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Windows 7 Reboot Loop

by Anon143 / October 20, 2015 12:03 PM PDT

For 2 days now, I have had a reboot loop on my computer. It started worse and slowly got better. Now there is nothing I can do. It started, whenever I'd turn on my PC it would flash a blue screen for 1 second and just keep restarting. I don't know how I got rid of that but now it's the same thing without the blue screen. It will always tell me to run startup repair but it cannot repair it and I have ran out of options, I have ran it in all of the safe modes and ran a hardware diagnostic and tried everything else. When spamming f8 it will also come up with a option to "Repair my PC" this takes me to the same thing just "Startup Repair" Although this one does not fail nor does it work. I'm out of ideas any help please?

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When all boot options fail I try booting another OS
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2015 12:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Windows 7 Reboot Loop

But first your post is missing make, model and if you are ready to do a factory restore.

If you forgot to get your files out I suggest the safe exit of removing the old HDD and installing to a new HDD. You can then put the old HDD into a case to copy out your files and then use it as a backup of the stuff you can't lose. Figure 50ish bucks.

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I cant get to factory restore
by Anon143 / October 20, 2015 12:20 PM PDT

Whenever I turn on my computer it will say "Windows Error Recovery" with 2 options "Launch Startup Repair (recommended) and "Start windows normally" If I press f8 though it will give me the system restore option, although when I click it, it will just bring me back to the windows error recovery with the 2 options.

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That's not uncommon when the OS gets blown.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2015 12:29 PM PDT

I use my method since most owners have no backup.

I still don't see the make and model so I can't move too much forward from my advice.

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Re: factory restore
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 20, 2015 12:30 PM PDT

There's always one. It must be run from outside Windows, so it runs even if you can't get into Windows. It's either in a separate partition on the hard disk, or on the dvd's you burned when you got your machine, or (on older PC's/laptops) on the disks that came with it.

It's not a standard Windows feature, so for details on how to do it you should see the user manual or check the makers site. For example, if you don't have disks, on a Dell it usually starts with ctrl-F11, and on Acer you google eRecovery to find out.


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I'd contact the manufacturer for a bootable disc to...
by wpgwpg / October 20, 2015 12:34 PM PDT

...start the factory restore process. All mine either came with these discs or the user guide told how to make them.

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Two things I'd do.
by wpgwpg / October 20, 2015 12:15 PM PDT
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Bob's suggestion is slightly safer, but you could get hold of a Linux disc or bootable flash drive and boot from it. That would get you up and running with something you could use to copy your data to a flash drive. I like Linux Mint because it has a user interface similar to the Windows one.
The other thing that works in my case is to simply restore from my full system backup, which I have set up to run automatically every 4 hours. I assume you don't have something like this. Sad
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 $50 these days and a really good FREE backup program is the Easeus Todo Backup Free. 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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