I have a Dell 4010 laptop with Windows 7 Home Prem. It sat for a while and got the BSOD when I started it with 0x025 (NTFS error).
I used a different win 7 home prem disk to try repair. I did sfc /scannow and chkdsk /r /f (after a bunch of messing around which is not relevant).
I do not get the BSOD now.
I get the windows logo and then a black screen with the mouse pointer that moves when I move it. The hard drive light looks like Windows starts but I get nothing.
I use F8 + esc but the 'load last good..' has no effect.
I think Explorer.exe has either been deleted or renamed by something or somehow made not functional.
Question1: can I install over the current Windows using my other Windows 7 disk without compromising the product key? Will it keep the old legitimate product key and not take my new one?
Question2: Is there any way I can get Regedit to run using repair to see if the registry is hosed and maybe fix it that way? If I can do that I don't need to use my new windows 7 key.
Is there anything I have not thought of to fix this?