First off, I'm no computer geek so no fancy language please.
So my desktop computer shut down on it's own and now Windows 7 won't start. I've tried startup repair and also restore several times,but they do nothing. I've also tried the command prompt fix from this site, but it goes nowhere. As soon as I enter any drive letter, I get this message.C (or any letter I input) is not recognised as an internal or external command,operable program or batch file. So that is a dead end right now I guess.
I haven't changed anything but I have poked around and this is all I can tell you right now. I have the windows 7 disk that came with the computer when I bought it new. Trying to boot from it does nothing on it's own, but again I don't know exactly what I might not be doing right. I did get to a point where there was an option to install drivers to re image your computer.(system image recovery) Widows cannot find a system image on the computer and unfortunately I've never made a backup. When I click the install drivers box, a window comes up that is only looking for file types, Setup Information. System Reserved © has nothing. Local Disk (D) has folders and files. Boot (x) has folders and files.CD Drive (E) has folders and files.
One last thing. When I opened the advanced bios settings on startup it looks like I may have a fan problem. Asus motherboard. The guage we'll call it, shows red and it seems to run about 350 to 550 rpms only. This is the main fan for the case, not the fan on the motherboard. I don't know if that's normal or not. As in does it run slow normally and ramp up when the case temp gets hotter. The red bar seems to tell me no, the fan is dying. The inside of the case was very dusty, but is clean now.
I hope this is enough info to get started. I looked at some of the links and wasn't sure what to try next. Thanks for any help you can offer.