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Windows 7: Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

15 Oct 2013   #340
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mohammed Adeeb View Post
Hey Shawn ,what do u mean by a clean install???
i usually do a custom install and the older windows files r kept in a folder named windows.old
A clean install would be to format and start from scratch.

Clean Install Windows 7


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15 Oct 2013   #341
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Seanmorgan View Post
hi i tried to use this to get out of my loop but my only option on system recovery options is start up repair. what can i do?
Hello Sean, and welcome to Seven Forums.

See if you may be able to use either step in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to open a command prompt at boot to then be able to do the tutorial on the first page.

Command Prompt at Startup

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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18 Oct 2013   #342
sherlock87

Windows XP 32bit / Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Hi! Last week I got my family's computer working again with these instructions, but now it's happened again and it doesn't work :/ The first time, when I clicked normal startup it reached the logo part, but now when I click it it goes directly to startup repair, which obviously doesn't work. I also tried fixboot, fixmbr, rebuildbcd and chkdsk but nothing, and the two restore points end up in error... Any ideas?
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18 Oct 2013   #343
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

Is your repair disc working? Mine gave me many errors so I created one to replace the defective one. But after many attempts and realizing that my files were lost (temporarily), I removed the Hard Drive and connected it to another PC, used multiple recovery programs to recover more than 50% of the lost files and restoring the Laptop to factory new, by using the DVDs I created the first time I configured the Laptop. If you have the DVDs to restore the system to Factory New and you have all your files safe and sound, just Nuke it with the DVD created for Factory new. Is this Windows 7 or 8?
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18 Oct 2013   #344
sherlock87

Windows XP 32bit / Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Hi, thanks for the response. It's Windows 7. I created a repair disk too last week since the options included wasn't working and I tried it the first time we had this problem, but again, it didn't work. I didn't check it this time so I'll do it now, though I don't have much hope it will work, but anyway. In this case, luckily the files don't seem to be damaged. I can see everything is there through the notepad and also through a windows xp portable I downloaded (which by the way doesn't let me do much)

I'll also add this: the last one to use that computer was my brother and he says that he saw something related to Microsoft Windows Defender (and maybe DirectX?, he doesn't remember..) Well the thing is that the last checkpoint was made last night automatically and it's named Windows Defender Checkpoint. So maybe something related to a virus or some kind of malware? I tried to run Malwarebytes Anti-malware through that WXP portable but it doesn't let me...)
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18 Oct 2013   #345
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

Did you try to use the Windows 7 media instead of the repair disk? Booting from it will give the option of either installing windows or a repair. Choosing repair will send you to multiple options, like the simple repair start up problems and then on. Then you have the system restore option there too. But if you already tried all this, then I'm wasting your time.

There are two options I could try but one of them is too expensive. The cheapest one is to take out the HD, connect it to another PC (USB enclosure) and try the Disk Error Checking tool. Checkmark both Automatically Fix File System Errors and Scan and Recover bad sectors. The expensive one is to have another drive, same capacity or more, and try to clone the troublesome one. I did that once with a Windows XP system (Dell) that went on a loop when starting up (Windows XP Logo). Cloning the drive worked, I've no idea if the cloning process skipped the bad sectors but it worked. But don't waste money in buying another HD. I only suggest this option if you already have one, just in case. For cloning, I used the Acronis version that Western Digital let you download for free. I'm not sure if either the Source or the Target disk need to be Western Digital but it's just an idea (crazy one).

ADDENDUM

The cloning was pure luck because the original plan was to buy the HD to replace the one with the XP Logo Startup loop. Since it was a Dell, we had the Restoration CD to use with the new HD. The cloning was just an experiment I did to see if I got the same results (startup Loop) like with the old one. Surprisingly, the system booted normally so I didn't need to go through the tiresome re-installation process.

Again, if you happen to have an extra HD, same capacity (or more) as the "defective" one, try the experiment.
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19 Oct 2013   #346
sherlock87

Windows XP 32bit / Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Sorry, I just arrive home so I couldn't reply earlier. At the end my dad decided to take the cpu to a pc repairman this morning. Luckily we could do some backups of a few important personal files that were stored in the main partition (which I guess will be formatted) through the xp portable I had downloaded. Anyway, thanks skunky62 for taking time and try to help
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19 Oct 2013   #347
samcham

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

This seems perfect for my predicament, all except for the fact that when I select Startup Repair from he booting menu, it goes straight to a black screen, F8 doesn't work either.
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20 Oct 2013   #348
ConnorPhillips

Windows 7
 
 

Hello everyone!
This evening, my computer forcibly restarted, and after fussing with it, I was finally able to get to the command prompt. I followed all of the steps provided, yet I was unable to get the computer to boot up normally. In addition, I tried a System Restore which was "successful," though after it was finished, startup repair booted up for five seconds and then claimed that it couldn't do anything to solve the problem. Has anyone else experienced this sort of problem? If any of you have suggestions/tips, they would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time and effort. (I'm doing this on a Dell Inspiron N7010 with Windows 7 if that makes any difference.)
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20 Oct 2013   #349
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samcham View Post
This seems perfect for my predicament, all except for the fact that when I select Startup Repair from he booting menu, it goes straight to a black screen, F8 doesn't work either.
If you can't get to System Restore, then re-install the OS again. If you previously created the DVDs to restore the system to factory new, don't waste your time. Try saving your data to another PC and Presto.
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