After a random freeze I had to restart the machine via a button push and was confronted by a continuous repair loop. After some considerable investigation I found two errors on my SSD boot hard drive, I tried to start in safe mode and try a system restore. Neither worked. I edited the registry using advice about changing the BOOTMGR. This had the undesired result of completely locking me out of the advanced windows options menu as any option chosen brings me to windows failing to load and a black screen. I tried booting with my windows 7 DVD in the drive (which worked before the registry editing) but after loading brings me to another black screen.
So just to recap:
- I can't load the Windows 7 DVD at startup and therefore cannot reinstall windows.
- I cannot edit the registry or change the settings for booting as pressing any of the F8 options does not work.
- Loading windows brings up this info:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware blah blah...
Insert windows installation disc and restart...
Then below that it says:
Info: an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
In the advanced windows options menu the 'repair' option is missing.
I obviously have windows 7 it's the 64bit version it's on a Sandisk SSD for boot, while I have my files on a seperate hard drive.
At this moment I would love a fix- if not then I suspect a new SSD and a reinstall of windows is on the cards...
Any advice would be great!