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Windows 7: Disable Windows Startup Repair as Default Option

29 Aug 2010   #11
Microsoft MVP


All of these commands are automated in Win7 Startup Repair, something which wasn't fully known at the time this thread was first active.

Boot the WIn7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair to run all the necessary tests and repairs, including rewriting the MBR if necessary which might take up to 3 separate Startup Repairs with reboots: System Repair Disc - Create

If this fails, make certain that Win7 partition is still marked Active then run Startup Repair again repeatedly: Partition - Mark as Active

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29 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks, I'll be sure to keep that Repair Disc safe and sound.
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11 Sep 2010   #13

Windows 7 RTM


Just saw the notice for the thread.

GregRocker is correct. Simply use a Win 7 boot DVD and follow his instructions. Also, using Ultra ISO, you can actually burn the DVD to a 4GB or higher USB stick and it will be bootable as well.

I find it easier to just use USB sticks. I carry several OSes so that I can restore what I need, when I need to.


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12 Sep 2010   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I created a couple Repair Disc and did a trial run, it worked flawlessly...thanks
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26 Nov 2010   #15

32 bit Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xenocide View Post
when I type bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No it says, "bcedit is not recognized as an internal or external command,operable program or batch file.
The problem is you've typed it wrong. You've typed bcedit and not bcdedit .
BTW I've currently have the same problem on a notebook. I've disabled it and now I get BSOD with 0x00007B or something which is a common error with the harddisk detection. The recovery always suggests a system restore and fix the BSOD this way. The OS works fine but as soon as I restart the computer the automatic repair starts all over again by default. (this was until I've disabled it to start automatically). The HDD appear to be ok by the manufacturer HDD. Any suggestions? The HDD doesn't have bad sectors I've checked. I've also made chkdsk /R on C drive. The OS is always detectable and so is the HDD.
Notebook Pavillion DV7. There isn't an option to disable AHCI mode in BIOS because it is an AMD CPU.
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26 Nov 2010   #16
Microsoft MVP


Upload your Bugcheck file using this tool, then post it in Crashes forum here where the real geniuses reside: You should get it quickly sorted.

Meanwhile I'd run the full HD diagnostics/repair CD scan from the HD maker: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
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29 Jan 2011   #17

Windows Home Premium 64bit

I am having a similar problem with Windows not starting correctly and then requiring me to select Start Normally. My machine is being used as an HTPC and is connected to an AV Receiver using HDMI. For some very frustrating reason the TV and/or receiver do not always detect the connection and I have to reboot constantly. Admittedly I have not really read the manual to the receiver, but I know HDMI is notorious for this problem.
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25 Oct 2012   #18

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 (RTM)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by busterh View Post

Here's how to do it, PROPERLY:

bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
Buster, mate, I can't thank you enough for posting this! My Win7 HTPC did this on a number of occasions either due to poor power sources or intentionally interrupting the boot process - with a wireless USB keyboard I had no way of telling Windows to start normally and the recovery would actually make things worse. Now I can rest knowing that if it happens again, I don't have to waste hours dealing with the recovery process.

PS: I signed up just to say thanks :)
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04 Jun 2013   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

Thanks for all the info, I am hoping to use this too!

I am setting up an arcade machine and am disconnecting the screen except for when the games are running, so I need to make sure windows boots!

Now to disable potential BIOS errors...
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20 Aug 2013   #20

Windows 7 pro x64

Here is my script to completely disable startup repair
Script Disable Startup Repair
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 Disable Windows Startup Repair as Default Option

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