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    Startup Repair Can't Be Cancelled - still running...

    Started the day with a corrupted Admin profile. Thought it was due to Win Updates running last couple of days so did sys restore to Saturday. After that, starting machine brought up a boot-type screen asking if I wanted to start into RAM settings or into Windows Vista (recovered).

    That didn't seem right. So I booted to a Vista Repair CD I created from a tutorial on this site and selected Startup Repair.

    After getting past the "choose your language" screen there was no OS listed on the "select your OS to repair" screen. I saw a couple of posts where folks were advised to click next anyway so I did.

    Now it's been running for about 5 hours - trying to cancel or close window brings up a message: This operation cannot be canceled.

    It says "Startup Repair is checking your system for problems..." and the progress bar is still moving at same speed across screen under which it says "attempting repairs".

    The machine's fans are running but I don't hear ANY HDD activity and no flicker on the HDD light.

    I'll need the machine to work in the morning. I've read some horror story posts about folks hard booting and wrecking their HDD.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you.
    Buck

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    Re: Startup Repair Can't Be Cancelled - still running...

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Have you tried or can you boot into safe mode if not heres how..

    Safe Mode

    Oh and is your computer a desktop or laptop

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    Re: Startup Repair Can't Be Cancelled - still running...

    So it's 15 mins after posting and Startup Repair actually finished. All checks said "ok" and successful except for the last one which said "no valid system partition found" then it said "system partition repair" "completed successfully".

    It just rebooted but did so to Win7 (which is on a 2nd HDD in the case but which was not active).

    Rather than open a profile, I shut down and then rebooted.

    The "select your OS" screen appeared again (it's a black screen with plain white type) and showed 2 OS's to choose from:

    Windows7 (recovered)
    Windows Vista (recovered)

    I chose Vista and now here I am at the startup screen like nothing happened. The Admin profile that was busted is still busted and the new one I created to replace it also doesn't work. Still getting the message: "The user profile service failed the logon."

    I used the system's hidden admin account (per tutorials in these forums) to create the new profile and then I was going to delete the old one, but it didn't work.

    So I'm not sure what to do. Do I assume that since I'm at the start up screen that everything is fine?

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    Re: Startup Repair Can't Be Cancelled - still running...

    Quote Originally Posted by americancritic View Post
    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Have you tried or can you boot into safe mode if not heres how..

    Safe Mode

    Oh and is your computer a desktop or laptop
    It's a desktop (basic system specs are entered) and at the time, I would have said NO I couldn't boot into safe mode because I couldn't cancel the Startup Repair function. But now...see above follow up post.

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    Re: Startup Repair Can't Be Cancelled - still running...

    Hello try a sfc scan and see if it will fix your computer.

    Click start...
    In the search box type cmd..
    When the popup list comes up RIGHT click on cmd.exe...
    When the command box comes up type sfc /scannow Notice there is a space between the sfc and the forward slash, after the scan is finished if there are any errors the do the sfc 3 more times as if fix's more each time it is run..

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    Re: Startup Repair Can't Be Cancelled - still running...

    Thanks for replying.

    Quote Originally Posted by americancritic View Post
    Hello try a sfc scan and see if it will fix your computer.

    Click start...
    In the search box type cmd..
    When the popup list comes up RIGHT click on cmd.exe...
    When the command box comes up type sfc /scannow Notice there is a space between the sfc and the forward slash, after the scan is finished if there are any errors the do the sfc 3 more times as if fix's more each time it is run..
    To clarify:

    "Click start..."
    Should I log into my regular (non-admin) user profile to do this? (i'm still at welcome screen)

    "When the popup list comes up RIGHT click on cmd.exe..."
    I think right clicking wouldn't bring up the command box, it would bring up a context menu wouldn't it? Why RIGHT click instead of regular left click?

    Thank you

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    Re: Startup Repair Can't Be Cancelled - still running...

    No you have to log on as administrator, or in safe mode..

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    Re: Startup Repair Can't Be Cancelled - still running...

    I am sorry when you right click (run it as administrator)

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    Re: Startup Repair Can't Be Cancelled - still running...

    Hello


    1. Click Start...
    2. In the search box type: cmd and hit enter...
    3. When the popup list comes up then RIGHT click on cmd.exe and run as administrator.
    When the command box appears then type: sfc /scannow, notice there is a space between the sfc and the forward slash, if it comes back with any erros then run it 3 more times as it repairs more each time it is run...



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    Re: Startup Repair Can't Be Cancelled - still running...

    is it possible to stop this function before it finishes? It's in the verification stage and I'm not sure I want to have it revert all my system files - just read that in the tutorial

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