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Windows 7: Windows will not start

28 Oct 2009   #1
IsntChrisL

Windows 7
 
 
Windows will not start

I successfully installed Windows 7 last night. I shut it down and this morning when I booted up my computer it would not move past the "Please Wait" screen. I thought maybe it was installing something new but I came back 2 hours later and it was still on the screen.

I'm typing all of this from Safe Mode. I tried to do a System Restore but since I just got a new OS it says that there is no restore points. I'd really appreciate some help on this. It has been a big headache.


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28 Oct 2009   #2
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

You could go through various troubleshooting steps with perhaps no possible resolution. Wasted time, wasted energy.

What you want to do is a repair install. Repair Install
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28 Oct 2009   #3
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You should also update your system specs. The link is in my signature. Kind of hard for us to suggest a possible fix when we don't know what hardware you use.
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28 Oct 2009   #4
IsntChrisL

Windows 7
 
 

I cannot do a repair install. I downloaded Windows 7 from their student site. I do not have a CD. I am stuck in safe mode. I am not happy.
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28 Oct 2009   #5
MarcG

Windows 7 RTM x64 (desktop), x32 (HTPC)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IsntChrisL View Post
I cannot do a repair install. I downloaded Windows 7 from their student site. I do not have a CD. I am stuck in safe mode. I am not happy.
I wondered what other student downloaders would do when they ran into the need for repair. What was Digital River thinking?

I did get a student copy but fortunately burned the bootable disk which has a repair option on the second screen.

Can you find someone who's got a disc and borrow it? Or, re-download (via some borrowed / rented computer) and burn the boot DVD?
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28 Oct 2009   #6
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

There is a way to create a DVD from the downloaded files from Digital River. There's a sticky thread in the installation board about it. Digital River also now provides the full ISO for download. There's a thread about it on the installation board, with a link to the Gizmodo article (which has a direct link to the ISO).
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28 Oct 2009   #7
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

If you are in safe mode, check the device manager to see if any devices show problems. You can do many things in safe mode.

You can also set it to write a bootlog file that might help you understand what driver is messing up.

Can you remove any devices?
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29 Oct 2009   #8
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

When you are booting into safe mode with the F8 key, check the Advanced booting options. There should be a way to do a repair or diagnostic, such as Startup Repair or System Restore.

You could also run a memory diagnostic from there.
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29 Oct 2009   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IsntChrisL View Post
I cannot do a repair install. I downloaded Windows 7 from their student site. I do not have a CD. I am stuck in safe mode. I am not happy.
Hello Chris,

You may be able to use the tutorial below to create a ISO from your student download, then use it to create a installation DVD with. Afterwards, you can use it to do a repair install with.

Make bootable iso from student d/l

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Oct 2009   #10
IsntChrisL

Windows 7
 
 

Shawn,

Thanks for posting the link. Sadly, it did not work though. I successfully created the installation DVD but Windows will not allow it to install itself outside of Normal Mode (I even tried making it boot from startup). I'm stuck in my original problem which is simply getting the computer to start in Normal mode. It sticks at "Please Wait" every time.

If there is more that can be done with this DVD I made or something else I can do, I'd be happy to hear from anyone. I've done Windows' own tests and it keeps telling me nothing is wrong when something clearly is.

I hate that you can't do much important things with Safe Mode.
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