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Windows 7: Startup Repair loop -repair installation?

27 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Startup Repair loop -repair installation?

Dear all,

A little over a week ago, my system BSOD'd (too quickly for me to see the first time) and eventually after a number of restarts rebooted normally and ran fine for the next day or so. The following day, I was unable to get the machine to post, with fans spinning but not a lot else. Resetting the BIOS seemed to work, but I was then stuck at the startup repair screen, looping without success. I had a spare HDD so installed another copy of 7 Pro and managed to book ok, but after several more BSODs it looked like a hardware fault. I changed the motherboard today for a similar (same chipset) model and reconnected the original HDD, but once again I am stuck at startup repair with the following error:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21200795
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 24
Problem Signature 07: Corupt Registry
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033

I cannot get into Safe Mode in any guise without the system heading back to the unsuccessful startup repair. I have also tried the advanced F8 menu/ignore non-signed driver option, however this caused a fast and immediate BSOD just after the Windows splash screen -way too fast to grab any kind of info.

If at all possible I would like to retain the programs/files already on the HDD (looking through the inventory with Command Prompt, it seems everything's still there). I've seen reference to a Repair Install on this forum, but the supplied instructions state it needs to be performed from within Windows. I was hoping for something similar to the old XP version?

Any help would be gratefully received.

Best wishes.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

You may find Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery helpful.

You will need a Windows 7 repair disc or you can use the Advanced Boot Options to get to the System Recovery Options.

Then try the steps in Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery. Note the warning:

warning   Warning
The instructions presented withing this tutorial must be followed correctly, or you can damage your Windows 7 installation even further. This tutorial is designed to help recover from a bad registry that is causing the startup repair loop. You should note that there may still be some issues remaining that cannot be fixed by manually restoring the registry.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Many thanks for your prompt reply.

I went through all of the steps in the Startup Repair Infinate Loop Recovery link but after the Starting Windows splash screen, just before the animation appears I was taken back into Startup Repair which once again was unsuccessful.

I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions I could try?

Best regards,

My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

System Restore OPTION TWO

Those are the only things left that come to mind. Other than that, you will just have to do a custom install onto the same disk partition that Windows is currently on without changing the layout and let Windows put all your files and such into a Windows.old directory.

Were you able to resolve the boot errors, or did you re-install Windows 7?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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