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Windows 7: Windows 7 corrupts every couple of days.

16 Dec 2010   #1
Josh156

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 
Windows 7 corrupts every couple of days.

First, I'm a new member so hello, and now the problem.

Last month I built a computer and installed the Windows 7 64bit OEM I purchased alongside the components. Since then I have had to reinstall Windows at least 8 times after varying lengths of use. After reinstalling i run chdsk, then scannow, at first scannow comes up clean but after a day or two it begins to find corrupt files it cannot repair, then shortly after that Windows stops booting altogether. I have checked each piece of hardware and none are faulty or broken, so I am at a loss as to how to solve the problem. Any help would really be appreciated.


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16 Dec 2010   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Is your Windows installation disc legitimate?

Have you installed all critical updates from Windows Update?

What is your anti-virus and anti-malware setup?
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16 Dec 2010   #3
Josh156

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 

Yes the installation disk is legit, I purchased it from Canada Computers, I install all available updates when I reinstall windows as well as all the updated drivers. Thanks for the rapid response.
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16 Dec 2010   #4
Josh156

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 

And I install Norton Antivirus 2011.
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16 Dec 2010   #5
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I had that same problem with a Vista installation. It turned out to be faulty RAM.

The operating system writes to RAM before writing to disk. If the RAM is bad, some of the information contained within could be corrupted and then written to disk in the corrupted state and thus, you begin to have many, many corruption errors (possibly leading up to a system that won't boot altogether).

A failing hard drive can cause corruption too.

Make sure your RAM is fully seated and run Windows memory diagnostics or Memtest86+.
Enable SMART in your bios and download a SMART monitoring program (http://www.disk-monitor.com/download.html)
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16 Dec 2010   #6
Josh156

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 

I actually had the store test my RAM, they said it was good and it registers fine in the computer, how can I test the RAM to find out if thats the Problem?
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16 Dec 2010   #7
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For Windows: Start button>type: mem in the search bar>click Windows Memory Diagnostics

Memtest86+ is here: Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool
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16 Dec 2010   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Here is the typical method. Run it several times.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

But RAM may not be the problem.
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16 Dec 2010   #9
Josh156

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 

Thanks I'll give it a try and repost with the results.
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16 Dec 2010   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you have 2 sticks of RAM, you can always pull one stick and see if the problem goes away--just as a method of troubleshooting. But good idea to run memtest at any rate.

It does sound like a hardware issue based on what we know now.
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