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Normally I would try to post screen but can't take one.
This morning I go to my main pc (Win 7 HP) and it looks like it rebooted from an update but its sitting on Startup repair and it says it cannot fix the problem in this mode.
The error is in Signature 7 and says "Corrupt File." However, the detail of the error is unknown and it says "Repair has tried several times to fix the problem but can't determine what is wrong." Something like that.
Safe mode boots into the same thing.
It immediately starts "loading files" and comes to the same thing with options for recovery.

So I found this:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/corrupt-file-at-startup-can-not-start-up-win-7/b7129bd4-abf5-44e8-b136-9d9bb9a22c60

But if I try to use the install disc, Startup Repair doesn't find any problems. So I tried the fixmbr, fixboot, Repair and still nothing although at one point it booted to "disk error CTRL-ALT-DEL" to restart. But rebooting got me back to the same loop.

Other things I tried: swapping out mouse and keyboard. Force CHKDSK from recovery, no errors found. Swapping SATA ports.

So is there anyway to avoid having to reinstall? Can Knoppix help at all? I have a blank partition at F: could I install there move stuff over and then delete C:?
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post #2 of 7
I would think a reinstall would be the easiest solution at this point....
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I had a machine stuck in that cycle myself, only way out was a reinstall.
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I forgot to mention I tried Last Good Config and 3 restore points all of which completed and then failed saying something about IE temp was corrupted during the restore.

I saw someone post somewhere that they were able to figure out what the corrupt file was. Is there anyway to do this through system logs via command line? I can't get eventvwr.msc to launch and tried SFC but it won't do anything because it says "a repair is pending." I just have so much stuff, don't even think it will fit on my portable drive.
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post #5 of 7
You won't need to move anything for a re-install (if you choose). It'll keep everything and move it to windows.old, if you go that route. I don't really muck around with windows logs but I'm sure you can find out what file. Or you could find out what updates you were grabbing and possibly find out what files they affected.
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I loaded Knoppix Live and found the updates file. Last night it was only doing 4 criticals, one for Win 7 and 3 for Office, one of which was buggy according to another site-- Outlook junk email filter. But would those cause this big of an issue? It might be related to a blue screen I got last week. Didn't really find much else I could open, some .txt and .logs don't open and I forgot event files only open in event viewer. So maybe good excuse to get an ssd? Have to check the budget. But otherwise, I'll either try a reinstall or an empty partition. thanks
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Originally Posted by P3c4h2;13465844 
Normally I would try to post screen but can't take one.
This morning I go to my main pc (Win 7 HP) and it looks like it rebooted from an update but its sitting on Startup repair and it says it cannot fix the problem in this mode.
The error is in Signature 7 and says "Corrupt File." However, the detail of the error is unknown and it says "Repair has tried several times to fix the problem but can't determine what is wrong." Something like that.
Safe mode boots into the same thing.
It immediately starts "loading files" and comes to the same thing with options for recovery.

So I found this:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/corrupt-file-at-startup-can-not-start-up-win-7/b7129bd4-abf5-44e8-b136-9d9bb9a22c60

But if I try to use the install disc, Startup Repair doesn't find any problems. So I tried the fixmbr, fixboot, Repair and still nothing although at one point it booted to "disk error CTRL-ALT-DEL" to restart. But rebooting got me back to the same loop.

Other things I tried: swapping out mouse and keyboard. Force CHKDSK from recovery, no errors found. Swapping SATA ports.

So is there anyway to avoid having to reinstall? Can Knoppix help at all? I have a blank partition at F: could I install there move stuff over and then delete C:?


Since this happend when an update was being installed..bring up system restore by booting to the Windows 7 installation disk. See if you can restore to an earlier point using the disk.
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