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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 ....it 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 helps....im 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.
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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
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm . 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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diagnostics
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.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01867418&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en#N80

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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