Startup Repair is a Window's recovery
tool specifically intended to fix Start-up problems by replacing missing
or damaged system boot files that maybe preventing Windows from starting
correctly. When you run Startup Repair, it scans your computer for the
problem(s) and then tries to fix it automatically so your computer can
start correctly. NOTE: It cannot detect or fix
hardware failures nor does it help against virus attacks and their
Now this is the most
important 'Tech Tip" I can give you - Run Startup Repair 3 times back to back. Since the introduction of Startup Repair Techies
have come to learn that Startup Repair can be overwhelmed when
there are various types of repairs necessary at the same time. The trick
is that sometimes and in certain situations it becomes absolutely
necessary to do as many as 3 separate Startup Repairs with a
system restart between each repair. There is no guarantee this will
fix your problem...but if it is the fix and you don't do it...well; Are
you in a hurry...or do you want it fixed?
The reason for running Startup Repair up to three times is:
Startup Repair first attempts to restore your system to an
earlier time to resolve possible registry corruption or damage.
It then runs SFC /SCANNOW to check for corrupted Windows files.
It may also run a disk check and attempt to automatically fix the
Running Startup Repair from the Windows Installation
You will boot from the Win7/Vista installation recovery DVD/USB.
Turn on your PC and insert the installation DVD/USB and then turn off
and restart the computer.
If you are prompted to Press any key to boot from CD or
DVD... do so. If you do not press a key before the message
disappears, the computer will not boot using the DVD/USB and you will
have to turn off and reboot and do this again. If the item just isn't
being recognized and does not boot you most likely will need to set your Boot
may see this screen during boot up. The top choice is chosen by
default. If you're repairing a x64 Windows then you need to choose the bottom
choice: x64 Recovery Mode.ONLY
change this for REPAIRS...NOT INSTALLS! This
screen passes quickly.
Then the following screens below will appear.
After your computer has booted from the DVD/USB select your language
and then press Next, as shown below..
Click on Repair your computer as shown
You must now choose the operating system that you would like to
repair. For most users there will only be one option listed. Select
(click and highlight) the operating system you wish to repair and click
Next as shown below. NOTE: If your list is empty and no
OS is shown, then just click NEXT anyway and
continue...Startup Repair is the usual fix for this
(more info on an Empty
OS Box Fix).
System Recovery Options will then appear, as shown
below. Click Startup Repair.
Windows will now begin (it's first) scan and repair. Whatever
happens...even if you get an error that the repair was unsuccessful, just continue with trying 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. If
not return to Startup Repair and run it again (2 of 3
In most cases in the midst of the scanning process you will normally
be offered an opportunity to do a RESTORE (another
option to consider...) just click cancel to continue with the
this point we have two possible outcomes:
Outcome No1: Windows finds problems and asks to repair them. If
With a successful scan you will see ( pic 1 or 2) one of the
screens below,...but first, go ahead remove the Recovery DVD/USB from
the PC for our test booting..
If you click the 'details" link (squared in red) you will be shown
what the cause of the problem was and the repair made (pic 3). To
continue with the repair either click Finish or
Repair and restart your computer, whichever applies
Now attempt to boot your computer as you normally would.
If the problem persists reinsert your Windows DVD/USB again and
continue to the next Step.
Attention: You have
to run Startup Repair option two more times before
continuing to the next step because Startup Repair in
most cases must run three (3) times until it fixes all problems. If
the problem persists put your Recovery Media on the CD/DVD drive again
and continue to the next Step.
Outcome No.2: Startup Repair could not detect a problem.
If this is the first or second scan...continue till you have a
full 3 scans and restarts by clicking Finish. Feel
free to click 'details' for more information.
You will be presented with the request to send a report to
Windows...choose as you will.