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#1 lakersm

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 02:09 PM

I have a Gateway 510 Pent. 4 3.0ghz that has a new install of Windows 7 Home Premium. I have done all  the updates and then shut off the computer. When i went to turn it back on it sticks at the Starting Windows window just before the four colors comes up. Install and updates went fine and computer was running great until  i turned it off. It has 2 gb ram ddr, 160gb hdd. Any ideas? Thanks for any help



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 02:23 PM

Is is still sitting at the same stage of booting, or have you done a hard shutdown?


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 02:27 PM

hard shut down with no sucess



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 02:59 PM

What happens when you try to start?

 

Have you tried booting into Safe Mode?


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 03:38 PM

im booting in safe mode and it is sticking at loading windows files please wait. its been 5 min, 



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 03:52 PM

Give it some more time and see what happens.

 

Doing a hard shutdown can damage files, so I would like to keep from doing this if possible.

 

Do you have the installation disc that you used to install Windows?


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Posted 15 July 2014 - 03:53 PM

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 04:02 PM

If the computer doesn't start and you have to do a hard shutdown you should do a repair installation.

 

Instructions for a Windows 7 Repair installation.
 
A Windows 7 Repair Installation will require a installation disc.
 
If you do not have a Windows 7 installation disc you can download a free legal ISO image of Windows 7 SP1 at  Windows 7 Forums.  You will need to download the same version of Windows 7 that you have installed,  This image is hosted by the Digital River store which is an official distribution partner of Microsoft.  This is a genuine untouched image which is safe to download. 
 
Attention:  If you do have a Windows installation disc, skip Part A and go to Part B, Step 1b.
 
Part A, Steps 1a - 6a
 
How to burn ISO image using Windows Burn Disk Image.
 
Notice:  This applies only to Windows 7 and Windows 8, earlier versions do not have this.
 
1.  Place a blank CD or DVD in the tray of your optical drive and close the tray.
 
2.  After you have downloaded the ISO image you want to burn right click on the Start orb, then choose Windows Explorer.
 
3.  When Explorer opens click on Downloads in the left pane.  Scroll down till you find the ISO file you want and double click on it.  Click on Burn Disk Image.
 
4.  In the image below you will see Dick] burner:, this should be set to the optical drive you want to use.  Click on Verify disc after burning if you want to Windows to verity the disc image after burn.  Click on burn.
 
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5.  In the image below you can see that the green progress bar, when the image is finished burning the bar will be filled.
 
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6.  After the image has completed being burned click on Close
 
Please note:  In order to boot from this DVD you may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD/DVD-ROM is the first device in the boot order, and the hdd is the second device.
 
 
Part B, Steps 1b - 10b
 
1b)  Place the installation disc in the tray of the CD/DVD drive, close the tray and restart the computer.
 
2b)  You will be prompted to press any key to start the installation, I find the space bar handy.
 
At this point the setup process will load files, this will take several minutes.
 
3b)  You will now need to choose the  Language, Time, currency format, and Keyboard or input method that you'd like to use.
 
After this is done click on Next.
 
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4b)  Click on the Repair your computer link at the bottom-left of the Install Windows window.
 
This link will begin the Windows 7 System Recovery Options.
 
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5b)  System Recovery Options will now search your hard drive(s) for any Windows 7 installations.  This will take several minutes.
 
No participation is required on your part at this time, wait till it has finished and the next window opens.
 
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6b)  Choose the Windows 7 installation that you'd like to perform the Startup Repair on, then click on Next
 
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7b)  Click on the Startup Repair link from list of recovery tools in System Recovery Options.
 
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For a future reference, there are several other diagnostic and recovery tools available in the Windows 7 System Recovery Options including System Restore, System Image Recovery, Windows Memory Diagnostic, and Command Prompt.
 
8b)  The Startup Repair tool will now search for problems in the system files.
 
If Startup Repair finds a problem with any system files the tool may suggest a solution which you will need to confirm, or may solve the problem automatically.
 
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9b)  Startup Repair will now attempt to repair whatever problems it found with system files.  
 
Note:  If Startup Repair did not find any problems with system files you won't see this step.
 
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Important: Your computer may or may not restart several times during this repair process.  This is normal, you should allow it to continue until you see the Restart your computer to complete the repairs window. 
 
10b)  Click on Finish, this will restart your computer.
 
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It is possible that the Startup Repair will not be able to fix the problem.  If the Startup Repair tool determines this, it may automatically run the the repair after your computer restarts.  If it does not automatically run the repair but you are still having problems with Windows 7 repeat these steps to run Startup Repair again manually.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 05:03 PM

that did not find any repairs needed. it started to work for a little bit and i was able to start it a few times. i then shut it off and killed power to it just to test and see if it would boot and the problem returned.  not sure which way to go now. thanks again for all you have done. 



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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:35 AM

Go back and go through the installation until you reach the System Recovery Options in step 7b and click on Command prompt.

 

When it opens type in chkdsk /r /x and press Enter.

 

There are five parts to this scan and will take a while to run.  Be patient and let it finish the scan.  If you stop the scan you can damage files.


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