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Windows XP Repair and Hanging Logon

Q: Windows XP Repair and Hanging Logon

Huge problem here, and also a real challenging puzzle for all you really smart gurus out there.

My computer (Windows XP Pro sp3) was lagging so badly (1-2 hours) at logon that I decided to to a complete repair. I didn't have my original CD so I used a windows keyfinder software to show what key I was using at the time, wrote that down, and then did a repair of my os. I booted from a friend's windows xp pro sp3 cd and used the "repair existing installation" option. It asked for my cd key (something I was told they wouldn't, luckily I was safe and got the key anyway) and I typed it in. It told me it was invalid, so I chose the option to wait until later to enter it (I thought that it might be able to update and then connect to the internet and then see that it was valid). After the repair was complete I logged on, but during the logon it told me that I needed to enter the cd key before I could logon. I clicked the option "enter cd key" but instead of giving me a dialog box to enter the key into it just hung. All I can see is my desktop picture and a (responsive) cursor.

It does not respond to ctrl+alt+delete, right-click, or anything else.

Any ideas? I really don't want to reinstall windows and lose all my files, since I have a bunch of un-reinstallable programs (1-day freebies) installed that I don't want to loose.

Help would be greatly appreciated.

Preferred Solution: Windows XP Repair and Hanging Logon

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Windows XP Repair and Hanging Logon

Welcome to TSG!

The Product Key type must match the CD type, OEM to OEM, Retail to Retail. If they are different, the key won't work.
You can call MS and explain what happened, but I don't know if they would give you a key to use. They help with Activation issues where a different disk was used to install, but usually you are able to enter the key.

Either way though, you need to be able to get to the screen to enter the code they will give you.

This might happen if you had IE7 or IE8 installed, and did not uninstall before the repair.
The repair would have re-installed some IE6 files causing version mismatches, and I know the Activation wizard uses some of the core IE files, so the wizard that asks for the product key may have the same issue.
Usually doesn't hang though, usually just a blank window, or a loop saying you must activate, you are already activated, then back to you must activate.

Can you boot into Safe Mode, or Safe Mode with Command Prompt?
If so, navigate to Windows\IEX\spuninst, where X is the version of IE you had. If you upgraded to 7 then to 8, start with 8.
Double click, or type spuninst.exe to uninstall. After uninstalling IE8, repeat the same in the IE7\spuninst folder.

If you can't get to Safe Mode, you can try uninstalling IE8/IE7 from the Recovery Console.
To boot the XP Recovery Console:
Set your system to boot from CD, either by setting the boot order in the BIOS, or using the boot menu if your system provides one, usually by pressing one of the FX keys; F9, F10, F12 are common.
Insert the Windows XP CD and boot the system.
When prompted to Press any key to boot from CD... press any key like Spacebar or Enter

When you boot from the CD, the following is displayed:
On a black screen:
Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration...
Screen turns Blue, and Windows Setup is displayed at the top.
at the bottom is displayed the following in sequence:
Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver
Press F2 to run Automated System Recovery (ASR)...
Setup is loading files (file names displayed)
Title changes to Windows XP Professional (or Home Edition) Setup

The options to setup or repair Windows are displayed
Choose To repair a Windows XP installation using recovery console, press R.
You may need to choose the Windows installation if you have a dual boot system. Type the number of the Windows installation you want to log into.
You will need to enter the Administrator password unless you previously disabled that requirement; if it's blank, just press enter.

You should now be at a C:\WINDOWS> prompt
Type the following lines pressing Enter after each one. Change the drive letter if needed.
Note that there are spaces between each differently colored part of the commands:
CD IE8\spuninst
batch spuninst.txt
when it completes type:
CD ..\..\IE7\spuninst
batch spuninst.txt

See if it will now boot and display the Key box.

If this doesn't work, you may need to track down a disk that matches your key and run the Repair install again.

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hi my bro's computer was screwing up after he dled some music from limewire (ye i told him not to aswell) and he got himself a large array of maliciouse software, all hidden with a nice annoying root kit.

we rolled back his settings and ran combofix.exe which normally does the job, then after i would normally hunt down whats left and ensure is clear, but after running combofix.exe i now cant log into windows at all. it just freezes on the blue loading screen before u choose who to log on as.

also cant load into safe mode, it hangs at the same place.

anyone know waht we can do, other than reformatting ? as i rly rly dont wanna do that.

~edit: He's running XP Home

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By rolled back settings do you mean sys restore?

If it was mine, I would do a repair installation, then all you lose is windows updates. Still a chance problems might still be there after.

How long did you wait at login screen? Sometimes if PC goes idle I eject the CD drawer a few times and it gets going again. (sounds crazy, but true).

Did you try to login as administrator at safe mode?

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Boot WINDOWS 7 Operating Disk, when disk loads select NEXT, down below will say repair your computer click that. System Recovery will now scan for operating system, select OS you wish to repair then click NEXT. Below will say Command Prompt, click that now type these commands.

After commands are completed now click start up repair to see if it finds any issues.

WINDOWS 7 Operating disks can be found here with your WINDOWS 7 key.


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Hey Tech Support Forums, I seem to have gotten myself into a small dilemma... A few weeks back, I was fiddling with windowblinds and StyleXP and at some point decided to change my logon screen. Well, it went a little haywire and didn't come out right. I didn't have the time to redo what i'd done, so by the time I got around to it, i'd forgotten what to do to fix it.

Basically, whenever I switch users/logout or anything to get me to the logon screen, I have an error message titled "Parser Message" saying, "Value creation failed " at line 40" and I have to hit the "Esc" button 10 times before I get the default logon screen (looks like the Windows 2000 logon window) with which I can logon with.

