It kept saying windows couldn't start properly so I decided to do a reinstall keeping my files. Would that work? Or should I have tried a clean install?
Aaron dan: The first thing to do when faced with a PC that won't start up or not boot is remain calm. They're modular devices, and it's likely that a single component among many is the culprit. Fixing or replacing that component should bring your machine back to life.
Be sure to think about changes you’ve made recently — did you recently install a new hardware driver, connect a new hardware component to your computer, or open your computer’s case and do something? It’s possible the hardware driver is buggy, the new hardware is incompatible, or that you accidentally unplugged something while working inside your computer.
If your computer is powering on but you get a black screen that says something like “no bootable device” or another sort of “disk error” message, your computer can’t seem to boot from the hard drive that Windows was installed on. Enter your computer’s BIOS or UEFI firmware setup screen and check its boot order setting, ensuring that it’s set to boot from its hard drive.
If the hard drive doesn’t appear in the list at all, it’s possible your hard drive has failed and can no longer be booted from.
In this case, you may want to insert Windows installation or recovery media and run the Startup Repair operation. This will attempt to make Windows bootable again.
If what you've tried hasn't worked, I would try backing everything up (see http://livecdlist.com/ ) and then doing a fresh install after disconnecting the power and data cables to the old drive and putting in a new drive.
Software corruption can cause problems, but so can hardware corruption, like a bad power supply.
I'd always go with an In-Place Upgrade Install first before attempting the clean install. The upgrade install will preserve your data and your installed applications and their settings during the upgrade. The clean install would delete all of it. There's very few times that a full clean install would resolve anything that an upgrade install wouldn't. After an upgrade install, you would still need to have your old Windows activation keys to enter into during your first reboot after the install.
Below you'll see the procedure for how to do an upgrade install, if you don't already know it.
go to control panel, my computer, check properties,rfrom ere see what your computer is running as a OS if it is 7 or newer check to see if sp1 is installed if it is not you will have to have it installed. the best way and surest way is through windows updates. You can get downloads on the net even from windows but the best way is to wait for windows update to install sp1. Try this first
A clean install would most likely have been best. If you have a partition with the factory installation on it, use that as it will have all of the drivers and everything for your computer.
Clean install is always better. And your problem is probably "crashed windows". Reinstall should fix the problem.
But what to do if you do have personal data in it that you want to keep before restoring it ! Damn it
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