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Windows 7: PC won't boot. Possible to fix/replace system 32 files?

21 May 2013   #1
Eyeopr8r

Win 7 pro x 64
 
 
PC won't boot. Possible to fix/replace system 32 files?

Did something really stupid. In an attempt to follow Instructions to replace window media player 12 with
WMP 11 for work purposes, I moved system 32 files from windows/system32 folder to
A folder on the desktop, and tried to replace them with "new" system 32 files downloaded from the instruction website. I manually set a restore point prior to doing this thinking that i would be able to restore everything back to normal if a problem developed. Well of course the moving and replacing not only didnt go as represented, but the pc now won't boot. And system restore says there are no restore points to go back to (why??). When rebooting pc goes into a type of repair mode the name if which i cant remember, but says it is unable to correct the problem. I do not have a recovery disc or win 7 disc--got lost in the move. And of course I have tons of data, music,etc files, so I don't want to restore PC to original out of the box condition. I would highly appreciate any help any of may have to offer. Thanks very much in advance.


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21 May 2013   #2
gregrocker

 

Pretty reckless to butcher system files without any disk to boot to do serious repairs or even reinstall. Had you asked us someone here would have known how to do what you want.

Use the Win7 bootable installer provided in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start to boot into System Recovery Options to try Startup Repair a few times, System Restore if it isn't offered, or if it won't run SFC /SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot.

If it fails you can try the other repairs but most of them are not tailored for those who deliberately ruin their OS, so you might want to skip to rescuiing your files to get a perfect Clean Reinstall. Everything is in the links provided.
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22 May 2013   #3
Eyeopr8r

Win 7 pro x 64
 
 
Thanks for the help

Gregrocker, Thanks for the help, but I don't think you needed to be so brutal in your rebuke. If I were as knowledgable as you I would have KNOWN it was reckless. Obviously I am NOT as knowledgable so I didn't know any better. That's why I'm here humbly asking for help. Also, didn't know this forum existed until I ran into trouble but I know now and will come here first next time.
I will try everything in your reply. If anyone else has additional suggestions, I'm all ears. Thanks again.
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22 May 2013   #4
gregrocker

 

How would you know it is reckless unless someone told you? Why is that brutal?
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22 May 2013   #5
Eyeopr8r

Win 7 pro x 64
 
 

gregrocker,
I guess the same as you didn't know it was brutal until you were told. But then I didn't realize the forum was for the purpose of scolding first, then offering a few bones of advice, rather than just helping---my bad. Sorry to have wasted your time.
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22 May 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

I am sorry if I offended you with my bluntness. I'll still be glad to help you resolve the issue. I'd hate for you to have to pay hundreds of dollars because I offended you.

Where are you on this now?
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22 May 2013   #7
Eyeopr8r

Win 7 pro x 64
 
 

Have tried startup repair over 5 times with "unable to repair" message. System restore says there are NO restore points even though I manually set one prior to my stupid behavior. Have used command prompt to run sfc scannow, with message "unable to repair". Have just downloaded iso of win7 home preimium x 64, as I've been told I can try to use it as a "repair install" of win 7.Tried the win 7 iso burned to disc. When used to boot it gets just past "install now", then stops at an error message: "A required cd/dvd drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disc, cd,
dvd, or usb flash drive, please insert it now." So I'm stuck at this
point.
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22 May 2013   #8
gregrocker

 

The error you got almost always means a bad installer. Confirm the download size of the ISO, burn to DVD using the tool provided in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 step 2.

Unfortunately you can't run a Repair Install from boot mode as it must be run from within Win7. But you can use DVD's System Recovery Options to run a more stable version of Startup Repair, which should offer to automate System Restore. If not you can try that from the repair options Menu.

If these fail and you want to try everything possible it is all in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.

In both tutorials it shows how to rescue your files so you can as a last resort do the reinstall. If you follow the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 you'll wind up with a perfect install.

We'll be here to help you.
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22 May 2013   #9
Eyeopr8r

Win 7 pro x 64
 
 

thanks for the reply. I will go forward with your advice and steps one aat a time. What exactly does "bad installer" mean, and how do I confirm the size of the iso download. thanks again
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22 May 2013   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Another member jumping in here to lend a hand, Greg may be a little harsh, but his advice and wisdom are Gold.
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