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Issues with Windows booting, Windows repair and trying to reinstall

Q: Issues with Windows booting, Windows repair and trying to reinstall


So I had a problem today in which Windows decided that it wouldn't boot, Instead it would just reboot constantly

This happened after I heard a ticking noise from my computer, things started to freeze, and so i had to restart. When I tried to turn it back on I had the above problem.

NOW, I tried to use Windows Repair option that is there by default. It loads up the blue windows background, gives me a pointer but then doesnt do anything.

I have a W7 repair disc, I booted to it. That too done the exact same thing, it lets me choose the language/keyboard style to use and then sits on the blue windows background and gives me no options.

Finally, I have a full W7 installation disc that I booted to. I tried the repair option and got the same problem as before.

I also clicked the "Install Now" button and it has been stuck on "setup is starting" for over 10 minutes now, with no hope of it doing anything.

So currently I cannot repair or install Windows. I assumed it was a harddrive failure, but why wont my disc based solutiions even work?

Any help would be great, thanks

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A: Issues with Windows booting, Windows repair and trying to reinstall

Brumski some system specs mate please that ticking sound sounds like a hard drive to me but without any specs mate it is hard to tell you what to do.

System Info - See Your System Specs

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It started out as a small problem with malware then after running an malware program i could not log in into windows, id log in and then get instantly logged out, so I googled the problem and all solutions to the problem was to repair reinstall windows with the cd, which work but then i got another dang error which was error code: 0X80004005. Which means basically there is problem preventing Windows from accurately checking the license for this computer. So i googled that and got the solution to that (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306081 [method 2]). I proceeded with the instructions till i got to the point where it instructs me to "Press 1 to access your primary drive installation with Recovery Console." which i attempt with no luck

Any help or suggestions WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!!


That error message, and most other errror messages, can have many possible causes and interpretations.FWIW: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/g...6-d3dedb727db1/Do you have XP installed, as I see that Vista frequently can generate an error with these numbers?KB referenced by you: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306081<<...instructs me to "Press 1 to access your primary drive installation with Recovery Console." which i attempt with no luck>>Can you provide more detail as to exactly what happens after you entered the Recovery Console? Did you make the selection? If not, what happened to prevent such? Did you get to the password prompt line?Louis

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I have two Acers computer. Just bought them one laptop one desktop...
Never got any windows 7 disks or accessoires with it. In the shop they told me this is normal acer. installation files are put on the harddrive. NICE ONE
Should i run the acer revory backup application to trigger these files from there?
Your help is greatly appreciated
Thank you very much

A:Reinstall windows or do repair without windows 7 cd with ACER computer

Quote: Originally Posted by broeckie27


I have two Acers computer. Just bought them one laptop one desktop...
Never got any windows 7 disks or accessoires with it. In the shop they told me this is normal acer. installation files are put on the harddrive. NICE ONE
Should i run the acer revory backup application to trigger these files from there?
Your help is greatly appreciated
Thank you very much

They are both right and wrong. Acer does not give out win 7 dvd's any more as part of their software reduction program. Instead they give a "restore" dvd which can be used to restore the factory settings if the restore partition is there.

They are usually in a separate partition (sometime D:\)
If you have the factory image on D:| you can use the dvd to trigger a "restore"

You first step should be to look/explore to see if the acer image and partition is there.

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Maybe I made CD wrong on clean install but I'm having update issues again and even try clean install I go boot from CD it restarts trys load CD and just hangs on a black screen.could CD of been made wrong?I followed directions or should try factory install first I wasn't stability and speed so figure clean install best. Factory I remember was slow

A:Windows reinstall CD not booting

you use windows usb download tool to make the windows boot DVD correct? or is that only for usbs? is there another way

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I have a Dell Deminsion 9100 with Windows XP on it. I have a problem with my Windows\system32\config\system file and I need to either reinstall windows or repair the file. However, when I boot into the windows installation disk and it shows the screen that gives me the option to install, repair, or exit it doesn't seem to recognize my keyboard, even though it recognizes it every where else. This happens with any copy of windows that I try to use. I have used every usb port it has to run the keyboard, including using differant keybaords and adapters. It has no ps2 ports. I have used multiple dvd drives. I honestly don't know what to try next.

A:Can't reinstall/repair Windows

There's an option to change keyboards with, I think, three possibilities you can try. That option appears at the bottom of the screen around the time the version of XP you wish to repair appears at the top so it's easy to miss. You might also benefit from going into BIOS and enabling USB Legacy Support if the option exists.

What stage do you get to before realising the keyboard isn't working? You need it at least twice before getting to the stage described above. Once you do get through to the Repair option, you could save reinstalling by copying the relevant file by using this syntax at the C:\ prompt:-

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system and agree to overwrite. It will be an older copy than yours and you may lose some drivers but the Dell site has them all.

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If anyone is interested in the history of my computer they can go to this thread:

Now Avast & Malwarebytes plus numerous other programs do not work properly. Spybot does work but I may still have a virus. Anyway I would like to repair or reinstall Windows. Can do a Windows repair or do I have to reformat my hard drive and reinstall windows? Should I format from DOS or Windows? Would someone please give me some advice and a link on how to do what I need to do as I am sure the information is in a thread on this website.


