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Windows 7: Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

21 Aug 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Thanks Dave, yes maybe it'll save us all some typing.

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21 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Very good tutorial, Ted; well done. It will save us time and typing.
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21 Aug 2010   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Thank you Carl!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2010   #13


Why would they be running Startup Repair if they could get into Disk management to mark partition Active?

Can you make the screenshots about how to mark Active and run Startup Repair from DVD/Repair CD? Thanks.

Just askin.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

03 Oct 2010   #14

Windows 10 Pro X64

Great tutorial, but it still doesn't answer the question of why 3 times is often needed? Why doesn't 1 time fix things? What happens each time you run Startup Repair? Does it fix one thing, then the next time sees that's fixed and fix something else? If so, what exactly is being fixed?

I'm not complaining about this tutorial, I think it's great, but I would really like to understand the reason for having to run 3 times.
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03 Oct 2010   #15

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Startup Repair can fix one MBR issue at a time, it will normally take three times to get it working.

The BIOS system is about 25 years old and you have to be gentile with it.

A little info: Bios' replacement, known as UEFI, will predominate in new PCs by 2011
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12 Oct 2010   #16

Windows 7 x64, Windows XP x64, Ubuntu
Fix not "sticking"

A couple of days ago MS Security Essentials claimed that it found "TrojanOS/Shetwirl.H" on my Windows 7 Home Premium PC. I told it to remove the files before I realized that they were located on the MBRs of my hard disks. Upon next reboot I saw the screen in my attachment.

I used the method outlined in this post and after the third or fourth time the boot screen asks me to select the Windows 7 [recovered] OS. Then I do it boots into Windows 7 fine and everything works as it should. If, however, I remove the Windows repair CD, I get the same error screen again and have to go through another 3 or 4 rounds of "fixes" before it allows me to boot into Windows 7... again, but only if I have the Repair CD in the drive.

It seems like the repair process is not being completed somehow. Am I doing something wrong? Should I try a different repair method?

BTW, no hardware was changed... and the fact that it boots back into windows after a few repair attempts tends to confirm that.

Please advise.

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12 Oct 2010   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Omegaman007.

Since you can get into Windows 7 will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

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12 Oct 2010   #18

Windows 7 x64, Windows XP x64, Ubuntu

Sure! Here it is. Disk 1 is on SATA3 and it is set to be the first HD to boot in BIOS. I still use the Win XP x64 OS on rare occasions but am phasing it out. When I do need to boot to it I just chose that HD during the BIOS bootup sequence.

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12 Oct 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Oh my, I thought I was a HDD nut.

The issue is that there is more than one partition that is marked as "Active" and that is how the partition that is to receive the startup repairs is flagged by the system so that the system will know where to do the repairs.

What we usually suggest is to disconnect all the HDDs except the one that needs the startup repairs, do the repairs and then reconnect the others.

Before you do that I would mark the "wrong" 2 partitions as inactive in diskpart, disconnect the HDDs and do the repairs; have a look at this snip below to see how to use diskpart to mark inactive.

Most times it won't succeed with more than one HDD marked as active and still connected.
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