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startup repair loop help :(

by beenzsouflee / October 20, 2013 6:49 AM PDT

Hello all, Im on a HP pavillion m7 running Windows 7. I havent installed or downloaded anything recently but today upon turning on my laptop it went into startup repair wasnt acomplishing anything. tried all i could from F8 boot menu...each option leads straight back to the startup repair. I do not have a windows 7 disk of any kind. what can I do?? i do have an 8 gig usb drive handy if that so distraught i wouldnt even mind a clean install at this point..(but dont know how to without the disk) i just want my computer back

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The first thing to try is a repair disc you can make
by wpgwpg / October 20, 2013 7:26 AM PDT

Find another computer running Windows 7 with either 32 or 64 bit to match what you have. Get on it and go to Start -> Control Panel -> Backup and Restore -> Create System Repair Disc. Insert a blank CD-R, and it'll create it. Then boot from that and see if it will help. You can also call HP and get them to ship you the recovery discs for a small fee.
When you've gotten your system back like you want it, I urge you to get yourself an external hard drive and a good 3rd party backup program. You can set it up to do everything automagically at the time and frequency of your choice. 1 TB external hard drives are about $70 these days and a really good FREE backup program is the Easeus Todo Backup Free which you can download from . That can save you a lot of time and frustration the next time something like this happens. Sooner or later it happens to all computers for one reason or another.

Good luck.

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Get a friend
by James Denison / October 24, 2013 2:36 AM PDT

to download and burn a Mint Linux LIVE DVD and boot to it. Use that to find and backup your files. Advantage is that Linux doesn't give a crap about Windows permissions and so files should be readily available to backup to some other media. Too many try to reload windows and end up making a mistake and formatting the drive with a new installation and lose what they had.

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by acerts04 / October 24, 2013 9:03 AM PDT

i would run hp diagnostics first before taking any measures because if you have a bad hard drive, things will only get worse. just run the hp hardware diagnostic first to make sure everything is good to go, then take it from there

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If you don't mind ...
by Edward ODaniel / October 26, 2013 8:56 AM PDT

resetting to factory install then this link should provide all the information you need to use the recovery partition HP puts on the drive.

Since it isn't booting and you don't have the disks you will want to read the Recovery from the startup screen (during system boot) section.

Note: It is IMPORTANT to be pressing the F11 key BEFORE the HP logo appears.

Note 2: On a very few Pavilions you may also have to press the ESC key while pressing the F11 key.

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