Well, by now you have probably had this problem if you are reading this. Windows 7 SP1 is crashing on bootup on Dell, HP and Acer OEM installs of Windows.
This is a terrible problem, and I am not sure if I blame HP, Dell, Acer or Microsoft. But I can say this…. Microsoft are the only ones being helpful! I was working with them last night in America and they are putting some serious effort into helping users with this problem.
The method I was using until yesterday evening was to edit the pending.xml file , but in all cases I have had this has caused the machine to boot back, but it seems to be in a sort of no mans land between SP0 and SP1. I suggest strongly NOT doing the method mentioned where you edit the Pending.xml file! (here is the method if you REALLY must)
The methods I suggest are documented here, but I will put them below as well…
Note that on all machines I tried, the System restore did not work.
Option 1 (Win7 client only): Use a system restore point to recover the system
- This one is pretty self explanatory. Boot your machine into WinRE and pick a restore point before the service pack was installed. This should get you back up and running.
- This doesnt work on server
Option 2 (Win7 client and 2008 R2 server): Delete the poqexec entry
- Boot into WinRE and choose a command prompt then run the following commands and restart the computer:
- Reg load HKLMBaseSystem C:WindowsSystem32configSYSTEM
- Reg Delete “HKLMBaseSystemCurrentControlSetControlSession Manager” /v SetupExecute
- Reg add “HKLMBaseSystemCurrentControlSetControlSession Manager” /v SetupExecute /t REG_MULTI_SZ
- Reg unload HKLMBaseSystem
This is the method I suggest as the easiest!
- If you’re more graphically inclined, you can use this method:
- Boot into WinRE
- Open Registry Editor using regedit.exe
- Now you will have the WinRE registry loaded so you need to load the “ System ” hive
- To do that : Highlight HKLM then Click on File > Load Hive > Browse to C:windowssystem32config (assuming C: being the system drive )
- Name the Hive as TEST
- Browse to HKLMTESTselect and check the value for “ Current “
- Assuming the value as (1) browse to HKLMTESTControlSet001ControlSessionManager
- Locate and double click the key “SetupExecute ” at the right panel
- Delete any value inside the key and click OK
- Highlight TEST and then Click on File > Unload hive
- Type exit at cmd
- Reboot the machine
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