Laptop running Windows 7 Professional hangs on the 'Startup Repair' before booting into Windows. I have left this screen on for over 5 hours (searching for problems) and nothing happens (clicking cancel does not do anything either, it just hangs)

I have attempted to boot via safe mode/safe mode with networking/safe mode with command prompt (Startup Repair comes up and I get the same problem)

I inserted my Windows 7 Professional disc and launched off this. I selected 'Repair' instead of 'Install'. It hangs on the 'detecting window installations' screen (over 5 hours I have left it on this screen) and it does not detect my install.

Is there anyway to repair a Windows 7 system keeping in mind neither safe mode,repair of a install disc nor startup repair seems to be working.

Most examples I could find on the Internet said just insert the install disc and boot of this, that's all well and good but I can't get any further then 'detecting your windows installation'.


Well, make sure the disc is healthy by scanning with the manufacturers diagnostic utility.

If that checks out, you could slave the drive and run a chkdsk on it or boot with some live media like BartPE to run chkdsk/recover files etc.

Chkdsk IME saves the day when it comes to more brutal booting issues.

  • I will give those suggestions a go. Thanks Scandalist – dlyxzen Jul 18 '13 at 6:26
  • As a future reference, don't accept the answer unless it solved your problem. – Scandalist Jul 18 '13 at 6:30

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