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Windows 7: Windows Startup Repair query

16 Oct 2014   #1
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows Startup Repair query

Hi there,

This morning when I turned on my laptop Windows would not boot, I had the options 'start Windows normally, and ,startup repair.'

I tried starting normally with no luck, it just came back to the same screen with the 2 options. I tried safe mode even, and that didn't launch either. This worried me. So I decided the best was to go with the startup repair.

But, the laptop has been in the same state now for quite a while, at the moment it is displaying a window saying 'Attempting repairs.' Would anyone know if this is usually successful? Or is my hard drive totally messed up?

The fact I couldn't start in safe mode has me worried, I have lots of data I need that is on my laptop too. Any help is hugely appreciated.

Cheers,

Paul


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16 Oct 2014   #2
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

How long has Startup Repair been working, exactly?
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16 Oct 2014   #3
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

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16 Oct 2014   #4
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Gator,

It was on that same screen for about an hour. Then went back to the screen with the two options - to start Windows normally or do a repair. I selected repair again, then it got a bit further.

The screen I have now has 5 options-

Startup Repair
System Restore
System Image Recovery
Windows Memory Diagnostic
Command Prompt

Could anyone recommend which one to go with?
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16 Oct 2014   #5
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

I would try to see if you can do a System Restore. Just make sure you use a date before the problem occurred.
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16 Oct 2014   #6
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Cheers Gator, but it's now telling me 'No restore points have been created on your computer's system. To create a restore point open system protection.'

I definitely had created a system restore point a few months back prior to installing some software, so it's strange that it's telling me no restore points have been created.

This doesn't look good does it?
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16 Oct 2014   #7
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tookeri View Post
Thanks Tookeri. Would this work even if safe modes don't startup? I'm thinking the hard drive is dead, is there a way to confirm that it is alive or dead?
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16 Oct 2014   #8
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RedLad View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tookeri View Post
Thanks Tookeri. Would this work even if safe modes don't startup? I'm thinking the hard drive is dead, is there a way to confirm that it is alive or dead?
Yes, but if the hard drive is dead you won't be able to save any files from it.

If you have the Windows installation DVD or a System Repair Disc, you can follow this tutorial to see if you can access and read your hard drive: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
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16 Oct 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

Boot into BIOS Setup to see if the HD is listed anywhere, normally under Storage or SATA devices, or BIOS Boot Priority order. If not try reseating the hard drive in its underside compartment to see if you can get it to register in BIOS.

If this is the Dell reboot and tap the F12 key repeatedly, choose Diagnostics to find the condition of the Hard Drive and other hardware. There may be a fuller suite of tools for this on the utility partition. If it won't boot then that's a sign the HD is failing.

If the HD is listed it is usually by a Serial number you can google to get the make, then boot the maker's Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure extended CD scan to determine for certain its condition.

If none of these help then continue with the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot reporting back results as you go as other steps may be indicated.
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17 Oct 2014   #10
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks so much for the replies Tookerie and Greg. I will try what you have suggested.

If this helps - I started using a new wireless Logitech mouse on Tuesday night, seemed to work fine, then was fine all day on Wednesday, but when I went to turn on the laptop on Thursday, that's when it got messed up. Would the mouse drivers or anything related have corrupted the laptop somehow?
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