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Windows 7: 100 MB Partition for System Recovery?

17 Jun 2014   #11
Electron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the additional comments on the System Reserved Partition. I will leave it alone since it is involved with boot. I will also assume that my F8 Key Advanced Startup Options were referencing WinRE.wim somewhere on the C: partition.

It's still not clear why my keyboard and mouse failed to work in the F8 Repair Your Computer option other than the theory on needing different drivers or using PS2 devices.

As an experiment, I just booted my Windows 7 Install Disk. The mouse and cursor worked on quite a few screens until the point where I stopped.

I was hoping to find a Recovery Console to see if my mouse or keyboard worked, but I only found something called Startup Repair. I was afraid to proceed as I did not want any changes made to the system.

If anyone knows anything about Startup Repair or whether it is the Recovery Console, please let us know.


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17 Jun 2014   #12
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

What exactly are you trying to repair? Keyboard and mouse function in WinRe? Try other keyboards and mice. Try Tab key. Reset BIOS to defaults. Check for BIOS settings for USB and other related.

Startup Repair will check for problems w boot to repair. It won't hurt unless the Active flag has been moved off SysReserved partition
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17 Jun 2014   #13
Electron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What exactly are you trying to repair? Keyboard and mouse function in WinRe? Try other keyboards and mice. Try Tab key. Reset BIOS to defaults. Check for BIOS settings for USB and other related.
I was trying to get the Repair Your Computer capability to work which comes up in the Advanced Startup Options menu. There is no actual problem with the computer.

The first menu asking about language comes up but I have no cursor at all. As you said, it is probably the keyboard and mouse or maybe the drivers. I was hoping to boot a Recovery Console some other way to see if it worked. My Win 7 Install Disk works fine.

Thanks for the help and I'll look into the other things you suggested.
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17 Jun 2014   #14
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

It's better to repair from the Win7 disk anyway. Does it give you full functionality in the System Recovery Options?

Go ahead and try it to see if Startup Repair finds anything awry.
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18 Jun 2014   #15
Electron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks again for the help.

Last night I tried a PS/2 keyboard and mouse and now the "Repair Your Computer" feature in the F8 Advanced Startup Options works. I also made a Windows 7 Recovery CD from Windows 7 and it also did not work with USB keyboard and mouse. The CD was not tested with the PS/2 devices but I'll assume the same substitution would correct the problem.

The recovery options available with my Windows 7 Install Disk match what is seen in the link you sent. I was not comfortable with actually running that automatic repair feature so did not proceed. My system has been fine now for close to a week.

I intend to ask the local computer shop that built the PC if they have an easy solution to the USB keyboard and mouse problem.
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18 Jun 2014   #16
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

OK, we'll wait til they ask us then.
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18 Jun 2014   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

We need system specs. A couple of tutorials that will help you.

By Brink:
System Info - See Your System Specs


By Kari:
Speccy - Publish Snapshot of your System Specs
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18 Jun 2014   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I expect so. Just install the drivers for your keyboard and mouse in winre. They seem to work in your installed version of Windows, so they should work in winre.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ken75 View Post
I intend to ask the local computer shop that built the PC if they have an easy solution to the USB keyboard and mouse problem.
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19 Jun 2014   #19
Electron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Just install the drivers for your keyboard and mouse in winre. They seem to work in your installed version of Windows, so they should work in winre.
How would one install drivers in winre? I would think that the devices and drivers shown in the Windows Device Manager would apply to both winre and Windows.
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19 Jun 2014   #20
Electron

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

The problem with the Repair Your Computer recovery screen has been resolved. Previously it only worked if I plugged in a PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse. USB would not work.

My Gigabyte AMI EFI BIOS had a USB option that was set to Partial Initial. It was changed to Full Initial which also required that Fast Boot be set. The USB Mouse is now functional.

I just tested this using the Recovery CD that can be made from Windows 7. It should also work in the F8 Advanced Startup Options since the recovery software is the same.

Thanks to all for the help.
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