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Windows 7: Windows Won't Boot- Corrupted Windows File

11 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Windows Won't Boot- Corrupted Windows File

I recently bought a new graphics card and hard drive. Yesterday I installed some new drivers for my graphics card, and they installed fine. I played a game for about an hour or so, and then saw Windows had an update available, so I shut down my computer. Upon start-up I got the option to launch "Windows Startup Recovery", or "Launch Windows Normally". I selected to launch the startup recovery, after the repair, it said "Windows cannot fix this problem" and made me click finish. It restarted my CPU and the same message came up asking about how I wanted to launch the computer, this time I selected to "Launch Windows Normally". This did nothing and proceeded to launch the "Windows Startup Recovery", this happens every time.

My first attempt to fix the problem was to launch it in safe mode and I was greeted with this message-

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows installation disk and restart you computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and the click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you don't have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \windows\system32\config\system
Status: 0xc0000225
Info: Windows failed to load because of the system registry file is missing, or corrupt.

I have been researching the internet for hours trying to find a fix. A lot of fixes include using systems restores and such, these fixes are irrelevant for my PC because there are no restore points set- Its a 1 day old hard drive.

I would really appreciate any help!

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11 Apr 2013   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hello and welcome Fireball mate do a system restore back to before those Windows Updates.

Then if the machine is going ok start installing the updates one at a time when the problem returns that will be or could be the problem in the machine.

Actually sometimes reinstalling the updates sometimes goes off without a hitch.
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12 Apr 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP


Since you can't boot Win7 follow these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
skipping to the step to run Startup Repair a few times and report back the results.

How do you know there are no restore points? Windows normally sets one before installing Updates which should have been installing all along. I'd check by running System Restore in System Recovery Options
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12 Apr 2013   #4

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Sorry Fireball I should have said take the card out and use the on board graphics to do the restore but Greg has got you now:)
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12 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

Hi FireballRoberts

If the links above do not help take a look at the link below . It should fix the error you're seeing

File: \windows\system32\config\system
Status: 0xc0000225

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

I did some reading and people who had the same issue you're having did the same steps in the link above that I supplied for you fixes the issue .
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Hello all,

Thanks for taking the time to respond to my post. I will report back my results later on today when I get home for the evening.
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