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Windows 7: Windows 7 - Heal thyself!

07 Jan 2009   #1
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 
Windows 7 - Heal thyself!

Call me naive, but I’ve always thought that it should be possible for your average PC user to get themselves out of a PC jam without having to call on the Geek Squad (or their friendly neighborhood uber-geek). Windows 7 has in place mechanisms to help even the most basic of users get their PC back from one of the worst situations that they can find themselves in - a system that won’t boot.

I’ve already looked at some of Windows 7’s troubleshooting tools but the other day I had a chance to use it first hand after a power supply died and corrupted the OS. The system tried rebooting and failed. On the next reboot the OS flipped into Windows Error Recovery mode and offered the Startup Repair option.

via http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=3256

finally some media attention on this very useful addition that will save dollars on "simple" fixes......


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07 Jan 2009   #2
Surfer25

Vista
 
 

Cool stuff... doesnt Vista have a similar option to launch a repair if the system failed to start properly last time??
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07 Jan 2009   #3
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Surfer25 View Post
Cool stuff... doesnt Vista have a similar option to launch a repair if the system failed to start properly last time??
the thing is this is not from windows OS you boot from.....

this is from outside the windows OS called windows PE (pre-installation environment) which is the same as the boot from the vista or 7 disc which you are able to have a GUI and have basic drivers in order to install or repair your computer.....

what they did is they made part of installation (remember when it says in the vista disc under the bottom "repair my computer")

this is now on the machine itself meaning no need to search for the disc itself to make a repair....

even better when you might have a OEM cd and all you can do is restore to the OEM image....
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07 Jan 2009   #4
Joe

Windows 7 RC
 
 

I have also used this same "self healing" process. It worked very smoothly. I was glad to see that they made the software work smarter.
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07 Jan 2009   #5
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

I too have used it. Worked like a charm.

Gary
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07 Jan 2009   #6
Surfer25

Vista
 
 

Thanks for the explanation makes sense now.
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07 Jan 2009   #7
echrada

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks I have used it as well but a very good post.
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07 Jan 2009   #8
napilopez

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
 
 

Would this be that 200 mb partition I keep hearing seven creates? And does it do so in previous builds? I'm still running 6956 so I'm not sure =P
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07 Jan 2009   #9
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

yes I can confirm that it was early as 6801
so its a good thing that you generally can't acess it until you need it
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07 Jan 2009   #10
SnapCount

Windows XP Pro SP3 / Windows 7RC 7100
 
 

So it goes into "Heal" mode automatically if it fails to boot first time around?

Is there a shortcut key to do it manually?
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