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Windows 7: windows 7 "system recovery options" cant find OS

22 Nov 2015   #1

windows 7 home premium x64
windows 7 "system recovery options" cant find OS

Hey guys, sorry if this isnt enough information but my PC of 3 years has recently stopped working and i have no idea about this technology...i think my storage is corrupt or something. Anyway, i followed the system start up repair options to a "system recovery options" page which allows me to "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting windows. Select an operating system to repair" however there is no OS listed in the box below. I am given the option to Load drivers but have no idea what im looking for and get the "The specified location does not contain information about your hardware" error no matter what i click. Any help is appreciated as this is my only computer and i have uni work to do i shall try add pictures at a later date if needed as im currently typing this from my phone. Thanks in advance :)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2015   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

I'd suggest booting a Win 7 install DVD or flash drive then select Repair and Command Prompt and run chkdsk c: /r against your boot drive (may not be C: ).

See here: Download Windows 7 ISOs, Legally and for Free

Also available here: Microsoft DigitalRiver Mirror (Technet)

The 1st is a German torrent download site with verifiable MD5 checksums for each of the available ISOs.
To download Windows 7 using a torrent file, we will need a torrent client.

Any torrent client will work, though, but I recommend qBittorrent. All the others I've looked at try to install other garbage along with the torrent program so avoid them.

Windows 7 Starter x86 (32bit) SP1
MD5 Checksum: c23c9cecee7e3093acfe00faab7091b5
SHA-1 Hash: e1653b111c4c6fd75b1be8f9b4c9bcbb0b39b209
Windows 7 Home Premium x86 (32bit) SP1
MD5 Checksum: 0afa9359c62dc7b320205d3863c60385
SHA-1 Hash: 6071b4553fcf0ea53d589a846b5ae76743dd68fc
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64bit) SP1
MD5 Checksum: da319b5826162829c436306bebea7f0f
SHA-1 Hash: 6c9058389c1e2e5122b7c933275f963edf1c07b9
Windows 7 Professional x64 (64bit) SP1
MD5 Checksum: ed15956fe33c13642a6d2cb2c7aa9749
SHA-1 Hash: 0bcfc54019ea175b1ee51f6d2b207a3d14dd2b58
Windows 7 Professional x86 (32bit) SP1
MD5 Checksum: 0bff99c8310ba12a9136e3d23606f3d4
SHA-1 Hash: d89937df3a9bc2ec1a1486195fd308cd3dade928
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (64bit) SP1
MD5 Checksum: c9f7ecb768acb82daacf5030e14b271e
SHA-1 Hash: 36ae90defbad9d9539e649b193ae573b77a71c83
Windows 7 Ultimate x86 (32bit) SP1
MD5 Checksum: 2572274e6b0acf4ed1b502b175f2c2db
SHA-1 Hash: 65fce0f445d9bf7e78e43f17e441e08c63722657

How to run chkdsk or System File Checker (SFC) from the Recovery Console
  • Boot your Vista or Windows 7 installation DVD
  • When you see "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD", press Enter.
  • At the "Install Windows" screen, click on Repair your computer at lower left
  • At the System Recovery Options screen, make note of the drive letter assigned to your boot drive (normally C: ) and click Next
  • At the Chose a Recovery Tool window, click on Command Prompt. You will be sitting at X:\Sources directory.
Run chkdsk or SFC
  • If you did not note the drive letter of your boot disk, you can enter bcdedit and look at the osdevice line to see what it is.
  • For chkdsk, type chkdsk c: /r and press Enter (use the letter from above if not C: ).
  • For sfc, type sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows and press Enter (use the letter from above)
  • Let either run to completion undisturbed.
Vista or Windows 7: If you don't have a install DVD, you can download a legal copy here:

Windows 7 Direct Download Links
Windows Vista Direct Download Links

Make sure you get the same version you have installed: 32 or 64 bit; Home Premium, Pro or Ultimate.
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23 Nov 2015   #3

windows 7 home premium x64

After typing "sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:windows" it says "windows resource protection could not start the repair service"
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24 Nov 2015   #4

Windows 10 Pro X64

"sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:windows"
I'm guessing that was a typo, as that should be:

"sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows"

DId you run chkdsk c: /r?
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