Startup Repair restores Windows 7 replacing important files operating system, which may be damaged or missing. Startup Repair is a simple diagnostic and repair tool that is used when Windows 7 won’t start properly and you can’t use safe mode .

Person using the Windows 7 recovery tool
Lifewire / Colleen Teague

As of January 2020, Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7. We recommend upgrade to Windows 10, to continue receiving security updates and technical support.

The Windows 7 Recovery Tool is available from the Windows 7 DVD, so you must have a physical copy of the operating system in order for it to work. If you don’t, you can always create a Windows 7 system recovery disc .

Not using Windows 7? Every modern Windows operating system has a similar process for restoring operating system files .

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Boot from Windows 7 DVD

Screenshot of pressing any key to boot from CD or DVD screen

Windows 7 Startup Repair — Step 1.

To start the recovery process Windows 7 downloads you need boot from Windows 7 DVD .

  1. Follow pressing any key to boot from CD or DVD… message like the one shown in the screenshot above.
  2. Press any key to force boot your computer from the Windows 7 DVD.
    1. If you don’t press a key, your computer will try download operating system installed on your hard drive . If this happens, just restart your computer and try booting from the Windows 7 DVD again.

If you want Startup Repair to work properly, before continuing necessary delete everything flash drives or others USB storage devices such as external HDs from a computer. Due to the fact that some computers report space on drives connected via USB, Windows 7 Startup Repair may incorrectly report that it found no problems, when in fact there may be a problem.

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Wait for Windows 7 to download files

Screenshot of installing Windows 7 boot files

Windows 7 Startup Repair — Step 2.

No user intervention is required here. Just wait for the Windows 7 installation process to download files to prepare for any task you might want to do.

In our case, this is Startup Repair, but there are many tasks that can be performed using the Windows 7 DVD.

At this point, no changes are made to your computer. Windows 7 only «downloads files» temporarily.

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Choose your Windows 7 installation language and other options

Screenshot of Windows 7 setup

Windows 7 Startup Repair — Step 3.

Select language to install , time and currency format as well as keyboard or input method, which you want to use in Windows 7.

Click Further .

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Click Repair your computer

Windows 7 setup screenshot restore your computer link

Windows 7 Startup Repair — Step 4.

Click » Repair your computer» in the lower left corner window » Installing Windows» .

This will launch Windows 7 System Recovery Options, which contains several useful diagnostic and recovery tools, one of which is Startup Repair.

Don’t click Install now . If you already have Windows 7 installed, this option is used to perform clean install of Windows 7 or side by side installation of Windows 7.

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Wait for System Restore Options to find Windows 7 on your computer

Windows 7 Startup Recovery Screenshot

Windows 7 Startup Repair — Step 5.

System Recovery Options, a toolkit containing Startup Repair, will now search your hard drive(s) for any installations of Windows 7.

You don’t have to do anything here but wait. This Windows installation search should not take more than a few minutes.

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Select your Windows 7 installation

Screenshot of Windows 7 Startup Repair asking for operating system

Windows 7 Startup Repair — Step 6.

Select the Windows 7 installation for which you want to perform a Startup Repair.

Click Further .

Don’t worry if the drive letter is in column » Location» does not match the drive letter where Windows 7 is installed on your PC. Drive letters are somewhat dynamic, especially when using diagnostic tools such as System Recovery Options.

For example, as you can see above, this Windows 7 installation is listed as being on disk D: when it actually disk C: when Windows 7 is running.

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Select Startup Repair Recovery Tool

Screenshot of recovery options when booting Windows 7

Windows 7 Startup Repair — Step 7.

Click Boot recovery in the list of recovery tools under System Recovery Options.

As you can see, in the parameters recovery systems Windows 7 has several other diagnostic and recovery tools available, including system restore, recovery system image, Windows memory diagnostics and command line .

However, in this guide, we only restore operating system files using the Startup Repair tool.

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Wait while Startup Repair looks for problems with Windows 7 files

Screenshot: Windows 7 autostart repair, troubleshooting

Windows 7 Startup Repair — Step 8.

Startup Repair will now look for problems with files that are important for the proper functioning of Windows 7.

If the Windows 7 Recovery tool finds a problem with an important operating system file, it may suggest a solution that needs to be confirmed, or it may resolve the issue automatically.

Whatever happens, follow the instructions as needed and accept any changes suggested when starting the restore.

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Wait while booting up trying to recover Windows 7 files

Screenshot: Windows 7 startup fix to fix issues

Windows 7 Startup Repair — Step 9.

Startup Repair will now attempt to fix any problems found with Windows 7 files No user intervention is required at this stage.

Your computer may or may not restart several times during this recovery process. Do not boot from the Windows 7 DVD on any restart. In this case, you need to restart your computer immediately so that the Startup Repair process can continue normally.

You won’t see this step unless there are issues with Windows 7 when booting up.

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Click Finish to restart Windows 7

Screenshot of completion of recovery when starting Windows 7

Windows 7 Startup Repair — Step 10.

Click » Done» as just see» Restart your computer» to complete the recovery, to restart your computer and start Windows 7 normally.

It’s possible that Startup Repair didn’t fix the problem you’re experiencing. If Startup Repair detects this on its own, it may automatically start again after you restart your computer. If it doesn’t start automatically, but you’re still having issues with Windows 7, repeat these steps to manually start Startup Repair again.

Also, be sure to read Important note on step 1.

If it turns out that Startup Repair won’t solve your problem with Windows 7, you have some advanced recovery options, including System Restore or System Image Restore, provided you’ve previously backed up your entire computer.

You can also try side by side installation of Windows 7 or clean installation of Windows 7.

That said, if you’ve tried Windows 7 Startup Repair as part of another troubleshooting guide, you’re probably best off continuing with what you give as the next step.

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