I have a Windows 7 machine that has been running reliably for 2 years and I have been keeping up to date via Microsoft updates. I shut it down for the night and it began doing updates. In the morning it was in a continuous reboot loop.
The machine boots through the BIOS normally. Then the
Starting Windows screen with logo comes up. After a few seconds the
Applying update operation <nnn> of <mmmm> text appears very briefly. Then the screen goes black except for the mouse cursor. Then it starts the BIOS boot again.
Each time the
<nnn> in the message is different, usually between 200 and 300.
I cannot get F8 to bring up the Startup/Repair menu, as is normally possible during boot.
I have booted from my DVD and selected the Repair option at the bottom. None of the options on the repair dialog are useful.
Startup Repair says it can't do anything.
There are no Operating Systems listed on the
System Recovery Options dialog.
There are no
System Images available.
Because the system does begin booting from the hard drive, into the Applying updates stage, I don't think this is a typical crashed hard drive. I'm wondering if the repair options are all gone simply due to the altered boot process used by updates.
Any ideas for how to get out of this without a fresh install?
UPDATE: I used MiniTool's Partiton Wizard and was able to confirm that all of my files were still there, but there was no
Windows folder. So I don't think any form of recovery will work. Backing up the data file, clean install, restore.