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Windows 7: Windows cannot start

29 Nov 2009   #1
bellandbottle

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 
Windows cannot start

This morning I tried to boot up and the system froze. I hit reboot, and the system told me that it was trying to repair. After 10 minutes or so it said it could not repair, and would I send off the report to MS - which I did. The system then shut down, and I rebooted - no problem seen on this reboot.

I have a daily Ghost 14 backup, so I could have gone there, but not necessary this time of course.

Disconcerting though!


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29 Nov 2009   #2
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Hi and welcome.

Daily backup? That's a little unnecessary I'd say. I don't even do backups ever but if I did, it would be something like once a month or so.

I have dual boot though with same 7 OS on another HDD in case for any reason a HDD fails.

Which reminds me. I should backup my media somehow that I haven't burnt to disc(s) yet. I'd go bonkers if the HDD with them ever failed. It's a brand new Caviar Black 1TB so I'm not so worried about it.
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29 Nov 2009   #3
bellandbottle

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

My background is as a techie in the computer industry, and I used to hand out advice to people who did not do backups! I have a database which would cause me great pain to lose, and that is the main driver for my set-up.

I have a spare HDD, and with Ghost it is a case of automated backups and forget about it - till it is required. I restored three times with my XP system over the past four years or so, and really relaxed after the first time was successful . Never did find out the cause of those failures .

Thanks for the welcome - I have been reading the forum since putting up 7 last month. Went back to XP a couple of times till I resolved my OKI printer driver problems, but am enjoying the ride now .
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14 Dec 2009   #4
cvor

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I was stuck on the Starting Windows screen earlier and was on my iphone browsing another forum. The person said to disable USB keyboard and mouse in BIOS. I thought this would do the trick since I did just get a new USB keyboard. I tried my old PS/2 keyboard but still hung-up. Windows repair couldn't fix. I disabled and unplugged all USB but same thing. I also removed and reinserted all PCI cards...but still hung up. They seemed like good enough suggestions though.

In addition to changing my keyboard recently, I had just removed an internal hard drive to give to my girlfriend. (I was booting from the right drive so that was not the issue.) So, the OS drive was in the Mobo Sata 3 slot. I unplugged it from Sata 3 and into Sata 0, started BIOS, set for it to boot from that drive, and bingo....Windows booted.

I was prepared to reinstall which for my set up is about 12 hours. If this helps 1 person, then it's worth it. I have no idea why this helped though but it definetly did. I just rebooted twice with all my usb devices without a problem (knock on wood)
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14 Dec 2009   #5
cvor

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Just to add.....I put the harddrive I took out in my girlfriend's PC. It had Windows 7 RC installed. Earlier in the day I was on the RC getting some files off of it before taking it out. Booted it up and got that same problem.....windows could not repair it. I ended up formatting the drive since she just wanted the extra space. Seems odd--- I was just on it earlier.

Then mixed with my prior post--- Windows 7 wouldn't boot until I plugged the drive into a different SATA port.... just seems weird.


I don't get it.
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15 Dec 2009   #6
bellandbottle

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

I read some stuff on the "general" thread about Windows 7 writing to all disks on system, and that seemed to be upsetting quite a few people. Don't know if there is a connection or not .
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