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Configuring Startup and Troubleshooting Startup Issues

Diagnosing and correcting hardware and software problems that affect the startup process require different tools and techniques than troubleshooting problems that occur after the system starts because the person troubleshooting the startup problem does not have access to the full suite of the Windows 7 operating system troubleshooting tools. Resolving startup issues requires a clear understanding of the startup process, the core operating system features, and the tools used to isolate and resolve problems.

This tutorial covers changes to the Windows 7 startup process, how to configure startup settings, and how to troubleshoot problems that stop Windows 7 from starting and allowing a user to complete the interactive logon process successfully.

In this tutorial:

  1. What is New with Windows Startup
  2. Boot Configuration Data
  3. BCD Stores
  4. System Recovery
  5. Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics
  6. Understanding the Startup Process
  7. Power-on Self Test Phase
  8. Initial Startup Phase
  9. Initial Startup Phase for BIOS Computers
  10. Initial Startup Phase for EFI Computers
  11. Windows Boot Manager Phase
  12. Windows Boot Loader Phase
  13. Kernel Loading Phase
  14. Control Sets
  15. Values for the Start Registry Entry
  16. Value Descriptions for Type Entries
  17. Other Registry Entries in the Servicename Subkeys
  18. Session Manager
  19. Logon Phase
  20. Important Startup Files
  21. How to Configure Startup Settings
  22. How to Use the Startup And Recovery Dialog Box
  23. How to Use the System Configuration Tool
  24. How to Use BCDEdit
  25. How to Interpret BCDEdit Output
  26. How to Back Up and Restore Settings
  27. How to Change the Default Operating System Entry
  28. How to Change the Boot Menu Time-Out
  29. How to Change the Order of Boot Manager Menu Items
  30. How to Create an Entry for Another Operating System
  31. How to Remove a Boot Entry
  32. How to View and Update Global Debugger Settings
  33. How to Remove the Windows 7 Boot Loader
  34. How to Configure a User Account to Automatically Log On
  35. How to Disable the Windows Startup Sound
  36. How to Speed Up the Startup Process
  37. The Process of Troubleshooting Startup
  38. Startup Troubleshooting Before the Starting Windows Logo Appears
  39. How to Start the System Recovery Tools
  40. How to Run Startup Repair
  41. How to Use BootRec.exe
  42. How to Diagnose Hardware Problems
  43. How to Use System Restore
  44. How to Manually Repair the Boot Sector
  45. How to Manually Update the BCD Registry File
  46. How to Manually Replace Files
  47. How to Reinstall Windows
  48. Startup Troubleshooting After the Starting Windows Logo Appears
  49. How to Restore the Last Known Good Configuration
  50. How to Enable Boot Logging
  51. How to Start in Safe Mode
  52. How to Identify Failing Drivers and Services
  53. How to Analyze Startup Problems in Safe Mode
  54. Event Viewer (Eventvwr.msc)
  55. System Information
  56. Error Reporting Service
  57. How to Use Device Manager to View or Change Resources
  58. How to Analyze Boot Logs
  59. How to Roll Back Drivers
  60. How to Temporarily Disable a Service
  61. Troubleshooting Startup Problems After Logon
  62. How to Temporarily Disable Startup Applications and Processes
  63. How to Disable Startup Applications Using the Shift Key
  64. How to Disable Startup Programs Using the System Configuration Utility
  65. How to Disable Startup Applications Configured Using Group Policy or Logon Scripts
  66. How to Permanently Disable Startup Applications and Processes
  67. Manually Remove the Entry