What did I do to my poor computer and how can I undo it?
November 16, 2011 6:15 AM Subscribe
Crap! My computer is borked and I don't know what to do about it. System Restore can't seem to find Windows, either.
posted by Scientist to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So last night, my computer was running fine. This morning, it won't boot. Right after it gets done with the bios, I just get a flashing cursor (Like this: ) which never progresses any further. Can't get to the boot options menu, can't get to safe mode, can't even get a damn Windows logo. (This is Windows 7 we're dealing with here, by the way.)
My first thought was that the pirated software I installed last night might've snuck something nasty past my scanner or just screwed up some settings. Also Windows installed an update before shutdown, and it's crossed my mind that maybe something went wrong there. Either way, I put my installation disk in the drive and reboot with the thought that I can just roll everything back to the most recent restore point and be on my way. That works fine inasmuch as I can get to the installation menu and everything, but when I get into System Restore the damn thing claims that it can't find Windows on any of my drives. Most alarming!
Next I pop in a Linux recovery DVD, which is where I am now. When I take a look at my drives I can see Windows there, with its folder and seemingly all the other system-related gunk that would normally be in it. So it's there, but possibly damaged beyond recognition somehow?
Anyway, I have no idea what to do next. Should I try reinstalling Windows 7 from scratch? Should I wipe the drive first? Is there a virus scanner or some other repair program I could run from a live DVD that might help, or maybe you know some way of forcing System Restore to see my Windows installation? I'm not really sure what to do. Help!