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My Windows 7 Computer Won't Start! What Can I Do??

Windows 7 Won't Start

If you’ve used a computer for any length of time, most likely you’ve experienced the frustration of powering up your system and finding it will not reach Windows. Blue screens, lock-ups, and automatic reboots all are tasks that can make getting into Windows a bit more challenging.

Fortunately, in Windows 7, the computer gods have answered our prayers. If Windows is unable to start up, it will automatically try to fix the problem for you. If it can’t, you will be taken to a menu with various options to help you try to repair the problem on your own.

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One of the biggest helps in this menu is the ability to access System Restore from the System Recovery Options screen. This is useful because if you’ve installed an application that inhibits your access of Windows, System Restore will allow you to revert to an earlier time before that program was installed.

There are a number of other tools available, all of which can help you resolve problems on your own before calling your local technician or Microsoft.

It is worth noting though that there are things that this tool cannot resolve. If you have a hardware problem, such as a corrupted hard drive, this will not necessarily fix the issues. If you have a virus and it has done serious damage to your system, you might need to wipe and reinstall your system. The best protection for any computer user is to always make sure that the critical data which you have on your computer system is always backed up, ideally to an off-site location.

For more information on Windows 7 System Recovery Options, visit


+1 #2 Curtis Sveinsson 2013-06-10 09:15
Quoting Paula Smalley:
My windows won't start and I don't get the system recovery options screen. I was given the option when windows was loading to repair but it failed. What is my next step or is my computer shot?


Try starting Windows in Safe Mode by pressing F8 when Windows is booting up. From Safe Mode you should be able to do a system recovery or repair. If that does not resolve your issue, I suggest taking your computer to a local repair shop to see if they can save any of the information on your hard drive. You will most likely need to re-install Windows at this point (if the hard drive is still good).
+4 #1 Paula Smalley 2013-06-06 18:55
My windows won't start and I don't get the system recovery options screen. I was given the option when windows was loading to repair but it failed. What is my next step or is my computer shot?

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