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Windows 7: Laptop Won't boot Anything

29 Jul 2012   #31
Microsoft MVP


In Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot which I posted 17 hours ago, it shows in Step 5 exactly how to write the latest official Windows 7 installer w/SP1 Windows 7 to flash stick to do the booted repairs, copy out your data, or wipe the HD to Clean Reinstall.

If tool given fails try Universal USB Installer which was also suggested earlier.

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29 Jul 2012   #32

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium

Yes, I have just booted up an old Laptop. When my USB finishes what it's doing I will try booting it and installing Ubuntu on my spare which I was about to try anyway. If that works then I'll be back, if it doesn't work we can assume it's the media in which I am trying to boot
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29 Jul 2012   #33

Ubuntu 12.10

Alright then, sounds good .
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29 Jul 2012   #34

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium

Ahhh Bad news I am afraid. I booted the Windows 7 DVD into my old laptop and it had no issues with it. Granted my Ubuntu disc is faulty because I used Nero, I am in the process of making another Ubuntu Live disc in the hopes that will help rule out the hard drive
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29 Jul 2012   #35
Microsoft MVP


With the rootkit infection it never really gets clean until the HD is wiped and Windows 7 reinstalled on the clean slate.

I gave you steps earlier to copy out your data, wipe the HD and boot the installer all of which use disks that will boot themselves, forcing the Windows 7 installer to ultimately boot itself to do the Clean REinstall.
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29 Jul 2012   #36

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium

Hey Greg, I folowed them instructions and it worked. I went into the boot command promt, I then used the diskpart command and the 'clean all' command on my C drive to completely clear it. I then inserted the recovery discs and put windows 7 back on. After 2 days of trialing the clean install I tried backing up from a windows image and that is how I ended up here :/

I can't even get back to the command prompt to clean the HD again I will try my "new" ubuntu disc when it's finished installing on my old laptop and see where the problem lies.

Cheers, Dan.
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29 Jul 2012   #37

Ubuntu 12.10

The harddrive has nothing to do whether your bootable media will boot or not.

Yes, try booting from the Ubuntu disk to see if it works or not when you are done.
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29 Jul 2012   #38
Microsoft MVP


Do you remember what you were doing just before the Clean Reinstall went south?

Have you tested the hardware as given in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums ?

Is there a newer BIOS update? If not reset the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Can you boot a disk now? Can you access Repair console on F8?
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02 Aug 2012   #39

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium

Right Guys, Basically I made another Ubuntu Disc and it worked. I booted the live CD which of course doesn't use the hard drive then I installed Ubuntu on the full hard drive (formatting it all). This basically fixed my computer. It must have refreshed the MBR or something because I then put the Windows 7 disc in and installed that I have been back on top ever since with no problems. Although I have just realised I installed the 32bit version of windows instead of the 64bit version >_< now I have to start again lmao Cheers though lads Much appreciated!
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02 Aug 2012   #40

Windows 7 Home Premium

there is probability that the hard drive is bad? so use a diagnostic tool to check the hardrive health. if you boot from a usb flash drive and nothing freezes then am thinking the hard drive is bad, try a complete format on your hard drive. I seen bad hard drives that lock in the windows logo and never finish logging in.

complete format with gparted in the usb ubuntu
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