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Windows 7: Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

03 Jan 2014   #370
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Searle,

Sometimes the COA sticker will be under the battery on laptops. You might check to see if it may be there.

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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03 Jan 2014   #371
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you can't find the key, you have some options:

1) Ask Dell to send you recovery media. They will probably charge 15 bucks to send it.

2) There must be a recovery partition on there. It will contain a file called install.wim. You just need to Apply that wim to the existing windows partition. However, you can't do that from within the existing windows installation. You can do it if you can attach another machine, or if you boot up repair media and do it from there.

3) Install a free os. Linux Mint is popular. I am downloading Mate 64 bit as we speak. Download - Linux Mint



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by searle View Post
I don't have a copy of the license key, so can't reinstall windows. It's a dell, I have everything I need off it but just have no way of activating it, came preloaded on the laptop with no stickers or anything with the key on. Looking for a fix as having to pay for another copy of windows isn't an option for me.
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03 Jan 2014   #372
skunky62

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 

Like Brink just stated, sometimes the Win Lic sticker is underneath the battery pack. You can follow SIW2's suggestion and call Dell to give you the Recovery Disks or a Windows 7 copy. They gave me a Windows 7 installation CD/DVD but I had to beg for it and I had no Warranty left on the system so I got lucky. I'm sure you still have the Dell System Tag number (don't you?), that could help in deciding whether they charge you or not for the Recovery Disks. Do you still have Warranty on that system or is it expired?
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23 Jan 2014   #373
cr4fty1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

G'day
I need help desperately. I have followed the instructions to a T in the "Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery"
I was previously able to go to System Recoveries Options now NOTHING it's really completely stuck in
Startup Repair so I can even restore from an old backup, which I now know I should have done.
Any ideas???
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23 Jan 2014   #374
simono1

Windows 7 Pro- 32bit.
 
 

I think you need to get out of all of it and start over... Hold down on the start button on the pc or laptop until the machine shuts down. Unplug the machine and wait 30 seconds and plug it back in and start it back up. See if you can follow the instructions again. I'm not sure if this will help but, it's worth a try at this point.
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25 Jan 2014   #375
MilkMee6

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Hello, all. I am in need of your help. I am running Windows 7 Pro 64bit. I have tried the Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery and it has been unsuccessful. When I get to step 10, I noticed that there is also a COMPONENTS.iobit, DEFAULT.iobit, SAM.iobit, SECURITY.iobit, and SOFTWARE.iobit. Are those supposed to be there? On step 13 my sizes are way off. My DEFAULT is 616,744, SAM 102,400, SECURITY 45,056, SOFTWARE 104,382,464, SYSTEM 25,976,832. I have also tried last known configuration, sfc scannow says I have errors but cannot repair them, running system repair 3 times, and all of the Bootrec.exe options. When trying to load windows, the Windows Boot Manager says the File: WDFLDR.sys Status: 0xc000000f failed to load because a required file is missing or corrupt. I would like to do a Windows Repair install but to use the "upgrade" option I have to be in windows to do it. I have an external case that I can put my corrupt SSD drive into, is it possible to run the Repair Install from a working system and repair the external drive when it is being used as a secondary drive? If that makes sense. Also, I am not sure when it happened but the Startup Repair disappeared after trying one of the options I have read online and I am now using a bootable USB drive of Windows to use the Startup Repair utility. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!
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25 Jan 2014   #376
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello MilkMee6,

If you have not already, you might see if doing a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before this happened may be able to help.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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25 Jan 2014   #377
MilkMee6

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thank you for the response but I have already tried that and there are no System Restore points to rollback to. Any other ideas besides having to do a format and clean install? Will putting the corrupt drive into an external case allow me to run a repair install from another computer?
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25 Jan 2014   #378
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm afraid that wouldn't work for a repair install. It must be upgraded from within the running OS you want to repair.

As a test, see if you may be able to boot into Safe Mode, then use the tutorial below to troubleshoot with a clean start to see if you may be able to boot into Windows afterwards. If so, then you may be able to continue with the tutorial below to find the culprit to fix instead of doing a repair install.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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25 Jan 2014   #379
MilkMee6

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Ok thanks. I am unable to boot into safe mode. When I run Startup Repair I receive two errors. msisadrv.sys is corrupt, Error Code = 0x2. And wdfldr.sys is corrupt. I copied those two files from another Windows 7 64bit OS and put them on my corrupt drive and it gave me the error code listed above. Any other way to fix these two corrupt files?

Update - Trying to start windows, windows boot manager now gives corrupt file ksecdd.sys.
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