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Windows 7: Black Screen With Cursor

18 Apr 2013   #51
gregrocker

 

Why not copy your files to the second HDD? Then you can boot from the DVD which might work better for you.


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18 Apr 2013   #52
Apaseall

Windows 7 64bit home premium
 
 

YYYYYYYYY EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

I can now boot into my original os !!!!!

HOW ???

I thought I would give system restore another go.
I am quite excited so forgive what I write please.

As you will have read above i was booting os to a black screen with mouse pointer.
I tried a few standard things, read above.
All i managed to do was go round in circles.

I did try system restore from the win 7 install/repair usb stick.
No joy. Some error message maybe but I forget atm.

anyway whilst i was learning that there was no way of performing an in place upgrade install/repair i did happen across the idea of performing system restore from the command line.

as you will have read above i can get to the win 7 install/repair command line easily.

i tried rstrui.exe but got no where.

i tried %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe but got a message complaining about x:

i tried c:\windows\syste32\restore\rstrui.exe but also got no where.

cd c:\windows\system32\restore\ revealed that rstrui.exe did not exist

so that put to an end the idea of using rstrui.exe. but reading further i saw stuff about hive files. dangerous stuff but i read on.

cd c:\windows\system32\config dir shows the 5 hives - default, sam, security,software, and system.
i saw that each hive also had a previous version but the dates were a little while ago.
i cd to the sub folder rather than dir RegBack but anyway i was delighted to see 04/03/2013 which in english is only 6 days before the dreaded 9th.

i carefully did this;
ren default default.bak
ren sam sam.bak
ren security security.bak
ren software software.bak
ren system system.bak
copy RegBack\*.*

rebooting i went ahead and selected normal. slight anxiety when the black screen with mouse pointer appeared but after a moment or two I got my glorious backdrop and was asked for my password.

i am now looking at my laptop with all its quirks n stuff just like i had left it.

i have 5 windows/popup
1 update adobe flash player
2 java update available
3 mcafee - your computer is at risk
4 a truecrypt message
5 click to run - a rather lengthy message.

of these messages the only one that is a surprise to me is the click to run one.
the others are things that seem quite normal.

so there you have it.
i solved it, by googling and more than a bit of patience.

many thanks to jbaileyn for this post;
System Restore failed
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18 Apr 2013   #53
Apaseall

Windows 7 64bit home premium
 
 

@gregrocker as you might recall it was suggested that i remove the 2nd hdd. again i have only 2 usb ports and the portable usb cd thing uses both of them.

the click to run item was about an update for office 2010 stuff.

i guess i should now work out a way of getting this stupid thing to make sure it has the files it needs and that they are in good condition.
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18 Apr 2013   #54
gregrocker

 

Now I'd immediately replace the MucAfee crapware using the specialized tool required to remove any infection as bad as it.

Go over the install with Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 to see if you can find clues to what happened.

Did you actually try to run SysRestore from System Recovery Options on booted installer or repair disk?
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18 Apr 2013   #55
Apaseall

Windows 7 64bit home premium
 
 

Since I have gotten this far without reinstalling I think you will forgive me for running the os for a while before I do what I have resisted doing all along.
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