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Windows 7: Windows 7 laptop not booting up

07 Dec 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 laptop not booting up

Hi all,

I have a Dell Inspiron N5050 laptop of a relative with me which isn't booting up. When booted, after BIOS it just shows a blank screen.

I will share what all I have tried so far.

When I first got the laptop, the hard drive wasn't being detected in the BIOS.

Then, I had booted laptop with Wondershare Live BootCD, and then the hard drive and its partitions were showing there. I ran checkdisk from there, and they all turned out fine.

I then booted up laptop from Windows 7 CD, and chose the option to repair the computer. However, no OS could be found. After searching OS for a long time, it shows the message that a problem had been detected, and shows to fix and repair the issue and restart. Under the details, this is what it shows.
The following startup options will be added:

Name: Windows 7 Home Basic (recovered)
Path: Windows
Windows Device: Partition = F: (99998 MB)

Name: Windows Recovery Environment (recovered)
Path: Recovery\(some long string of random numbers)\Winre.wim
Windows Device: Partition = F: (99998 MB)

Name: Windows Recovery Environment (recovered)
Path: Recovery\WindowsRE\Winre.wim
Windows Device: Partition = C: (20000 MB)
When I click on "fix and restart", the operation goes on for quite a while before the laptop reboots. But, after reboot, still no joy. It also gave this error after booting:

Windows Boot Manager as title.

After that the usual long message of error, and then it shows this:

File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000f
Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
After searching for the error code, I had tried booting with Windows 7 CD, and ran the command "bootrec /rebuildCD", but again, the laptop doesn't boot.

I have also tried "bootrec /fixmbr", and "bootrec "fixboot", both of which showed successful, but the laptop still does not boot.

However, after this, the hard drive is now detected in the BIOS.

I have also ran both short and long tests on the hard drive from Seagate SeaTools CD, both of which were passed. So, there does not seem to be an issue with the hard drive. It is a Toshiba hard drive 500 GB, by the way.

Seems like I have exhausted tries from my side. If there is anything else I can try, please advise. Otherwise, format and re-installation seems to be the way.

Can it be possible that the names of the system and recovery hard drives have changed, because from whatever CD I booted, it shows C as Recovery, and F drive contains Windows and system files.
Also, the Windows error which shows to fix issue, also somewhat shows the same thing... although I cannot interpret what it's doing exactly. Would appreciate if someone explained it.

If the drives have somehow interchanged, how do I solve it? Or, is it just wrong assumption on my part?

Any help will be appreciated.

BTW, just for information, I had posted this in an another forum too, here:

Help I got was pretty good there.

Just wanted to see if there is anything more I can do to solve this issue. Otherwise, I will just perform the format.

I have also tried factory restore, which according to information should come in options when I press F8 after the Dell Welcome screen when the laptop boots up... but doing that doesn't do anything either. Just shows a blank screen.

I wonder if the recovery partition is still safe, or will it pose any problems when I format and re-install.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Dec 2015   #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 CapriAnupam mate some system specs please System Info - See Your System Specs

Then take a look at this to see what you havn't tried Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot
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08 Dec 2015   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic

Thank you for your reply.

The laptop is of my relative, and not mine. So, posting system specs will go into my profile?
Also, are the system specs required for this issue that the laptop is having? It isn't even booting up. Anyways, if it's required, guess I will do it.

I will read the troubleshooting link to see if I missed anything.
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08 Dec 2015   #4

Windows 7 Home Basic

OK, I have updated the system specs as far as I could gather.

I didn't think of this before, but how do I find out if the OS installed is 32-bit or 64-bit version?

When I try to get information from Dell site by putting in the service tag, it shows drivers for 64-bit version. However, the memory on this laptop is only 2 GB. Should be 4 GB for 64-bit version, right?
How do I confirm what bit OS is running?