No hurry, i'm just starting to get annoyed with having to deal with hitting esc all the time. Also, could someone inform me on how I should go about changing it SAFELY in the future? (i.e. backup files, how to correctly do it, etc.)

Thanks ahead of time.


A:Windows XP Logon Screen Repair

try with this Logon Loader Recovery Tool from:


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Hello people, wondering if anyone has any ideas:

My machine is having a strange problem. I log on to windows and 80% of the time everything is fine. however the other 20% it comes up saying "loading personal settings" and just hangs there. Once there the machine isn't frozen completly, as things like caps/num lock still turn on and off, but it just sits there. I left it for 2 hours last night to see ifit would get passed but nothing. When the "loading personal settings" dialog is shown you can do anything like ctrl+alt+del or alt+tab the only thing left is to reset the machine.

Has anyone come across this or does any1 have any ideas


p.s. i am new newish to this forum - what does the points thing mean by my avatar and is it possible to load a personalised avatar?

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Hi I am running windows xp on my home puter and somehow it seems to hang for about 1min 30 sec at the stratup screen then will hear the floppy drive check itself and then it will be able to let me logon. After that it seems to not hang anymore....any help?

AMD Athalon 1800+
200 GB HDD
2GB Ram
1 cd-r
1 dvd+/- R
1 dvd rom
1 floppy
g-force 4 video card
gigabyte 7vaxp mobo

A:Solved: Hanging at startup logon

NO replies??? Please help me please!!!

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i am experiencing difficulties repairing a copy of xp pro.

i was working on another computer last night. it was late and i want really paying attention and i ended up repairing the current copy of xp where i wanted to use the recovery console to repair the boot sector

i got as far as the the 39min remaining screen before i realised what id done and i was worried i would be losing data so i hit the off button, hoping there would be some way i could cancel the repair but as i understand it i have gone past the point of no return as it were.

now when i turn it on i get the windows xp pro loading screen then a blue screen saying "setup is being restarted......" after that the screen it goes black and there is only a cursor on the screen and nothing else will happen

ive tried to go through the repair process from the beginning but now it does not appear on the list, i can only perform a complete install which i do not want to do as i will loose all existing data.

so what i am asking is is there anyway i can get the repair option back on the list of options for install or is there any way i can continue the current repair?

any help will be appreciated.


A:xp repair hanging

Your best bet is to take the drive out and attach it to a working pc to salvage the data . . works best if you attach to the secondary channel ( the one with optical drives ) . . then put it back and do a clean install

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I started a Upgrade/Repair of Windows Home Edition on a dell laptop about 4 hours ago...and it has been on the 'Preparing Installation' step (Setup will complete in approximately: 53 minutes) ever since. I occassionally see the hour glass appear like it is doing something...But is it?? '53 minutes' has not changed in 4 hours!!!
Is this common?? Or should I Cancel and start over??
I am doing a repair because something got into the computer and did not allow me to open anything..i.e.: My computer, My documents, Mcafee software would shut down after less than a minute of starting up...etc.

Help please!!!

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I am working on a computer that has a registry and MBR virus. Rewrote the master boot record. Now am having trouble running chkdsk /r. Each time I try, the process hangs at 23%. This computer is not mine, so scrapping windows and installing linux is out of the question.

any suggestions, or work arounds would be appreciated.


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Hello there, I'm sadiew. I got a HP Pavilion laptop that's been acting up and I hope you guys can lend me a hand.

Yesterday: I got my laptop back after ~3 weeks to get a fan replaced. It loaded kind of slow but not terribly. Some shortcuts were missing the programs but it was few and I just reinstalled. Avast caught two viruses when I was reinstalling anti-malwarebytes so I cancelled it. Driverbooster (iobit) found and installed 30+ dirvers. Otherwise my computer was a little slow but normal.

Today: Computer went up to the starting screen and it just hung there. I can do safemode and w/ command prompt. I restarted it and tried system repair but it did nothing.

What I've tried (don't remember the order)
1). chkdsk /f for c: and /r for d: and c:. C: was found and had no problems apparently, but it also had some error communicating with the log or something.
2). trying to restore but no restore points (even though I had iObit make one a few days ago)
3). Ran my anti-viruses in safemode. The only program that found anything was TKSS root killer. Wasn't able to remove them tho as the comp was responding too slowly.
4). Tried booting with last successful settings but it didn't do anything
5) Bootlogging, which leads me to...

Now: somehow my computer started up. I think it may be because I just waited a lot longer to turn comp off so I could see what bootlog got. It loaded insanely slow and there is still something wrong. But everything is going at normal speed now ... Read more

A:Hanging on start up, system repair no go, sometimes works

Hello Sadie and welcome to Seven Forums. Sorry to hear you're having these problems.

Since you've indicated there may be some malware on your computer, I'd see if your installed anti-malware programs can remove whatever is infecting your machine. It may take a longer than normal time to run the scans but as long as the software is still scanning/removing I'd be patient and see if will finish (even if it takes several hours.) You could also try running a free software called Malwarebytes. (Always make sure to read the fine print on any downloads so you don't accidentally install unwanted "stuff" like toolbars, other software, etc.)


I'd also try running a System File Checker scan from an elevated command prompt (Option Two.) If problems are found, run the scan at least 3 times and reboot your computer immediately following each scan.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

It's also possible that an application or service is interfering with a normal start up. You could do a Clean Boot (AKA Clean Startup) and try to isolate any offenders.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

And one of the Forum experts prepared a troubleshooting guide with some additional things to try.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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I hope the title helped.