A:I would like to repair or reinstall Windows

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HelloIn XP I could do a R/R using a DVD to boot fromIt seems in W7 that can only happen while the OS is operationalMy W7 will not boot - how can I do a R/RThanks

A:Repair Reinstall Windows 7

First of all...if it won't boot, then a repair install effort may just be a waste of time.
Please...provide some information about the system...when the problem appeared...and exactly what transpires when you try to boot into Windows.

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Hi everyone

Recently my old laptop (toshiba a200-1vo) stopped booting. I'd get the "windows has failed to start" message which led me to try to start it up in safe mode, command line mode, etc which all resulted in a black screen with a movable cursor.

I then tried booting from my win 7 CD to either try using the recovery console or just format/install again with no avail. The installation only recognizes my hdd as "unpartionated disk space" and does not allow me to install windows 7 either "'Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu" - I'm not sure what this means but I do have the bios configured to boot from windows 7 as first source. I then tried running the recovery console which failed to resolve my problems automatically and got the following message "windows boot manager is missing or corrupt". After this I think it became apparent my hdd has some kind of issue. I tried going into the console and manually format but windows only recognizes 1 disk partition (X: which is the Boot partition). I've tried a few commands like bootrec /fixmbr /fixboot /rebuildbcd but nothing seems to work. chkdsk can't even be started either since windows can't detect any partition either.

Is there something else I can do to fix the disk? Is this hdd dead for good or are there any kind of tools that can scan it or rest... Read more

A:Can't reinstall/repair windows 7

I think your hard-drive could be dead as it is not being detected.

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I know a similar thread from Dec 2010 began by Johnnya already talked about this but and some of the links on it were really helpful, but I've been having a lot of trouble with my computer and figured I need to repair Windows 7. Of course, my computer came with Windows 7 already installed and I didn't make one. I downloaded the installation iso from digital river via PC World, but everytime I tried to download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool I was redirected to the Microsoft store. I've burned the iso file to a DVDdl using a regular burner, but I don't know if that will work. Some links on this page took me to the Microsoft site for the The Windows? Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows? 7 but the instructions say "To install the Windows AIK, you must first download the ISO, Write the ISO file to a DVD using a third party tool, and then install the Windows AIK from the DVD. For installation on Windows prior to Windows 7, this download requires that you run genuine Microsoft Windows. Click the Continue button in the Validation Required section to begin the validation process. After validation is complete, you will return to this page to continue the download." I'm not sure what this means or what to do to repair windows 7 on my computer. Maybe I should just totally reinstall it. I have the product key. Can anyone help me or am I going to have to resort to the Geek Squad?

A:Repair or reinstall Windows 7

Hello dswapp and welcome to Seven Forums.

"I've burned the iso file to a DVDdl using a regular burner, but I don't know if that will work."

You can see if the DVD works by seeing Step 5A in this Repair Install tutorial. If you get to the "Install Now" screenshot in Step 8, the DVD will most likely work.

Repair Install

If the DVD doesn't work, use the link in Step 4's "NOTE" to download a new ISO and save it to your desktop. Follow the instructions in this tutorial to burn the ISO to a new DVD.

Burn Disc Image - ISO or IMG file

A repair install will probably take about an hour or so to run. If successful, you'll have to visit the Windows Update site to reinstall updates. Microsoft made it a little easier to get those updates when they released a Hotfix Rollup containing the first 90 or so updates after SP1 was released.

A hidden Patch Tuesday gem: A Windows 7 hotfix rollup | ZDNet

As long as you have your 25-digit Product Key, you shouldn't have any problem reactivating your repair Windows 7.

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In XP I could do a R/R using a DVD to boot from

It seems in W7 that can only happen while the OS is operational

My W7 will not boot - how can I do a R/R


A:Repair/Reinstall Windows 7

whats an R/R

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So last week we got a new version of Bitdefender antivirus. A few days after it was installed by my father on my parents' computer, I go on it one day and there is some Critical Error. Shortly thereafter, BSOD's started with the message "Page_Fault_in_a_Non_Paged_Area" or something similar. At this point I could still get into windows, but after a few more tries it would barely last a few minutes. We started to backup files, but somewhere along the way while I was not around it BSOD'ed and stopped getting into windows altogether. At this stage I was going to try some stuff, and after getting into the windows repair CD and it giving me the message that some files might not be recoverable, I decided I would need to get them off before doing anything to serious. I then hooked up the HD to my own computer as a second Harddrive, and got all the important files off. So then it was just a matter of reformatting.

Now when I tried reformatting/repairing though, the same BSOD would show up. The reinstall function of the Dell XP CD would go fine until it would come to "Searching for a previous version of Windows" at which point it would BSOD.

So I can't chkdsk, because is this action not accomplished through command prompt or the XP repair? Not sure it would do any good at this stage anyway.

