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Computer does not get to login screen

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Every time I boot up I get to the startup repair assistant that after running its diagnostics says that it is unable to automatically repair the problem. System restore did not work when prompted either.

Looking at the report that got sent to Microsoft it was a Bad OS driver error. The system restore that I also tried manually through system recovery options gave a unspecified error.

I had a similar problem on this computer before when it refused to start when I installed netlimiter. (
No BSOD this time around though just automatically going into startup repair.

This time all the system changes have been as follows according to my system restores:
IE9 install.
Java 24 update.
Firefox 3.6.15 update.
Calibre 0.49 update (e-book management program).
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Have you attempted to boot into safe mode? Have you installed any software or drivers before this happened?
Just tried booting into safe mode. I get taken to the Startup repair where it says yet again it cannot repair this computer automatically. Diagnostics say the first few times Root cause found: A recent driver installation or upgrade may be preventing the system from starting.

The last time startup ran though from safe mode got this root cause: Startup repair has tried several times but still cannot determine the cause of the problem.

I haven't made any driver changes as far as I recall. How do I check this?
The software changes I changed I have listed. Also I installed a plugin from the CNN website for watching video called Octoshape.
d/load and run the h/drive makers diagnostic utility on the h/drive
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
I have samsungs harddrive 1TB as my system OS drive. Which of the 5 options given in the link should I download and are they just download and run or do I need to follow some specific steps?

Also I remembered among the software changes I also installed the latest round of windows updates. My OS is Windows 7 64bit with SP1 installed.

Now that I think of it the harddrive have been having bad sectors quite often is this a sign that my harddrive is dying/dead and that's why I can't start the computer?
once you see bad sectors it is time to replace
Did you try to browse your hard disk externally IDE or Sata to USB and check if it's still reachable.
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