I get this:
Windows Error Recovery. Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. Launch Startup Repair (recommended).
I've done that many times and the result is:
Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033
That window also gives me the option to: Send information about this problem (recommended).
I do that and: Windows is checking for a solution to the problem.
Windows cannot repair this computer automatically. Gives me two choices:
View diagnostic and repair details:
I won't type the log at this time because it's very long. Suffice to say that the tests were completed successfully except:
Root cause found:
Startup Repair has tried several times but still cannot determine the cause of the problem.
Next option: View advanced options for system recovery and support:
Choose a Recovery Tool:
Startup Repair - Been there, done that.
System Restore - System couldn't find any restore points.
System Image Recovery - I don't have a system image available.
Windows Memory Diagnostic - Check your computer for memory problems. Restart and check for problems (recommended).
Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool
Windows will restart the computer automatically. Test results will be displayed after you log on.
It ran two test passes.
No problems had been detected by the time the overall test status reached 100%.
When the laptop restarted it went right back to failure mode and ran Startup Repair all over again. Which, of course, didn't work.
Next thing I tried was a clean install of Windows 7 by going into the Boot menu and setting it to boot from the CD/DVD Driver and putting in the Windows 7 installation DVD. I thought maybe a clean install would overwrite the corrupted registry spotted earlier.
Windows loaded files.
I chose Windows 7 Home Premium x86.
Copied Windows files.
Expanding Windows files (0%) ... Even though the dots were moving like it was doing something, it seemed stuck at 0%. After about 15 minutes I got the following message:
The installation was cancelled. Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart installation. Error code 0x80070001.
Back to the install now screen where I was given the option to Repair Your Computer. I clicked that and System Recovery Options screen came up which gave me the option of using recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. The operating system Windows 7 was highlighted, partition size 76216 MB (D:) Local Disk.
Clicked next and back to Startup Repair checking my system for problems.
Attempting repairs. This might take several minutes.
At twelve minutes it was still attempting repairs.
I wanted to give up and clicked cancel, only to be faced with a notice that the current repair operation cannot be cancelled.
I had to shut off the computer to put a stop to it.
I have not been able to get into any of the Safe Mode Options nor did the Last Known Good Configuration work either. Each click brought me right back to Startup Repair.
I was able to get to the command prompt.
I ran chkdsk D: /R (D is where my operating system is).
No problems found.
Also ran sfc /scannow /offbootdir=D:\ /offwindir=D:\windows
No integrity violations.
I read previous threads about the Startup Repair Loop and found information about Farbar Recovery Scan Tool. I downloaded it and ran it.
After that I rebooted and got right back to the Startup Repair Loop.
Edited by Queen-Evie, 12 January 2015 - 12:18 PM.
deleted FRST log as FRST is allowed only in Malware Removal Logs forum. If FRST is needed you will be directed to post the log in MRL. I did leave the reference to you running it and the reboot result after running FRST.