Solved Cannot boot multiboot PC to Normal Startup in windows 7

January 31, 2015 at 23:30:19
Specs: Windows 7, Core i7 930, 8GB
Today, for no apparent reason, my computer would not boot correctly. (Windows 7 64x Professional.)
Msconfig will not accept Normal Startup or Diagnostic Startup but only Selective Startup with only grey arrows in the boxes.
As a result there are only a few services loaded and I cannot start any more. I have no Internet connection, no Sound, etc.

My system has 3 hard drives with a different OS on each: C: Windows 7, D: Windows XP and F: Windows Technical Preview (10). XP and 10 boot normally and all functions work correctly.

I have a clean image file backup which I installed using my rescue disk but the reinstallation of the image did not fix the problem

I cannot run Backup and Restore, sfc /scannow,
Device Manager shows everything normal.
I ran both TDDSKiller from cd and found no malware.
I have run out of ideas other than a complete wipe and reinstall so I am hoping that someone out there in cyber space has some useful suggestions


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February 1, 2015 at 08:40:53
Thanks for your excellent and quick responses.
I have solved the problem but I don't know what caused it. After thinking about all of the different issues at fault, I wondered if somehow the BIOS got screwed up. My Gigabyte MB has a CMOS reset switch so I used it, rebooted and the problems were gone!


#1
January 31, 2015 at 23:39:53
"I have a clean image file backup which I installed using my rescue disk but the reinstallation of the image did not fix the problem"

Well that suggests to me that the faults were present when you created the backup image. Also, having three OSes installed isn't helping.

I guess there's only one way to proceed - - yes you guessed it. Re-install 7


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#2
February 1, 2015 at 04:57:35
Tried a restore ?

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#3
February 1, 2015 at 05:50:40
Other OS' working ell indicate it is not hardware related.
Clean scan (unless you want to try something else like a Malwarebytes scan with root kit scan activated) indicates that it is unlikely malware is currently present.
I would have suggested a system restore from a Windows 7 repair disk (outside of the OS) but unless you have a restore point originating from before the disk image was made, it is unlikely to make a difference, BUT trying cannot make things worse so it might be worth the effort. Use the oldest restore point available.
As indicated, the disk image must have been made after the system corruption took place.
To sum it up, unless the Malwarebytes root kit scan or the external system restore makes any significant difference, I guess you are probably going to have to do a clean wipe and reinstall.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
February 1, 2015 at 07:51:21
Look at the latest Windows Updates (Control Panel> Programs and Features>View installed updates). Perhaps a recent update is causing the problem.

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February 1, 2015 at 08:40:53
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Thanks for your excellent and quick responses.
I have solved the problem but I don't know what caused it. After thinking about all of the different issues at fault, I wondered if somehow the BIOS got screwed up. My Gigabyte MB has a CMOS reset switch so I used it, rebooted and the problems were gone!

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#6
February 2, 2015 at 07:55:42
Glad to hear it. Sometimes the worst computer faults somehow get solved as if by magic. Thanks for letting us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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