My Win 7 drive refused to boot, refused to repair and refused to restore.

I slotted in a spare little Win 7 drive, booted okay, can see the 'dodgy' drive, can see the data and need to know if I can fix it in this way to become my bootable drive as it is full of programs I would rather not have to spend hours reinstalling.

I have Win 7 home premium for my sins.

Is there anything I can do to make life a bit easier?

thank you !!


A:Hanging on boot, won't repair, can access as slave drive - fixable??

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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200+ Windows 7 Pro machines, similar configuration, 1/4 of them x86, 3/4 x64.
Encountered 6 such machines having this problem: After a restart, user logon stuck at a black screen. In Windows event application log there is an event 'The Windows logon process has failed to spawn a user application'. This application is an in-house developed
application and is called at winlogon\userinit registry key.
A restart into Safe Mode, first logon will experience an auto-restart, then second logon ok. Subsequent logon into normal Windows is ok.

Setting the group policy setting to User Account Control: Behaviour in Admin Approval Mode to 'Elevated without prompt' doesn't solve the problem.

All machines are in workgroup.
There seems to be a relationship between security hardening (through local security policy) and this behaviour but not conclusive because some of the machines encountering the problem had not been hardened.
When I booted a machine under MS DART and change the userinit registry key to call userinit.exe instead of the in-house application, subsequent user can logon correctly under normal mode. Then changing it back to call the in-house application will again
logon into black screen.
Based on these observations, can anyone share what Windows does during Safe Mode to recovery such problem? under what circumstances does it auto-restart after a logon? Can local GPO enforcement corrupt the default user profile?

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Thanks to your support re https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/dc480a44-d695-4daa-9bba-1c1d80e9caa3/where-to-download-bootable-windows-7-repair-for-usb?forum=w7itprogeneral&prof=required, I've managed to create a Windows 7 64bit
bootable on a USB.
The supposed logon screen came up with distorted graphic before. Now having run the auto repair with the newly created USB, the supposed logon screen shows only some regular graphic pattern and the logon dialog is still nowhere to be seen. I've tried entering
username and password presuming the fields were there but not visible. The computer would just reset when I hit Enter after entering the password.

I wonder how I can start repair at the command prompt. Any help will be appreciated. I've got no image to restore with or recovery point to restore from.
Thanks a lot.

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This is a work computer plagued with problems. This morning, the computer was apparently interrupted while booting, and the desktop disappeared. Explorer.exe could be found, but not run. Reg is set properly she'll explorer.exe. I spent all afternoon trying workarounds, and nothing. Ran anti-vir, combofix, nothing detected.

Did a repair install of Windows XP pro SP2, with a windows xp pro sp2. As soon as the users come up, I get a BSOD stop error c000021a at 0xc0000005 (0x7c9106c3 0x00eaf094)

Seems to be a login problem/conflict. I've been avoiding a fresh install at all costs, as these people have old programs installed with no disks for them. Help is appreciated. The repair install will boot in safe mode, whereas the missing explorer.exe install would not.

A:Explorer.exe missing,performed repair install now won't logon

Hi -The next logical step I would follow is to get an XP Pro CD and run sfc /scannow to try and replace any missing files Also a chkdsk /r should be performed on the system in case there are other problems If you were able to run Antivirus programs, etc, then these basics should be no problem ->>"Ran anti-vir, combofix, nothing detected."<< NOTE: Combofix is not a cure-all for these type of problems, and should never be used as such -By doing this, you can create more problems than you think you can ever solve -Always stick with the basics first, and then try other diagnostics after that. Did you try to run an OTL log to look for problems ??Regards -

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Hi At my company we have Lenovo L460 with windows 7 and Cisco anyconnect 4.3 - we have a sim card with 4G data connection to a service provider(Telenor).When I have logon screen for windows 7, I can see with FN+F8 that the wireless WAN is "on", but when I try to connect/logon with the cisco anyconnect "start before logon" module the cisco say that it can't see any internet connection. And I tried to wait for 3-4 minutes so all services where running, but no connection.... If I uses the Wifi connection then it just goes smooth... If I logon to windows 7 and then start the mobile data connection at logon to cisco anyconnect there is NO problem.. So are there somebody who can say that:1. Huawei does not support cisco anyconnect SBL?2. Lenovo does not allow you to start a mobile connection before you logon windows ?3. Or something? A lot of thanks in advance!!!!!!!! Regards niels

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Today I am having many of my windows 7 machines reporting the following error when trying to log into the domain

 An attempt was made to logon, but the network logon service was not started

Overall, the only changes that have been made were the past windows updates that ran today.

Is anyone aware of a fix for this issue?

I am troubleshooting now, but hoping to save some time by asking on the forums.


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Hi all,
I'm about at my wits end trying to fix this issue, and require your assistance please.
On multiple Windows 7 PC's in our environment, we are getting these types of errors:
Log Name:      System
Source:        NETLOGON
Date:          12/11/2019 3:05:06 PM
Event ID:      5719
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      P37905.domain.local
This computer was not able to set up a secure session with a domain controller in domain DOMAIN.LOCAL due to the following: 
There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request. 
This may lead to authentication problems. Make sure that this computer is connected to the network. If the problem persists, please contact your domain administrator.  

