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Windows 7: Stuck at windows logon / recovery environment

27 Jul 2014   #11
heinzlet

windows 7 ultimate 32 bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
If it is stuck in a recovery environment, such as a vista recovery partition, you'll have to delete that partition before you can reinstall windows 7. The recovery partition will supersede the OS partition and will usurp the drive C assignment. Just make a partition manager boot disk from acronis/paragon/ or use hiren's, from that you can delete the partition directly using any number of tools that are on that disk.
I'm not actually stuck at it but its the only thing I got apart from the logon screen... anyway could you please explain to me how to exactly do that? I'm kinda new to this... please help

EDIT: I'm on windows 7 ultimate
EDIT: Even the session photo is not there anymore, its like if it was deleted...


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27 Jul 2014   #12
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You need to make bios look at the dvd drive first. If you have a bootable dvd in there, then it will boot and you can clean install.

Most bios have a key (mine is f11) if pressed during post brings up a one time boot menu selection screen.

They also have another key ( mine is F2 )which takes you into bios setup. From there you can manually set dvd drive to first boot device.

It seems your bios currently has your primary hard drive set first in boot order.

Either of the above methods will be fine to select dvd drive.
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27 Jul 2014   #13
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

If you can't access the BIOS to set the first boot drive to DVD your other option may be to start immediately tapping F8 at boot. F8 allows you to override the preset BIOS boot order for this boot only. If that doesn't work either then your BIOS may be damaged. Hope that isn't the case as it isn't repairable. Are you quite certain you know how to access BIOS? On my Lenovo E355 it's Enter at boot.
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27 Jul 2014   #14
heinzlet

windows 7 ultimate 32 bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You need to make bios look at the dvd drive first. If you have a bootable dvd in there, then it will boot and you can clean install.

Most bios have a key (mine is f11) if pressed during post brings up a one time boot menu selection screen.

They also have another key ( mine is F2 )which takes you into bios setup. From there you can manually set dvd drive to first boot device.

It seems your bios currently has your primary hard drive set first in boot order.

Either of the above methods will be fine to select dvd drive.

how can I know which one is my key? I tried with every single F key with no result the only thing that actually does something is pressing del + supr but that takes me to something called " windows boot manager" and it gives me two options, windows 7 ultimate and a windows memory diagnostic... what should I do? .......... Is it possible to set my bios to boot the dvd first from the command prompt? please help



EDIT: its a lenovo g400
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27 Jul 2014   #15
heinzlet

windows 7 ultimate 32 bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BJB View Post
If you can't access the BIOS to set the first boot drive to DVD your other option may be to start immediately tapping F8 at boot. F8 allows you to override the preset BIOS boot order for this boot only. If that doesn't work either then your BIOS may be damaged. Hope that isn't the case as it isn't repairable. Are you quite certain you know how to access BIOS? On my Lenovo E355 it's Enter at boot.
F8 doesn't work, Its a lenovo g400
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27 Jul 2014   #16
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

and what about Enter at boot?
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27 Jul 2014   #17
heinzlet

windows 7 ultimate 32 bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BJB View Post
and what about Enter at boot?
I just tried that and it works just like del + supr, it takes me to something called "windows boot manager" and it gives me two options as I said above, windows 7 ultimate (takes me to the logon screen which doesn't work) and a tool called windows memory diagnostic...

please help, thank you for all your support you've given me so far guys
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27 Jul 2014   #18
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There are a lot of prblems with win 8 due to fast startup.


That shouldn't be affecting you here.

Last I heard F2 is for bios setup on lenovo 400. They changed it to F1 at some stage. F12 should be for boot menu.

Press power button to start the machine, then immediately start tapping F2 key to enter BIOS setup. You need to hit F2 ( or F12 ) before it has a chance to try and boot from the HD.
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27 Jul 2014   #19
heinzlet

windows 7 ultimate 32 bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
There are a lot of prblems with win 8 due to fast startup.


That shouldn't be affecting you here.

Last I heard F2 is for bios setup on lenovo 400. They changed it to F1 at some stage. F12 should be for boot menu.

Press power button to start the machine, then immediately start tapping F2 key to enter BIOS setup. You need to hit F2 ( or F12 ) before it has a chance to try and boot from the HD.
none of the keys worked.... I tried so many times that it took me to the recovery environment again... Is the bios the only way to solve my problem? is there any other chance of getting to reinstall windows 7 through the command prompt at the recovery environment?

thanks, please help
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27 Jul 2014   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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is there any other chance of getting to reinstall windows 7 through the command prompt at the recovery environment?

Yes, but it may be complicated to explain.

At cmd propmt, type notepad.

When notepad pops up, clikc File>Save. You will now be able to browse around.

NOTE - you must select "all files " not "text files" in notepad dropdown.

Browse to setup on your dvd drive and run it.

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