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Windows 7: Windows 7 not booting up successfully

05 Feb 2010   #1
RMJA

Windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 not booting up successfully

Hi,

I upgraded to windows 7 over my windows vista and it was working fine until 2 days ago when I tried to start up the laptop and it showed the front screen where I can enter f9 etc.. Then it goes on to a blank screen with a flashing dot and doesn't allow me to do anything.

I've searched the forums and tried to upgrade install again aswell as repair but it still hasn't made a difference. I've also done a new install and it booted up to the last point where it was successfully setting up windows and it just restarted and went back to the flashing dot. I can see the software is installed and that it's something to do with my boot being corrupt but I can't get it go past the flashing dot.

Thanks in advance
Raz


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05 Feb 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Do a thorough A/V scan.

Download and run Malwarebytes.

Try to do this from safe mode if needed.

If you are ok.

Do not do an upgrade. With the upgrade DVD you can do a clean install.
Try that, you will be ok. Upgrades always cause problems. You will have to reinstall prgrams but that is a small price to pay.

Do a clean install not a custom.
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05 Feb 2010   #3
gregrocker

 

Try a Clean Install Windows 7. The Win7 DVD will scan the HD during bootup and see an OS to allow use of the Upgrade version key.

I would first zero the HD first to make sure it is as clean as possible before install. Boot the Win7 DVD, select Repair on second screen, click through to Recovery Tools, open a Comand Line and type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (replace # with Win7 HD)
CLEAN ALL
create partition primary
select partition 1
assign letter=c:
active
format
exit


This may take several hours depending upon the size of your HD.
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05 Feb 2010   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Full format before clean install.

1) Boot DVD.
2) Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)

Type in command line
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (win 7 HD)
CLEAN ALL
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT
EXIT


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05 Feb 2010   #5
RMJA

Windows 7
 
 

I can't get into safe mode let alone on the main windows.

Is there a way to fix the problem without having to delete all my data and doing a fresh install which I'll like to be my last option??
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05 Feb 2010   #6
brady

 

sounds like it can't find the drive. Can you access bios?

Make sure you don't have any disks or external devices plugged into the computer.
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05 Feb 2010   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can do a repair install,so that you can backup your DATA.
Then do a clean install.

Repair Install
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05 Feb 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RMJA View Post
I can't get into safe mode let alone on the main windows.

Is there a way to fix the problem without having to delete all my data and doing a fresh install which I'll like to be my last option??
When you said you had tried the Upgrade install again, I assumed you had already overwritten/reinstalled your old installation and were now having install problems.

Perhaps you can explain exactly what you did when you "tried to upgrade install again aswell as repair" and "I've also done a new install."

Boot the Win7 DVD, select Repair on second screen, see if it discovers an installation to repair. Accept any repair offered. If this fails, reboot into Repair, click through to Recovery Tools list and run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to repair or rewrite the MBR.

Repair will not work if Win7 has somehow been marked inactive. To see a Disk Mgmt map of how it is now, boot free Partition Wizard CD and post back a screenshot of the full drive map. If you are unable to take a clear snap of screen, then post back exactly what it says for each drive.
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05 Feb 2010   #9
RMJA

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

When you said you had tried the Upgrade install again, I assumed you had already overwritten/reinstalled your old installation and were now having install problems.

Perhaps you can explain exactly what you did when you "tried to upgrade install again aswell as repair" and "I've also done a new install."

Boot the Win7 DVD, select Repair on second screen, see if it discovers an installation to repair. Accept any repair offered. If this fails, reboot into Repair, click through to Recovery Tools list and run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to repair or rewrite the MBR.

Repair will not work if Win7 has somehow been marked inactive. To see a Disk Mgmt map of how it is now, boot free Partition Wizard CD and post back a screenshot of the full drive map. If you are unable to take a clear snap of screen, then post back exactly what it says for each drive.
I can get into bios.

I tried repair install but I have to load the cd up on my computer to do it and I can't get onto windows, which is what I meant by upgrade install.

It does however discover the installation when I click on repair but it says disconnect any hardware but I don't have anything connected as it's a laptop. I've even done start up repair but it says everything is fine.

I've even restored to an old restore point with vista and then installed windows 7 again and it made an windows.old folder with all my data so I can still get it back.
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05 Feb 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

So you ran Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots?

Did you boot the Partition Wizard CD to see if your Win7 partition is marked active so it will start up?

Please read the troubleshooting steps again and complete them so we try another approach if Win7 will not start up.
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