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Windows 7: Boot/startup Problem

15 Apr 2011   #11
Microsoft MVP


Did it show an installation to repair when you booted into Repair console?

Make sure Win7 or it's 100mb System Reserved boot partition (preferred) are marked Active, using DIskpart from Repair console Command Line, or free Partition Wizard bootable CD:
Partition - Mark as Active
Partition Wizard
Then run Startup Repair 3 times with reboots to see if it will repair. If not, change the Active flag to Win7 partition itself (if it was on 100mb) then run the Repairs again.

If needed you can copy out your files using Repair console this way: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

Then if you slipstream SP1 into the installer it will minimize your workload quite a bit in Reinstalling Windows 7.
Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File

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16 Apr 2011   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Yes, it showed an installation to repair, OS: "Windows 7," Partition Size: "57223 MB," Location: "(C: ) HDD"
No 100mb System Reserved boot partition (only the Windows 7 partition).
Ran Diskpart from the Repair Console command line per instructions. Made the Windows 7 partition active.
Restarted normally but no go. Checked the partition with DiskMgmt.msc and it showed the Windows 7 partition as active. (I wish I had done this prior to marking it active using the command line tools as I believe it might have already been the active partition.)
Booted from the flash drive and ran the Startup Repair 3 times as you suggested. It could not find anything to repair. I sent the results to MS each time. For your info I have included the details below.
Repair Run 1.
Event: StartupRepair Offline
Sig 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Sig 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Sig 03: Unknown
Sig 04: 60
Sig 05: External Media
Sig 06: 1
Sig 07: NoRootCause
OS Ver: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033
Repair Run 2. (Only where different from Repair Run 1)
Sig 04: 21201030
Sig 06: 2
Repair Run 3. (Only where different from Repair Run 2)
Sig 06: 3
Rebooted normally - Still no go.
I am not going to do a reinstall - not for a temporary netbook that I can get to work by selecting "Start Windows normally."
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16 Apr 2011   #13

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Could be a disk issue.

Might be worth running checkdisk - tick "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors"
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17 Apr 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

I almost didn't try this because I thought there was no way that it could be a disk sector problem and that Startup Repair would not have rewritten the bad file. But that's exactly what happened. I ran chkdsk with the /B switch and it replaced one of the boot files that it said had damaged sectors. I wish I remembered the file name but since it ran for so long, I only periodically came into the room to check it. I figured the command prompt screen with chkdsk's final entry would be on the screen when it finished, but it rebooted and when I came in, Windows had started up and showed the user icon selection. Just to make sure I did a restart and it booted right up.

Thank you so much for the help.

If you will be at TechEd in Atlanta next month, stop by the GITCA booth in the Community Lounge and say hello.

Harvey Schoenman
GITCA NorAm Board
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17 Apr 2011   #15
Microsoft MVP


Si, what was the clue to a disk problem? Repair results sig code?
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17 Apr 2011   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Thx to all.
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17 Apr 2011   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

I'm glad you persevered- and Happy it worked for you.

Thanks for the invite - but it's a little far to travel as I am across the Atlantic :)

It was just a hunch Greg. Or maybe magic
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