Computers not booting is an old problem that never goes away. Everyday, well mostly everyday, I troubleshoot some type for problem with boot issues and I usually can fix these issues. So I decided to write a quick tutorial utilizing some of Microsoft’s own tools that come with your Windows 7 disks. When you install Windows 7, or buy a new PC you usually have the Windows 7 install disk, which has these fix boot tools. Some of the Windows 7 OEM make a recovery drive so you don’t have to worry about the disk. All of these steps can be preformed on a Windows Vista machine as well, you just need your Vista CD as well. Here is how to fix Windows 7 Boot problems with set up repair.
Fix Windows 7 Boot Problems
First boot up to your Windows 7 installation disk or your recovery drive, if you are using Windows Vista boot up with your Vista disk or the Vista recovery drive. It might take a long time to load so be patient. When you reach the main screen select your language and click next.
The next screen has a big button for installing windows, don’t do that!! In the bottom left hand corner of the window click on Repair your computer.
It will take a second for the recovery disk or partition to search for Windows installations so just be patient this can take a little bit of time.
Select your operating system form the System Recovery Options and click next.
Startup Repair will automatically run. It will search for problems and attempt to fix them. This is a good thing since this will try to resolve a lot of know issues and or problems. Let it run and see if it fixes your problem.
If it doesn’t find anything wrong it will ask you to use System Restore. Go ahead and click Restore if it didn’t find any problems to fix.
It will try to fix your computer. Which kind of looks like the earlier screen above.
It will prompt you to restart to finalize the repairs. If it didn’t fix them it will run again.
Your computer should boot. If this doesn’t work load the CD or DVD again and click cancel on Startup Repair and you will be at the main System Recovery Options.
Here you can try other steps. The first one to try is running a check disk from the command prompt. click on the command prompt and enter “D chkdsk /f “ with out the quotes. I’m going to use D instead of C because that is what is mapped for my C drive. Make sure you find your main Windows installation drive before performing the check disk.
If this doesn’t repair it you can always chose System Restore from the System Recovery Options menu. Hopefully you have an option to restore. We always recommend creating a restore point just in case. Open up System Restore and click next.
Then chose a system restore point and click next.
Confirm and click finish and wait until it is finished loading.
Doing all these steps will most likely fix your computer. It is a really good ideal to backup your computer just in case if you can’t recovery from one of the many booting problems. We recommend using an offline solution like Mozy just in case because you never now if DVD or external storage drives can fail or become damaged.
If you do all of this and it still doesn’t work go to our forums and let us know will do our best to help.
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