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Windows 7: Boot to black screen with cursor/Repair Windows

11 Mar 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

You're very welcome.

As you're going to install to an SSD, you might want to check this tutorial: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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12 Mar 2012   #12
Microsoft MVP


I would try System Restore from the DVD System Recovery Options or System Repair Disk first. I would also run Startup Repair again.

You cannot always count on repairs from a flash stick in situations this critical.

In the future before taking any experimental actions back up both a System Image and a Restore point.

Clean Reinstall Windows 7 Factory OEM
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1

What would happen if i installed a new windows 7 over the old windows 7 so it would go into a windows.old folder, and after that I would use this utility to restore my settings to the new installation?
How to restore your personal files after you perform a custom installation of Windows Vista or of Windows 7
I have also seen a tutorial around about doing this Would I be able to get a similar result as the 'Upgrade' installation would do?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Mar 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP


You can't count on windows.old as a backup anyway, but you don't usually get it from a booted install.

You can browse into your install to copy out your data including hidden AppData folders to external or USB flash with the DVD or System Repair Disk using this method: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console, or using Paragon rescue disk to recover data.

But I would not reimport AppData settings as they are a corruption path into a fresh new install. Better to start over with new settings, access AppData if you need game, mail or other data which might also be in Program Data folder.

But if you have the DVD or Repair CD I'd run the repairs again, including System Restore, to see if they work better.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1

Windows' internal startup repair can't detect the problem. The installer's startup repair finds problems, but doesn't seem to help.
Now it doesn't even show the windows logo, just the blank BSOD screen for a split second.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2012   #16
Microsoft MVP


Are you still using flash stick for repairs? Try DVD or Repair CD. It can make a difference.

Does it Blue Screen when installer is loading or Windows is loading?

Next I would test RAM - Test with Memtest86+, HD using maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan and run Disk Check from DVD/CD Command Line or slaved in another computer with a full disk partition created to check.

Once hardware passes tests, I'd copy out my data using Paragon disk if necessary or by slaving HD to another computer. Then I'd wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command which should force installer to autostart, follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 Factory OEM disregarding the steps for OEM if they don't apply.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2012   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1

Thank you for the reply. I get the Blue Screen when loading Windows. No problems with the installer so far.

So far I have used the flash stick and the internal windows startup repair (I guess running on the 100mb partition) I will create a Repair CD now.

Currently I am running a clean install on my SSD, so another drive. I will only move back to the HDD if I can get that installation working again, if I can't, I will format that partition.

CheckDisk results attached, I will test other hardware stuff tomorrow.

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Boot to black screen with cursor/Repair Windows-chkdsk_log_01.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2012   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1

Repair CD didn't make a difference this time, excluding "Attemping repairs" took 3 times longer.

So, what do you think, what are my chances to perform a successful windows.old to new installation progress?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2012   #19
Microsoft MVP


I've only seen it done successfully with XP<>Vista<>Win7 but you can try: How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder

Back up your data first if it's not already.
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