If it's 64-bit, I will have to download Windows 7 64-bit ISO for further troubleshooting. I only have 32-bit with me.
Same goes for Partition Wizard CD which is mentioned in the troubleshooting page.
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08 Dec 2015   #5

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

No mate - sorry should have been a little more specific just let us know model numbers for motherboard RAM CPU hard drives GPU/s PSU the OS version and the age of the machine would go a long way.

Look one thing you can try is this and if this works then at least the data can be retrieved should things go really pear shaped and we can gather some info from it - that's if the BIOS can be changed to boot from the optical or USB ( I prefer the optical) and then there is also the fact that the machine will go looking a for a bootable source anyway.
Make a bootable Ubuntu disk Download Ubuntu Desktop | Download | Ubuntu
Set the BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY not INSTALL
When it is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in the pic .
Open the drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.
I am not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.

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08 Dec 2015   #6

Windows 7 Home Basic

I have already updated the system specs for CPU, RAM, Hard Drive, Graphics Card from "Edit your system specs" in User CP. I can't get information about the motherboard.

I have already booted from Windows 7 CD, and Wondershare Live Boot CD, as posted earlier, so BIOS is setup to boot first from optical drive or USB. As mentioned, I have performed some tests and diagnostics.

I talked with the relative, and the data inside is not important anymore. He just wants the laptop to be fine and working. So, what I would like is for any advice to make the laptop boot up somehow.

Otherwise, format and reinstallation seems to be the last option.

I was wanting to restore laptop to factory state. I wanted to try that, but as I mentioned, pressing F8 after Dell welcome screen, is not showing any options. So, what to do?
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08 Dec 2015   #7

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

Ok what I can make out is that the machine is in fact a 64bit supported one It came with 2GB RAM which is only just sufficient for say the Home Premium version of Windows and it will chew through that in no time flat when in normal use so 4GB is minimum .

Now if the data is not of concern the factory restore will wipe it anyway but how to do that is proving to be hard to find but have a read of this and see if any of the fixes actually work

Now just as an afterthought the power adaptor is ok I suppose? it might be worth checking with meter or get it checked by someone with one. Once we can get this machine running it is going to be a whole lot easier to delve into whatever has gone wrong.
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10 Dec 2015   #8

Windows 7 Home Basic

To determine if the OS is 64-bit, I booted from Hiren's Boot CD, and found the Program Files (x86) folder in the system drive. So yes, it is a 64-bit OS.

I have taken a disk map of the hard drive by booting from Partition Wizard CD. Attaching the image here:

Windows 7 laptop not booting up-img_20151210_161004.jpg

Please have a look and advise if something needs to be done to restore normal OS, or, to atleast something by which a factory restore is possible for the laptop. Right now, I cannot even perform a factory restore. As mentioned earlier, pressing F8 (which should be for factory restore), nothing happens, and same blank screen shows.

Also, in case I decide to go for a fresh install via Windows 7 CD, what precautions I need to take to keep the recovery partition as it is, so that it is possible to do a factory restore sometime later?

For the rest of the hard drive, I want to delete all partitions, and perform a fresh partition allocation, and installation.

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11 Dec 2015   #9

Windows 7 Home Basic

Help please?
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11 Dec 2015   #10

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

Hum quite a mess and I am just curious as to why you need all those partitions and to keep that Dell partition - if you do a clean install from a genuine OEM or retail if you can find one unless there is something in the Dell utilities "bloat" filled partition you don't really need it.

Personally when I buy a new laptop (or rebuild an older desktop) and I do not want the OS it comes with for example I find the activation code for the version one has and using it and an ISO of the installed version install a squeaky clean OS. But before I do that I always wipe/cleanall a drive to make sure the drive is squeaky clean.

Now depending on your budget you can get a new drive and install onto that and then transfer data from the old drive. Doing it this way you have control over what is onto the drive.

If you do not not have a sticker on the machine with the code see this Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See - I use the Magic Jelly Bean from this good for all Microsoft products OS Office etc etc

The data from the old drive can be retrieved quite easily and doesn't have to involve booting into Windows. But you may need a USB to SATA adaptor or a dock I prefer the former.
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