I've done memtest, and the stick in there seem to be good to go. The harddrive seems fine because I was able to use it in another computer. I really just think it is a ... Read more

A:Can't get into or repair/reinstall Windows

i would try erasing the hard drive first with killdisk http://www.killdisk.com/ then try to reinstall windows

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Got an error message when I tried to start my pc. File is corrupt or missing- \system 32\hal.dll. So I put in my Windows XP Reinstallation CD, booted from the cd, go through Windows setup, loads files, gived me 3 options- R for repair, Enter to set up windows Xp, and F3 to exit without installing. tried to repair and reinstall in two different instances and both times got this message at the bottom of the screen----"Examining 114471 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi... Any suggestions?

A:can't repair or reinstall Windows XP

first go into BIOS and set boot order to cd rom,then follow instructions
To begin insert your Windows XP Home CD and reboot you computer. A message "Press any key to boot from CD....." will appear, press the space bar to continue.

Setup will now inspect your computer hardware and configuration.

Setup now prepares your computer for install.

From this menu press "ENTER" (NOT "R") to begin the repair install.

Windows XP License agreement, read, and if you agree press "F8" to continue, press "ESC" if you disagree. If you disagree setup will finish.

Now select the operating system you wish to repair, if as in most occasions there is only one, the just press "R" to continue.

Setup will now make some checks on the system.

and then prepare files that are needed to be copied.

Setup will now initialize your XP configuration.

Setup now needs to reboot your computer. Press "ENTER" to save yourself a 15 second wait.

Boot will recognize that the XP CD is in the drive, DO NOT press any keys, let setup bypass the CD boot.

Windows will now begin to load. On some occasions Windows will be finished the repair, if so it will go straight to Part 7. Which is the part where you arrive at the desktop, otherwise the install will continue.


The repair process continues.

Windows will continue installing.

Windows setup will now finalize.

It is now time to... Read more

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I have a clean copy of Windows that I need to install onto my Dell laptop.  
I press F12 when I boot up the computer.  There is one option that comes up called boot manager, or something similar.  When I select that, the computer seems to boot to Windows normally (which is not what I want).
The other option is to enter the UEFI, and then go to the boot menu, I don't see a place where I can change from the hard drive being the primary boot drive to the DVD drive being the primary boot drive.
side note: this forum is tough to search (doesn't produce results) and I don't understand why there is no software section.  

A:Clean reinstall of Windows, booting to DVD

It would help to know the exact system model (i.e., Inspiron 5321, XPS L502x) and the exact version of Windows you're trying to install.
There is indeed a WIndows software section.

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My PC hangs most (but not all) times when I start it up. The desktop icons usually all load, but the screen freezes and I cannot run any programmes. I can move the cursor and when I hover it over the shortcut toolbar at the foot of the screen if turns into an eggtimer and stays like that. The only way out is to turn off the PC (hit the button on the box) and turn it on again. Eventually it works OK but I reckon one day it will freeze for good.

Do I need to resinstall Windows or is there another solution?

It's a 3.0 Gig P4, Windows XP home, 1 GB RAM, 70GB hard disk (50GB free).

A:PC hangs when booting; do I need to reinstall Windows?

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I wonder if anyone can answer these questions for me.
A family member cannot boot her PC at all.
When she tries to boot from the XP Pro CD the recovery console can't be found.
Can she just select the Install Windows XP option?
If so, will it wipe the previous installation on the hard drive? Will any documents and data be lost?

Hope these questions aren't too stupid. Any help would be appreciated. I live too far away to go and have a look at it for her.

A:Can I reinstall Windows XP Pro to cure non-booting PC?

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I'm trying to save a Windows 7 install. I would do an inplace upgrade but I cannot get the original install to load. The BSOD says a virus has been detected and has caused Windows to shut down. I've pulled the drive and scanned it in another system with Avast. Nothing was found there. Same with Malwarebytes. Has another method of installing windows over itself been found or is my only recourse to do a clean install?


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Hello, first post here.

Little backstory: I got this computer from a friend of mine for relatively cheap price around 10 months ago. For some reason it woudn't boot up so I did a full reinstall of Windows XP. The computer worked flawlessly until up around November, thats when I started getting random crashes, freezes and BSODs every 2-3 days. I thought this problem was somehow related to steam because it only crashed when i was playing steam games. But latley it has been crashing non-stop 2-3 times a day. Until today when it crashed and when I tried restart the computer it said something along the lines of
"File missing or corrupt "system32/windows/config".

I tried to use recovery console but as soon as I select disk C ( the only option) and press eneter it gives me another bluescreen with the "Registry Error" message. Same thing happens when i try to reinstall windows I get another BSOD right after i accept Terms of Use and agreement. I now cannot log into windows or reinstall/repair.

Here are some of the blue screen errors that I saw

And these errors only started happening today
(and another error that I don't remember, it had the word CONFIG in it, sorry)

Another thing i noticed is that past month or so, my computer took a really long time to start up. Like over 2 mins or so.

I think this might be a hardware issue, does anyone have any idea on wh... Read more

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Running Vista SP2 x64, recently having issues with windows explorer, unsure how to proceed?

A:Reinstall or Repair Windows Explorer

What issues are you having?

Try resetting IE. Reset Internet Explorer settings in Internet Explorer 9

Sorry, WE, not IE.

