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Boots to bios and repeats! Bad exe program, help!


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#1 RyanRes

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 03:31 AM

Hello loved ones,

 

I clicked on an .exe which made my Windows version not genuine and somehow changed my boot. Now, when I turn on my computer it will boot to bios, restart and boot to bios, on and on again.

 

I have tried fixing it thought startup repair with the Windows CD, but it will not work because since windows says not genuine I get the message that the Startup Repair version does not work with my OS.

 

I need to know a way in which I can fix this issue without the CDs and reinstalling the OS.

 

I can access the files on my OS (through Ubuntu), everything is regular and there, just the booting is messed up. I have a Ubuntu CD which I use to access my harddrive where i can delete files and change things. So, I am thinking that if I know which files were changed I can go there and delete and put in the proper file. I have a seperate harddrive which I have installed on the same computer which works, the OS is the same as is on my unbootable drive. So, maybe I can copy the correct files from that drive to my unbootable drives, I just need to know which. I have tried some files, but I have yet to solve the program.

 

Other information:
It is not a problem wih my motherboard -- I can run my other harddrive on my laptop just fine.

I have tried Ubuntu TestDisk and it says that the bootable status is OK.

OS is Windows 7 Ultimate

Memory is 8GB

I have tried fixing the Master Boot Record with lilo through ubuntu (sudo lilo -M /dev/sda mbr) but the boot issue still exists.


Edited by RyanRes, 07 August 2013 - 12:41 PM.
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#2 RyanRes

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 11:54 AM

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 01:08 PM

Are you able to get into WRE? 

 

:step1: Get to Windows Recovery Environment:

 

  1. Press F8 during startup, until you get the black screen with Repair my computer, Safe mode, ...
  2. Choose 'Repair my computer'.
  3. Then in the System Recovery Options, please select Command Prompt.

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Enter in the command prompt: explorer.exe


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Posted 07 August 2013 - 01:52 PM

 

Are you able to get into WRE? 

 

:step1: Get to Windows Recovery Environment:

 

  1. Press F8 during startup, until you get the black screen with Repair my computer, Safe mode, ...
  2. Choose 'Repair my computer'.
  3. Then in the System Recovery Options, please select Command Prompt.

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Enter in the command prompt: explorer.exe

 

Hello, I do not have a Safe Mode option.

 

However,

 

In my recent testings of different things, something changed and i was able to get to the window which you show in your image. My OS was showing on the OS selection page, the partition size was set to 0.

 

I received an option which said something as:

Windows found problems, do you want to repair and restart.

 

I selected No because when I tried to do a startup repair before it stopped midrepair (maybe because it detected that the Windows version was set to invalid somehow) and when I restarted the computer after that, I could not get to the option menu (the one shown in your pic).

 

Anyway...currently:

I went into the Command prompt.

I typed in all of the bootrec option ( fixmbr, fixboot, buildbdc, scan...) all of them said sucessful. I tried to do sfc /scannow but it stated that I have a repair pending and would not let me do it. I restarted my computer.

For seconds I saw the Windows icon but got a blue screen, BSOD.

EDIT: i also ran bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force; it said sucessful

 

I went back to the OS CD recovery. My OS Is showing and the partition size is proper now. It is still asking if I want to repair and restart (I am not sure that I want to do this because I am not sure if the changes that I have done have made the OS back to valid and maybe if it is not I will run into the same problem as I have before (as listed above). Are there any other changes that I can try through the CMD prompt?

 

Edit: about explorer.exe: it says it is an invalid internal or ext cmd


Edited by RyanRes, 07 August 2013 - 02:11 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2013 - 02:20 PM

Try rstrui.exe in the cmd. (Equals to System Restore)


Edited by GodfatherKing, 07 August 2013 - 02:21 PM.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 07:50 PM

Try rstrui.exe in the cmd. (Equals to System Restore)

No rest points. Still unresolved



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Posted 08 August 2013 - 03:00 AM

I am going report the topic, so you'll get help for your unbootable system.


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Posted 08 August 2013 - 06:28 AM

Added to Unbootable list, please be patient :).

 

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 12:01 PM

Hi and welcome.

Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.

Plug the flash drive into the infected PC.

  • If you are using Windows 8 consult How to use the Windows 8 System Recovery Environment Command Prompt to enter System Recovery Command prompt.

    If you are using Vista or Windows 7 enter System Recovery Options.

    To enter System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:
  • Restart the computer.
  • As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.
  • Use the arrow keys to select the Repair your computer menu item.
  • Select US as the keyboard language settings, and then click Next.
  • Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.
  • Select your user account an click Next.
  • Note: In case you can not enter System Recovery Options by using F8 method, you can use Windows installation disc, or make a repair disc. Any Windows installation disc or a repair disc made on another computer can be used.
    To make a repair disk on Windows 7 consult: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2083-system-repair-disc-create.html



    To enter System Recovery Options by using Windows installation disc:
  • Insert the installation disc.
  • Restart your computer.
  • If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.
  • Click Repair your computer.
  • Select US as the keyboard language settings, and then click Next.
  • Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.
  • Select your user account and click Next.
  • On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:
  • Startup Repair
  • System Restore
  • Windows Complete PC Restore
  • Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool
  • Command Prompt
  • Select Command Prompt

    Once in the Command Prompt:
  • In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.
  • The notepad opens. Under File menu select Open.
  • Select "Computer" and find your flash drive letter and close the notepad.
  • In the command window type e:\frst (for x64 bit version type e:\frst64) and press Enter
    Note: Replace letter e with the drive letter of your flash drive.
  • The tool will start to run.
  • When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
  • Press Scan button.
  • It will make a log (FRST.txt) on the flash drive. Please copy and paste it to your reply.

 


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Posted 08 August 2013 - 09:02 PM

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 03:35 AM

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:40 AM

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