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Windows 7: Windows 7 crashes on startup. Can't restore, repair or repair install

19 Jan 2013   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think this might be a bigger problem than I initially thought. I can't get the old computer to even boot the damn repair CD (it either freezes while loading it or it comes up with a screen saying "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:"
And then goes on to say I should use the repair disk, which I can't. To make matters worse, it doesn't respond to me tapping F8 on the keyboard at startup, though it does respond to me pressing other keys (F9 for Express recovery, which I need a Gigabyte Mobo CD for apparently, and I don't have it).

Now I'm even more stumped. I think the motherboard must be dying and maybe that triggered this issue with the hard drive?


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20 Jan 2013   #22
Microsoft MVP

 

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.

These work up to if necessary rescuiing your files to run Factory Recovery or Clean Reinstall.

If you cannot get a disk to boot you may need to use a self-booting disk like Hirens (provided) to wipe the HD which will force the installer to boot itself.
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20 Jan 2013   #23

XP
 
 

Try running a Anti Virus from a bootable CD.
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20 Jan 2013   #24
Microsoft MVP

 

Bootable A/V's are provided in the first steps of the tutorial I linked just above. You'll need to start there since if infected Windows 7 might not repair.
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