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I recently recovered my laptop - Acer aspire 5740 (oem) to the factory installed state..... I had malware - fake sytem restore and couldnt remove it

Everything was fine and I ran a windows update - wich downloaded 127 updates, I shut down and tried to install and nothing I do will get my pc to boot

It tries to load, then restarts to windows fialed to start due to recent hardware or software change ......

Launch sytem repair
Start windows normally ....

After launching windows repair I get to a blue screen ( NOT BSOD) with a light comming from the top - normally this is the back drop for the windows repair poption....however I only get the back drop no other icon etc comes up I get the below screen but background only ...

I even loaded a boot/ repair dvd of another pc with 64 bit windows 7 but can only get to the same stage..

Anyone have any idea how to get past this..

Also If I re install windows 7 - it came pre loaded on laptop - no disks were supplied - how do I validate it???

Sorry I am a total newb ...please help ....

Acer aspire oem windows 7 64 bit

A:repair or reinstall windows 7 - oem 64bit

Did you download sp1 first & install?

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

Acer eRecovery Management.
Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How can I restore my computer with the backup discs I created?

Manual how to use Acer eRecovery Management here:

the Acer eRecovery Management.
Acer Support: Frequently Asked Questions list for How to use Acer eRecovery

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:

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Anyone know how to remove and reinstall Activation for Windows XP - I have seen a guide on what to do, but I now cannot find it anywhere.

Problem: Windows XP Activation does not load after running Windows Repair - no errors, nothing happens when trying to run MSOOBE.exe


A:Repair/Reinstall Windows XP Activation

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Hello, first post here.

Little backstory: I got this computer from a friend of mine for relatively cheap price around 10 months ago. For some reason it woudn't boot up so I did a full reinstall of Windows XP. The computer worked flawlessly until up around November, thats when I started getting random crashes, freezes and BSODs every 2-3 days. I thought this problem was somehow related to steam because it only crashed when i was playing steam games. But latley it has been crashing non-stop 2-3 times a day. Until today when it crashed and when I tried restart the computer it said something along the lines of
"File missing or corrupt "system32/windows/config".

I tried to use recovery console but as soon as I select disk C ( the only option) and press eneter it gives me another bluescreen with the "Registry Error" message. Same thing happens when i try to reinstall windows I get another BSOD right after i accept Terms of Use and agreement. I now cannot log into windows or reinstall/repair.

Here are some of the blue screen errors that I saw

And these errors only started happening today
(and another error that I don't remember, it had the word CONFIG in it, sorry)

Another thing i noticed is that past month or so, my computer took a really long time to start up. Like over 2 mins or so.

I think this might be a hardware issue, does anyone ha... Read more

A:BSOD when trying to repair/reinstall Windows

Try replacing the memory, then try the install once more

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I really hope someone can help.
My PC kept restarting every time i put a CD in the drive so after this going on for a while i thought i would do a reinstall/repair. I got 34 mins into it and it restarted, and kept doing the same every time, so i unplugged everything inside and tried again.. still the same. Now it wont even give me the reinstall repair option. I can either go into recovery console or install a fresh copy.
My man=in stuff is backed up, it's just my Microsoft outlook that i dont want to lose.
Does anyone know how i can retrieve it as i haven't formatted the drive so the info is still there somewhere. I don't know does but is there a way of copying using dos.
I look forward to some expert help.
Thank you in advance

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I upgraded the pre-installed Windows 7 to Windows 8 on a computer under warranty. The computer developed a defect that needs a factory repair and I will be using the recovery facility to restore Windows 7 before the computer is collected.
On return its return will I be able to use the same installation disc and product key to upgrade again?

A:Reinstall Windows 8 after factory repair?

Try it and see if it activates first.

If not, you may need to call MS and explain to get activated.

I don't think you will any difficulty. MS are desperate to try and get people to use this thing.

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The last few times I tried to use WMP it slows down my entire computer to a crawl and disconnects me from the internet. WinAmp works fine. No viruses or malware, though I did have a virus a week ago (win32:kavos) and am wondering if that damaged WMP. Regardless, I need to repair/reinstall. How do I do this?

A:Halp! WMP issues, need to repair/reinstall

Try running Malwarebytes to make sure your computer is all clean.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Reviews and free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware downloads at Download.com

If you really need to do a repair, see this tutorial: Repair Install

Hope this helps,

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So the explorer.exe on this computer crashes all the time. I am unable to open folders of any kinds. I can however open chrome and certain other program. Some of them crash the first time but open the second. I want to reinstall Windows 7. I can log on in normal mode, its slow but it does do it. However, inserting my usb flash drive with the windows 7 install files on it won't open. The autoplay feature never opens. Guess it requires explorer.exe The start button works and sometimes I can open command prompt but its random. ctrl+alt+del does not open task manager. Usually just freezes the computer. I really just want to reinstall windows so that I don't have to wipe the hard drive. As I am unable to open folders I do not know how to back up files on my desktop that I forgot to back up and are essential. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

My only idea that I had thought of so far was using an .iso file and a mounter. I can install the mounter and put it on the desktop where I can open it but then I don't know how to get to the .iso file I have saved. If I can reach it, would this work to start the process of the repair or is that not possible. I know its two different things I am asking.

