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I changed some settings in msconfig.exe on my computer. Then I booted and advanced. Then I changed my cores from 1 to 4. I'm almost positve that my computer is only 1 core and is an Intel i3. Now Windows won't start and I can't use System Restore.


I have tried 2 system restores and "Last Known Good Configuration".

I am running Windows 7, not Vista or XP.

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Give us some more information. "Then boot and then advanced" -- what does that mean? Did you reboot? What settings did you change in msconfig.exe specifically? The i3 is a dual core, by the way. How does "Windows not start"? Do you get an error message? How far do you get? Please edit your question to include more details... –  slhck Jul 24 '11 at 15:29
    
superuser.com/questions/314439/i-screwed-up-my-cores The new queston –  user91516 Jul 24 '11 at 16:16
    
@Slhck I ran Msconfig.exe, there is a boot tab and i clicked it. Then i clicked advanced options and then changed the amount of cores running from 1 to 4 and my laptop needed a restart. I got to Starting Windows and then Startup Repair comes on my screen. –  Josh Lord Jul 24 '11 at 17:18
    
You've changed the bootloader. Any options without a separate DVD is impossible. –  surfasb Jul 24 '11 at 19:40
    
I'm almost positve that my computer is only 1 core and is an Intel i3 An i3 has two physical cores and can operate in a mode such that it appears as four logical cores. –  ta.speot.is Nov 3 '12 at 22:59

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There is no way you'll be able to boot this from the harddrive. The msconfig setting you changed is in the bootloader. Thus the kernel stalls right at boot.

You'll have to boot from a DVD and replace the bootloader.

The setting you change is a debug setting. By default Windows uses all your cores. This setting was initially used to troubleshoot the HAL layer, since there are two different HALs for single and multicore processors.

I implore you to either read Microsoft's technet or get some advice before you start messing with the MSconfig settings. . .

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Try hitting F8 on boot up before Windows starts (the same as where you would select Safe Mode), and load the "Last known good configuration".

Last known good is written only after you have logged in, and since you have not logged in since, it should work.

Since that did not work, you will need to use System Restore from a command prompt in "Safe Mode Command Prompt Only". Follow this Microsoft document on exactly how to do it:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449

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@Josh Lord If neither of the above worked, I have a strong suspicion you will need to boot to your Windows 7 DVD and do a repair install. It will not harm your programs, documents, or formerly good settings, but hopefully it will fix your problem. Use the add comment to reply, not edits please. –  KCotreau Jul 24 '11 at 17:03
    
@KCotreau I cant find my windows 7 disk... –  Josh Lord Jul 24 '11 at 17:09
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@Josh Lord see this answer for links to get copies of the iso from Microsoft's official digital distributor –  Scott Chamberlain Jul 24 '11 at 19:58
    
@Scott Chamberlain Good catch. I should have mentioned those links. –  KCotreau Jul 24 '11 at 21:09

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