Windows 7 Repair Startup Guide

Windows 7 Install Guides

Microsoft's Windows 7 Ultimate Startup Repair Guide step by step



Welcome to Microsoft's Windows 7 Ultimate startup repair Guide step by step. This guide is step by step and should be used when trying to repair boot problems. This is Recommended when you have no access to your operating system or even when windows won't start at all.

If you have just installed Windows 7, and it refuses to boot then it is very unlikely that the startup repair guide will be of any help.

Special Notes:

  • Check for USB keys, external hard drives, floppy disks in floppy drive, CD's in dvd-dri0ve, etc etc, check BIOS and make sure your hard drive is in the list for bootable drives, (it should be N.1) you could also change the harddrive so that it becomes the N.1 boot device.

  • If your hard drive is not seen during the repair then you will require SATA/RAID drivers from the PC manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer. See our other guides for "No Hard Drive" installs.


  1. Your Windows 7 Ultimate DVD or CD's

  2. Windows 7 COA, or serial number.

  3. Your computer Plugged into Mains Power

  4. Electric supply running to your house.

  5. A Computer, with the usual accessories (Mouse, monitor, keyboard etc)

  6. CD-ROM/DVD Drive.

To start this Windows install insert the DVD/CD from the desktop. The DVD/CD Should  run on reboot of your PC. If not then make sure the drive is set to first boot in the BIOS, see this Windows 7 BIOS guide for more info.


Special Notes:

  • Problems installing Windows, or after installing then try upgrading your BIOS to the latest version (BIOS upgrade can be obtained from the PC manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer.)

  • Also download the latest SATA/RAID Drivers, as older ones may not work.

  • Check your system is within the minimal hardware requirements as laid down by Microsoft. Click here

  • A common piece of hardware to cause install errors is "Memory", your install CD has "Memory diagnostics", run this from the "7" disk to rule it out or replace as needed.

  • Also for missing "New" hard drives make sure they are seen in the BIOS and are fitted correctly.


The Beginning

First message you will see is "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD", press space bar to begin the Repair install. If keyboard is not working then enter BIOS and enable Keyboard MSDOS support or USB legacy support.

Refer to your motherboard/PC manufacturer for further information on enabling DOS support for USB keyboards.

Windows 7 will begin to load.....

Windows 7 will now start the repair/install procedure.

First you need to select your language, then Time and currency...

Next set your Keyboard Language. This may have changed correctly when "Time and Currency" option was selected, if not change as needed. Click "Next£ to continue.

Now the "Install Windows 7" screen will appear, Click on "Repair your Computer" to continue.

NOTE: Other options on this page are covered in other guides available at the Windows 7 section of

Repair menu will load...

First you need to select the correct install, click on this in the white box and then click on "Next" to continue

Now select "Startup Repair" from the "Recovery Options menu.

Startup repair will now search for problems that are preventing boot.

You may now be prompted to try "System Restore" to resolve your boot issues, press "Cancel", this can be attempted later (See other repair options).

Windows 7 will now attempt to repair your "Startup" issues.

This may take sometime :)

Once done the following screen will appear. If you want information on the repair then click on "Click here for diagnostic and repair details"......

DIAGNOSTIC AND REPAIR DETAILS: Clicking on "Click here for diagnostic and repair details" will.......

DIAGNOSTIC AND REPAIR DETAILS: this menu, scroll up and down for required information, once finished click on "Close" click finish, for your PC to reboot and complete repairs.

Ignore the "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" message, press no key and allow Windows to start.

and with any luck......

you will be back on your Windows 7 desktop.