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Windows 7: Laptop, doesn't load into windows, loops Auto Startup Repair

20 Aug 2012   #1

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Laptop, doesn't load into windows, loops Auto Startup Repair

Ok guys, well my sister brought me her laptop I pride myself on knowing what to do usually, but I'm honestly at a loss with this one. Operating system is Windows 7 64bit Home Premium and I believe she has SP1.

Here is what I have done;

I tried to turn on the computer, it shows the "windows" text, below where the windows logo would normally show up with its loading animation, but doesn't show the Windows logo, and instead it forces itself straight into Automatic Startup Repair. Here the startup repair just runs and runs and runs, I know sometimes it can take a while but I have tried 4 times, the first letting it run a half hour, the second two running around and hour and a half each, and the last running overnight around 8 hours.

Next, I turned on the computer with advanced startup options, tried last known good configuration, and didn’t work.

Next, I tried safe mode, same as the first time I tried it, looping startup repair.

Ok, so something is wrong with the boot manager, after doing a lot of research I think it's caused by a faulty Windows Update.

I run the startup repair off of a Windows 7 installation CD and go to System Restore; here it says I have to choose an operating system as it didn't find one (very bad paraphrasing on that).
So next I decided to try to fix the mbr manually. I ran the command prompt in the recovery tools and tried bootrec /fixmbr. It said it was successful, I restarted the computer same problem. So I tried bootrec /fixboot, same problem.

Now I'm getting frustrated, back in command prompt I do a bootrec /ScanOs, "Total Identified windows installations 0".

Ahh there is my problem. The only conclusions I can come to are;

1) On most Windows 7 computers I look at, there is a partition for system information; this one I don't think has that. While backing up her C drive I didn't see the other partition, but maybe I wouldn't see that while I'm not booting from the drive and instead just having it plugged into another computer to copy files.

2) The system is "pointing" to the wrong drive path to boot from.

Well these are the only two I can think of, the partition is missing or corrupt or it’s not being loaded from it if it is there. The hard drive works fine; I’m in the middle of backing it up right now (by the way a question on that, what would be the “correct” or “best” way to do this? I’m sure just copying and pasting the entire drive contents onto a large backup drive isn’t the “right way”?) Something odd I noticed is that if I try to copy the contents of the drive over, as long as I have the “Windows” folder selected it won’t copy over to the storage drive, if I don’t have the “Windows” folder selected it will copy.

Ok I know it’s a long read but I wanted to give you as much information as possible. Where do I go from here?

Also when the System Recovery Options shows the drive as D: not sure if that helps.

EDIT - Looks like it supposed, I have no idea what's wrong.

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