If this computer is a domain controller for the specified domain, it sets up the secure session to the primary domain controller emulator in the specified domain. Otherwise, this computer sets up the secure session to any domain controller in the specified
Log Name:      System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy
Date:          12/11/2019 3:05:06 PM
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I have a computer which will not allow me to map a drive to another computer within our network.  Both devices are Windows 7.  In my small network, I have three WIN7 devices and one WIN10 device.   One WIN7 and the WIN10 machines are
both mapped to the HOST WIN7 device successfully.  I am able to PING the "errored WIN7" computer from the host computer; I am able to see the computer and shares on the error'd from the HOST machine but when I try to map from the error'd machine
to HOST I get the <g class="gr_ gr_5319 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" data-gr-id="5319" id="5319">Logon</g> Failure error (above).  I have completed the following:
-Reset Advanced Sharing Settings (ensured File and Printer Sharing are turned ON and Password Protected Sharing is turned OFF)
-Group Policy Management ( allow log on locally and ensured the ADMIN account (and everyone) is in the Group settings
-Group Policy Management (removed the Deny log on locally) assignment
-HOST machine (Everyone is allowed under User Rights)
-Network Sharing (enabled network discover, use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers)
-Network access (Allow anonymous SID/name translation)
-Network access (Let everyone permissions apply to anonymous users)
-Network access (Restrict anonymous access to Named Pipes and Shares)
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We are trying to enable SSO with Smart Cards for Windows 7 and eventually 10. During logon users can see up to six certificates available for logon. This is going to cause confusion for the users. Selecting only the correct certificate will allow the user
successful SSO. It appears that this MAY be the certificate with the Enhanced Key Usage (EKU) that contains 'Smart Card Logon (' and has the text under the box where you enter your PIN that says 'Windows will try to connect to the network'
I found an article, below, that gives more options for certificates but these don't seem to offer what I'm looking for. 
Looking for other ideas/solutions please...

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When I click on 'Start' - 'Settings' - 'control panel', a blank window opens and hangs for about 5 seconds before the contents appear. This is true for a lot of windows. Sometimes when I browse 'My documents', say I double click a folder it will open blank and take up to 10 seconds for the contents to appear.

Any suggestions?

A:Windows hanging hanging ghanging...

have you defragmented your harddrive recently ?? sounds like your system is having to find the data on your harddrive perhaps....might be helpful to get you a utility like system mechanic or one I like a lot ,,,Tuneup Utilities,,,,,it will check your Programs structure for errors, registry for errors, including check your harddrive for major Fragmentation ...and has a fix it button at the end after it scans for problems and corrects them. did it start happening after a hardware or software change? how much ram do you have and speed or your processor?

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i have face with the following problem..i joind with domain successfully but when i created a user in domain and to logon client 
computer the follwing error occure plz help me with a few simple step in windows 8 or 8.1
i have windows server 2012 r2 in Domain computer

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I have viewed this site for a long time, but this is the first time I needed to post a problem. I do not know if my problem belongs in the OS forum or the Networking forum but hear it is!

I am setting up a new Dell PC with Windows XP Home Edition with 256 megs of memory. I need to manually log onto a Novell network and automatically logon to Windows XP Home Edition. In other words, I do not want the windows logon screen to appear after I log onto Novell.

I have tried Microsoft's article Q315231 "How to Enable Automatic Logon in Windows". The auto logon to windows works, however, it seems to disable the Novell logon screen. When I boot up the pc no logon window appears (Novell or otherwise). I can however, manually log into Novell after XP is loaded.

I need to allow different Novell users to log in to one Windows XP profile. Is this possible? My network admin and I have not been able to figure this out.

I will not be able to test any suggestions until Monday, but I can supply additional information to any post this weekend.

Thank you in advance for everyone's efforts.

A:Novell Manual Logon & Windows XP Auto Logon

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My WinXp SP2 system (with 3 Partions - C: D: & E: of about 50gb each) was running absolutely fine until yesterday when I did a Spyware scan with SuperAntiSpyware and left the system for a while. When I returned the system had rebooted and the screen was blank (black with the mouse scroll). I rebooted again and when it reached the welcome screen it stuck and the desktop won't open.

After trying several times I tried to repair my Xp installation so I booted with the Xp CD and when it asked whether I want to reinstall or repair, I selected the (R) option -> 1: and Rebooted again. Nothing! the same problem.

Then I selected Install Xp option and when it prompted to repair after dfetected previous Xp I did that. This time a large number of files were copied but some files could not be copied as it asked me to either quit installation or skip those files. I skipped them.

When the system booted I got to a screen where it said "windows will now detect devices such as mouse and keybord" but half way through the scroll bar got stck" and when I tried rebooting again the same thing happened.

I finally tried the last option that came to my mind and decided to reinstall WinXp on the same Partion (even though I got a warning that previous installation and applications will be deleted). This time also the same thing happened where files were copied and some files were skipped, but when the system Rebooted it was BAD!.

I got the error:

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I tired doing a windows update yesterday, computer would not let me perfom the action.
The error message read: Network policy settings prevent you from using Windows Update to download and install updates. This error may occur if the Remove access to use all Windows Update features group policy has been enabled by your system administrator and comes up with a windows error 0x8DDD0003 and have done a lot of the recommended fixes but nothing has worked. In the meantime I had went and enabled a few items that were disabled that may have prevented the updates from being downloaded.
After that, I had these 3 items show up on my hijack log & my computer is running terribly slow. I have not had a problem w/ this computer in quite sometime as I have been protected by my anti-virus/firewall etc. but somethng is very wrong. It is now taking about 3 minutes just to pull up one windows explorer page and that is with nothing else running. I also have high speed wireless internet. I have run my anti-virus, did a defrag ran Ad-Aware etc. w/ nothing found from either scan.
Todays problem~ I have tried restoring my computer to 5-6 different dates now & now will take affect.
#1 I am unable to get Windows Updates
#2 I am unable to do a System Restore
#3 I never got a Windows CD when I bought my cra**y Toshiba Laptop so am unable to re-install windows. I am hoping that someone has some advice of something to try first.
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A:Pls Look at my hijack log, Computer Slow or Hanging, did Hijack Repair Yesterday...

