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Windows 7: Boot/startup Problem

07 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Boot/startup Problem


My netbook is running Win 7 Ult x32. All was well until 2-3 months ago when it failed to restart. It comes up to a screen with 2 choices, "Launch Startup Repair (Recommended)" and "Launch Windows Normally," with the first being highlighted. If I select the first or do nothing I get a System Recovery Options dialog box and after selecting the keyboard language (US), I get a User Name and Password (login) screen. After logging in I get 5 choices starting with System Repair. This runs for a good while but ultimately says it cannot repair the system and that it cannot find any restore points. I really do not want to go through a reinstall.

The ironic thing is that if I select Launch Windows Normally before the time runs out, Windows will start up fine and nothing is amiss. It's like there is something wrong in the MBR that is keeping it from automatically completing the startup, but if I select it, then it will finish the boot up sequence.

Any ideas on what I can use to fix this?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Apr 2011   #2


Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

You may need to run the Repairs from the DVD or Repair CD so that the Repairs don't depend on OS files. And the System Reserved or Win7 partition may need to be marked Active - we shall see. System Repair Disc - Create

While we look it over for you, check the logs and other resoures listed in these Troubleshooting Steps to see if any problems make themselves apparent.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Disk Management Drive Map Snips

The first snip is all that would fit on the screen. 2nd snip is a continuation of the drive info.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 Apr 2011   #4


It looks correct.

I'd run Startup Repair from DVD or Repair CD next to see if it finds any issues to repair. Try running it a few times if it finds anything.

Run through the troubleshooting list to see if you can find the problem.

If you have to clean reinstall, get a perfect install this time then after setup save externally a Win7 backup image so you never have to reinstall again - just reimage from the booted DVD or Repair CD using the stored image. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Apr 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums hschoenman!
You don't have the System Reserved 100MB partition, see snip:
Attachment 147953

You may also find help by doing a Repair Install to Fix Windows Seven.
Or as Greg suggests do a Start Up Repair

Hope you get it sorted out buddy.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

I am not sure where to find Startup Repair. Do you have a file name for the executable. Rather than a Win 7 DVD per se I have a file, en_windows_7_ultimate_x86_dvd_x15-65921.iso, from which I did the original installation. If I run setup.exe from the root directory within the ISO file there is no menu or option to run anything other than an install (upgrade or clean). Even an upgrade install will not work because with all of the updates since the original install, what I have installed is newer than what is on the "DVD" so the install aborts.

I just find it very ironic that when the n/b boots and I select a normal startup that it runs just fine. I would have to think that there is some corrupted file needed for startup to complete normally but that can be bypassed with no apparent problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2011   #7


You need to burn the ISO to DVD or write to bootable flash stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool.

It needs to be bootable in case Win7 won't start and so you can run Startup Repair or any of the other booted System Recovery Options

If running Startup Repair a few times doesn't help, see if you have a System Restore point from before the problem began to restore to.

If those both fail to help, consider running a
Repair Install.

Click each of the blue links for a full tutorial.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

I did create/burn the bootable DVD. Since the netbook does not have a DVD drive I access it on my laptop DVD drive. But one problems are I still cannot find any executable file in any directory on the DVD that even remotely look like Startup Repair or anything similar (I did a search on .exe on the DVD and then looked through the resultant list. But actually System Recovery runs on its own when I boot the netbook and do not (quickly enough) select the "Launch Windows Normally" option. When I then run System Repair, after a lengthy time it says it cannot repair this computer automatically with the choices being to send or don't send the information to Microsoft. I send it.

I am not willing to do a clean install. I also cannot do a Repair Install because I would first have to uninstall SP1 and when I read through all of the caveats I decided it was simply not worth it.

If I select "Launch Windows Normally" when the boot fails then Windows finishes starting up with no problems. I can live with this as this is a GITCA netbook and is not my main computer. After TechEd Atlanta it will go to another GITCA board member who will probably do a clean install and set it up for himself. I thought that if I could turn it in w/o problems that would be a plus, but now I will turn it over as is.

If any of you are at TechEd next month, stop by the GITCA booth in the Community Lounge.

Harvey Schoenman

Thank you for the help and suggestions. You can consider this ticket closed. :-)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Apr 2011   #9


You need to boot the installer's Repair console from the netbook itself to run Startup Repair, so that the Repair does not depend upon Win7 system files. This is how the Startup repair loop is normally resolved.

Write the ISO to flash stick using Ultra ISO trial version: On file tab open ISO or DVD, On Bootable tab Write Disk Image, Format, write. Boot under USB or HD's.

Then run Startup Repair from the Repair console on second screen.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

I decided to give it one last shot. I burned the bootable image to a flash drive, changed the boot order on the netbook and booted Windows from the flash drive. It even said it was booting from the flash drive. After I clicked repair on the 2nd screen I ran Startup Repair from the Repair Console. Unfortunately the results were the same; i.e. it could not repair the system. Again sent the results to Microsoft. Then I rebooted and did it again (just to be sure). Yep, same results.

Since I am not going to take the time to do a full re-install, bring down all the patches and SP1, load the apps and get all of the current updates for them, and since I can use the n/b as is... I'm done!

Thanks for your help and all of your suggestions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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