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Windows 7: Configuring Windows Endless After Reboot


30 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit Sp1
 
 
Configuring Windows Endless After Reboot

This was yesterday.

I had been doing a lot of work when I noticed the laptop lagging, so I finished up and planned on rebooting after CCleaner. CCleaner needed a update, did that and went to restart. Background programs stalled that, canceled, closed explorer, went to reboot. Another undescribed background program stalled again, forced reboot. As it was rebooting said something about Windows updates, do not shut off. After 10 minutes with no progress I hit the power button, shut down and restarted in safe mode.

Tried system restore. Same Window updating, do not shut off. Same no progress whatsoever.

I hit the power button again, restarted and went looking for my Windows reinstall CD.

Miraculously, windows starts, a little slow, windows checking for problems. I get online, things seemed fine, windows still checking for problems. tells me to back up! Says nothing about system restore.

Here's the message and possible problem, which i think is related to a WD external drive, I can't recall attaching recently.

Quote:
Driver software installation
Problem: Could not install driver software
Files that help describe the problem:
DMI9556.tmp.log.xml
xmlprn.inf setupapi.app.log
View a temporary copy of these files

Warning: If a virus or other security threat caused the problem, opening a copy of the files could harm your computer.
The laptop ran fine all day long, but tonight I uninstalled a program that came with my Canon camera that was also mentioned in the action center. I needed to reboot after uninstall and had the same problems as above. No message about system restore, Canon programs are gone and Windows update shows all the latest updates.

I've made Windows 7 repair disk. Think I should try it?




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30 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional 32bit Sp1
 
 

I'm think this may be the problem. Would it be safe to uninstall? Odd, doesn't show in installed updates.


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30 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32bit Sp1
 
 

I have more. I tried a system repair and it failed to work, asking about attached devices. there were none. I then tried a system resore and that also failed with error code 0x80070002

Google led me here

You receive a "0x80070002" or "0x80070003" error code after you download an update from Windows Update, from Microsoft Update, or from Windows Server Update Services
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30 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Try booting to Safe Mode and do your System Restore. That can sometimes work if doing it in normal mode doesn't.
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30 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32bit Sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
Try booting to Safe Mode and do your System Restore. That can sometimes work if doing it in normal mode doesn't.

I tried from safe mode twice and when it rebooted it would almost start normally ended up with a black screen. Ctrl, alt, del got me to the options, and I took task manager, that opened over the black screen but appeared to load the processes normally.

I then tried system restore from a repair DVD twice using different restore points which gave the same error code each time.
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30 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The update shown in your screenshot in post #2 was an out-of-band update that MS pushed out around that time (and I do see it in the list you posted a screenshot of). It was a "special" one that gets installed no matter if you have update set to install automatically or not. All update needed to do was to make its daily check and you were going to get it when it rolled out. The update itself, if I recall, has something to do with ensuring the integrity of all future updates (kind of like patching Windows Update itself).

Can you do this in Safe Mode: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker (by Brink)?

Specifically relating to Update issues. The second link is for fairly advanced users and specifically mentions the two error codes you received (both by Flavius):

Troubleshooting with System Update readiness Tool

System Update Readiness Tool - CheckSur.log File Analyzis
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30 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

And another that is quick and easy to do: Windows Update - Reset (by Brink).
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30 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional 32bit Sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
And another that is quick and easy to do: Windows Update - Reset (by Brink).
That's probably more my speed.

I'm going to prepare for the worst and have everything in order in case I need to re-install Windows. Something I'm not looking forward to, but will create a data partition if I do. Atleast that way, I can backup the OS and programs separately for cases like this.

I already have all my docs, photos and music backed up.

One question I have that I don't fully understand, once partitioned, if I make a image of the C drive (OS and programs) and need to reinstall at a later date does having the appdata on a different partition matter, since it's not being updated, or is that folder kept on the same as the OS?

BTW, I appreciate your time and suggestions.
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30 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you're speaking of the appdata folder under your username I'd say keep it with the OS/apps partition. I think a relatively easy way for you to determine which folders under your username can be moved is to right click each subfolder and select "properties". If the dialog box that pops up has a "Location" tab the folder is a candidate for moving elsewhere. With Windows 7 you can also just use the libraries feature.

Those are probably the easiest ways to separate your data from the OS/apps, especially if you plan on using that user account for restoring data after a catastrophe. There are ways to move all user accounts (all folders including appdata) by doing a bunch of manual moves of folders (keeping in mind permission properties), creating junctions/links, changing registry keys, etc., and setting it up so that if you later create a new user it gets created with the same setup. But to me, it just complicates a restore because you've got to think how you'd go about doing it. And how do you know a restore would go according to plan? So after you finish setting it all up, you've actually got to do a restore to make sure it works as expected. I've done it before on a couple machines but in the end quit doing it. For the rare times I set up a new user, and even more rare catastrophic recoveries (never) I've determined it wasn't remotely worth the effort (other than learning).

Check out:

Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

... just in case!
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30 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

And one more thing to think of before you encounter a potential reinstall. Even though you've got your personal data already backed up and safe, think about copying hardware drivers (you're gonna need an internet connection for updates) and also inventory your installed apps. Make sure you've got install disks or links as well as any product keys you need. This will help: Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.
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