This is me again~
I decided to try to do a scandisk to check for errors & this came up:
The disc check could not be performed because the disk check utility needs exclusive access to some windows file on the disk. These files can only be accessed by restarting windows.
I restarted, still unable to perform a scandisk.
Just keeps getting better...

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My system windows 7 has been showing the logon screen after cicking on my account,.
It shows welcome and again its shows logon screen.
I logged  in with safe mode and created another account . New account worked fine. After shut down and i again logged in,It shows same problem.
Again logon screen is displaying
Kindly help meee out

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I was recommended to this thread from another one:


I've downloaded dds.scr, but when I double click it it asks me which program I would like to use to open it. I am not aware of any script blockers, I have never intentionally installed something like that.


A:Windows hanging hanging

Ok never mind the prvious post, got that sorted.

Will post results soon.

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Windows failed to start, startup repair cannot repair this computer, safe mode cannot load, chkdsk freezes, sfc scan cannot perform the requested operation

Hi, I cannot start my Windows 7 at all. With power on, the system tries to load up but: ' windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause'. Trying to open safe mode or last good configuration doesn't work, it goes automatically to startup repair but after about an hour trying it says ' Windows 7 Startup Repair Cannot Repair This Computer ' (tried a few times). After another reboot with a windows 7 repair disk in the drive I managed to open the recovery manager from the DVD instead of the HDD and tried all the options - system recovery does not work, i have no previous images of the system, I ran a scan on the memory - it was all clear but still windows not starting. Then I did CHKDSK and it froze at 11% on stage 4 of 5, that happened a couple of times so I decided to run an sfc scannow but another error: 'Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation'. So I'm totally stuck and don't know where to go next, I've got no windows installation disk, only repair disk. Any ideas would be much appreciated!

A:Windows failed to start, startup repair cannot repair this computer, safe mode cannot

Hi and welcome to TSF what is the make and model of the computer,is just a repair disc or is it a recovery disc does your machine have a recovery partition,have you tried removing and reseating the ram or running any diagnostic test like memtest 86 + or seatools for dos

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I need some help, please.
I couldn't find Windows 7 Repair Disc / Repair System / rewrite MBR for x64
Can you give me some advices, please ?
Thank you

A:couldn't find Windows 7 Repair Disc / Repair System / rewrite MBR

Please give us the exact problem you're experiencing if there is one.

Otherwise: System Repair Disk
System Repair Disc - Create
System Recovery Options

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I installed Roxio Easy media creator 7 a while ago and I just did a windows xp repair but now roxio keeps bringing up this message:

* Please wait while windows configures Roxio Easy media creator 7 basic DVD edition...
- The only opton is cancel...

If I cancel it keeps coming up...

If I let it run through it says

*"Error 1706 no valid source could be found for product Roxio Easy media creator 7 basic DVD edition windows cannot continue"

then goes back to the first message and tries again...
Roxio 7 still works perfectly fine when I open it from desktop or start!
however whenever I open a browser, or try and rename a folder or save something it comes up with the error mentioned earlier...
it just keeps doing this and stops me continuing my work...

I have lost my Roxio 7 cd so I can't install the disk to fix this problem...

I found however my Roxio 6 disk so I tried just removing Roxio 7 using add remove programs... but this just brings up the same error... and wont uninstall...

does anyone know how to stop this message coming up?
(note roxio works fine I just want to stop the error message- but failing that does anyone know how to get rid of the program altogether)

thanks for your time


A:Error from Roxio Easy Media creator 7 after repair through windows repair

I encountered the same problem awhile back; it's a known bug with the Windows Installer.
MOPER made this suggestion & it worked perfectly for me. Give it a try..

Download the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility.

Install and run it, look for an entry similar to "WordPerfect". Delete the entry and all should be fine.
[*] NOTE: Please replace "WordPerfect" with the name you got from the Windows Installer"

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My problem started last night as I was trying to boot in safe mode with networking to install and update malwarebytes to get rid of a spyware problem. I was unable to start my computer with safemode using f8, so I used the misconfig boot.ini method and selected safeboot with networking. Then I was able to get to the boot sequence menu, but whichever option I picked (safe mode, normal, last working configuration, etc), the computer just restarts.

Then I tried to repair windows with the xp cd and it completed at 100% and needed to "restart to finish the setup process." However, right now whenever it restarts, it will automatically go into safe mode, and I would get an alert saying "'win xp setup cannot run under safemode. Setup will restart now." I have tried pressing okay, x-ing it out and a manual shutdown. But whatever I do, the same cycle will happen over and over again .

I later found out about the f5 key and tried using that to boot normally, but it still goes into safe mode. My question is.. is there a way to override the msconfig settings so that my computer can boot normally and finish the setup process, OR to get the setup NOT to finish so that I can change the msconfig settings back to original.

I would really like to backup my files before doing a reformat. Any help is greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance

A:Cannot access windows after win repair -- safe mode & repair setup conflicts

First of all you could use any Linux Live-cd program to make a bootable cd from a downloaded iso file and then boot to Linux and then copy and paste whatever files you need to a usb flash drive or external hard drive.
What I would suggest first though is boot to first "r" for Recovery Console and run "chkdsk /r" to repair the hard drive.

