Windows 10: Windows 10 won't boot, and automatic repair won't work

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  1.    12 Feb 2017 #21

    OK, let's see where we are. I downloaded Crystal diskinfo and it resulted in good status (blue). I couldn't get a program called reimage pc repair to work I got "Repair terminated unexpectedly! This PC cannot be repaired by Reimage - severely damaged registry hives". Macrorit DiskScanner couldn't install, "One or more files were missing or damaged, please reinstall the software". I redownloaded it from the author,, Major geeks, and a couple of other sources with the same result. In looking for a different disk scan program I came upon Seatools for Windows. This program passed all the basic tests, SMART, short drive self test, short generic read test, and the long generic read test. I then downloaded Minitool. I don't know how to do a screen shot, so I took a picture of the partition page, along with a picture showing there were no surface errors. I can't seem to upload the pictures for some reason. Oops, files were too large.

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  2.    12 Feb 2017 #22

    Hi, I can't comment on anything to do with Reimage as it's not a product I know.

    Your disk seems to be ok, so that's good. (Surface scan ok).
    Macrium Reflect boot repair hasn't helped.
    You did an AV scan and removed 9 threats.
    You appear to be using legacy BIOS and MBR.
    Your system reserved partition has a drive letter- it shouldn't.
    Reimage says "This PC cannot be repaired by Reimage - severely damaged registry hives" "

    You haven't attempted
    - the MBR repair I suggested in #15
    - Startup repair using a Win 10 boot disk as in #15

    1. Please try this first and advise what it reports:
    Boot from a Win 10 installation medium, click Repair Your PC when that appears, and navigate to Startup Repair.
    Windows 10 ISO Download
    You mentioned you can't boot from a USB drive, so burn the iso to a DVD.

    2. If this reports it can't find an OS, then based on the report of a corrupted registry, please restore the backup registry.
    The Windows 10 backup copy of the registry is under:
    Boot up the PC Kyhi's disk
    (or if you prefer a Win 10 bootable installation disk and navigate to a command prompt)
    and copy all files under RegBack to C:\Windows\System32\config

    Then try rebooting.

    If that fails, try a startup repair.

    Easy if booted normally.
    From the tutorials here:
    Screenshot - Take in Windows 10
    Also on a laptop there's PrtSc (whole screen to paste buffer).

    I would guess the Win 10 snipping tool is available when booting from Kyhi's disk.
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  3.    12 Feb 2017 #23

    Frustration level is mounting. I downloaded the Windows 10 iso from the link you gave me, but I couldn't burn it to DVD with the program windows supplied, or imgburn, a different error each time and I wasted four dual layer disks. Then I tried booting up with Kyhi's disk to use the cmd and try and replace the registry backup, only to be unable to find that folder. ugh
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  4.    12 Feb 2017 #24

    I decided to bypass the cmd, went to This PC, and followed the path you laid out for RegBack. I found it, copied it, replaced the files in config, and rebooted. Updates were installed, providing me with a little hope, unfortunately shortlived as my sign in page without the sign in reappeared. I still need to find a Windows 10 install, as my computer was an update to an update online, leaving me with no physical disk.
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  5.    13 Feb 2017 #25

    as my sign in page without the sign in reappeared
    Not sure I understand that- it sounds as if after using the backup registry, you could log in, then received some Windows updates, then were left with a reboot to a login screen without the usual box to fill in a password.

    Is that correct?

    You might be seeing the initial lock screen, which is just a picture after a restart.
    Try pressing SPACE or ENTER.

    If you see sthg else, please post a photo.

    This might be relevant
    No login prompt at login screen

    (feel free to search for more related threads)
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  6.    13 Feb 2017 #26

    I had a very similar problem with my Win 10 pro. System would attempt boot and I would get the automatic repair option.
    Tried all the options there including advanced. Could not get into Safe mode.
    Booted using KYHI's flash drive and selected All Programs, Lazesoft, Windows Recovery and finally One Click Fix..
    Rebooted using my SSD and I was good to go. This issue occurred intermittently for me because of a bad removable drive bay but I was always able to recover using the above KYHI Windows Recovery option.

    In your case however, you have already made so many attempts to repair that this option may not work. I would however give it a shot as I don't think you have anything to lose at this point as long as you have an image or clone of your current C drive.
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  7.    13 Feb 2017 #27

    When I rebooted after reloading the registry a blue screen came up saying windows updates were installing with a percentage countup. then my signin page appeared. I'm attaching a picture of my sign in page. When I hit enter, or spacebar, or click anywhere with a mouse, I see my icon, my name, and a swirling ring of dots where my password usually gets entered, for a millisecond, then it's gone, the date, time and monitor icons scroll up, and return to their original positions. I couldn't capture the center icons because my camera isn't fast enough.
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  8.    13 Feb 2017 #28

    I suspect with you'll you've done now, you've little chance of recovering your system as is.

    Can you log in in safe mode? (Using a Win 10 boot disk to give you the option?)

    This might be relevant.
    No password prompt at login screen. Can not login.

    Else time to bite the bullet, back up any data you might need and clean install.

    And when you do, start to use disk imaging routinely, as we repeatedly strongly recommend - to hopefully avoid disaster, wasting a great deal of time, effort and frustration- even if your disk fails.
    Last edited by dalchina; 13 Feb 2017 at 10:04.
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  9.    13 Feb 2017 #29

    I can't get to safe mode, without a win 10 boot disk. The one from the link you gave me would not convert to DVD. Do you have any other links for a win10 boot disk?
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       13 Feb 2017 #30

    fanob5 said: View Post sign in page without the sign in reappeared...
    @fanob5, this 'missing sign-in' problem has been a recurring theme on this forum, with no obvious solution offered yet - until, that is, this new poster joined today just to share their fix...
    No login prompt at login screen

    I haven't been able to recreate the problem, so don't know if this fix works. Worth a try - let us know if it works for you (and if it does, give them a Rep :) )
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