And right clicking anything causes everything to crash as well

A:Repair reinstall Windows 7 without using autoplay or explore.exe

to get your files you want you could run a live cd like ubuntu and save them to a flash drive. on some toshiba laptops you hold down the 0 key while you turn power on will get you to the recovery option to restore it back to how it came out of the box.

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Hi there,

So in my stupidity I tried to adjust my downgrade my wmp, deleting and adjusting registry files in the process, only to find out I never needed to in the first place. Basically, I wanted the taskbar wmp back which is no longer a feature in 12 and I followed this guide to do it:


However, I soon found out that it is seriously outdated and that there is another fix. So my question is basically:

Is there any way to reinstall/repair windows media player 12?
OR Is there any way to reverse the process of editing the registry and wmp files(see guide)?

I have already tried the following:

Disabling and re-enabling via "Turn Windows Features On/Off"

Using "Fix WMP Utility"

Looking for a download link (Haven't found one thus far)

I've spent hours trying to fix this stupid mistake to no avail. If anyone does know a way or has ANY advice, I will be eternally grateful even if it is a long shot.

A:Is it possible to reinstall/repair Windows Media Player 12?

I guess you have Winamp installed. Do you ever use Winamp Remote? It's a media streaming tool so that you can listen to your music from your computer on another computer over the internet. If you don't use it, I'd just uninstall that component of Winamp.

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Hello all, I have been a lurker for a very long time and finally decided to join and first of all would like to thank everyone for their time and being such a helpful community. I joined to see if anyone has experienced this issue as I have never been able to find it since I discovered it a few months ago. Please take your time to read this, I really do appreciate any words of wisdom I can get.


-Hard Drive A (IDE Drive)- 3 partitions. Windows XP SP3 on Primary/Active partition, sytem ran great.

-Decided to Image the entire HDD to a larger sized HDD using Acronis True Image 11 (latest build)

-New HDD has 3 partitions also, and XP is located on the First C: partition.


--Ocassional BSODS on reboot. I usually just reboot and it comes back fine. Tested RAM, Tested PowerSupply, Installed new IDE cables, and also new Power Supply. Hardware does not seem like the issue.

--Used Acronis True Image to make a C: XP Parition backup.

--Decided to do a REPAIR install of XP. Repair install went successfully.

--However, upon bootup, XP gives a BSOD and says Unmountable Boot Volume.

--System restarts, and now the BIOS automatically sets itself to "full test" mode where it tests RAM, takes a long time, but it does it's thing.

--The second time around, XP Boots up Fine without Unmountable Boot Volume error.

My gripe is, everytime I have to restart the system, I have to restart it TWICE, and the... Read more

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Downloaded 5 page instructions to ReInstall Windows XP (sp3 Home Edition - 32bit)

Followed 4 pages of instructions. All as planned until told to allow Restart from CD in Drive. Screen shows Windows loading and in small print reads "Please wait. . . "

Now I'm waiting and waiting and waiting and never get to next step "to adjust your resolution, click "OK" to continue.
Already went thru complete Setup, saw screen which siad "Installing Devices" and entered my Product Key coreectly.
Supposedly the procedure goes thru Restart (automatically) and if I'm happy with setting, click "OK", changes will be Accepted and after another delay I should see the "Welcome" screen.

Any and all suggestions welcomed - Thanks
Tried fresh Reboot, ignoring CD rom, HD booted and got to a screen requesting "Windows Product Activation". When "no" is clicked, got normal screen but to proceed - "Windows Product Activation" reappeared. When "Yes" is clicked, monitor goes to White Screen and sits idle forever.

Is there a special way to Activate?

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I have the COA and Product Key, but I do not have the Lenovo disks.

Now, what do I do?

Thanks to anyone who can help!


A:A repair? fuhgedaboudit! I wanna reinstall OEM Windows 7 Pro, but...

The legwork:

-Get drivers for your hardware...especially network drivers (and keep them stored somewhere...even in the cloud, if need be...there are enough free services to facilitate this)

-Install Windows 7
-Disable Recommended Updates
-Activate Windows 7
-Have fun!

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Got my stuff ready to reformat, only to realize I don't have a Windows 7 recovery disc.I created a System Repair Disc using Backup & Restore in control panel but I'm unsure whether this is what I need to do a complete reinstall?I wanted to follow this guide to do a complete reformat, not a recovery.If I don't have everything I need, could someone tell me how to obtain them?

A:can I reinstall windows 7 with just the system repair disc?

Got my stuff ready to reformat, only to realize I don't have a Windows 7 recovery disc.Hi zeroality -First, is this due to bad infections or major corruptions on your computer - Fix these prior to making your own recovery DVDs -You will only be copying these problems if you make recovery DVDs from a bad operating system.I had problems with wanting to do a full recovery (to factory settings), but I had a preinstalled version of Win7 Home Premium.The laptop was a Toshiba, so I just called them and they sent 3 clean Recovery DVDs (total cost about $60 home delivered).These are the ones you create if you follow the directions given in your link.As I had not created the Recovery DVDs earlier, or backed up anything, I then had a "factory setting" with nothing backed up (saved) at all.Follow the tutorial as long as your computer is infection free, and has no major corruptions to begin with.Thank You -

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Hi all,

I have a big problem:
I have a netbook ASUS Eee PC 1005PXD.
After only two days of use, i get a black screen at the beginning: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key".