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I have the weirdest problem with this computer I built over a year ago. Sometimes on boot up the windows logo will appear and then just hang there. The hard drive activity light stops blinking too. If I reset then it will come up say windows did not shutdown normally and wants to run startup repair. I select ok and it does its thing but in the end it comes back and says startup repair could not automatically fix windows. It states that if I have a recently attached device to the computer that I should remove it and restart. But that is not the case so I select the view diagnostic and repair details and it states in session details

System disk = \device\harddisk0
Windows directory = E:\windows
Autochk run = 0
Number of root causes = 1

I don't get it. Windows is on my C: drive. It is a crucial c300 ssd. My d: drive is my DVD burner and my E: drive is a Samsung hard drive.

What is going on here and how can I fix this?

A:Windows logo hangs, startup repair cannot repair windows

Check all of your cables and connections.

Test your hardware and work through these other Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

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windows update was canceled (purposely by teen) and now computer starts in repair mode.  We selected repair and message says could not be repaired and shuts down.  In recovery tools - tried to load to last known working version and no restore point is available.  Disks did not come with this computer (Dell Inspiron 1545).  Any help would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 update was canceled boots to repair screen can't repair

You could try going into safe mode, hit F8 during boot up.  Not real sure but I would then go to windows update, it may see the bad load.  It is worth a try!

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All of a sudden, my computer crashes every time when starting up the computer. When it gets to the "Windows" screen with the small moving dots that form the windows logo, it crashes just as they start their animation.

I've tried using Startup Repair, as well as command line repair (possibly the same thing?), but they are telling me that they aren't finding anything wrong. Also reverting to a previous state results in an error and I can't do a system restore because I have no system restore points. I was able to backup all of my most important files, thanks to that excellent guide on here which tells you how to use the "load driver" window to do it. So, I'm confident that my hard-drive is still mostly functional, since searching through it went fine, with no corrupt files or anything noticed. At first I thought the problem was something other than my hard-drive/installation, so I put my hard-drive into another computer (which was working fine) and experienced the same problem.

I read about the "repair install" option and got really excited that this might fix my problem. However, I read that you can only do it while logged in (which, again, I cannot do) and this was confirmed when I tried to do it anyway. This sounds like the perfect option for me, but I can't get the computer to let me log in, whether in safe mode or not.

Does anyone have any other ideas about what I can do? I'd really like to avoid doing a fresh install of Windows 7, if at al... Read more

A:Windows 7 crashes on startup. Can't restore, repair or repair install

Have you tried running a sfc\ scannow from command prompt?

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I am unable to start up my laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium). TOSHIBA Satellite C660-1J6
It is stuck in a loop of 'attempting to repair this computer', which is unsuccessful and restarts.
There are no restore points to use.
I have received the BSOD which disappears quickly during startup.
I am able to start up in Safe Mode - however when I get to the login screen, the mouse and keyboard do not work.

I would highly appreciate any help or advice with this.
I am happy to reinstall windows as I have everything backed up. However I am unsure how to do so as I do not have a CD.

Kind regards

A:Startup Repair- windows cannot repair; Stuck in restart loop

Firstly, a Windows 7 install disc is a dvd, not a cd.

You would have to find a working PC to download a Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 Iso File, either 32 or 64 bit, let`s assume you need 64 Bit.

After you have downloaded the iso file you have to burn it to a dvd at no faster then x4 speed. So the PC has to have a dvd burner and you`s need a blank dvd.

Everything you need is in the following links.


Free ISO Burner

Clean Install Windows 7

You can also use a usb stick to put the iso file on using Rufus. The usb stick must be at least 4 GB in size.


You must also have a readable key on your COA to activate windows after you install it.

You will also have to install at least your network/ethernet drivers to get online. Then get your other drivers, and run Windows Update, which will take a long time, sometimes 24 hours.

Have more questions, just ask

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I just finished reading this thread http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f217/cannot-boot-windows-startup-repair-cannot-repair-this-computer-automatically-663898.html as I'm having the same issue. Here's a brief history.

My computer was built by me and has been fine up until a few days ago after I removed some USB cables for devices that I then hooked up to another PC I have and reconfigured some USB devices as a powered hub I was using would not let them be recognized by Windows. When I opened the Attached Devices window to see if my devices were now recognized it took forever to open with the blue bar at the top never getting to the end. I Googled the problem and found that Bluetooth was may be causing the issues and to disable it. That didn't fix the issue so I tried other recommended fixes such as disabling printspool -- none worked.
I then started having the Cannot Boot problems so I let Windows try and fix it which it could not. I tried to let it restore from a previous good point but that failed and I would click Send Report and then it would shut down. This kept happening for several days until I came across the aforementioned thread here on the forum.
Last night I turned off the power and went to bed. This morning I switched on the PC and let it boot up. Lo and behold WIN7 started right up no problems -- the Attached devices window opened right up as well. Then I saw that it was loading drivers for 3 attached devices -- all USB devices and one r... Read more

A:Cannot boot windows - Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically

I unplugged two USB cables leaving just the keyboard and mouse an rebooted. Windows starts just fine but then starts to install drivers for three USB devices. Not sure what they are as all I have plugged in are the keyboard and mouse. Any way of finding out what devices Windows installed drivers for?

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Hi, everyone.

Today, after restarting my computer, I was faced with the Startup Repair tool, unable to boot Windows 7.
A couple hours later, after running startup tool a total of 29 times I have been unable to solve the problem.

I have also:

Tried booting in safe mode[didn't work]
Tried last known good config[didn't work]

Based on some advice I read elsewhere, I also ran chkdsk /r/f c: . It completed successfully.

