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MonkeyFinger
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« on: July 03, 2012, 04:03:36 AM »

My little brother's Windows 7 desktop seems to be stuck in some kind of Groundhog Day 'startup repair' loop. He told me he had "some kind of blue screen" Sunday morning and now every time it boots it chugs away for awhile and then puts up a list of options with the subject as the title.  From there he can "Send information about this problem" or "Don't send".

The details of the problem show "Problem signature 07: CorruptFile" but there's no indication that I can see from the other "signatures" what the actual file is that might be corrupt. The fact that he lives in another state and we're troubleshooting by him sending me cellphone screenshots complicates this. We tried some things I found poking around, specifically going to the command prompt and trying the bootrec commands to "/fixmbr" and "/fixboot" both of which were successful but neither of which changed the behaviour. He's tried to restore a system image, it finds one from May 8th but any attempt to restore it "cannot be completed" and fails. We tried going into Safe Mode for grins, he was able to hit F8 and initiate it but all that got him was right back to the "Startup Repair cannot" screen. Everything we try just ends up taking us back there. icon_confused

Any ideas on where to go from here?
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 04:14:17 AM »

So nut'n, eh? Bummer.  icon_frown

He managed to get his hands on a UBCD4Win disk from someone that he works with but I have no idea how to employ the alleged arsenal of tools it contains to troubleshoot (let alone solve) this. Anyone used one before or have any pointers?
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 08:01:15 AM »

From what I can find on Google (I haven't had this problem before myself) you also need to run

bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd

after running bootrec /fixmbr and /fixboot

Then you need to run Startup Repair or do a System Restore from a known good point.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 01:27:58 PM »

Thanks, I'll have him give those a shot.
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