Pressing F9 on boot doesn't work and i'm still getting the black screen.

F2 is working, then in Boot Settings, i set Removable Device as 1st Boot Device. (and there is no Boot Booster option to disable).

Then, using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, i create a Windows 7 bootable USB, in order to use the System Recovery.
When i get to the System Recovery Options screen, no Operating System appear in the list. (It say to load drivers in this case, but i have no idea which drivers and how to load them).

Then i press next without choosing OS, but pressing Startup Repair after that didn't help.
Also using the Command Prompt didn't help (bootrec /fixmbr, bootrec /fixboot, bootrec /scanos, bootrec /rebuildbcd) The two last commands (/scanos and /rebuildbcd) give: "Number of windows installed: 0".

Then i decided to reformat and reinstall Windows 7 (my netbook is new):
i boot using the Windows 7 bootable USB i created before, then on first screen i press on "Install now".
When i get to screen "Which type of installation do you want", i choose Custom.
Then i get to screen "Where do you want to install Windows?" but the list is empty, and at the bottom, it is written "No drives were found. Cl... Read more

A:No drives found when trying to reinstall/repair Windows

I have a netbook ASUS Eee PC 1005PXD.
After only two days of use,
(my netbook is new):

Return to the Retailer for FREE REPAIR or Replacement.

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First of all sorry for my english, i'm from Portugal.
Well I would appreciate the help because I rolled my head and I can not do anything and have tried several topics but still didn't find anything.
My PC fails to start when it's initializing, after the microsoft's logo appear, it crashes and gives the following error:

*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x85814418, 0xC0000185, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

First attempts:
- I tried to repair the boot, as suggested otherwise, and then after loading window's files is just goes to a black screen with the mouse icon (already spent more than 12 hours waiting for something to happen)
- Tried the repair disc windows 7, since the windows intalled could be damaged aswell, after that exactly the same black screen, I know that tries to load the new files from the repairdisc because the language is different but the result is the same
- After trying with ubuntu i was mad with that and decided to format but I had a problem: i lent my external drive and without wanting encrypted also the folder where I had my genuine OS's and now I can not decrypt without repairing the pc (or in another acer), gave up and borrowed a win7 dvd from a friend and when i though i would repair the boot it turned out exactly the same ending: black screen and mouse!I wanted to do the chkdsk but it never reaches the boot repair options menu, heck never even come close to the menu to choose the language! is this normal? how can i reinstall win7/format the pc or is still possible t... Read more

A:Boot Repair - reinstall/format windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please see the info here trying to fix unmountable boot volume - Windows 7 Forums

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When I turn on my computer, I get the following message:

"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows

When I start normally or with last known configuration, it goes to the Windows XP loading screen (black screen that just says Windows XP and has a bar for loading) and stays there forever. When I start in safe mode, the screen shows some writing about partitioning files for a while and then just stops and stays at this screen forever.

I have seen people on various forums with whose computers give them the same message, though the results of their choosing safe mode or normal are different (but also unsuccessful in starting the computer). The advice given to them was to repair reinstall Windows XP.

So I tried that, I booted from the Windows XP CD and I chose repair reinstall. The bottom of the screen said a few things, then said examining startup environment and remained there forever.

Was it the right choice for me to repair reinstall Windows XP? If it... Read more

A:windows won't start, repair reinstall won't work

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I need help .Since Ten days back one of my windows pc (os 8.1 x64) won't boot. The computer shut down(BSOD occured) suddenly when I was browsing . After that i showed " Reboot And Select Proper Boot Device " . I saw the bios settings whether HDD is set to be the primary boot device but i didn't found it .Also in the bios i saw no hard drive detected .Two days later i cleaned dust inside the CPU , took out my 2 ram sticks and inserted them.After that i started the PC and it worked fine . Some of the files were not backed up.So I started backing up. But i was very busy that day and i shut down my pc and left my room .They next day I switched on the Pc and started acking up . But again BSOD occured . i was unable to see BSOD messages as auto restart was enabled by default.After that i have not been able to start the PC .Every time with normal boot or safe mode BSOD will occur. Still some of my docs and downloads were not backed up. I have decent sort of knowledge in software but i am very bad dealing with hardware faults.I called one of my friends who have repaired a lot of windows pc. We didn't try any linus cd. But we tried to boot from genuine W8.1 and even W7 cd s.Every time during installation the PC froze. During initial attempts the partitions showed but after that it disn't show. We have changed both the ram sticks,tried booting with only one stick ,changed DVD/CD writer but nothing worked . What can be the problem - the mobo or the hard drive .I am v... Read more

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Do Windows 7 repair disks work on Windows 8 (or 10) for that matter?
I've tried using a 7 repair disk on 8 and it hasn't worked.
I'm downloading Ultimate Recovery disk and Hirens, has anyone tried these?

