Windows 7 Pro won't boot even with my disc...

March 15, 2011 at 06:09:03
Specs: Windows 7 Pro, Dual Core Pentium 4
I have a home built (tower) system with dual Pentium 4 processors, 2048 memory and 3 hard drives...2 internal (1) 80 GB (C drive with my system files for Windows 7 Pro ), (1) 120 GB (D drive for storage) and 1 external 750 GB Seagate (G drive also for storage as well as my back-up and the ISO image of my C drive) that was originally used by my son who ran Windows XP on his laptop.

Anyway, over the past couple of months I noticed my PC becoming gradually but increasingly sluggish and that one of Internet Explorer 8's .dll files was either missing or corrupted which made my web experience miserable because it would either run way to slow or freeze all together.

I attempted to fix the problems by 1) running malware etc. scans to confirm whether or not I had a virus, chk disk then "restore" to potentially restore/fix the missing or corrupt files. When the restore function would not work regardless of which "back up date" I chose, I decided to restore my system from the ISO image I had burned. I have no idea what happened (???) but from that point on I could no longer boot Windows up even after it said my restoration was successful.... I'm desperate to fix my PC so that I can finish and turn my homework for my 2 classes in on time tonight (lol).

Thanks in advance for the help.



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#1
March 15, 2011 at 07:57:51
You can run the Win7 Repair disk to fix the boot. It should automatically find what's wrong and deal with it. But if it doesn't work the first time, try two more times, as there are three stages to the boot. Ideally, it should fix them all at once, but in real life it sometimes doesn't work. If IE is still broken I would upgrade to IE9.

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#2
March 15, 2011 at 09:07:03
Thanks for responding paul1149. I did that, probably even more than 3 times, but each time I did it would say it's loading Windows files then pop a screen up that asked which OS I'd like to run and the only option to choose from was Windows XP.
I even tried selecting that and when I did it just crashed, restarted and did the same thing.

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#3
March 15, 2011 at 15:12:46
angelheart,
It sounds to me that the disk is picking up the XP install on the external drive, and not even seeing the Repair Disk. I would disconnect the external drives. Then boot into the system BIOS (it's probably called Set Up on the boot splash screen), and make sure the C drive has top boot priority (after the optical drive). If you generally leave the USB drives connected, they should have last priority. Save changes to BIOS and now try a boot. If that doesn't do it, try the Win7 Repair Disk routine again.

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