Even just knowing how I can extract my files so that I can re-install windows would be a big help.
Startup tool doesn't take over a minute to complete, and displays these details:

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21200110
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 29
Problem Signature 07 CorruptFile
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033

Startup Repair Diagnosis and Repair Log displays the following details:
Last successful boot time: 8/25/2012 11:35:21 PM(GMT)
Number of repair attempts: 29

Session details

System Disk = \Device\Harddisk1
Windows directory = C\Windows
AutoChk Run = 0
Number of root causes = 1

Test Performed:
Name: Check for updates
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 15ms

Test Performed:
Name: System disk test
Result: Completed successfully. Error code = 0x0
Time taken = 16ms

Test Performed:
Name: Disk failure diagnosis
Result: Completed successfully.... Read more

A:Cannot boot windows - Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically


Can you boot into safe-mode?

Also, do you have either a recovery partition, recovery disk, or the windows installation disk? (some of the tools could help, especially if safe mode doesn't work)



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I've been having the same problem as big0 
 Windows 7 update was canceled boots to repair screen can't repair
And in your post try a windows repair from windows disk i go to part b  step 6b but  System Recovery Options does not find Windows 7 operating system What do i do now 
Moderator Edit: Split from another topic to prevent confusion

A:Windows 7 update was canceled boots to repair screen can't repair Too

Hi, Is this the same computer as here?
Thank You

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35+ startup repair attempts and still no dice
Windows failed to start.a recent hardware change may be the cause.
Start up repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Windows cannot find a system image on this computer
No restore points
No backup or repair discs
Bluescreen/crash with safemode, memory diagnostics tests, and attempts to restore to"out of box" state
Everything redirects to startup repair or start windows normally,
Repair option ends in cannot repair message, start normally ends up in bluescreen/crash and restart.

View problem details> problem event name: startuprepairoffline
Problem signature:
01: 6.1.7600.1.16385
02: 6.1.7600.1.16385
03: unknown
04: 21199963
05: autofailover
07: bad driver
OS version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033

Root cause found:
Startup repair has tried several times but still cannot determine the cause of the problem.
I can access the command prompt box but I'm unsure of where to go from there. It is the only thing I've been able to run without bluescreens popping up and shutting down my laptop. Can any one help me restore my POS back to an operable state through there?
I am aware of f key functions, and have attempted setup utility options boot options and still I'm stuck.
I'm stuck with a never ending startup repair/bluescreen fail/system recovery loop

A:windows failed to start, cannot repair, no backup, restore or repair

Dead hard drive? Does the hard drive show up in the BIOS?

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AS the title says, my PC went into hibernation a few days ago and wouldn't wake up. So i had to do a plug switch turn off.

Now when it boots up , it goes into startup repair but i get the message
''Startup repair - windows cannot repair this computer automatically''

then i have to send or don't send an error report
then i get 6 options , i cant remember them off top of my head.

I have Windows 7 Professional
but i've long lost the disc, apparently system restore doesn't work either it always fails for some reason.
p.s i ran checkdisk and that didn't find anything wrong, although there clearly is.
( upon boot up now if i press F8 i get the option of 3 startups, now i'm only guessing but 1 and 2 are a jumble of numbers and letters and 3 is normal startup i think . only option 2 works and i boot normally. if i don't press F8 though i get all that malarky above )

What else could it be ?
How do i fix this ?

A:Startup repair - windows cannot repair this computer automatically

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Hello, it's nice to meet you all. I'm posting because I have been unable to boot my ASUS U52F laptop, which runs Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) and Internet Explorer 11. The PROBLEM:I have been unable to boot my laptop since December 9th or so. When I power on, I sometimes I get an initial boot screen that says "Starting Windows" and then a blue screen that says Windows must be shut down.  Other times I boot up and my computer goes to "Windows Error Recovery" where I can either 1. "Launch Startup Repair" or "Start Windows Normally".  Choosing #1 leads to a failedn startup attempt and causes the computer to shut off. Option #2 takes me to the Startup Repair dialogue box.Then it attempts to repair and produces the error code "Windows cannot repair this computer automatically"I have tried logging on as a local user providing an administrator password, with the same failed result. Most RECENT CHANGES:On December 6th, I asked my niece to help me import my contact list from my phone into an excel spreadsheet on my computer. After hours of searching for how to do it through iTunes and gmail and failing, I came across a free software called Copy Trans. I downloaded the software... I think from this website but I can't be sure: http://www.copytrans.net/download.php The software never seemed to successfully sync with my phone. Then my niece used my computer for her school work. She either uploaded or reinitialized something called Vuze software to downl... Read more

A:Startup Repair: Windows cannot repair this computer automatically

Greetings Bob and to BleepingComputer's Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal forum.My name is Oh My! and I am here to help you! Now that we are "friends" please call me Gary.===================================================Ground Rules:First, I would like to inform you that most of us here at Bleeping Computer offer our expert assistance out of the goodness of our hearts. Please try to match our commitment to you with your patience toward us. If this was easy we would never have met. Please do not run any tools or take any steps other than those I will provide for you while we work on your computer together. I need to be certain about the state of your computer in order to provide appropriate and effective steps for you to take. Most often "well intentioned" (and usually panic driven!) independent efforts can make things much worse for both of us. If at any point you would prefer to take your own steps please let me know, I will not be offended. I would be happy to focus on the many others who are waiting in line for assistance.Please perform all steps in the order they are listed in each set of instructions. Some steps may be a bit complicated. If things are not clear, be sure to stop and let me know. We need to work on this together with confidence.Please copy and paste all logs into your post unless directed otherwise. Please do not re-run any programs I suggest. If you encounter problems simply stop and tell me.When you post your reply, use the button instead.In the ... Read more

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I turned on my computer this morning and it loaded to a blue screen that read "start up repair, Windows cannot repair this computer automatically" it then gives me the option to send to Microsoft so they can create solutions or to exit and the run computer off. I am able to hit esc when the screen pops up and run a hard drive test. The test did not show anything. How do I fix my laptop? 

