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Windows 7 - Infinite Startup Repair Loop

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I've been given a Dell Latitude E6510 to repair. The issue being that no matter what, it will boot to the startup repair. I'm given the options of Launch Startup Repair and Start Windows Normally. Both options yield the same results.


The first thing I tried was to boot to safe mode. It shows some drivers loading, then proceed to still go to startup repair.


I then followed the instructions here:



That didn't work, so I found some instructions to copy the RegBack contents to System32/Config after backing up that folder. This still did not work.


I've also used a Windows 7 Dell recovery disk to perform bootrec /FixMBR and bootrec /Fixboot


I'm stumped at this point. This is for the owner of the company that I work for, so restoring to factory is an absolute last resort. Below are the results of FRST64.exe if it helps. I would highly appreciate any more suggestions! Thanks!

==================== Memory info =========================== 

Percentage of memory in use: 20%
Total physical RAM: 4085.84 MB
Available physical RAM: 3259.38 MB
Total Virtual: 4084.04 MB
Available Virtual: 3250.69 MB

==================== Drives ================================

Drive c: () (Fixed) (Total:148.95 GB) (Free:68.2 GB) NTFS
Drive e: (W7SP1_PROFESSIONAL) (CDROM) (Total:5.23 GB) (Free:0 GB) UDF
Drive f: (MULTIBOOT) (Removable) (Total:14.88 GB) (Free:7.68 GB) FAT32
Drive x: (Boot) (Fixed) (Total:0.03 GB) (Free:0.03 GB) NTFS
Drive y: (System Reserved) (Fixed) (Total:0.1 GB) (Free:0.07 GB) NTFS ==>[system with boot components (obtained from drive)]

==================== MBR & Partition Table ==================

Disk: 0 (MBR Code: Windows 7 or 8) (Size: 149.1 GB) (Disk ID: AFCAAFCA)
Partition 1: (Active) - (Size=100 MB) - (Type=07 NTFS)
Partition 2: (Not Active) - (Size=149 GB) - (Type=07 NTFS)

Disk: 1 (Size: 14.9 GB) (Disk ID: 0008CD21)
Partition 1: (Active) - (Size=14.9 GB) - (Type=0C)

LastRegBack: 2016-05-07 20:29

==================== End of FRST.txt ============================

Edit: FRST64 log removed as not used outside of the malware removal forums.

Edited by phillpower2, 18 May 2016 - 08:06 AM.
As per the above.

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:welcome:   Dereneki,


Two possible causes come to mind, the OS is that corrupt/damaged that it cannot be repaired and/or the HDD has issues.


First thing that I suggest you do is back up the data on the HDD then get back to us, Puppy Linux details below for help with backing up the data;



***Required Hardware*** 

CD Burner (CDRW) Drive, 

Blank CD, 

Extra Storage Device (USB Flash Drive, External Hard Drive)



1. Save these files to your Desktop/Burn Your Live CD:

  • Download Latest Puppy Linux ISO (i.e.: lupu-528.iso) 


    Download BurnCDCC ISO Burning Software 


    There are instructions on how to boot from flash drive with puppy here; http://www.pendrivel...e-from-windows/ 




  • Open BurnCDCC with Windows Explorer 



  • Extract All files to a location you can remember 



  • Double Click 1%20BurnCDCC%20Icon.PNGBurnCDCC 



  • Click Browse 2%20BurnCDCC%20Browse%20Button.PNG and navigate to the Puppy Linux ISO file you just downloaded 



  • Open/Double Click that file 


    IMPORTANT: Adjust the speed bar to CD: 4x DVD: 1x 


  • Click Start 3%20BurnCDCC%20Start%20Button.PNG 



  • Your CD Burner Tray will open automatically 



  • Insert a blank CD and close the tray 



  • Click OK 



Puppy Linux Live CD will now be created



2. Set your boot priority in the BIOS to CD-ROM first, Hard Drive Second 





  • Start the computer/press the power button 



  • Immediately start tapping the appropriate key to enter the BIOS, aka "Setup" 


    (Usually shown during the "Dell" screen, or "Gateway" Screen) 


  • Once in the BIOS, under Advanced BIOS Options change boot priority to: 


    CD-ROM 1st, Hard Drive 2nd 


  • Open your ROM drive and insert the disk 



  • Press F10 to save and exit 



  • Agree with "Y" to continue 



  • Your computer will restart and boot from the Puppy Linux Live CD 









3.  Recover Your Data 


  • Once Puppy Linux has loaded, it is actually running in your computer's Memory (RAM).  You will see a fully functioning Graphical User Interface similar to what you normally call "your computer".  Internet access may or may not be available depending on your machine, so it is recommended you print these instructions before beginning.  Also, double clicking is not needed in Puppy.  To expand, or open folders/icons, just click once.  Puppy is very light on resources, so you will quickly notice it is much speedier than you are used to.  This is normal.  Ready?  Let's get started. 



    3a. Mount Drives[list] 


  • Click the Mount Icon located at the top left of your desktop. 5%20Puppy%20Linux%20Mount%20Icon.PNG 



  • A Window will open.  By default, the "drive" tab will be forward/highlighted.  Click on Mount for your hard drive. 



  • Assuming you only have one hard drive and/or partition, there may be only one selection to mount. 



  • USB Flash Drives usually automatically mount upon boot, but click the "usbdrv" tab and make sure it is mounted. 



  • If using an external hard drive for the data recovery, do this under the "drive" tab.  Mount it now. 





3b. Transfer Files.




  • At the bottom left of your desktop a list of all hard drives/partitions, USB Drives, and Optical Drives are listed with a familiar looking hard drive icon. 



  • Open your old hard drive i.e. sda1 



  • Next, open your USB Flash Drive or External Drive. i.e. sdc or sdb1 



  • If you open the wrong drive, simply X out at the top right corner of the window that opens. (Just like in Windows) 



  • From your old hard drive, drag and drop whatever files/folders you wish to transfer to your USB Drive's Window. 





For The Novice:  The common path to your pictures, music, video, and documents folders for XP is: Documents and Settings >> All Users (or each individual name of each user, for Vista and above  C:\Users\$USERNAME\[...]. CHECK All Names!) >> Documents >> You will now see My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos


Remember to only click once!  No double clicking!  Once you drag and drop your first folder, you will notice a small menu will appear giving you the option to move or copy.  Choose COPY each time you drag and drop. 


YOU ARE DONE!!!  Simply click Menu >> Mouse Over Shutdown >> Reboot/Turn Off Computer.  Be sure to plug your USB Drive into another working windows machine to verify all data is there and transferred without corruption. Congratulations! 





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