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Windows 7: Windows 7 HP x64 fails to boot into safe mode or repair menu

4 Weeks Ago   #1
PWilson93

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Windows 7 HP x64 fails to boot into safe mode or repair menu

Yesterday my computer was running slowly so I attempted to restart it. This resulted in the computer booting into automatic startup repair which did nothing after running for ~3 hours. Tried running in safe mode which booted fine 2 times, but after I tried removing updates in an attempt to repair the damage my computer stopped loading safe mode. So I put in my windows install disk, tried to repair the mbr using bootrec.exe and that didn't work either. Now, I can't boot into safe mode or automatic repair, and running off the install disk doesn't fix anything. I tried to reinstall windows 7 HP x64 as well but it never gets passed the setup is preparing screen. I'm using a Dell Inspiron laptop with Windows 7 HP x64.


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4 Weeks Ago   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

It my be a disk failure.
Boot a Linux USB flash disk and save your data to an external disk.

Run check disk
Boot from the installation disk - Repair - CMD - and type chkdsk c: /f
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4 Weeks Ago   #3
PWilson93

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
It my be a disk failure.
Boot a Linux USB flash disk and save your data to an external disk.

Run check disk
Boot from the installation disk - Repair - CMD - and type chkdsk c: /f
Hey Megahertz,

Thanks for the reply! Unfortunately, running from the installation disk allows me to get past choosing a language, and then at the screen where it gives me the options to install, what you need to know before installing windows, and repair computer it never loads the next set of options no matter what I choose. It sits at a blue screen (not BSOD) with my mouse cursor. Running check disk earlier gave me a response like "file segment ##### unreadable" and once it finished it restarted my computer but looped check disk (run check disk, finishes, restarts, runs check disk, etc...) I made a bootable flash drive with ubuntu 16.04 and tried installing it but it never loads anything past "Preparing to install". I have been using it as a live USB to work around that. I can't seem to find any files from my windows installation while using Ubuntu but I think that's user error haha. I've just tried using Boot Repair from a different bootable USB and will now test if it actually repaired the MBR. Here's the pastebin from Boot Repair if you, or anyone else, is interested. Update: Boot Repair said it was fixed, but now I can't get passed "A disk read error has occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart."

Ubuntu Pastebin
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4 Weeks Ago   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

I don't think it's a boot failure. I think it's a disk failure.
I'll will ask Jumanji to help you. He is the disk guru.
Don't try to fix or install any thing on your disk.
Wait for Jumanji help.
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4 Weeks Ago   #5
PWilson93

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Awesome, thanks for your help!
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4 Weeks Ago   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

What exactly do you want to do now? From your posts I understand that you do not mind reinstalling Windows if that is possible. Am I right? Do you have the DELL installation media or Recovery Disks?

Dell usually uses Seagate drives . Check your drive's health with Seatools for DOS SeaTools for DOS |
Seagate

If it passes the tests, you can create a bootable Partition Wizard CD/ pendrive and try to format the drive before installing Windows.

If the tests fail, you have no other go except replacing the drive. ( No DIY data recovery is possible on a failed hardware.)

For a good measure, I would advise that you contact Dell Tech support with all details of your laptop. IMO, their Tech Support has always been good.
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4 Weeks Ago   #7
PWilson93

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi jumanji,

I don't have the ones that came with my computer but I have a Windows 7 x64 HP disc. I'll try your suggestions today and update my post with the result. Should my HD fail the tests would it be possible to install Windows on an external HD and run my computer from there? Last thing, is there anyway I could find out the product key that was used for my laptop? There is usually a sticker or something on the bottom but mine doesn't have one. Thanks for your help and suggestions!
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4 Weeks Ago   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Your system spec.

Quote:
Computer type PC/Desktop
System Manufacturer/Model Number Dell
OS Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Your desktop should have a Windows 7 Sticker some where if the desktop came with Windows 7. It looks something like this.


Windows 7 HP x64 fails to boot into safe mode or repair menu-coa-stickers.gif


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4 Weeks Ago   #9
PWilson93

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Checked over my laptop and unfortunately it doesn't have a sticker. I ran Seatools off a bootable USB and it couldn't detect my hard drive so I'm assuming it's failed completely. Fortunately, I have another laptop I can use in the mean time. Would it be possible to use the product key from my old laptop in order to install windows on my newer one?
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4 Weeks Ago   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

1. If you have a Windows 7 64bit Home Premium with a valid and legal product key, it is OK.

2. You cannot install Windows on an external HDD.

3. All royalty OEMs use a generic key assigned to them for a specific Windows edition and this in conjunction with an OEM certificate and a SLIC embedded into the bios autoactivates Windows 7 without reference to Microsoft activation servers. This generic key cannot be used to install Windows other than OEM Windows. If you had created Dell Recovery CDs or have Dell supplied OEM Installation media this generic Key and the MS OEM certificate are in it and when installed with this media your DELL inspiron will get auto activated.

4. All OEM Windows also have a specific Product key assigned which is on the sticker. If due to some corruption of the SLIC table in the bios the OEM auto activation does not go through, then the user can use the product key on the sticker and activate the Windows. This activation goes through Microsoft activation servers and may require a phone activation. ( I am not sure about phone activation but definitely it is not going to be a problem.)

5. Your Dell Inspiron also should have the sticker with the Microsoft assigned Product Key.. It is most probably inside the battery compartment. Please remove the battery and check inside the compartment.

Edit: By the time I composd this and posted, two posts have preceded it. Shows how slow I am )
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