Mar
8
2011

How to Run Startup Repair to Fix Boot Issues


One nice feature about Windows 7 is Startup Repair which would resolve most if the boot issues caused by software issue like corrupted MBR, Bootrec etc. In this guide I’ll walk you through and to run Startup Repair to fix boot issues on Windows 7.

Step 1:

Insert the Windows 7 Installation or Repair disk into your drive and reboot the System if you don’t have the Repair disk you could download it from Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files. Make sure  you have change the BIOS boot order so the CD or DVD drive is listed first.

Step 2:

Then you’ll be prompted to "Press any key to boot from disk" so go ahead and press Enter

Ste 3:

Then it will give you language selection option click Next

Step 4:

Then you’ll find and option to "Repair your Computer"

Step 5:

Then you’ll be prompted to Select the Operating System i.e. Windows 7, select that and click Next



Note: Some occasions you’ll not find any operating system listed. Don’t panic just click Next

Step 6:

Now click on "Startup Repair"

Step 7:

The repair process might take few minutes  and system might restart in between, at the end it would say it if successfully repair or did the repair fail.

Either way try to reboot the System and see if your issue is resolved. Because sometimes even it says it did not find any problem the issue might be resolved.

Note: Some cases we might need to run the Startup Repair more than 3 times to resolve boot issues.

Update: Sometime corrupted Registry Hives can cause problems. Follow this article in that case How to Restore Registry Hives on Windows 7

Update : Video Tutorial added

 

Startup Repair

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About the Author: Shyam Sasindran

Shyam is the founder and editor of Captaindbg.com. He used to write technical articles for few websites about Tips and tricks about Windows and other technologies.

  • http://ww harris

    i use dell laptop.
    when i try to reinstall windows/repair windows..
    just step 1,2,3 and 4 only. cannot continue to other step
    what problem huh??

    • Shyam Sasindran, MVP

      Hello Harris,

      What happens when you go to Step 5?

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  • Albert_ichi

    hello shyam i have issues with classpnp.sys, i tried to do this steps but it just freezes w after step 2, i never get to step 3, pleas help me out

  • charmos22

    Hi Shyam,

    I would need a big help.

    I have that dreaded black screen with 2 of our desktops running in Windows 7 Professional.

    The boot error showed up and I tried all the possible options in F8 and via Windows CD Repair. The system goes through the Windows logo and afterwards, just a blank (black) screen. Never goes through somewhere.

    Can you help me on that?

    Thanks.

    Charmos

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