Win 7 , Ubuntu dual boot, windows wont boot, startup disk doesnt help


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 64 bit, Ubuntu 13.10
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    Win 7 , Ubuntu dual boot, windows wont boot, startup disk doesnt help


    Hi a couple of months ago my system crashed, windows 7 wouldnt boot, and I misplaced my installation disk. I had the problems several times since obtaining the computer several years ago. (Lenovo IDeaPad y450). I attributed the problem to what I believed was a bad hard disk, so I replaced it with a refurbished model.
    I installed Ubungu 13.10, and it worked well ever since. I later located my win 7 disk and created a dual boot. Windows worked very well for several months until it stopped starting up last week. It would get to the black windows screen, where it says starting, and usually get stuck there. I would get fed up and turn it off after half an hour. Once it was as the screen and it later started the checkdisk program and found no errors. Another time it finally got into windows after a very long loading time, and it seemed to work fine, until the next time I restarted windows. It just went back to the loading windows screen.
    I formatted the windows partition through GParted in Ubuntu, and tried the installation disk, and it would get stuck at 0% in the "expanding files" sequence. After an hour of hoping something would happen I got fed up and forced it off again.
    Not sure what to do from this point. I have read other posts and it has led me to think that the issue could possibly be bad RAM or an issue with BIOS. But, Ubuntu has been working fine, while Windows has simply been freezing at any attempt of a startup.
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  2. Posts : 3,488
    Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
       #2

    It could be that the HDD has a bad sector in the Windows partition, or that the drive is actually failing. If there is a utility in Linux that tests memory, I would run it.

    You could also use Memtest86+. It runs from a CD/DVD. Let it run for several passes to rule out bad RAM.

    Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 64 bit, Ubuntu 13.10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Going to run Memtest tonight MelonHead. It comes bumdled with Ubuntu software.
    Thanks
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