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Windows 7 - How to Use Startup Repair

When changing system settings or installing bad drivers goes horribly wrong, you may find that Windows 7 completely refuses to start up. This is usually due to certain core operating system files being deleted or damaged. Fortunately, the problem can often be solved without reinstalling Windows and losing all of your personal data. The Startup Repair tool in Windows 7 can fix most startup-related problems. Before you can begin, however, you'll need to have your original Windows 7 DVD available. You may also need to configure the boot priority in the system BIOS to tell your computer to boot up from the DVD drive rather than the faulty operating system on your hard disk. This process varies depending on your motherboard, so you may need to refer to your motherboard or computer manual for further information.

Before you begin, remove any external hard drives or USB flash drives connected to your computer.

Insert your Windows 7 DVD into the drive and press any key when you see the message "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD." You will then need to wait for Windows 7 to load the setup files from the DVD. This may take a few minutes. Nothing on your computer is modified during this process. The files are only being loaded from the DVD into the system memory.

When Windows 7 Setup starts, choose your language and keyboard settings and click "Next." In the next step of the installation wizard, click on the link "Repair your computer," since you don't want to perform a clean installation of Windows 7 at this stage. The system recovery options will load up after Windows Setup has searched for existing installations of the operating system. Wait until this process is complete.

The System Recovery Options window should appear, providing you with a list of operating systems running on your computer. Normally, you'll only see one option. Select your Windows 7 installation and click "Next."

On the next screen, click the first option, "Startup Repair." Windows 7 Setup will now scan your installation for problems and see if it can find a solution. The Startup Repair utility should continue to resolve the problem, replacing any damaged or missing system files. If your computer needs to restart during the repair process, do not boot from the DVD again as this will only restart the process from scratch. Once the repair process is complete, you'll get a message saying "Restart your computer to complete the repairs." Click "Finish." If your operating system was recoverable, you should now be able to boot into Windows without any further problems.


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