Why it happens!
It sometimes isn’t clear about why but some people have theories about it. The main theory that I would like to talk about is the registry of Windows 7. I have played around windows my whole life and know a thing or two about registry hacks and other such tweaks to do what is necessary to an operating system to get it to work. I had a friend bring me a laptop that had this such problem. It would just get a point in the boot up of Windows 7 and restart. I never saw the windows screen or anything like that. I am going to have to say it was probably an improper shut down of the operating system, or the hard drive got bumped because this was a laptop. It is bound to happen for any laptop you have any laptop because most people do not know about preventing the hard drive from getting bumped. You can always park the hard drive, which is rarely used today time. I do remember having to do that in the 90′s and some of the early 2000′s but that was just nothing we’ve forgotten about.
OEM Recovery Partition
Since my friend was using an Acer Laptop, I used the recovery option included in all Acer laptops!
- Acer = ALT + F10
- Toshiba = F8 (repair your computer)
- Dell = F11 (Some laptops have to do a manual installation of Windows)
- Lenovo = F11
These are only for of several manufacturers of Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and thus there are several that I am sure I have missed that have a recovery partition that you can use to recover you system in case of an emergency!
The Need for a Backup?
I have done post after post about backing up your data but in this case. My friend just didn’t think about the need to keep those photos and important documents backed up! I think I finally convinced him to look into backing up those important files.
How I did it!
The nice thing about recovery of important files is that I can use something like Kubuntu to use a live Demo of the operating system to gain access to the hard drive to put all those files on a [easyazon_link asin="B005MNGQ6C" locale="US" new_window="yes" nofollow="yes" tag="paulstechtalk-20"]Transcend 1 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive – Military Drop Standards (TS1TSJ25M3)[/easyazon_link] and then wipe the system and use the recovery option to install windows brand new.
Strangely enough when I finally got the first start-up screen for Windows 7, it said
“Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation.”
I was thinking there was some disk error that did not get fixed on the re-installation of Windows 7. So like a lot of computer savvy people, I found an article to bypass installation of windows and do it manually by going to the oobe.exe and running it directly! Once I created a new account and rebooted it worked like a charm and I was able to login and upgrade the rest of the system like normally. You might experience a driver that wasn’t downloaded and you will have to go fetch that driver from either Microsoft or from the vendor in question. After all that, I was very pleased that it wasn’t going to be a hard repair and it was actually a simple repair other than making sure the important files was saved for my client!