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Windows 7: Windows won't boot and either hangs or loops

03 Jul 2015   #1
alien72

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Windows won't boot and either hangs or loops

Hello. I have a Dell Alienware M14X Laptop running on Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and when I try to start my computer I get to the “Windows Error Recovery” screen with the options “Launch Startup Repair” and “Start Windows Normally”.

When I choose to start normally it just loops back to the Windows Error Recovery Screen. I’ve tried both the Launch Startup Repair option and using my System Repair/Installation disk and it they both get to the point where there it’s just the Windows wallpaper and mouse cursor, but it won’t load beyond that and is stuck that way with no menus.

I also tried to reformat my hard drive with my installation disk, but when it gets to the “Setup is starting...” screen it stays there and never loads.

When I try to run safe mode, it starts loading some files and then stops loading files for a few minutes and then it just loops back to the Windows Error Recovery screen.

So basically, pretty much everything I try won't load properly.

Some help would be greatly appreciated.


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03 Jul 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

See this thread about AVG - Windows 7 stuck on "starting windows" screen

When you can't start in Safe Mode - https://support.avg.com/SupportArtic...s-cannot-start

Report back if this doesn't work, so we can look at other alternatives
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03 Jul 2015   #3
alien72

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I used the AVG Rescue CD and went through all the steps, but windows still won't start.
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03 Jul 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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03 Jul 2015   #5
gregrocker

 

Everything that can be done is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.

If you decide to reinstall here are steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums
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03 Jul 2015   #6
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Greg, I was going to link "Failure to Start", but seeing OP can't even reach Recovery options I skipped it. By the way, Easy Recovery Essentials suggested in the tutorial is paid now (perhaps free at the time of writing).
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03 Jul 2015   #7
gregrocker

 

Every time I've ever been told that System Recovery Options will not boot and run in a case where I have access to the PC, I am able to make them run - if not via F8 key, then using Win7 or System Repair Disk. It takes proper timing and persistence.

For this reason there is large section in tutorial on booting the disk correctly, if F8 cannot be made to work at all even after trying it repeatedly using tapping the key, holding the key down, etc.

If the disk fails to boot, then try flash stick alternative which is made available for all tools where there is a disk to use in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start .

Most hard drive diagnostics disks, Partition Wizard and Paragon Rescue disk (for rescuiing stranded files) will autostart without requiring the user to boot them. In the rarest case where nothing including resetting or reflashing BIOS will allow Win7 or repair disk to boot, then files can often be rescued by autostarting Paragon or slaving drive to another PC, then after testing hard drive with maker's HD Diagnostic disk/stick it can be wiped which should then force the Win7 installation media to autostart itself.

If slaving the hard drive is the only way files can be accessed and repairs run, then the reinstall can be done that way too, later using Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD or if that fails using SysPrep to move HD to another computer.

However I can't think of a case where resetting/reflashing BIOS or forcing wiping the disk to reinstall did not resolve the issue where disks would not boot. With a new install it always seems to work which points to bad boot code on the hard drive blocking OD boot, something which is seen irregularly here too. That's why a test to see if disk can be made to boot is to unplug hard drive. The fix for boot code which interferes is to use the Disk Utility to Quick Wipe which is the equivalent of Diskpart Clean Command .

I hope this helps. I know its frustrating but I've never seen one abandoned completely because of this seemingly insurmountable hurdle.
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03 Jul 2015   #8
alien72

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I used Boot Repair Disk but that didn't work. I tried using Lazesoft Recovery Suite, but after clicking on Windows Recovery its been stuck on the "Loading Windows information..." screen for about 30 minutes now. I'm not sure if it's not working and is stuck or if just takes a long time to load.
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04 Jul 2015   #9
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

No idea about repair being stuck

Try loading defaults in BIOS, and also try with a bootable USB repair disc as Greg hinted.
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04 Jul 2015   #10
gregrocker

 

How exactly did you burn these disks? Use Windows Image Burner. For repair disk use the utility built into a Win7 PC of the same bit version, found by typing Repair CD into Start button search box.
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