How to Perform a Startup Repair in Win 7 - Windows 7



Boot From the Win 7 - Windows 7 DVD

The Startup Repair tool repairs Win 7 - Windows 7 by replacing important operating system files that might be damaged or missing. Startup Repair is an easy diagnostic and repair tool to use when Win 7 - Windows 7 fails to start properly.

To begin the Win 7 - Windows 7 Startup Repair process, you will need to boot from the Win 7 - Windows 7 DVD.

    Watch for a Press any key to boot from CD or DVD... message similar to the one shown in the screenshot above.

    Press a key to force the computer to boot from the Win 7 - Windows 7 DVD. If you do not press a key, your PC will try to boot to the operating system that's currently installed on your hard drive. If this happens, just restart your computer and try to boot to the Win 7 - Windows 7 DVD again.

Note: Not using Win 7 - Windows 7? Every modern Windows operating system has a similar operating system file repair process.

Wait for Win 7 - Windows 7 to Load Files
" Win 7 - Windows 7 Startup Repair - Wait for Win 7 - Windows 7 to Load Files "

No user intervention is required here. Just wait for the Win 7 - Windows 7 setup process to load files in preparation for whatever task you might want to complete. In our case it is a Startup Repair but there are a lot of tasks that could be completed with the 
Win 7 - Windows 7 DVD.

Note: No changes are being made to your computer during this step. Win 7 - Windows 7 is only 
temporarily "loading files."

Choose Win 7 - Windows 7 Setup Language and Other Settings
" Win 7 - Windows 7 Startup Repair - Choose Win 7 - Windows 7 Setup Language and Other Settings "

Choose the Language to install, Time and currency format, and Keyboard or input method 
that you would like to use in Win 7 - Windows 7.

Click Next.

Click on the Repair Your Computer Link
" Win 7 - Windows 7 Startup Repair - Click on the Repair Your Computer Link "

Click on the Repair your computer link on the bottom-left of the Install Windows window.

This link will begin the Win 7 - Windows 7 System Recovery Options which contains several useful diagnostic and repair tools, one of which is Startup Repair.

Note: Do not click on Install now. If you already have Win 7 - Windows 7 installed, this option is used to perform a Clean Install of Win 7 - Windows 7 or a Parallel Install of Win 7 - Windows 7.

Wait for System Recovery Options to Locate Win 7 - Windows 7 on Your Computer

System Recovery Options, the set of tools that contains Startup Repair, will now search your hard drive(s) for any Win 7 - Windows 7 installations.

You don't need to do anything here but wait. This Windows installation search should not take more than a few minutes at most.

Choose Your Win 7 - Windows 7 Installation
Choose the Win 7 - Windows 7 installation that you'd like to perform the Startup Repair on.

Click the Next button.

Note: Do not worry if the drive letter in the Location column does not match the drive letter that you know Win 7 - Windows 7 is installed on in your PC. Drive letters are somewhat dynamic, especially when using diagnostic tools like System Recovery Options.

For example, as you can see above, my Win 7 - Windows 7 installation is listed as being on drive D: when I know that it's actually the C: drive when Win 7 - Windows 7 is running.

Choose the Startup Repair Recovery Tool
" Win 7 - Windows 7 Startup Repair - Choose the Startup Repair Recovery Tool "

Click on the Startup Repair link from list of recovery tools in System Recovery Options.

As you can see, several other diagnostic and recovery tools are available in the 
Win 7 - Windows 7 System Recovery Options including System Restore, System Image Recovery, 
Windows Memory Diagnostic, and Command Prompt.

In this guide, however, we're only repairing operating system files using the Startup 
Repair tool.

Wait While Startup Repair Searches for Problems with Win 7 - Windows 7 Files
The Startup Repair tool will now search for problems with files that are important to the proper functioning of Win 7 - Windows 7.

If Startup Repair finds a problem with an important operating system file, the tool may suggest a solution of some kind that you have to confirm or may solve the problem automatically.

Whatever happens, follow the prompts as necessary and accept any changes suggested by Startup Repair.

Important Note:

If you want the Startup Repair to work properly, you must remove any flash drives or other USB storage devices, like external hard drives, from your computer before running the tool. Due to the way some computers report the storage space on USB connected drives, the Win 7 - Windows 7 Startup Repair may incorrectly report that it found no problems when in fact there may actually be an issue.

If you've already started, or completed, the Startup Repair and you realize that you have a USB storage device connected, just remove it and restart these instructions at 
Step 1.

Wait While Startup Repair Attempts to Repair Win 7 - Windows 7 Files
" Win 7 - Windows 7 Startup Repair - Wait While Startup Repair Attempts to Repair Win 7 - Windows 7 Files "

Startup Repair will now attempt to repair whatever problems it found with Win 7 - Windows 7 files. No user intervention is required during this step.

Important: Your computer may or may not restart several times during this repair process. Do not boot from the Win 7 - Windows 7 DVD on any restart. If you do, you'll need to restart immediately so the Startup Repair process can continue normally.

Note: If Startup Repair did not find any problem with Win 7 - Windows 7, you won't see this step.

Click Finish to Restart to Win 7 - Windows 7
" Win 7 - Windows 7 Startup Repair - Click Finish to Restart to Win 7 - Windows 7 "

Click the Finish button once you see the Restart your computer to complete the repairs window to restart your PC and start Win 7 - Windows 7 normally.

Important: It's possible that Startup Repair didn't fix whatever problem you were having. If the Startup Repair tool determines this itself, it may automatically run again after your computer restarts. If it does not automatically run but you're still seeing problems with Win 7 - Windows 7, repeat these steps to run Startup Repair again manually.

Also, be sure to read the Important Note on Step 8.

If it becomes apparent that Startup Repair is not going to solve your Win 7 - Windows 7 problem, you do have some additional recovery options including a System Restore or a 
System Image Recovery, assuming you have previously backed up your entire computer.

You could also try a Parallel Install of Win 7 - Windows 7 or a Clean Install of Win 7 - Windows 7.

However, if you've tried a Startup Repair of Win 7 - Windows 7 as part of another troubleshooting guide, you're probably best served by continuing with whatever specific advice that guides is giving as your next step.

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