Backup Data When Windows 7 | 8 Computer Does Not Boot

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on October 24, 2012

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Some of readers has reported about their windows computer not booting up and booting in safe mode does not work in some cases for some of the users, the major worry which every windows user has when the windows computer does not boot is that data as there is no way to access the data.

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Back Up Data With Other Dual Boot Operating System

Those windows computer has multiple operating system with dual boot options, but if there is another os installed on the same computer then you can boot into other operating system and backup all the user data from the dead OS Drive.

Backup Files By Restarting In Safe Mode

To use a Safe mode option, follow these steps:

1.  Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot Menu appears while booting.
2.  Use the arrow keys to choose Safe Mode in Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then press ENTER.

Tip:

Additionally while backup your user data you can also use system restore will take your computer to pervious state when it was stable and booting fine, this can be done by selecting the proper restore point but this step may not be helpful all the times, if your computer is not booting in anyway possible.

Repair Windows Installation which Does Not Boot

Another way to fix your computer when it is not booting, you can repair windows by running the windows setup with the setup cd or dvd. The only difference this time will be that windows setup will automatically detect windows installations and then will give you the option to repair windows.

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Windows Install Repair Step by Step Guide

1. Insert the Windows installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer. 
2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …" appears.
3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next. 
4. Click Repair your computer. 
5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next. 
6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.

Please Note:

  • You can only do a repair install with the same edition Windows 7 installation disc for the same edition of Windows 7 that you have installed.
  • You cannot use a OEM Windows 7 “Factory” Restore/Recovery type of installation disc that came with or created from a store bought computer to do a repair install with. These can only be used do a clean install instead.
  • You can only do a repair install from within Windows 7, You cannot do a repair install at boot or in Safe Mode, you must be logged into Windows 7 in a administrator account to be able to do a repair install.

Create a Live Boot CD and Boot With It To Backup User Data

If the above methods does not work for you, then you can create a linux bootable cd or dvd and then boot your computer with the same and back up all the data from the drive where it is stored, you can follow this guide for the same

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