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You should cancel the startup repair since it should take only minutes for it to do its job, not hours! Please restart the computer and check if Windows can start normally.
Let me know the results.
Please press the power button on your computer and hold it until the computer has been shut down. After that, power it back on and let me know what happens.
It seems that something has happened to boot files which are needed to properly load Windows 7.
Please restart the computer and then keep pressing the F8 key rapidly until you see the Advanced Boot Options menu. Once you see that menu, select the Repair Your Computer option and press Enter. Wait for a while and follow the on-screen instructions. You should get to the window that has several repair options. Select System Restore there.
When you click on System Restore, follow the on-screen instructions where you can choose one restore point based on a date to revert system settings back to that date (when all worked fine). Wait for the process to finish and it will automatically restart the computer. Hopefully, the problem will be gone. Don't worry about your personal files as they won't be affected by System Restore.
You can shut down the computer, power it back on and try again with the F8 key.
If that doesn't work, you will need to have a Windows 7 disc so that you can access the repair options.
In case you don't have any disk, you can download the necessary files to create a Windows 7 repair disk.
I will provide the full instructions, but first, let me know if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit of Windows 7 installed.
Thanks for the information!
Please click on the link below to download the ISO file for the Windows 7 64-bit repair disc:
Once downloaded, you will need to burn it onto a blank CD using any image burning program. You can use a program called Free ISO Burner which can be downloaded on this link:
Start Free ISO Burner and insert a blank CD. Click Open and locate the ISO file you downloaded and then click Burn. After you have burned the disc, eject it and insert it into your affected computer. Restart the computer and set booting from the CD/DVD drive.
You will be asked to press any key to continue. Select the language and the existing Windows 7 installation. Once you come to the "System Recovery Options" screen, you can choose between several repair options. My suggestion is to go with the System Restore to restore Windows and program settings to an earlier point in time, when all worked fine. To do that, click on System Restore. You can check the "Show more restore points" check-box there so that you can see all available restore points. Choose one and continue.
If the restoration worked, your Windows 7 computer will restart and boot normally.
In case you encounter problems, I am here to help you further.
Were you able to access the System Restore as suggested?
Let me know the status of your Windows 7 computer. Has anything changed since yesterday?
Please tell me if your computer is a laptop computer or a desktop computer.
Please boot the Windows 7 Repair Disc again and once you see the "System Recovery Options" screen, select Command Prompt.
There execute these two commands:
Note that there is a space after "bootrec". I am attaching a picture of how it should look like. See it below.
After you see that both of the commands completed successfully, exit the Command Prompt window and click on Restart.
Remove the Windows 7 Repair Disc and check the results.
Since none of the repair options worked, I am starting to believe something has happened to the hard disk drive that contains the Windows installation files.
For that reason, I suggest disconnecting the hard disk drive and cleaning both the the hard disk drive and the cables of dust. There may not be any dust, but disconnecting and reconnecting the hard disk drive could solve the problem. After reconnecting it, check if Windows will boot as before.
In order to get to the hard disk drive, you will need to unscrew several screws on the computer housing. It shouldn't be that hard to do it.
Please restart the computer and keep pressing the F1 key. That should take you to the BIOS.
Once you are there, enter the System Summary.
Let me know what you see for detected SATA drives.
OK. A hard disk drive has been detected; however, I am not quite sure what happened since Windows cannot boot properly.
Do you happen to have a Lenovo recovery disk?
Please try again with the Windows 7 Repair Disc:
On the "System Recovery Options" screen, select Startup Repair. See what happens.
No, it should be detected right away.
I don't know what else to suggest you. It looks either the current the Windows installation has been corrupted, or something has happened to the hard disk drive since none of the repair options can fully detect Windows and repair it.