A:Repair disk for non booting Windows 8.

No, a Windows 7 repair disc will not work on a Windows 8 computer, and vice versa.  However, a Windows 8 repair disc will work on a Windows 8 computer.  And yes, you can boot Hiren's and UBCD (if that is what you mean) as long as you switch to CSM mode if it's a UEFI computer.

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my windows 7 program will not boot up its ask to put in repair disk is there any other way to fix it myself? how much will it cost

A:do I need repair disk to fix windows 7 not booting up how much will it

Quote: Originally Posted by chobrien

my windows 7 program will not boot up its ask to put in repair disk is there any other way to fix it myself? how much will it cost

Did you special things that broke your machine?

What happens exactly if you try to boot?

Power on your machine and tap F8 every half second. What happens?

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I searched the threads for an existing post and I couldn't find one that matched my problem. Sorry if a solution has already been posted somewhere.

I have a new Acer 1410 w/ 4GB of DDR2 memory and a 1.6 CULV processor. It came with Vista Home Premium installed, but I downloaded Windows 7 Ultimate from my technet subscription. Because I don't have an optical drive I had to install from a USB stick. I did this without any problems at all.

Windows 7 has been booting fine and running great for about a week now. I haven't recenly loaded any new software or drivers. Yesterday I shut down my laptop normally; when I tried to reboot an hour later I was shown the "loading files" screen and was then taken to the Windows Startup Repair option. Windows spent an hour trying to repair whatever was wrong with my startup and I was finally given an error message that it couldn't make any repairs.

I tried going to the DOS prompt and fixing the boot manager and boot file; interestingly all this did was suddenly give me the option to boot Windows 7 or Windows Vista (!!!). I still get the Windows Startup Repair when I try booting Windows 7. If I try to boot Vista (I was curious) it takes me all the way to the login screen but then tells me I have files missing if I try to login, which is fine - I wasn't trying to set up a dual boot anyways.

Here's the part that's really got me stumped: If I try booting my laptop into install (using the bootable USB stick I created to se... Read more

A:Windows 7 stopped booting; Can't repair.

UPDATE: I may have some new information. I've booted to the install menu and picked "Repair your computer". From there I went to the command prompt and typed "sfc /scannow".

I received this message:

"There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart Windows and run sfc again."

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Frozen black screen on startup

My computer was only running firefox and then completely froze out and I couldnt open task manager, switch users or anything. I let the computer sit there for a while not wanting to click anything thinking it would unfreeze by itself in a short while, and then suddenly a noise started coming out at regular intervals. Then the computer just switched off.

On restart I got a BSOD that i wrote down but ive lost the paper for the error message now. I ran the Recovery Console from the XP CD and chkdsk /r and it finished. When i restarted I got another BSOD:


I ran chkdsk /r using the Recovery Console again, with it completing and then this time on restart I got another BSOD message.

"Stop:C0000135 (unable to locate component) This application has failed to start because USP10.dll was found. Re-installing the application may fix this"

I ran chkdsk again a few times and nothing happened, still getting the same BSOD message on restart.

After more googling I found out to run a repair installation from the XP CD instead of the Recovery Console, the website I used just told me to "continue with on-screen instructions". So I ran the repair installation and the first time I ran it, the computer restarted and I thought it had been fixed. Windows XP appeared to be installing itself for the first time and I paniced because I thought I had accidentally pressed the wrong button and chosen to fresh i... Read more

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Hi there, as the title says when I boot to windows 8 I get a blinking cursor in the top left corner for about 1 second, then I get sent to the BIOS. If I boot to my Linux hard drive however everything works fine.

I figured I would just install a fresh copy of windows, but when I boot to the install disk (I tried both 64 and 32 bit), the windows 8 icon shows up and I get the spinning dots for maybe 10 seconds or so then I just get a blank back lit screen. Is it just coincidence that my drive failed at the same time as both disks failed or is there maybe something hardware related?
Thanks in advance.

A:Booting to windows sends me back to BIOS, can't reinstall

You may have to restore the Windows Boot Loader.
Check out some prospects by Googling "Restore Windows Boot Loader with EasyBCD",
and, check back here often; lots of helpful folks here at W8F.

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I have Windows XP & Windows 7 installed on the same hard-drive
in separate partitions.

I would like to repair the Windows 7 installation or reinstall it from scratch,

Do I have to do something special in order to keep the dual boot functioning
properly ?

Thank you

A:Repair / Reinstall Windows 7 on a dual boot machine

Not really, you should be able to just format the partition and Clean Install Windows 7
to it from the booted Win7 installation media.

But we can advise you better if we see a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

In addition look over these steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which compile everything that works best to get and keep a perfect reinstall, even for retail.

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Major thanks in advance for anyone that can help.

Problem started on 11/29. Had a power failure during a Windows Update. Computer has since been unable to start. Startup Repair is unable to automatically fix the problem and it wont let me restore to an earlier point.

I followed much of this thread but was still unable to solve it.

I finally gave up and tried to install windows using the recovery partition on the HD but i'm getting an error message saying the windows installation is unable to complete.

