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Windows 7: Windows 7 randomly freezes, sometimes starts up without Desktop

08 Jan 2013   #11

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

I think I couldn't safe it. Will do a clean reinstall and follow your link. Will report back how it goes.


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10 Jan 2013   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

okay, I use this thread now to track my progress.
After multiple attempts of reinstalling Win7 from a USB drive (used the Microsoft tool to create a live USB disk) I switched to the easy 1 2 3 USB live tool that I've seen Greg posting and linking to in another thread.
That finally did work to get the basic installation working. All windows updates did install straight away successful, except the net framework 4 update.
That one continuously fails.

I haven't installed any other software than Windows and my motherboard drivers.
All external hardware has been unplugged before installation and there is only one physical hdd connected in my system. Yet Windows still installed with problems.

Internet Explorer constantly crashes and I can't use the web and research. InternetExplorer 32bit doesn't even start.
The ResourceManager fails on startup. sfc /scannow gives a few errors, that it can't fix.

I will try to post the report of sfc later the day, if I'm able to move the file to another machine and share the info.

As reported earlier, my memory is fine. memtest ran enough cycles and didn't find a thing. My harddisk is fine too.
Not sure what the issue is.

Hopefully a few more sfc runs will solve the problems. I will not install any software for now other than Windows 7 updates and fixes, just to keep the system really clean and to narrow down the problem.

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10 Jan 2013   #13


How close did you get to a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7?

Try it again and this time after install run all Important and Optional Windows Updates after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3).
There will be multiple rounds with restarts.

Then test performance before installing any programs.

After a day or so testing performance, begin program installs one at a time testing performance in between each.

Keep an eye on your logs and system resources as shown in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
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11 Jan 2013   #14

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Hi Greg,
that's basically what I tried to achieve.
The memtest I ran before and was always fine.
I checked the harddisk with the WesternDigital Tool and did a full scan. All sectors are fine.
Everything got disconnected.
I ran gparted and formated that one harddisk that was left in the system.
Installed Windows 7 SP1 from a USB stick.
Installation went through without any hiccups.
Then I ran my gigabyte drivers from CD and right after that only my windows updates.
The system has nothing else on it than Windows7 and The Motherboard Drivers.
I also haven't connected any other hardware.

The internet explorer seems to run fine now after running sfc, but I still have errors in my event logs.
Mostly Drivers.dll and ole32.dll

The sfc report is quite big so can't attach it. Is there a command that reduces the output to just the problems?

I might try another harddisk tonight just for testing and install again. This time I will not install the Motherboard drivers and just do the Windows updates only. What do you think?
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11 Jan 2013   #15


I'd run it over and let Updates provide all the drivers. Mobo driver disks can contain crapware that bollixes installs. Win7 will tell you if it needs any drivers after all Updates are done.

Stick with the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and you can't go wrong. I'd even get the cleanest slate by running Diskpart Clean Command accessing DISKPART At PC Startup
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13 Jan 2013   #16

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Doing the diskpart with 'clean all' didn't do good at all. The installation on that hard diskkept on failing. It either complained about that something couldn't be installed, or it went into an endless restart routine to the windows logo and back to the bios startup...

In my entire history of selfbuilt systems and endless installations i never had so much trouble. Usually hardware is good, make sure system is clean, install, ready. But now Windows causes me more trouble to get a simple basic installation up, than anything else.

I tried now another hard disk. The basic installation did work straight away so far. Will now go through all the updates and check the performance... i hope so much that this time everything runs... will report back shortly.. fingers crossed
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13 Jan 2013   #17

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

The initial check turned out to be fine. Windows offered me straight away 103 updates. I am not really sure if it's good to update that much in one go and why is windows not offering the updates dependent on their dates in chunks... anyway it blindly trust it to know what it's doing. Let's see in a few minutes what happened and if everything worked fine.
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13 Jan 2013   #18

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Not everything did install correctly and some errors show in the event history. Doesn't look too bad though. Will leave it alone and monitor it till i continue updating and slowly installing back software.

Thanks for the help
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13 Jan 2013   #19


Nobody suggested Clean All command which is overkill. The suggestion was for the 10-second Clean command to wipe the boot sector.

Test the suspect HD with maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan so you'll know for sure if it was the cause of the probs. If it passes run a full Disk Check creating a full-disk partition in Disk Mgmt.

Remember that you will keep a perfect install as long as you stick with the tools and methods in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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13 Jan 2013   #20

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Hi Greg
I followed the steps, which isn't too hard. I mean everything is detached and you basically only install windows. My hd check with the western digital hd tool resulted in no errors. The second hard disk i tested now. Seemed to be fine. I checked the event viewer and got only a wmi error which was connected to some cmi tool. When i was checking the online help the computer just went black...

The event viewer just complains about my cold reboot.

I can't help, but there must be something wrong with the hardware. Could it also be the motherboard, as the ram and hd seems to be okay? If graphic card would fail the errors would be different, right?
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