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Hi everybody, on Wednesday night I shut my PC down after receiving the usual message about "2 Windows Updates". I waited till it shut down completely then turned the power off at the mains as I have received an horrific electricity bill recently.Next morning it went into Repair Mode and nothing I was able to do would enable it recover - I mean absolutely nothing. I eventually pressed the 'Multi Bios' switch and it booted into Ubuntu One which gives me basic internet access but if I try to Update it or access any of my files I receive a message about 'Root Password required' but I have no idea where to get this. I tried downloading Ubuntu 12.4 but had no idea how to install it and found the online instructions impossible to understand.
As a further complication although I bought W7 Pro 32 and 64 Bit I lost the 64 bit disc and although I have the ISO file for W7 Pro 64 on an external HDD plus 2 backups I have no idea how to install or restore these.
Any thoughts?
post #2 of 17
Hi.
Did you try to boot in Win in safe mode?
Once there, run
SFC /scannow
And scan for viruses.
If anything is OC'ed,revert to stock.
And do a Clear CMOS
   
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    Have you tried System Restore?  If not, boot your computer with one of those Windows 7 discs that you have.  When you get to the "Install now" page, select "Repair your computer."  (The individual steps in that process can be seen here, where you will be executing steps 1 through 6).  At that point, click "System Restore" and restore your computer to an earlier date.

    Failing other options, you could restore your most recent backup.  If your backup is a system image backup made with Windows Backup, the instructions below should restore your computer to the state of the backup you select:
    To restore a backup made by Windows Backup, you'll need to boot your computer with one of those Windows 7 discs that you have.  When you get to the "Install now" page, select "Repair your computer."  (The individual steps in that process can be seen here, where you will be executing steps 1 through 5).  At that point, you'll click "Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier."  Then click [Next] and follow the onscreen instructions.  Note that this will revert your files to the version in your backup.  If this is a problem, let me know, and I'll tell you how to copy your files to a USB flashstick (or any other device, for that matter).

    I hope that helps!  smile.gif
 
Edited by Techie007 - 5/12/13 at 9:11am
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post #4 of 17
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Did all that it appears that Windows is either not there or my system doesn't see it. Cleared CMOS and got stuck in an endless loop for a while. The only thing that has saved me is Multi Bios. I have temporaily removed everything from my PCI-E slots including my C/D drive but except my GPU. Everything appears to work, just not properly. Ubuntu will not allow me to burn the W7 ISO to a disc either. Its like everything I think of theres something stops me doing it. I tried downloading W7 ISO to my phone but even over Wifi it took 4 hours and still didn't finish it so I abandoned it.
post #5 of 17
Try these.
1. Unplug-replug everything
2. Try different SATA ports
3. Not familiar with Ubuntu, but try scanning your drives for errors.
   
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post #6 of 17
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1. I will try that tomorrow.
2. That too though the problem seems to be OS based.
3. I can't access any of my drives or files as Ubuntu regards me as a "guest" and wants a mysterious "root password" which I do not know.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by PinzaC55 View Post

1. I will try that tomorrow.
2. That too though the problem seems to be OS based.
3. I can't access any of my drives or files as Ubuntu regards me as a "guest" and wants a mysterious "root password" which I do not know.

I bet that the win updates messed things up. Many reported issues lately.
   
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post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Grmadness View Post

I bet that the win updates messed things up. Many reported issues lately.
Possibly. I can only think that I turned the power off before the updates "settled in" as this rig has never given any probs in the 7 months I have had it - not even a BSOD.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by PinzaC55 View Post

Did all that it appears that Windows is either not there or my system doesn't see it. Cleared CMOS and got stuck in an endless loop for a while. The only thing that has saved me is Multi Bios. I have temporaily removed everything from my PCI-E slots including my C/D drive but except my GPU. Everything appears to work, just not properly. Ubuntu will not allow me to burn the W7 ISO to a disc either. Its like everything I think of theres something stops me doing it. I tried downloading W7 ISO to my phone but even over Wifi it took 4 hours and still didn't finish it so I abandoned it.

    Try what I said in my first post anyway.  Boot the computer from your Windows 7 32-bit installation DVD.  After clicking "Repair my computer", when you get to this step, I would like to know if it detects your OS and C:\ drive or not (it should be in the listbox after the "scanning" window goes away).  If it does, you can proceed to System Restore; or alternately, you can click "Command Prompt"
  From that Command Prompt, you can:
    • Run chkdsk by typing "chkdsk D: /f" and pressing [Enter].  (unless you saw otherwise, your system disk will probably be D:\ in this environment).
    • Browse your computer as if you were in Windows by typing "regedit" at the Command Prompt and pressing [Enter].  When Registry Editor opens, click "File\Import".  You now have a mini-explorer that you can browse your computer with.  Find the folders you wish to copy, and right-click them and click "Copy" and then navigate to your destination media (USB flashdrive, SD card, another HDD, etc.) and right-click in an empty space in the navigation pane, and click "Paste."  When you're done, close Registry Editor's Import window (don't import anything).
 
Edited by Techie007 - 5/13/13 at 5:41am
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post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Techie007 View Post

    Try what I said in my first post anyway.  Boot the computer from your Windows 7 32-bit installation DVD.  After clicking "Repair my computer", when you get to this step, I would like to know if it detects your OS and C:\ drive or not (it should be in the listbox after the "scanning" window goes away).  If it does, you can proceed to System Restore; or alternately, you can click "Command Prompt" and run chkdsk from there first.
    If you want to copy some important files from your HDD, click "Command Prompt" to open the command prompt.  Then, type "regedit" and press [Enter].  When Registry Editor opens, click "File\Import".  You now have a mini-explorer that you can browse your computer with.  Find the folders you wish to copy, and right-click them and click "Copy" and then navigate to your destination media (USB flashdrive, SD card, another HDD, etc.) and right-click in an empty space in the navigation pane, and click "Paste."  When you're done, close Registry Editor's Import window (don't import anything).

Thanks for that. Although I am OK with the 'building' side of PC's I am useless when it comes to Command Prompt and stuff like that. Luckily I had my photo's etc on F drive (an OCZ Vertex 3) and I think they are OK.
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