Problems with Windows 7 Boot

August 23, 2011 at 23:29:13
Specs: Windows 7
Ever since moving my PC setup into a new case I have had problems getting Windows 7 to boot. It hangs for a moment during the Windows start up animation then resets itself. Using the Self Repair tool does nothing. I am able to access my BIOS during boot, but I unable to launch safe mode by tapping F8 or choose an option during the Windows has failed screen and here's your choices thing.

I'm using a USB keyboard that works perfectly with the exception of the Windows bootup.

I suspect there is a fault with the HDD and I don't mind buying a new HDD or doing a fresh install of Windows, but is it possible for me to retrieve my family photos and music collection from the HDD?

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August 24, 2011 at 01:07:57
boot with a linux cd, that will not install any files, you will be able to run a diskcheck and also save a copy of your files and folders, it may also be that you have made an error or damaged something, try removing all but 1 mem stick, try each memstick in each slot.
did you upgrade any computer during the move?
you may need to install extra drivers.

if your installation was done via win 7 dvd, you can rerun the installation and choose upgrade, this will reinstall the OS keeping your files and folders intact, bettter to save via a linux disk first.
if you used manufacturers machine, you may have a hidden partition that will give you the option to repair or factory reinstall,

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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August 24, 2011 at 04:56:32
If your USB keyboard is plugged into a front USB port, especially one that runs through a port expansion hub or a rear port that is on a PCI or PCIe card then the USB port will not be active until your drivers are loaded with windows. Use only USB ports directly on the motherboard for your keyboard and mouse.

Test your hard drive with the utility offered for download by the hard drive manufacturer (make bootable CD). While you are at testing you probably should download Memtest86 and test your memory in a similar way.

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

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