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Windows 7: Booting problem after installing W7 updater and first set of updates

25 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Booting problem after installing W7 updater and first set of updates

So I have tried to install SP1 versions of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Ultimate 64 bit from either a burned ISO downloaded from Digital Rivers or on a bootable USB stick, or from a Dell re-installation disc on my Latitude E5410. I can install W7 just fine. However, I am prompted to update my Windows Updater(usually either kb2534111 and/or kb976902). If I reboot after that, the system works fine. However, once I select the first 100+ critical/important updates and install them, the computer locks up on reboot and goes into system repair mode. The error messages range from corruption of the bootloader, windows\system32\drivers\iastora.sys is corrupt Error Code 0x2, to other messages. I've tried to repair under bootsec.exe, system repair, which usually doesn't work, repair from a system repair disc, repair from the Windows disc, which usually doesn't work. I've tried system restore which does work, but then puts me back to where I need to download the updates again. Same with a system image disc. I've tried cleaning up the drive fragments after the initial installation and that hasn't helped either. And I tried a repair installation from Windows ISO, which didn't work either. So I"m kind of stuck. I know that I need to do updating, but I can't do it safely without corrupting the system.

Note: I do a full wipe overwriting with 1's and 0's before doing an install.
2nd Note: the important updates seem to be all Windows system updates and do not contain any specific machine drivers that I can tell my glancing at them. I have had problems installing the machine drivers, but have mapped out which ones are good and which ones bork the system.

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25 Jun 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP


Sounds like your injecting drivers into a driver-complete OS like it's XP. This can cause exactly the problems you're experiencing. Win7 provides the drivers in installer and via Updates. You only need the network driver in backup in case it doesn't start up connected so you can install it to get online and get Updates. Don't inject any of your own drivers until after all Updates are done, then any missing in Device Manager (or if Standard VGA is given for Display) you can import from the Device's or PC's Support Downloads webpage.

Which version of Win7 do you actually own? Why are you trying to install another version than the one you own?

There is no reason to run any more than Diskpart Clean Command and it is only needed if there are installation failures. Otherwise just delete all partitions each time and create/format new. But for a diagnostic install we will have you do just the Clean command.

Install and check now the SMART condition of HD using CrystalDiskInfo - Software. If it shows warnings then Test your HD with the maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan followed by a full Disk Check

Do a diagnostic install where you wipe Clean the drive, create/format install partition, install Win7 with ethernet wire connected to increase chance it starts up connected - if not install ethernet or wireless driver to get online.

Then enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3),
check for Updates and install Optional Drivers first, reboot, check performance. Then check for Updates again then install small groups of Updates which will each set a Restore point. Check performance after each group. If any causes a problem, System Restore to before that group and install each of those Updates singly to try to pinpoint the problem update to post back in our Updates forum. Do this until all Updates are installed, then continue by installing programs testing performance after each.

If you stick with these same steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 then you will achieve and maintain a perfect install for as long as you do.
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