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Windows 7: System Hosed after Windows Update

24 Jan 2010   #1

Vista / Win 7
System Hosed after Windows Update

Wasn't sure where to post this. I'm hoping someone has an idea because I have tried many things and not yet found a solution anywhere.

I have Vista installed on a 750GB hard drive with a second partition. I created a 3rd partition. I then do a clean install of Win 7 from the upgrade DVD on the 3rd partition. Install runs smoothly. I can then boot into Win 7 from the boot menu. I successfully register Win 7.

At this point all is well. But I get to a point where Win 7 is hosed. It took several iterations of wiping the partition and reinstalling Win 7 to figure it out. What happens is when I go to install the Windows Updates, after I reboot I get a message to the effect of "One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency" yada yada. It refers to my Win 7 partition. Now if I skip it and boot up to Win 7 I already have some problem. Can't remember exactly what errors I get at this point. When I reboot I get the same message. If I let it do the chkdsk, one thing I notice is that there are many entries to the effect of "Deleting Index index $I30 of file..."

When I boot up all kinds of problems. Some of the problems are that I can't run Windows update. Says that "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer" But I checked and the service is running. Another problem..if I try to download a file I can't. I get an error when it gets to the point of letting me where to choose to save the file. I've also seen errors with Code 80070571 and Code C8000211.

Sometime I can not longer even boot into Win 7 after all that mess. Meanwhile I can continue to successfully boot into Vista.

The ONLY way I can fix at this point is to completely wipe or just format my Windows 7 partition and reinstall.

I've tried installing the Win Updates one-by-one and reboot after each. It's happened for different ones so not specific. Only consistent thing is that all is fine until I start trying to install the Windows Updates.

I've wasted way to much time trying to track this down. Until I find a solution I won't be able to move to Windows 7.

Any ideas out there for me?


My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Jan 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


Download and burn to CD the DOS diagnostics for your HD from the manufacturer's Support Downloads webpage for your model. Do a full scan.

Next boot into free Partition Wizard CD, select 1 for screen res, delete Windows 7 partioning, create New primary partition, run a Surface Scan and System File check on both Windows 7 and Vista.

Now try installing Windows 7 using Custom install, then Drive Tools to format partition one more time before install.

After install, take all the time necessary to install Windows Updates one at a time with a System Restore point before each and several days to test performance in between them. Isolate the problem Update and open a Support case on the Windows Updates website - support is by email, but thorough until resolution.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jan 2010   #3

Vista / Win 7

Thanks for the detailed steps.

After I posted I decided to give it all one more try. I'm happy to say that so far so good. The only thing that I can think of that I did different than any other time I've attempted this so far is that when I was in the custom install, I chose to format the partition with the format option during the install process.

I'm currently cautiously optimistic. I plan to proceed with caution for few days keeping constant backups of my partition so as not to lose all my install progress. If I run into problems, I will attempt follow the steps provided in the above post.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64

You might attach a picture of your disk managment window using the snipping tool. Maybe something will show up that could be causing problems.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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