Issues with my Desktop Computer

  geek84 19:35 25 Feb 2019

Hi Folks My desktop runs on Windows 7 Home Edition. It has been working perfectly until last week. When I start it up, the screen fills up with messages and various characters and the last line says 'Press F1 to load default values and continue'. After pressing F1 another message appears saying 'launch startup repair (recommended)'. When I click on that, another message appears stating 'Do you want to restore your computer using system restore', and it has 2 boxes at the bottom Restore and Cancel.

After clicking on Restore, another box appears stating 'Startup repair is checking your system for problems.' Eventually, it says 'Start up repair cannot repair this computer automatically' and gives 2 options of sending a report and not sending a report. When I click the 2nd option, the computer turns off'.

Could someone be kind enough to advice how I can resolve this issue?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:35 25 Feb 2019

I'm assuming it's an old machine?

First message may be due to the CMOS battery needing changing (a cheap easy job to do) and might even cure the second problem.

If not then do you have a win 7 DVD - boot from that and do the start up repair.

  LV426 10:53 26 Feb 2019

It could well have been the bios battery and windows did not load properly, prompting the repair, if you get it to boot again dismiss any repairs and launch windows normally if that is an option. The fact that windows was running fine before suggests a misload and not impending doom.

  KEITH 1955 11:35 26 Feb 2019

have you ever unplugged the pc or pressed power button to shut it down due to a lock up that prevented you from shutting it down correctly. I did that once on one of my pc and corrupted the registry so was unable to repair itself during start up , I had to use recovery disc to re-boot to factory settings.

  geek84 20:26 26 Feb 2019

Hi Folks

Many thanks for your replies.

I bought the machine in 2010 and do sometimes use the power button to turn off the machine if it is taking too long to turn off in the usual manner.

To solve my issue, do you think I should insert the windows 7 cd and run it?

If so, my next problem is I can't find the cd !!

  KEITH 1955 21:05 26 Feb 2019

what make of pc do you have , some pc such as Packard bell have a recovery program in a hidden part of the hard drive , this will get you back to the day you bought the machine , ie never used ! .

as soon as you turn the pc on keep tapping f8 ( some pc like Packard bell use f5 ) , if you are lucky you might just get to desktop by selecting safe mode, if you can do this look in all your folders in list of programs that come up when you click the start logo bottom left.

if you do find a recovery program you will have several options , reboot to never used state , reinstall windows , and re install pre installed software ,,,, choose reboot to factory settings but before you do this back up anything you don't want to loose.

  wee eddie 21:10 26 Feb 2019

If you are doing as Keith advises (it's good advice) remember that it will destroy all your files.

So you will need a backup of all your personal and business stuff

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:53 27 Feb 2019

You can download from Microsoft and burn a new CD or put it on a bootable USB but yo will need your serial key.

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