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Windows 7: How to repair windows 7?

30 Jan 2010   #21
iseeuu

 
 

Hasse;

You show all the qualities of a good diagnostic technician. Your analysis is methodical and well thought out. Good job. I think (IMHO) you will like Windows 7 after you become more used to it. I also skipped Vista, and now find 7 much easier to maintain than XP ever was (and XP was soooo much easier that 98).

Brink has assembled an extensive tutorial section to help gain experience with 7. Here is a link to the "Reference Index": Windows 7 - Tutorial Index

You mentioned questions about the "Reserved Partition" and repairing the "MBR". Here are a couple of links for future reference:
https://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/20864-mbr-restore-windows-7-master-boot-record.html

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/316-compatibility-mode.html

https://www.sevenforums.com/performance-maintenance/51100-repair-cd-system-repair-disk.html

The English web site for your HP NC8430 shows good support for Vista 32 and 64 bit. Generally, Vista drivers works well for 7, however 64 bit still causes more problems than 32 bit. I do not recall if you stated what version of 7 you are using, but I would recommend 32 bit.

Also, 7 is a more robust OS than XP (for sure) and taxes any computer creating heat. Add a 7200 rpm hard drive, instead of the 5400 rpm hard drive, and heat increases even more. If you haven't already, I would suggest cleaning the heat sink and fan for your processor. You can usually pop off the keyboard and (carefully) brush off dust and lint with a small brush and then blow clean the heat sink area.

If you haven't already, I also suggest you flash the bios with the latest from HP's web site, any updated chipset drivers and video drivers. While there, check out any tips offered for upgrading your laptop to 7, and any problems others have experienced and perhaps solved.

We will help all we can.

Cheers!
Robert


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01 Feb 2010   #22
Hasse

Windows 7
 
 

So far my problem is not yet solved. I've been looking around on the internet and I find many people with a similar problem but no one has solved it differently then re-installing windows 7. it can re-install windows 7 but I am still looking to fix it. It would help many other people as well. Also I can happen again.... I guess it would be nice to post a fix here...
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02 Feb 2010   #23
Hasse

Windows 7
 
 

FIXED !!!!!!!!!

What I did:
I gave up trying to fix it and was about to prepare reinstalling. I thought that updating the Bios before a fresh install might be a good idea. I normally only do that when the changelog pinpoints a problem that I have. Since I had some funny problems with sound volume from internal speakers and also with the 2nd screen, I thought it might not really harm to update the Bios. Updating the Bios is very tricky, (in the past I had a screw up when installing a MR. Bios and I had to restore the Bios completely blind). It can really get you in trouble. But my Bios version on the HP nc8430 was F.0E (9/28/06) and the latest one was F.16 from 7-7-2008. So I took the gamble.

After updating the Bios, windows 7 booted just fine!!

So all you people out there with a crashed windows 7 system that does not start anymore on a HP nc8430 notebook, try flashing the Bios to the latest version. check here for files. Be aware that updating the Bios can ruin your notebook completely.

good luck!

One more thing: if this post helped you out, please post it here below!
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02 Feb 2010   #24
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hasse View Post
FIXED !!!!!!!!!

What I did:
I gave up trying to fix it and was about to prepare reinstalling. I thought that updating the Bios before a fresh install might be a good idea. I normally only do that when the changelog pinpoints a problem that I have. Since I had some funny problems with sound volumne fomr internal speakers and also with the 2nd screen, I thought it might not really harm to update the Bios. Updating the Bios is very tricky, in the past I had a screw up when installing a MR. Bios and I had to restore the Bios completely blind. It can really get you in trouble. But my Bios version on the HP nc8430 was F.0E (9/28/06) and the latyest one was F.16 from 7-7-2008. So I took the gamble.

After updating the Bios, windows 7 booted just fine!!

So all you people out there with a crashed windows 7 system that does not start anymore on a HP nc8430 notebook, try flashing the Bios to the latest version. check here for files. Be aware that updating the Bios can ruin your notebook completely.

good luck!
Nice, glad you got it figured out. It was time for your problem to be solved already!

Thanks for posting back, I need to remember to remember that one for future reference.
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02 Feb 2010   #25
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Nice. You know, I was thinking that might help, wish I had posted that sooner.

Oh well, glad its working.

~Lordbob
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12 Feb 2010   #26
hander

Win 7 HP 64-bit
 
 

Arghh. I have exactly the same issue with a Vostro 430 (and it's not a bios issue) - right down to very new hard drive and ram - so unlikely to be issues with these.

And while I could follow your discussion, I'm nowhere near the ability of Hasse. See my thread https://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...exception.html
if you can help...
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12 Feb 2010   #27
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hander View Post
Arghh. I have exactly the same issue with a Vostro 430 (and it's not a bios issue) - right down to very new hard drive and ram - so unlikely to be issues with these.

And while I could follow your discussion, I'm nowhere near the ability of Hasse. See my thread https://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...exception.html
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hander View Post
OOOH. Third time lucky. Even though I'm talking to myself, I'm posting back with some breif success... last attempt at restoring - and this time back over a week or so, I'm in!

Right. Will not be shutting down now until everything is off this hard drive and I'm ready to reinstall. I'm blaming Norton. Why did I doubt myself???
if you can help...
Hello hander!

I would say you are getting the very best of advice in the above thread. I also think you have an awesome little computer there!

But you did ask for my help ... and I would be glad to help if a I can. What would be nice for you would be to have a stable running computer now. Then you can add other stuff later.

Top issues: as recommended by jcgriff2 remove Norton, Acronis, and update the Dell/Broadcomm driver. Use MSE for antivirus.

I would suggest using (at least temporarily) the built-in Windows backup/image utility. What kind of back-up strategy do you have now? Saving images and backups takes up space. If you store all of your non-essential files, video, pictures, app installers, etc. on a separate partition, your Windows partition need be only 60 to 100GB. Much smaller to save. You have a 320GB hard drive, plenty of room to create other back-up and storage partitions. A second hard drive (or an external) is essential to protecting your backups in case of a hard drive crash. Again the smaller the Windows 7 partition, the less space it takes up when backing-up or imaging.

I would also suggest, especially if you continue to have BSOD issues, you consider using the 32 bit Windows 7 instead of the 64 bit. You have 4GB of memory so I do not think you will notice any performance hit, and you will have better driver/software compatibility and a more stable environment. If you were planning to install the max, 16GB of memory, then I could see staying with 64 bit.

When you are finished removing/replacing the offending programs, use the Windows 7 clean-up utilities, also do: "scf /scannow" from an elevated command prompt, and see how it goes. I will watch your other thread so as to not duplicate our efforts.

Cheers!
Robert
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19 Jan 2011   #28
RicCrouch

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Had the same problem with a different component

I had the same error messages from Startup Repair, but after running Windows Update in an attempt to get my media card reader working. MULTIPLE (>15) restarts, including System Restores were NO help. Then I tried flashing the BIOS, and all is well!

Thanks for the tip!
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07 Jan 2012   #29
psugadevan

windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 

Hi , I am a new member , I have the same problem what stated by HASSE.. but the laptop is DELL INSP N5010, W7 Home, 64 bit..

i HAD TRIED FOR START UP REPAIR.. 2/3 TIMES BUT UNABLE TO BOOT..

I tried system restore point but this one fails also with an error code 0x800700b7.

the detailed information that Startup repair gives:

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: 21200769
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 2
Problem Signature 07: Corruptfile
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

hope someone can make something out of this...

Booting the last know good configuration also gives the same failing ASR screen.

Even safe mode brings me into the same startup repair screen

I would be very very very happy if someone posts the tip to solve this issue!
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