Windows 7 ultimate crashed and will not repair (Post 1)

October 23, 2014 at 10:59:36
Specs: Windows 7, 64
Crashed, will not come back up now. Recommended repair but then when it got done it said, "could not repair."
Any suggestions? I have tried turning off and back on again and again. It is not working.

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October 23, 2014 at 12:55:35
Restore it from your most recent backup image.

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November 29, 2014 at 13:43:03
You see, that is what I don't understand about this automatic repair thing ; if the automatic repair thing doesn't work, as is the case here, you must manually fix it.

Right ?

In the old days we would say ; time to take your installation disks, but they don't give them anymore. Do they ?

If you repair a system that was corrupt at some point, there's a chance you will retain parts of the problem in the system anyway. Potentinally to hit you later in the face again. No such problems - or way less anyway - if you re-install. And of course, you have a backup.

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November 29, 2014 at 18:46:55
If the internal system restore does not work (cannot boot that far), boot to a windows 7 repair disk and perform a system restore from there. If you did not make the repair disk when the machine was new, you can still make one from any working windows 7 machine as long as both machines are either 32bit or 64bit and use that (go to back up section to make the disk).
If you made an image of your hard drive (C drive), usually to an external hard drive, you can use the repair disk also to initiate a reimaging of the drive from the saved image. This is very useful if the drive ever gets extremely corrupted and nothing else works, or if the hard drive dies. After the reimaging you would just need to restore your current back up (usually much more recent) and you are done (much faster than a reinstall which also needs everything else updated and personalized).

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

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December 23, 2014 at 04:08:00
I am sorry. I have a hard time finding my way back to where I want to me in these forums.
I do not have a backup image. I never knew how to make one. I tired one time using Acronis and someone from Microsoft copied it down to a flash drive, and then when I switch computers and tried to get some files from it, it changed my whole computer. So....I never messed with it anymore. I was afraid.

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December 23, 2014 at 04:51:13
You could try a chkdsk.

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December 26, 2014 at 22:06:19
If repair fails and restore fails installing a new copy of windows 7 is an option. The old environment will be moved to folder Windows.old including all DATA. After installing win 7 you reinstall all your apps (minus the ones you never used) and retrieve pix, videos an docs from the Windows.old folder. Updating the new win 7 installation can take a few hours.

Are you sure your harddisk is still ok? If more than 3-4 years old check for errors. Your HDD can become degraded and the same problem can hit you again in the near future.

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