Hello, and thanks for this fantastic forum! The topic title is the end result, I'll describe best I can the precursor events.
First, Win 7 update froze, waited for an hour with no circle movement, that circley thing that rotates during updates and such.
Second, restarted computer, googled what to do about this, several recommendations came up. I decided on a System Restore.
Third, the instructions said to restore to the to the restore point just prior to the frozen update. This failed, so I attempted to restore to the next closest Restore Point. I should note, that these first two were for the updates of that Tuesday, meaning they had the same date and similar times. No clue if this is relevant, I just thought it odd as the system updated on shutdown. I didn't manually install the updates, if I am correct would have created a Restore Point for each manual update. Then the Catastrophic Error message popped up attempting to restore from the 2nd closest Restore Point. The two had the same dates and similar times. I realize I should have written down the Error codes, but I neglected my normal diligence.
Fourth, I reset the computer thinking of trying Safe Mode options to restore the system. Holding down F8 during the entire boot process would not boot to Safe Mode. The loading Windows screen did NOT appear the computer just went to the Log-in screen. I restarted the computer, then repeatedly pressed F8 during the boot process, again no Loading Windows screen appeared, just went to Log-in Screen. From my understanding, the F8 pressing comes during the Loading Windows part. I realized that my keyboard was wireless, and thought maybe a wired keyboard would work to get into Safe Mode. Switched out my wireless for a usb keyboard. Attempted the two prior methods again with the same results.
Next, Using the system configuration utililty in Administrative Tools, I tried to force the computer into Safe Mode
I chose Safe boot, network, and No GUI. Clicked Launch System Restore, and got a black screen after the HDD Light lit up and I assume booted into safe mode, pressing the enter button the HDD responded, but couldn't see what I was actually clicking on.
So, The screen has the error "no signal" after the assumed boot up occurs, the HDD lights works for the length of time a safe mode boot takes. The HDD light responds to the enter key pressing for two or three taps, I don't think i am in BIOS. I can't tell however.
Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks much in advance! Any info I left out, or corrections to my timeline is welcomed. I was at this for about 4 hours so my recollection may be fuzzy.
Win7 Home Preminum 64-bit
AMD Phenom II 965BE