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Windows 7: HELP!! Win 7 Crashed. Will not boot up

02 May 2011   #21
gregrocker

 

Perhaps you are not aware that the light blue type in our posts are links to tutorials which explain in depth with illustrations how to do each step. I just posted the process for copying out your files using the Repair CD: System Repair Disc - Create

You can also do this from the DVD (Win7 installer fits on a DVD, not a CD) once you get it.

What about Gateway Recovery? Do you have the Recov partition or made the Recov disks, or have any disks? Boot the disks to clean reinstall, or use the hotkey to trigger the Recovery partition.

First use the System Recovery Options command line to run through the commands SIW2 posted above.

This is an interactive process. If you have any questions, ask them back and we will give you further explanation and new steps. If you want the fix, you have to do the work.


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02 May 2011   #22
bkolt

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I do have 3 GatewayRecovery disks. the first one has these directories: GRC , I386 and preload. how do I use them from the prompt?
The second and third ones have the same thing. I created them on 6/8/2008 after I upgraded my computer. They do not self boot.
Also, I have been following the links and trying those instructions. I keep running into dead ends when I dont have a dvd with the files needed.

Also, just fyi... I just graduated with an associates degree in Computer Science and have been messing around with computers for 20 + years. The problem was the courses were about Windows XP and earlier. Not much information about Win 7 at all. They taught us to use forums to find answers. LOL.
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02 May 2011   #23
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Recovery discs should boot.

Sounds like XP is on them.
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03 May 2011   #24
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bkolt View Post
I do have 3 GatewayRecovery disks. the first one has these directories: GRC , I386 and preload. how do I use them from the prompt?
The second and third ones have the same thing. I created them on 6/8/2008 after I upgraded my computer. They do not self boot.
Also, I have been following the links and trying those instructions. I keep running into dead ends when I dont have a dvd with the files needed.

Also, just fyi... I just graduated with an associates degree in Computer Science and have been messing around with computers for 20 + years. The problem was the courses were about Windows XP and earlier. Not much information about Win 7 at all. They taught us to use forums to find answers. LOL.
bkolt, any of the tutorials in the links posted will work, just start from the command prompt section of the tutorial.
You don't need the CD/DVD to get to the command prompt, just access it from your System Recovery Options like before.

You are very fortunate to have Greg and SIW helping you, they are very good at this.
I have seen them fix hundreds of MBR, booting issues.
This is your chance to learn from them.

My advice is to follow Greg and SIW's suggestions, starting with Gregs suggestion:
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First use the System Recovery Options command line to run through the commands SIW2 posted above.

Post any questions you may have, and someone will answer.
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03 May 2011   #25
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

bkolt,

1. You do have a win7 repair disc.

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I put in my Win 7 repair disk 32-bit. It ran the startup repair twice but could not repair it automatically
2. SFC command can be run with that - you need to run it in a particular way- not the way you did it already.

Quote:
Boot it up, go to command prompt and type:

Diskpart

lis vol

( find the drive letter of your Windows 7 partition - use that instead of ? below )

exi

SFC.EXE /scannow /offbootdir:?:\ /offwindir=?:\windows
3. You can copy your data off with the repair disc you have also, exactly as described by Greg.

4. If you need to reinstall windows7 - then of course you will need an installation disc.

You can get one from the tech who installed it for you, or you can find the installation .iso files on the internet. The installation .iso needs to be burned to a dvd as an image - not as data. You must have a valid win7 product key with your machine - usually on a sticker on the side of the machine, or under the battery.


NOTE - Don't worry if drive letters are differnt from the booted repair cd - that is normal.

X is the temporary drive you are in when you boot the recovery cd - it is a drive in memory not on your HD.

Use diskpart commands above to find out which drive letter relates to your win7 partition.
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03 May 2011   #26
bkolt

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

OK I was up till 3am moving files to my external drive. I followed the instructions above: SFC.exe ... what is supposed to happen when I do that? the screen filled with the commands for SFC and discriptions of what they are for, but nothing else seemed to happen.
I typed in:
SFC.exe /scannow/offboodir:C:\ /offwindir=C"\windows

I also downloaded the Win 7 Repair ISO with -torrent and burned it to a DVD.
What is the next step with that?
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03 May 2011   #27
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

SFC.exe /scannow /offboodir:C:\ /offwindir=C"\windows

should be

SFC.exe /scannow /offboodir:C:\ /offwindir=C:\windows


Quote:
I also downloaded the Win 7 Repair ISO with -torrent and burned it to a DVD.
What is the next step with that?
I don't know why you would need that - it is the same as the win 7 repair cd which you seem to have already.

If you to reinstall - you would need the installation iso
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03 May 2011   #28
bkolt

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

The download of Win 7 was in one of the instructions posted. Just following what I was told.

Now I did type the command for SFC correctly. several times... and the only thing that happens is a list of commands scrolls by.
What is this command supposed to do? Scan all protected system files and repair files with problems when possible.. How do I know whether or not it did this?
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03 May 2011   #29
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If it is typed incorrectly , then a list of the commands is displayed.

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What is this command supposed to do? Scan all protected system files and repair files with problems when possible.. How do I know whether or not it did this?
Yes, that is what it is for.

If it is done correctly, you will get a message it is scanning and may take a while.

Like this:

Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired
them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For
example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
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04 May 2011   #30
bkolt

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

OK I am still not getting anywhere with the sfc.exe I am typing it as I see it on here. No option for copy and paste.

SFC.EXE(space)/scannow/offbootdir:C:\(space)/offwindir=C:\windows

I also tried it without the spaces

is that correct? all I get is a list of commands. is it case sensitive?

If I just type sfc /scannow it says there is a repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart windows and run sfc again. Only it cannot complete the repair because it does not know the root cause.
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