

I am unable to run diskpart due to the language prompt never showing up to open a run command. Also I have tried just about everything on the second option.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Jul 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


Test your hardware with the self-booting CD's in the Troubleshooting tutorial note at top.

Reset your CMOS to try to get a disk to boot: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS. Try writing installer to flash stick to eliminate possibly defective DVD drive, using Steps 1 and 2 of tutorial in blue link two paragraphs below. If flash stick won't boot, unplug DVD drive to try it again. Try another DVD drive.

If media will boot proceed with troubleshooting steps to disinfect, repair OS and boot, rescue files, if necessary reinstall or recover.

If not rescue files using Paragon Rescue which boots itself, try booting DBAN or Partition Wizard CD which should also boot itself to wipe the HD, which in turn should allow installer to autostart to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

This will solve an issue where boot code is blocking boot of the HD, disks, and sometimes BIOS POST. It must be wiped with the equivalent of Diskpart Clean Command , even if you have to move HD to another machine.

However if a failing mobo or other hardware anomaly, this may not be enough.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jul 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


Which one of those two tutorials listed by koolkat, said to run DiskPart?

If your objective is to run DiskPart, then so state and state why you want to run DiskPart.

I need this info to correctly advise you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jul 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP


Barefoot's Startup Repair x3 tutorial explains how to confirm Active partition before running the repairs, using either Disk Mgmt or Diskpart. Seems his DVD or Repair CD is hanging.

I leave him in your capable hands, Karl et al. Will check in in the morn.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jul 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I was not aware that one of those tutorials mentioned DiskPart.

If all you need to do is to get to DiskPart, then here is a method that will work to get to diskpart:


Booting from a DVD/CD
On some computers, immediately after pushing the Power ON button, start tapping the F12 key and choose the option to boot from DVD/CD.

On some computers, this capability is assigned to another function key.

This is a one-time boot and doesn’t change your normal boot sequence.

If your computer doesn’t offer this capability, then you will need to boot into the bios and change the boot order there so that Boot from DVD/CD is the first choice.

You will need to consult your computer manufacturer’s documentation.

Insert your Win 7 DVD into the optical reader
Power down your computer.
Power up your computer.
Boot from the Win 7 DVD using the procedure applicable to your computer.
At the very first screen display, press the key combo of SHIFT + F10.

Do NOT click on Next.
Press the SHIFT + F10 key combo.

You will have a X:\Sources> command prompt.
X: is a ram drive created by Windows 7.
X: contains a mini-version of Windows 7 called a PE (pre-execution environment).

If you do not plan on installing windows at this time, you may now remove the DVD.

If you plan on continuing with an install, then do not remove the DVD.

Execute the desired commands.
Use the EXIT command to return to the Win 7 installation procedure.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jul 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP


Sometimes it's necessary to access Command Prompt via System Recovery Options.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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