it was on idle and it forced me to do a hard reboot of my computer.
After the reboot, my computer experienced a complete freeze-up
after about a 5-10minute period which consequently forced me to
hard reboot yet again.
Suspecting that malware or some corrupt startup program/service
was the culprit, I decided to do a series of selective boots to
determine if it was a startup service, program or maybe it was
malware/virus that was corrupting important system files.
I installed and ran multiple different scans from
Avast, prevx3.0, vipre deep scan, and the combofix
After many many reboots and scans, it looked like one or two of them
found and eliminated some malware and/or corrupt files.
Eventually I was able to switch back to "normal boot" and find that
my system didn't freeze up after 5-10 minutes like it used to.
Assuming that malware was the culprit I seized the moment and installed
avast free antivirus, prevx3.0, and comodo firewall.
Accepting that I had fixed the problem, I went on with my everyday work
but after a seemingly random period of time of about 1hour, I encounter
the same catastrophic freeze-up which caused me to hard reboot and run
all the scans again. However, the most recent forced reboot no longer
loaded windows 7 and instead loaded the "Startup Repair". Startup Repair
is giving me a message after it tried to determine the problem,
"Startup Repair cannot repair the computer automatically"
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21201028
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 15
Problem Signature 07: CorruptFile
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033
Somehow I made the problem worse and now I can't load windows 7, nor can
I select to load in safe mode because I haven't seen that option.
Unfortunately I haven't created a restore point nor a system image to help me in the "System Recovery Options"
I read about this "in place upgrade", where I install windows 7 on top of itself to keep my data files and programs...
But I don't know how smart or safe a move like that would be...
Therefore, I'm hoping I can get some professional assistance from this forum.
I am currently on another computer since my Lenovo laptop is the one that is having this issue.
Computer: Lenovo IdeaPad Y710
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo T8100 @2.10GHz
HDD: 250GB SATA1