I cannot do a complete wipe because this is my business' computer and there are pertinent files on there.

Can anyone help please? Thanks

A:Startup Repair failure - Now wont let me reinstall windows

Hi eMachine, Welcome to Sevenforums.

There is a cool feature of the Windows Vista and 7 installers. If you have a previous install of Windows on the HDD (be it XP, Vista or 7) and start the new install it will actually do whats called a Old Files so long as you do not format the HDD.

What it does is it will install 7 and tak the old Windows install and put it on C:\ in a folder called 'Windows.Old'. This includes the entire old C:\ from the previous install including Program Files, Windows folder and User folder.

What you need to do is get into your BIOS (or if you have a OEM computer such as a Dell, HP or Toshiba press the button to open the boot manager) and tell it to boot to the CD/DVD. Have the Windows 7 install disk in the drive and boot to it. When it starts, tell it to install Windows and when you get to the part with the HDD, do not format it. Just click next. It will tell you it found a previous Windows installation and that it will move it to 'Windows.Old'. Continue with the install and there ya go.

You will have access to all the old files you had before, minus Programs since they wont be registered properly but will still be there.

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Win 7 Home Premium will not finish booting. The splash screen just starts showing a little color, when it goes to choice of system repair or start windows normally. If normally is chosen the same choices repeat. If repair system, no solution is found. Next is an option of 7 choices to manually repair. None advance the cause.

History; bought off craigslist. Believe I may have foolishly bought a computer with illegal Win7 Home Premium OS. Downloaded Win 7 Home Premium iso from Microsoft link. After I installed the key previously used and Microsoft rejected it. I had one more key from a update 3 pack and it worked.

Later I decided to upgrade the BIOS, but did not BU the old BIOS. That was when the booting problem started.

Now when I try to reinstall and repair windows, wrong version error. Help

A:when I try to reinstall and repair windows, wrong version error

Probably a bad BIOS update. Get into your BIOS and reset the settings to default, save and exit. See if it helps.

Also you could try popping open your case, taking the CMOS battery out, waiting for half an hour and then placing it back. This also resets BIOS to factory defaults along with the loss of date and time which need to be set after performing this step.

Hope it helps.

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HI just wondering if someone could help me i recently just got a new motherboard (Asus P5Q Pro) and I was told to format my hard drive. I then reinstalled windows XP back onto the hard drive, but after this every time i boot up my computer the loading bar with the 3 blue blocks always freezes for like 10 minutes and then my computer makes a weird noise that sounds like my hard drive and then the loading bar continues and starts up normally. I have tried reinstalling windows several times and its just really annoying having to wait every time when my computer never did this with my old mother board. I then asked someone what I should do to try and fix it and they told me to do a repair reinstall of the windows XP, so I tried this with an SP2 disk and half way through the installation it blue screens saying BAD_POOL_CALLER and now i cant even use my computer because windows just trys to reinstall itself everytime i turn it on and then it just blue screens. Any advice would be great.

A:Bad_Pool_Caller blue screen after repair/reinstall of Windows XP

Boot into the BIOS and set the BIOS back to "default" / save & exit / reboot into the BIOS and make any changes necessary to support your hardware/configuration / save & exit.

Boot from your XP CD / format the drive and perform a fresh install. After it completes and boots into Windows, install the MB drivers from the supplied CD.

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I have a missing NTLDR problem. I know the steps to fix this.
But when i boot windows disc. It gives me the option of pressing F2.... That does nothing because i need another disc. So i let it load the files normally. And it guides me directly to 3 hard drives. (My harddrives) Here is the problem. I don?t know what to do. I don?t know if i?m doing it wrong, if i went too far away. Or if i?m too early

A:Problem booting windows disc for repair

Boot off of the CD and get to the Recovery Console. By pressing R (follow the steps in the link provided)

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i have windows vista it was working fine yesterday. my brother downloaded a game called Rome Total war he said that he installed it and it was asking to reboot computer. so he did and now i cant boot my comp! i tried to set default BIOS. it didnt work. i tried checking the cables. it didnt work. i checked my fans all working fine and no overheating. nothing works. now i tried to repair my windows because i read that it could be bad boot sector so i boot from my windows DVD and since i get that blue screen it stucks on there. i dont know what to do now anyone please help. because i bought my comp last week and i didnt use it propertly yet because i get only problems.
EDIT!: i got my repair screen after 20 minutes of waiting.???
maybe my ram is dead? but it shows my 2Gb of ram on startup.
BTW my processor is Intel pentium dual core E5200 2,5Ghz and 2Gb of ram
ATI radeon HD 4350 512 Mb

A:Windows vista restarts in mid booting/cannot repair

Ok close thread! I got it working by repairing startup
thx anyway :d

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I have a Toshiba,  I upgraded to windows about a month ago.
I am now getting the Automatic repair loop.  I let the laptop battery drain.  I get to the Gui interface Toshiba setup utility window.  From here I can change the boot order.  I changed it to USB first, and  I have tried to boot
from USB.  I get to the windows set up menu, but after a few seconds the Automatic repair loop kicks in AGAIN.  I can not complete the install. How do I turn off Automatic repair loop so I can finish install?

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