I needed to replace the HDD in my Alienware laptop (got a different brand but same size and speed drive as I was replacing). Did a fresh install of Win7 Home Premium x64 and everything went well. Installed drivers via the Resource disk included with the computer and following protocol on one of the Alienware forums. I also ran Windows Update. Since then, I have been unable to boot Windows sometimes. It will come up with the black screen and say "Starting Windows" but the logo never appears. Hard shutdown and restart and I will get the startup utility. Sometimes that will run, sometimes not. But usually on the 3rd try the computer will boot as normal and the computer works fine. I have run ePSA, SeaTools and CheckDisk and all is fine there. One time I got Startup Repair to run, I got the following:
Problem signature: Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 2
Problem Signature 05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 06: 1
Problem Signature 07: Bad driver
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
Yesterday I did a refresh of Windows using the Windows 7 disk, however it did not fix the issue. It did do a repair on the .net framework at the end of the refresh. Once the laptop is booted up, it can be restarted at will without failing to load Windows, it's only after it has sat for a bit that it will fail to start windows.
Is there anything I can do (besides a reformat and reinstall) that could possibly resolve the issue? If I do have to reinstall, is it better to let Windows install the drivers and then update via Dell's site or install via the downloads on the site?
Edited by Thestrel, 07 May 2015 - 07:27 AM.