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#1 mcnizzle99

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 11:13 AM

Last night my computer was working completely fine and I was having no problems with it. After I shutdown my computer and turned it on today, I discovered the layout has been changed to windows classic, there's no audio, and I can't access the internet. I tried running a scan via Mcafee for a potential virus but it wouldn't let me start the scan. I tried a system restore but it wouldn't let me open the application. I tried opening the command prompt and doing the "scannow" thing but it wouldn't work. I don't know what to do. I am also running Windows 7 Home Premium in case that wasn't clear, thanks.


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 12:34 PM

Can you boot into Safe Mode?

 

If you can, are these functions working in Safe Mode?


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 12:41 PM

I booted my computer into Safe Mode with Networking and none of the functions worked.



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 01:14 PM

Let's run a Repair Installation.  This will not effect your data.

 

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 30 August 2014 - 02:39 PM

How can I download the file if I can't access the internet?



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 02:58 PM

How are you posting here at Bleeping Computer if you can't get on the internet?

 

I had assumed you were using another computer to post here.


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 03:19 PM

Yes I am using another computer do posts here but my other computer can not access the internet so would I have to download the file on this computer and move it via USB to my other computer?



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 03:29 PM

Also, do I need a BIOS password to change the boot order? I don't know where to get one or how to reset it.



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 09:13 AM

Here's how this works.  

 

You will use the working computer to download the ISO image and then burn it to a DVD.  

 

You will use the disc in the computer with the problem.

 

Unless you set up a BIOS password there shouldn't be one.


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 12:20 PM

Yeah that's the problem I don't ever remember setting up a BIOS password but it asked me for one when I checked...



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 07:23 PM

I'm sorry I pressed the wrong button in the beginning, instead of Boot Options I pressed Setup. I know amateur mistake sorry again, so is there any way to do this whole process by using a USB drive instead? I know some computers are installed with Windows using a USB.



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:55 AM

http://arstechnica.com/business/2009/12/the-usb-flash-drive/


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 07:09 PM

 So i decided to go through with the DVD burner and I got all the way to step 4. When I press burn it just ejects the disc from the tray, I don't understand why that's happening.



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Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:31 PM

I finally got it to work and I applied a system restore and now my computer is back to normal, thank you so much!



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 07:05 AM

Congratulations!

 

Happy computing.


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