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Windows 7: 7 HP x64 - Startup Repair Loop, NoRootCause - two Win7versions on PC

14 Oct 2018   #1
kalle009

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
7 HP x64 - Startup Repair Loop, NoRootCause - two Win7versions on PC

Good evening,


since this afternoon and without any obvious reason, my PC has the "startup Repair Loop" problem, that is well described in many forums, as i learned.
I spent 4 hours now trying out the recommendations given in this forum (thread on "
7 HP x64 - Startup Repair Loop, NoRootCause") and others, that is, all options from the repair manager, chkdsk, the "Bootrec-manouevres", correcting the files manually as, for example, eplained in "https://www.deskdecode.com/startup-repair-cannot-repair-this-computer-automatically/"
etc.

Needless to say that nothing worked.


Here is the peculiarity: I have an older, still running version of Win7 on another drive on the same computer.
So I can access all the windows files of the drive that I used for booting and where the currently damaged version is installed at. Including the folder windows32/config, that is used in one of the ways to try to repair the thing.



So I could relatively easily save all personal files and install a new version over again. The thing is that I have a lot of programms installed and things personalized in the Win7 version that is not booting.


Now here comes my question: Is it of any advantage that I can access all files of the not-booting windows-version from the older windows version and can I do any repair by that? And how? Do you give me a chance? Or do I have do re-install anyway?


Thanks a lot for any helpful comment!!


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14 Oct 2018   #2
Paul Black

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

Hi kalle009, welcome to Seven Forums,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kalle009 View Post
So I could relatively easily save all personal files and install a new version over again. The thing is that I have a lot of programms installed and things personalized in the Win7 version that is not booting.

Now here comes my question: Is it of any advantage that I can access all files of the not-booting windows-version from the older windows version and can I do any repair by that? Or do I have do re-install anyway?
Some questions!

[1] Have you installed any new hardware, software or updates prior to this happening?
[2] Have you got an installation disk?
[3] Are there any restore points that you could try?
[4] Can you get into Safe Mode?
[5] Have you got a recent system image that you could use?

One option, depending on the answers above, could possibly be a repair install. A repair install differs from a clean install in the fact that it ONLY replaces the corrupted OS with a new fresh copy. This means that ALL your User Accounts, Folders, Files, Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, Data Files, Icons, and any installed programs are left intact. It does however, delete ALL the Window updates, and can affect, sounds, services, visual effect settings and device drivers by re-setting them to default. You cannot do a repair install at boot, in Safe Mode, using a system repair disk, or using an integrated Windows update disk. Basically, this process can ONLY be performed from within the LIVE OS.

I hope this helps!
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14 Oct 2018   #3
kalle009

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Wow,
that is what I would call a super-sonic answer!
Thank you Paul!!


With regard to your questions:


[1] Have you installed any new hardware, software or updates prior to this happening?
- No new installations, no updates that I were aware of. Just a "hard day" for the PC with many office programs, statistic programm, lots of pds, firefox tabs, opened. After restarting after lunch it all of a sudden did not boot anymore.

[2] Have you got an installation disk?
- yes, I do have the original one.

[3] Are there any restore points that you could try?

- no, no points available

[4] Can you get into Safe Mode?

- no. I if I do it with "command prompt", it always stops at .../drivers/classpnp.sys and then restarts.

[5] Have you got a recent system image that you could use?
- no


I read about the repair install (I think that is what people also call an "In-place upgrade" !?)
But from what I understood and from what you are saying, therefore I must have the windows running, that is to say the booting must have been successful. In my situation I am unable to boot the windows version that I am interested in but can only access the drive from another - older, uninteresting - Win7 version from another drive on the same PC.So, to my understanding, the repair install would not work for me.

I hoped that somebody would knew a small repair file to insert at the right place in one of the windows folders and makes everything whole again

Thanks a lot anyway!!
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14 Oct 2018   #4
Paul Black

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

Hi kalle009, does the installation disk boot?
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14 Oct 2018   #5
Paul Black

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

Hi kalle009,

Seeing you can access the un-bootable OS drive [from another Win 7 OS version on the same PC], can you not copy all of your files etc to an external HDD or USB? That way, you can then do a clean install!

If this is not possible, then I can post two other alternatives for you!

I hope this helps!
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14 Oct 2018   #6
kalle009

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Hi Paul,


yes, I could do a clean install.

It just would mean a lot of backupping before, a lot of retrieving, installing and customizing many programs, with probably some losses (of some calendar file or something, that I would't know where to find the archive) etc.
And all of it a a moment where I am supposed to finish a scientific paper because of an approaching deadline.
That is why I am interested in an quick and/or elegant solution of making the actual version boot again.


With respect to your prior question - yes, the install CD is booting. I am getting to the point where I am asked to "install now" which I want to avoid for the above mentioned reasons or where I can get to the repair options, which I have all tried since they are the same as the ones offered you at the boot failure.


So YES I would be interested in the alternative options!



Best regards,
kalle009
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14 Oct 2018   #7
Paul Black

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

Hi kalle009,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kalle009 View Post
With respect to your prior question - yes, the install CD is booting. I am getting to the point where I am asked to "install now" which I want to avoid for the above mentioned reasons, or where I can get to the repair options, which I have all tried since they are the same as the ones offered you at the boot failure.
It is a shame that you can't get to it to run Startup Repair!

Unfortunately, if you cannot run CHKDSK [Check Disk] or SFC [System File Checker], it is a bit difficult to find a resolution to the booting problem!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kalle009 View Post
So YES, I would be interested in the alternative options!
Unfortunately, the two solutions I had in mind were to enable you to access the un-bootable OS drive and recover your data!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kalle009 View Post
Yes, I could do a clean install.
If it comes to that, then I can post the procedure that will get Win 7 installed and fully upated quite quickly!

I hope this helps!
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14 Oct 2018   #8
kalle009

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Hi Paul,


I was able to run start-up repair. And did it repeatedly in between. The "link" from the repair options from the install-CD is the same start-up repair that is offered you by windows right away when it notices that it is not booting.
Only when it failed several times was when I started to try the more "advanced" options like the Bootrec-commands and afterwards the manual file correction as, for example, eplained in "https://www.deskdecode.com/startup-repair-cannot-repair-this-computer-automatically/"
None of this worked. Start-up repair always saying either that it could not find a problem or that it could not repair the problem.


I also ran chkdisk on the "damaged" drive from the old windows version, and it did indeed repair some files on that drive. But it also did not help.


So I think I finally have to re-install. Not the end of the world for me but some unexpected delay...

I'll sleep over it now and do that tomorrow.


Thank you anyway for the quick and attentive comments!!!
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14 Oct 2018   #9
Paul Black

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

Hi kalle009,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kalle009 View Post
I also ran chkdisk on the "damaged" drive from the old windows version, and it did indeed repair some files on that drive. But it also did not help.
So you weren't able to run SFC [System File Checker] then?

If you could boot into Safe Mode [probably F8], you could go into the Startup tab in msconfig and disable all the startup items to see if that helps! It would also be interesting to see what settings you have got in the General tab as well, because the options there are Normal Startup, Diagnostic Startup, and Selective Startup!

I hope this helps!
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15 Oct 2018   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
I have an older, still running version of Win7 on another drive on the same computer.
So I can access all the windows files of the drive that I used for booting and where the currently damaged version is

Have a look in windows\system32\config\regback on the damaged version.

If it contains registry hives Default,Security,Sam,Software,System,then you can use them to replace the hives in windows\system32\config

You can often get away with just replacing the System hive, but I suggest replacing them all.


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