If Windows 7 will not start, follow these steps: Desktop problem
Check for infection by installing Malwarebytes
, update, run a Full Scan - in Safe Mode if necessary. Many issues can be solved by running a free lightweight AV like MS Security Essentials with the Windows 7 Firewall for best performance.
Establish a Clean Boot by unchecking everything in msconfig>Startup except AV: Startup Programs - Change
. After reboot enter msconfig>Services, check the box to Hide All MS Services, repeat above. Check back periodically that nothing has written itself in to either list, turn it off in its Program Preferences or Uninstall it. Freeloaders slow startup, can be a drag on CPU/RAM, cause issues and spy on you. If you have a question about an item google to find out what it does.
Study the Event Viewer
>Custom>Admin view for repeat errors to google text and ID# for resolution. Check also the Performance log
on Advanced Tools page accessed by clicking your WEI score link at Computer>Properties. Check for cued issues at top of Tools page, Generate A System Health Report.
Look for issues cued in Action Center
in System Tray. Type "Solutions" in Start Search box to see if any have been sent for Problems reported or not. Always report problems when asked as Windows 7 is interactive this way.
Test your hardware by running memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes or overnight: RAM - Test with Memtest86+
, then test the HD using maker's diag/repair full CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
followed by full Disk Check
Check all cabling is securely connected and in good condition, try reinstalling hardware, unplug extra HD's, peripherals, CD/DVD drive to see if problems disappear. Remove any floppy drive.
Check temps for overheating by installing SpeedFan, blow dust out of the case using canned air
or clean out laptop dust
, check all connections carefully avoiding static discharge to components by touching case first, upgrade or reseat RAM
Check for any errors in Device Manager
. Enable hardware auto-updating to be sure you're getting the latest drivers
via optional Windows Updates. Any missing drivers can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your computer or device model.
Check for newer display driver
, or roll back to the previous verison or try another Windows 7 or Vista driver. Turn off or uninstall the accompanying software package.
Some of these steps suggested for cleaning up a factory bloatware install
Run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
to repair any damaged or corrupt OS files.
As a last resort before reinstall try a Repair Install
which can fix most problems as it reinstalls the OS while keeping all programs, files and settings in place. Tips for a clean reinstall
, which is actually better than getting a new computer with today's bloated factory pre-installs.
To find a location
listed above, type it in Start Search Box.