A:Start up repair, Windows cannot repair this computer automat...

Cgadrim Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! If the problem is only corrupted boot files, it might be repairable.You will need access to a working PC in order to create the media needed to repair your PC boot loader.You will need to create something known as a Win7 Repair CD.  This will repair the boot loader files, and if that is the problem, your PC will boot OK after that.This can be obtained (for a fee) from this link:  http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/When you download this file, it will be an ISO file.To make a bootable CD from it, you will need to download and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/Once you have that installed, run it, select the option "Write image file to disc" and select the ISO file you downloaded, and point it to a blank CD.Once you have that, run it, in the Device entry, use the pulldown to select the USB stick.  Down near the bottom right, where is says "Create a bootable disk using", select the ISO file you downloaded.-------------------------------------Boot from the media you created, and follow the directions in this link: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/681-startup-repair.html Yeah, I know that says Win7 but that and Vista have the same boot loader files.You will probably have to run Startup Repair three times for it to fix all the boot loader problems.When done, your PC should boot OK.Good Luck

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  Hi, just recently I installed Kaspersky total security 2016 anti-virus software, the following day I was unable to bootup.
I could only get has far has ' startup repair , after a short scan I received the error message, ' startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically '
And gave me two options, - send information about this problem ( recommended )  & don't send, but I was unable to select ( mouse did not function )
So I realised that I needed to erase my ' c ' drive and reinstall windows7 , fortunately I have backup.
But the problem is, I don't know how to access 'c ' drive to erase and reinstall win7

So ( not being very technical ) I contacted Kaspersky technical support, for assistance.
They emailed me the download for their rescue disc, and instructions of how to run the disc, so I copied it to disc and usb stick.
Using the rescue disk, I am able to copy my backup files on 'c '  
But I cannot see an option with the rescue disc for wiping the ' c ' drive clean and reinstalling win7?
Have since asked Kaspersky support, replied but not answered.
Can anyone assist please

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I started my PC yesterday, and it goes straight to startup repair which fails to fix it every time.
It starts up normally with the HP logo but then it says "Windows is loading files" and goes to startup repair.
I don't have the windows 7 CD and I dont have a restore point to go back to... I tried booting windows 7 from a usb stick but it just went to the startup repair again tho (maybe i didnt do it right, used rufus on a windows 7 iso then simply plugged it in on my pc)
Couldn't get to advanced boot options even while mashing the F8 key nonstop since I turned the computer on. The only thing that seems somehow useful is the command prompt, that for some reason using X:\windows\system32> instead of the usual C.
I'm really lost at that point and any help would be great

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I am pretty sure that a virus cause this, right before my computer shut down on it's own my anti virus popped up and said that a Trojan was found but I didn't have to do anything. Then the computer shut down and when it restartrd started to load files and then go into startup repair, only it couldn't fix it. I tried a restore, but again it said that the startup files wern't there. I just quickly scanned the diagnostic details and noticed something that said "boot critical file C:\CI.dll is corrupt".

I am so worried I won't be able to fix this and will lose everything! Any help is so greatly appreciated!!


A:Startup Repair - windows cannot repair this computer automatically

Reinstall Windows. It's faster and easier. I never do a system repair. Usually installing windows , drivers and most of the useful programs takes about 2 hours and finally You have a new system. Virus scan and system repair takes much longer, and it's not so successful .

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Fooling around on my laptop ( Acer Aspire 5920 ) last night, set it down for a few minutes while I went to the kitchen and came back to it frozen.

Had to force it to reboot by holding the power button, and when it rebooted it took me to the 'Startup Repair' screen, and then tells me after a few minutes of looking busy that 'Windows Cannot Repair this computer automatically.' I've made 17 repair attempts so far. Apparently my last successful boot time was in 2008.. which is a lie, aha.

I would very much like to save a few files from the computer if it's going to need a complete format, there's a good couple of years worth of writing and artwork that I'd be heartbroken to lose.

Any help is greatly, greatly appreciated.

A:Startup Repair - Windows cannot repair this computer automatically.

I've also run Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool under someone's recommendation but it doesn't seem to have detected any problems.

I've purchased a recovery .iso from neosmart, but it refuses to boot from USB saying 'Disk Error, press any key to restart', and it ignores me trying to tell it to boot from CD. I don't have any recovery software that's been provided with my laptop, it's just disappeared into the ether if I ever had any.

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Hello there,

I have had an issue since yesterday with my HP laptop running Windows 10. The screen froze so I pressed the power button to turn it off. When it came back on it stayed on the HP loading screen for some time and then went into windows automatic repair. It then came up with the message 'Automatic repair couldn't repair your PC' and I then went into advanced options and have tried multiple methods suggested online to resolve the issue. I have tried a system restore which seemed to work initially but the screen kept going black and then froze. I have also tried using regback in Command Prompt but once I had gone through the process was met with zeros rather than numbers. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

A:Windows 10- Automatic Repair Couldn't Repair Your PC

What's the model number(M/N) and product number(P/N) and serial number(S/N) of your "HP laptop"?
Once it's correctly identified and its support site located, it should be easier to address your issues.

Do you know if its built-in system recovery/factory restore partition still exists and is functional?
Do you have Windows 10 reinstall media for it?


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