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Windows 7 startup repair

Post by CG_8273 on 1st February 2012, 3:52 pm

I was wondering when I need to do a startup repair it always saids something about I need the Windows disk. I do have the disk. But was wondering if there is any way I can put the files needed for startup repair and it not ask for the disk? This is a Dell Inspiron 1545. I did a clean install with the disk. I know if it came from Dell and I never cleaned installed and I needed a repair it would not ask for the disk because somehow dell sets it up that way and so does other OEM's. Just wondering about this so I would not have to grab my disk everytime. I may be somewhere and not have my disk with me.

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Re: Windows 7 startup repair

Post by Jan2011 on 2nd February 2012, 2:55 pm

You shouldn't normally be seeing the Startup Repair on the screen. If it's happening regularly, you need to address the problem. It could be a failing hard drive.

When the Startup Repair comes up it's because there's a problem with Windows. Windows can't load. So you won't be able to get to files on your C drive. Therefore you can't put the files there.

You could partition your hard drive and put the files on another partition. I don't know how you'd direct the Startup Repair to look for the files there. It's programmed to look for a disk.

Personally, I don't think it can be done.

Here's a little link that describes the Startup Repair process
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722188%28WS.10%29.aspx

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Re: Windows 7 startup repair

Post by CG_8273 on 2nd February 2012, 4:51 pm

@Jan2011 wrote:You shouldn't normally be seeing the Startup Repair on the screen. If it's happening regularly, you need to address the problem. It could be a failing hard drive.

When the Startup Repair comes up it's because there's a problem with Windows. Windows can't load. So you won't be able to get to files on your C drive. Therefore you can't put the files there.

You could partition your hard drive and put the files on another partition. I don't know how you'd direct the Startup Repair to look for the files there. It's programmed to look for a disk.

Personally, I don't think it can be done.

Here's a little link that describes the Startup Repair process
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722188%28WS.10%29.aspx


OK Well it's not asking for startup repair. I was just asking for when it does ask because it has asked before. There has to be a way somehow to direct it to look for files needed for the repair. Dell and other OEM's do this ive seen it done. I remember back in the days of Windows 98. When I would install Windows 98 then later install a printer or other hardware it would ask for the 98 CD. Then I got a computer with a custom 98 boot disk. What it did was load all the cab files to a Win98 folder. This was also useful if you needed to reinstall 98 without formatting. I could boot up with a normal Windows 98 boot disk and run setup. Also when I wouyld make a boot disk it would know the files were in the Win98 folder. This is what I am wanting to do is have the files there just incase I need them. I am about to do a full reinstall because of some issues I am having and I would like to get the needed files set up when I install Windows.

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Re: Windows 7 startup repair

Post by CG_8273 on 2nd February 2012, 9:46 pm

Just an update. I double checked the startup repair without the Windows DVD. I have an HP Desktop. I tapped F8 on startup then Repair My Computer and it went to the repair without asking for a disk. HP does not send the same type of recovery disk that Dell sends. Dell sends OEM OS Disk branded with the Dell logo. HP Sends a recovery image disk. There must be a folder that HP puts somewhere and they edit the bootloader or whatever to direct it to look for the repair files. I downloaded a Windos 7 repair disk I could copy the files to a folder but how would I go about getting it to look for it? Back in the 98 days you could show it where to look. My Dell laptop is the one that ask for the disk.

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Re: Windows 7 startup repair

Post by Jan2011 on 2nd February 2012, 9:53 pm

Windows 98 put the .cab files in a folder in the same partition that it booted to. To get to these files you must have already been booted into Windows.

HP and other manufactures have a separate partition for the recovery files. They have a boot utility for handling the Startup repair.

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Re: Windows 7 startup repair

Post by CG_8273 on 3rd February 2012, 12:46 am

That does remind me. The HP does have like a 200 MB hidden partition at the beginning of the drive and a Recovery Partition that's not hidden but the files are hidden. The 200 MB I remeber now I was told it was for repair. I just remembered this. But The 200 MB is different than the Recovery Partition. When I said recovery files in a folder for Windows 7 I meant repair files for the startup repair. Maybe there is a way I can copy the Windows 7 Repair CD I made to a folder.
If I click start > and type "repair" in the search the optition comes up to make a repair disk.. I never knew that. I downloaded my repair disk from Microsoft. So that must mean the files are somewhere on my drive in order for it to be able to make a repair disk from my computer.


I just looked in my C drive on my Dell laptop. There is a folder called "Recovery" I put my mouse over it and it said "folder is empty" but I checked the properties and it said it was like 376 MB. That may be the startup repair folder and the files are hidden even when I have show all files enabled.

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