Restore Windows 7 When Windows Won’t Start – Repair My Computer

Windows 7 won’t start?  Did you try to start Windows 7 in safe mode? Try to start Windows 7 in Safe Mode or  “Repair My Computer” from the advanced boot options menu.

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  • If your computer is on, either Shut it down and turn it back on or restart your computer.

  • As soon as you turn on the computer, and you see your computer’s BootSplash Screen, Start to tap the F8 key on the keyboard repeatedly about once per second until you see the Advanced Boot Options Menu. (Note: If you get a boot device menu, press ESC key on the keyboard, then continue pressing F8.)

(BootSplash Screens)

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Boot Splash screens from the most popular PCs.

(F8 Key located on the Keyboard)

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F8 Key from the keyboard

  • If you pressed the F8 key in time before the Windows log came up, you will see the Advanced Boot Options Menu. (If not, restart the computer and try again.)

Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to highlight Select Repair My Computer then press the Enter Key on your keyboard.

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  • Wait for Windows to load files…

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  • Select your language and keyboard input method.

  • Click Next.

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  • Select your User name and enter a password if you have one.

  • Click OK.

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  • The System Recovery Options window will open.

  • Under Choose a recovery tool, click on System Restore.

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  • Click Next on the Restore System Files and Settings window.

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  • Choose a date and time BEFORE the problem existed and your computer was happy. If you can’t see a date back further enough in time, try check marking “Show more restore points.”

  • Click Next.

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  • Click Finish to confirm your chosen restore point.

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  • Click the Yes button about not interrupting System Restore.

  • Wait for System Restore to restore your files, this can take anywhere from a couple of minutes to nearly one hour.

  • If all went well, you will see a window similar to this one.

  • Restart the computer to complete the restore.

Note: In Windows 7, I have had System Restore fail when restoring from the Advanced Boot Options and instead of trying another restore point, restart the computer. Sometimes Windows will then say it WAS successful after restart!

  • Log in to your user profile and then after Windows 7 has loaded AND if everything went well, you should then see the System Restore Complete window.

  • Click close.

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