Startup Repair In Windows 7

As Windows 7 comes closer to its release, we see evidence of some of the things learned from Vista. The only feature that really struck me as a move in what will potentially be the right direction is known as the Startup Repair for Windows 7.

Not to be confused with System Restore, the idea behind Startup Repair is that you can utilize it to recover from startup problems that might be cause from a driver update gone wrong, broken MBR or other non-malware startup issues. Sounds like a fantastic idea, right? Perhaps not so much for geeks…

According to this take on the repair tool, one user is finding it to be more of a hindrance than a help. Apparently knowing how to get to last known good configuration is not an option any longer? According to this user’s account, this would translate into going into a redudent process that essentially does nothing to help using the repair tool described above. In this guy’s instance, using System Restore got him out of the issue, but speaking as someone who always turned that tool off as a waste of resources, this does not strike me as a real solution.

What say you? Any experience with the Startup Repair Tool? Hit the comments; share your experiences on  it.

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  • http://billjaquette.net Bill

    Startup Repair is useful for small, minor problems such as needing chkdsk, or System Restore, but it is MUCH more limited than the old Windows XP Repair Installation, which is no longer available in Windows Vista or (as far as I know) Windows 7. Clients have been less than pleased when a problem that in XP could be taken care of with a simple repair, now requires a fresh install.

  • Matt

    I think this tool is more headache than help… after plugging in another sata hard drive to pull some data off I continuously get this thing popping up, wasting my time, and restarting my computer. It was a simple hot-plug hard drive that should not have effected my boot at all… no options other than to let it run… very annoying.

  • Bill Swensen

    I noticed that too when adding a new hard drive that should have worked because there was nothing wrong with the hard drive and it happened to be on the computer before but I took it off and used it for something else, deleted the files and just wanted to put it back on… Although it went through the startup fix the first time and didn’t work after I shut it down it tried it a few more times and fixed the problem…

  • Raiden Delter

    i know how to do this kind of thing but i need to ask a question. I installed Win 7 with my flash drive and deleted the ISO promptly after. considering Win 7 has the same boot sequence as Windows Vista would it be theoretically possible to do the startup repair with a vista disk?? if so Win 7 is saved (it fataly crashed and now wont boot).

  • Thomas Davey

    The startup repair system doesnt really allow you to do much when you’ve installed XP on one drive and win7 on the other, without the xp drive you cant get the boot loader up to open win7, so to repair it, you need to ave both drives in to have win7 detected, and if you fix the mbr on win7, its exactly the same as it was before, the xp drive CANNOT be removed and have win7 work. its silly,

  • Falcon4

    It may be worth noting that the annoying option can be bypassed, and the regular F8 menu brought up, by doing JUST THAT – mashing F8 before the computer starts up. There, you can access Last Known as well as Safe Mode, etc. Just the same as XP’s annoying “hay, your computer didn’t start up rite!” message that also hides useful options. I’d think MS would have learned and IMPROVED the process instead of making it less intuitive.

    Meanwhile, Startup Repair also fixes nothing for me in trying to fix my startup-hang issue. MS still hasn’t done anything to help diagnose hanging startup drivers/processes, and Startup Repair is stumped where Last Known usually works.

    Why the hell can’t MS just have the startup repair do several “test runs” of the startup process and diagnose it that way? They designed all the hooks and calls that make such a utility possible, and yet they don’t use it? *sigh* I don’t think they’ll ever learn.

  • Jordan

    I hate it. It’s taking FOREVER for my pc to boot and the only issue is a codec pack not playing nice…really not a fun thing to deal with..

  • David

    Hate it.

    I just spent 30 minutes looking at the Startup Repair screen. It has only one button enabled…the Cancel button. Press that and you get a message “this action cannot be canceled at this time”. Nice. After 30 minutes of spinning it tells me that it can’t resolve my issue and reboots. This time everything boots magically. WTF?

    This isn’t an isolated instance. It happened twice this weekend, and each instance the Startup Repair failed to resolve any issues.

  • 1wqwqwq

    I dunno bout the startup repair crap but my pc is so slow and unresponsive with a catalogue of errors, i looked them up and all ms say is this should not affect ur system its ur fault for pushing the release of windows 7 lmao

  • David Turner

    Startup repair is 0-8 for me. I keep getting registry corruption and “os loader cannot find boot loader” errors, which startup repair appears to be impotent to fix. Some of them I have managed to fix myself from the command prompt, and some have caused me to restore from a system image.

    So my opinion is this: startup repair is useless, and Windows 7 is not ready for production environments.

  • mesh

    It is so annoying! I can’t even go to the options where it says Start Windows Normally.!! How can I pass through this Startup Repair? It always repairing?, repairing?, and repairing?…. But actually it really DOES NOT solve/repair the problem. Please help me.. I’m having this problem now.. I can’t get pass through the annoying repair!