Since yesterday my main Windows 7 computer (an HP portable) won't boot. The apparent cause was a disk error, which seems to be fixed (but not sure, as chkdsk went fine. At first it couldn't find the boot loader (which I fixed with
bootrec), and later complained of I/O errors in winload, later in other drivers.
- System restore fails with a broken system.sav
- System repair says the system is OK (but it did repair a few issues). Still its log shows problems
- I replaced drivers from the original CD (which might have been a bad idea), but fixed some more
sfc /scannowsays everything is OK (even specific file)
Do I have any options left apart from doing a full reinstall? (which apparently won't preserve my settings, as I cannot do an update from Windows -- it won't boot)
I've spent 8+ hours trying a few things!