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Windows 7: Stuck at windows logon / recovery environment

27 Jul 2014   #21
heinzlet

windows 7 ultimate 32 bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
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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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I'll try that as soon as I get back home... I have to go pick up a friend at the airport, I hope it works... will let you know if it does!


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27 Jul 2014   #22
heinzlet

windows 7 ultimate 32 bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by heinzlet View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Quote:
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.

Attachment 327234
I'll try that as soon as I get back home... I have to go pick up a friend at the airport, I hope it works... will let you know if it does!
It worked thank you so much, seriously to all of you guys you're all awesome, thank you for all your support!
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27 Jul 2014   #23
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Great.

I would have a look at sorting out whatever is wrong with accessing bios. You might need to use it some time in future
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27 Jul 2014   #24
XweAponX

Windows 7 (My Idea)
 
 

If he's got a Lenovo sometimes those are finicky about getting into the bios. Let me understand this, did that system originally have Windows 8?

I'll look up that model and see you what they say about it, but what SIW2 says is correct about the fast boot - if that is activated you won't be a will to get into the bios for the UEFI partition or anything until that is shut off.

Okay I understand better now here is your machine:

http://shop.lenovo.com/ae/en/laptops...g-series/g400/

And clearly it is a Windows 8 machine so it will have a partition containing a recovery environment for windows eight so you don't really want to use that.

And what I meant before about deleting that partition to me the only way that I can think of is for you to use a Hiren's boot CD-I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about that tool here? But you can stick the disc in the drive and boot up to Hiren's boot CD, and open "mini windows XP"

Once it loads you will see a link on the desktop for the Hiren's boot CD features and you'll see partition and recovery, you will find minitool partition wizard in there. You can use that to delete the recovery partition and then just extend the operating system partition to recover that space- or, you can wait until after you have installed the operating system.

But before you do anything you have to actually boot into Windows 8 and you have to turn on the Legacy boot mode. I can't going to the detail about how to do this but SIW2 can tell you how to do it.

This is a common problem with people wanting to install Windows 7 on an originally windows eight system, you should not do it all into you turn off any UEFI boot mode, you have to use the Legacy boot mode. And the first thing you have to shut off is the fast boot feature. once you set that up, then you can get into your system bios - IF the system has a key to press! some of the new systems don't have a key anymore, because you can only access that through the windows 8 desktop under advanced startup options in the settings which is in the Windows 8 side screen, whatever the hell it's called- move your mouse to the right and all that crap pops up on the side? Then move the mouse down to the bottom and look for the options, you can only get into it from there.

If you didn't do any of this and you have Windows 7 on it now, then you're basically stuck with a Windows 7 operating system but it still has the windows eight UEFI partition which you can't get to in Windows 7, so you might just have to wipe the whole drive.

However, it sounds like you found a workaround so as soon as you get Windows 7 reinstalled, make sure you turn off any fast boot feature. but I don't know how you can access your bios from Windows 7 because Windows 8 was intended to remove that feature from the system you can only get to it through Windows 8, so I don't know how you can get into your system bios with Windows 7 because the only access to that area was through Windows 8! It is pretty confusing...
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