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Windows 7: Unable to start windows

01 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
Unable to start windows

a couple of days ago i reset my laptop to factory defaults, after which i had to install a load of windows updates. one of the updates entirely screwed up my laptop. i had to restart after the updates, but i got stuck on the 'logging off' screen, which took all night. then i decided to reboot it and after that windows just wouldn't start. i left it on for hours, but there was no progress whatsoever. so i figured i'd start from scratch and reset my laptop to default settings AGAIN, except when i turn on my laptop, press F8 and choose system recovery (which is supposed to load the toshiba screen), it tries and starts windows instead. i cannot get pass the 'starting windows' screen, no matter how long i leave it on. my laptop is nearly a year old and i've never gotten this problem (maybe because when i just got it i didn't really install any updates).

my laptop is a toshiba satellite with windows 7 home premium.

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01 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1

Did your laptop come with a System Recovery disc? If not, supply your Laptops model number and I will try to assist further. The model number will be located on a label underneath the laptop usually accompanied with serial numbers etc.

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01 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 home premium 64bit

first off thank you for replying!

this is a school laptop and i did not get the os disc when i got it.
if i'm correct my laptop is a toshiba satellite c860, i'm not sure if that is what you meant.
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01 Oct 2011   #4

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to use Toshiba Recovery.
How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:
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01 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 home premium 64bit

system recovery is what i was aiming for, but like i said, when i try and start system recovery it takes me to the windows loading screen instead, and the options on the site you gave me seem only possible when you are already in windows. i did not create recovery cds either. also, i can not order the recovery cds on the toshiba website because i live in europe.
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01 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1

Your Windows partition maybe damaged enough to not let you access the boot menu, If you have access to another working computer, it may be wise to download and create your own recovery disc. Use the links provided by theog.

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01 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 home premium 64bit

the site does not tell me how to download such a cd though. am i supposed to make the recovery cd from another toshiba laptop?
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01 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1

There is one other thing you could try, but this does not apply to all Toshiba laptops. Follow these steps:

Make sure the computer is turned off
Remove any peripherals such an external mouse, keyboard, monitor, USB flash drive etc.
Make sure the Mains Adapter is plugged in and working.
Press and hold down the 0 (zero) key on the keyboard while powering on the computer. Release it when the recovery warning screen appears.
If the recovery process offers a choice of Operating Systems, select the appropriate one for you.
A warning screen appears, stating that when the recovery is executed all data will be deleted and rewritten.
Click Yes to continue.
When the Toshiba Recovery Wizard opens select "Recovery of Factory Software" or the appropriate option for your needs.
Continue to follow the directions restarting as necessary.

As far as creating a recovery disc, I am looking into that for you now.

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01 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1

Sorry Kelly is your Windows 7 installation 32bit or 64bit? and are you familiar with burning ISO images to disc?
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01 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 home premium 64bit

i came as far as selecting the os before it took me back to the same startup screen. (windows is unable to start due to a hardware / software problem. system recovery / start windows)

right now i'm downloading a recovery cd but it's for a toshiba c660 (my laptop is a c650), does it matter much?

my windows is a 64bit, and yes i am familiar with iso files and disc burning.
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