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Windows 7: No login prompt when booting Win7

05 Nov 2018   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
No login prompt when booting Win7

The machine in question was working well when it was last used, about a week ago.
On my return it failed to boot, and the automatic "recommended option" to repair the startup, failed repeatedly.
A search revealed that the same symptom was reported by "ilikemittens" in 2010.
The screen shows a blue whispy image in the background and a large mouse cursor, but no login window.
Unfortunately, the system disk is not to be found and my repair disks are not to hand either.

I know this fault can be tackled by activating the built-in Admin account and booting from that.
Does anyone know where I can get hold of the .iso of a Win7 repair disk?
I have access to Linux (as Ubuntu) on this laptop and there's another one available, which still runs WinXP. So, I have sufficient hardware to solve this problem, but not the software.

My efforts to create a Hiren's USB stick have been thwarted, so far.
The idea was to see if Hiren's had a utility that might help get the non-booting laptop running again.
If anyone is able to confirm that Hiren's has the tools I need, that would be a help.

Referring to the 2010 post, the responses to ilikemittens's problem were far from satisfactory.
Basically, the user had to trash the system by performing a clean install.
That is not an option I wish to consider.
I'm sure this login problem can be fixed with a little expert knowledge of Win7.

Surely, by now there must be a 'magic bullet fix' for the missing login prompt problem.
Any help getting the Acer 5740G back to normal would be greatly appreciated.

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05 Nov 2018   #2

win 8 32 bit

Welcome to the forum. Can you first try on the start screen presing cntrl alt an del see if that brings the login up
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05 Nov 2018   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Does anyone know where I can get hold of the .iso of a Win7 repair disk?


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06 Nov 2018   #4

Windows 7 HP 64

Link from M$ to download Win 7 HP 64
Win 7 HP 64

Link is valid for 24H (12:25 GMT)
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06 Nov 2018   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Thanks Samuria, SIW2 & Megahertz07. I can confirm that ctrl+alt+del produces no result.

SIW2, I tried using your 64-bit .iso, but it brought this error:

Error: No configuration file found
No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!

I used ISO2USB.exe to produce the USB stick, but this initially gave external exception C06D007F when run. However, the programme appeared to complete the task without further error. Unfortunately, it's been a bad day at the office, as the Linux laptop is now displaying "grub rescue >", so we're now two machines down!

Megahertz07, I shall try to use the other laptop to look at the link you sent. Thank you very much for this.

Btw, can you recommend a better programme to produce the USB stick from the 64-bit .iso file?
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06 Nov 2018   #6
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3

Hi Leo48,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Leo48 View Post
BTW, can you recommend a better programme to produce the USB stick from the 64-bit .iso file?
This one is used by many of the members on this forum, myself included.

To burn the ISO to a USB, you can either use Rufus 3.3 or Rufus 3.3 Portable.

I hope this helps!
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07 Nov 2018   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Thanks Paul. I used Rufus to make the USB stick with Win 7, no problem.
However, the option "Repair your computer" was not successful.
After two hours the system was still attempting a repair, but the HDD light was out for a long period and did not come on again. It gave me the impression that the repair routine had given up (without any message) or was stuck in some loop. Reluctantly, I had to cut the power.
So, the Acer is still a work in progress.
I'm very disappointed with the failed repair.
How can I break in and fix this?
I'm thinking that a registry edit is the only way forward, but I don't have a Recovery Console disk to hand.
Is there a download that's compatible with Win7?
I'm still looking for the elusive magic bullet for this problem, if it exists!
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08 Nov 2018   #8

Windows 7 HP 64

You may have a disk issue.
On post#3 SIW2 gave you a link to one of his tools.
Download and burn a CD or install on a USB flash disk using Rufus.
Boot from it and you will have many tools.
Find the drive letter assigned to your C: drive, open a CMD window and type
chkdsk c: /f
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08 Nov 2018   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

A second attempt with the Win7 USB stick was successful!
The machine spent a very long time "Repairing disk errors".
After about six hours it booted to the normal login window.
You are right Megahertz07, it looks like the HDD is about to develop a permanent fault.
That HDD is now earmarked for replacement with an SSD, as soon as possible.
Thanks to all who contributed to this thread, which can now be considered closed.
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09 Nov 2018   #10

Windows 7 HP 64

If Check disk found bad blocks or bad clusters, your disk is dying. Back up your data on an external disk ASAP.
Did you download the Win 7 HP 64 from M$?
To install win 7 on the new HDD or SSD, you'll need your key code. Is it still under the case or inside the battery case?
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