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Windows 7: Startup Repair - Unable to escape...

04 May 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

I found it - it was F12... Go figure!
Burning CD now, and will try your solutions...
Thank you!!!

Will let you know when I have succeeded, booted up, and backed up my files again!

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06 May 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

please help... I have downloaded the Recovery Disk as suggested above, and burned it to a CD. I have been able to enter the BIOS and set the boot order to boot from the CD, but it faisl to boot from the CD. I am not sure if its becuase the CD drive is the problem, or if the files on the CD are not bootable... Any ideas?

If I were to try to do a re-insatll of Windows &, will it wipe off my data from the hard drive?
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06 May 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

I have tried to boot to the Recovery Disk, and it appears to start Windows, and then I get back to that Black Screen... Any ideas?
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07 May 2011   #14


Boot from CD - How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD - Boot to CD

You said you have a known-good Win7 DVD? Try booting it using the F12 one-time Boot menu key, then select Repair my Computer on second screen to run Startup Repair repeatedly.

Startup Repair should automate System Restore but if not run it separately from the options list.

The Repair CD might not have been burned correctly. Try ImgBurn at 4x speed with verify.

You can copy out your files using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
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07 May 2011   #15

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Try running the Dell diagnostic tool at F12 options.
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07 May 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Thank you both for the responses...

Yes, I have a good Win7 DVD - have tried to boot from it, but it seems to boot into Windows, and then hits a blank black screen and goes no further.

I can't copy my files yet - I can't get into the HDD ...

I have run the Dell Diagnsotics: Tells me I have errors # 0146 & 0F00.0423/0232/0732, with a Msg: DISK_0 - Block 162366596/597...
I fear my hard drive has been corrupted!

I will try to re-burn the Windows Recovery disk - luckily I have a work laptop to work from
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07 May 2011   #17


Run the HD maker's diagnostics/repair extended CD scan: HD Diagnostic

Then run Disk Check from the DVD/CD Repair Command Line: Disk Check

This will let you know the exact condition of your HD and whether it's reparable or needs replacement.
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08 May 2011   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Thank you everyone for your support, advice and solutions!
My laptop is back, up and running, and I'm I'm doing a Backup as I type this! (on another computer)

I eventually took out the hard drive, and went to Best Buy and bought a SATA drive convertor to USB, and accessed the HDD through another computer - I ran CHKDSK, on the drive, and it was able to repair some corrupted files. The data was then readable as an external drive... I then copied my most importnat files onto the other laptop, and then re-assembled my laptop. Booted up, and there it was!!!

I'm doing backups, now, and after that I will run a whole battery of diagnostics on it...

I really appreciate your support - it has been a rough week since the laptop died, and you guys have been invaluable! We may not have solved it directly, but you all gave me the next step to pursue...
Best wishes, Brett
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06 Dec 2012   #19

Windows 7 Home 32bit

I too got this problem a few months ago, and tried everything including repair from Windows 7 installation disk. Everything brings you back to this error screen with the "launch startup repair" or "continue to windows boot" legends. I was finally told that the only solution is a re-install, which I decided against. The error came all of a sudden with no addition of any new s/w or h/w as the error message alleges. So even after a painful reinstall I could still face the problem in the future. So now when the error screen comes I just press the down arrow and continue to boot up. Haven't faced any problem with that.

This is a problem that MS seriously needs to have checked. I have come across so many occurances on the web and no one has been able to solve it. Bar a re-install!
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06 Dec 2012   #20


One way to overcome the Startup Repair loop is to boot from the DVD or System Repair Disk
to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times. This is because onboard repairs are dependent upon System files which may have become corrupted or in bad blocks.

Startup Repair should automate Disk Check and System Restore but if not run them manually from the disk's System Recovery Options .

Sometimes Startup Repair will become bogged during a Disk Check so it never ends. This is remedied by running Disk Check from the DVD or Repair CD's Command line.
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