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Windows 7: Windows install failed, can't repair

11 Dec 2014   #1
TenTonApe

Windows 7
 
 
Windows install failed, can't repair

So my computer went from running perfectly fine to barely functional in a day. So I decided to reformat and reinstall. The plan was a complete reset. Factory defaults. So I backed up my stuff. Loaded up the install disk, formatted both my drives, combined some partitions and installed windows. Now this was a mistake, because I wound up with two windows 7 installs (it's been a while since I last did this, I forgot the steps). But whatever, I'll load it up, remove the second install. But every time I try to load either windows copy I get the error:


Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start.

A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.

2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."

3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance

File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc000000f Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt

*sigh* alright lets repair. However Startup repair cannot repair either install automatically. So I did some research and was told to make a few command prompt calls to restore default windows boot files however, despite my keyboard working enough to get me to the startup disk, the command prompt won't accept any key presses. Also any restart fails to start back up, I have to completely shut down and boot up.

So where do I go from here? What steps should I follow?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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11 Dec 2014   #2
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

First off, you should never install anything with multiple drives connected. Remove all drives/usbs from your system and leave only the hard drive you want to install Windows 7 on plugged in. (You can either disable the drive in BIOS or you can open the PC and physically unplug the extra hard drives.) After that, follow the steps in the tutorial below to perform a perfect install. At this point, its best to just start over. Since you have backups already, this should be easy.

Proceed with step one in the following turotial. Keep in mind, only step 1 is necessary. If you wish to move on to further steps, you can but its not mandatory)
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Now follow this guide to create a perfect install
Clean Install Windows 7

Complete these tasks and report back.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Dec 2014   #3
TenTonApe

Windows 7
 
 

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Proceed with step one in the following turotial. Keep in mind, only step 1 is necessary. If you wish to move on to further steps, you can but its not mandatory)
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
I can't do step one, I can't boot windows to get to command prompt there and the command prompt in system recovery doesn't accept any key input.

EDIT: It seems my keyboard isn't working at all as I selected load drivers and got the windows dialog, and I can't type at all there. I'm using a wireless keyboard and I don't own a wired keyboard. Do I have to get my hands on one?
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11 Dec 2014   #4
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

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Proceed with step one in the following turotial. Keep in mind, only step 1 is necessary. If you wish to move on to further steps, you can but its not mandatory)
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
I can't do step one, I can't boot windows to get to command prompt there and the command prompt in system recovery doesn't accept any key input. Edit it seems my keyboard isn't working at all as I selected load drivers and got the windows dialog, and I can't type at all there. I'm using a wireless keyboard and I don't own a wired keyboard. Do I have to get my hands on one?
Yes I would say get a keyboard that you know works. Are you able to boot into your BIOS with that keyboard?

This may help with part 1 of the link
DISKPART : At PC Startup
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11 Dec 2014   #5
TenTonApe

Windows 7
 
 

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Proceed with step one in the following turotial. Keep in mind, only step 1 is necessary. If you wish to move on to further steps, you can but its not mandatory)
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
I can't do step one, I can't boot windows to get to command prompt there and the command prompt in system recovery doesn't accept any key input. Edit it seems my keyboard isn't working at all as I selected load drivers and got the windows dialog, and I can't type at all there. I'm using a wireless keyboard and I don't own a wired keyboard. Do I have to get my hands on one?
Yes I would say get a keyboard that you know works.
Alright, I'll have to go buy a wired keyboard. Give me an hour or two.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Dec 2014   #6
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

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I can't do step one, I can't boot windows to get to command prompt there and the command prompt in system recovery doesn't accept any key input. Edit it seems my keyboard isn't working at all as I selected load drivers and got the windows dialog, and I can't type at all there. I'm using a wireless keyboard and I don't own a wired keyboard. Do I have to get my hands on one?
Yes I would say get a keyboard that you know works.
Alright, I'll have to go buy a wired keyboard. Give me an hour or two.
Make sure you read my last post, I updated it after you quoted me. There is a link that will help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Dec 2014   #7
TenTonApe

Windows 7
 
 

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Yes I would say get a keyboard that you know works.
Alright, I'll have to go buy a wired keyboard. Give me an hour or two.
Make sure you read my last post, I updated it after you quoted me. There is a link that will help.
I can get into my BIOS and I've booted to the disk from it, but I can't use my keyboard there. Can I clear my drive through my BIOS?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Dec 2014   #8
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

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Alright, I'll have to go buy a wired keyboard. Give me an hour or two.
Make sure you read my last post, I updated it after you quoted me. There is a link that will help.
I can get into my BIOS and I've booted to the disk from it, but I can't use my keyboard there. Can I clear my drive through my BIOS?
No its best to do that with your disc. Get a known good corded keyboard and try that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Dec 2014   #9
TenTonApe

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gator View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TenTonApe View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gator View Post

Make sure you read my last post, I updated it after you quoted me. There is a link that will help.
I can get into my BIOS and I've booted to the disk from it, but I can't use my keyboard there. Can I clear my drive through my BIOS?
No its best to do that with your disc. Get a known good corded keyboard and try that.
I'm heading out soon to buy one. USB or PS2?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Dec 2014   #10
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

usb unless you have some reason to believe your USB ports are not working.
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