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How to Fix: Windows 7 Stuck at Loading Screen

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    Overview of Windows 7

    Released on Oct. 22, 2009, Windows 7 has gone through more than 6 years. Windows 7 is available for families and business work environment, and can be applied on laptop, tablet, and multimedia center. Windows 7 continued to use the Aero style of Windows Vista, and added more features on the basis of Windows Vista. Windows 7 contains the following versions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.

    On January 13, 2015, Microsoft has officially ended the mainstream support for Windows 7, but will keep providing security patches support for Windows 7 until January 14, 2020. By then Microsoft will officially end all technical support for Windows 7. Meanwhile, Microsoft announced that by July 29, 2016, all users except the enterprise users can free upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8 to Windows 10, and the upgraded system will be permanently free. Although these breaking news make a big splash around the world, a great number of users are sticking to Windows 7, because the system is stable and the operation is simple, and most important of all, they have accustomed to operating Windows 7 rather than Windows 10.

    Although Windows 7 is still enjoying great popularity, it is not a one hundred percent perfect system. Users encounter all kinds of issues during the operation, such as Windows Could Not Format a Partition Error Code 0x80070057, can’t access a partition in Windows, Windows 7 hangs at start logo, and so on. Since we have already discussed the former two situations, today we are going to talk about the third one: Why Windows 7 stuck at loading screen and how to fix it.

    Windows 7 stuck at loading screen

    windows7 stuck at loading screen

    A rather frustrating thing in operating computer is that when you start Windows 7, it hangs at the start logo, and the time may last from minutes to hours, depending on why Windows could not start correctly. In this situation, you may set it aside and do something else, only turn back to find it freezing there; or you may force the computer to shut down and restart Windows 7, only to find Windows 7 is freezing on startup again and again. This situation is not rare and you are not alone in fury. Many Windows 7 users have the same experience.

    Yesterday I woke up to my computer sitting at the starting windows loading screen. I have no idea why it turned off but now every time I try to start it, It sits at the loading screen. I already tried system restore and start up repair. Did it a bunch of different times and the restore worked yet still had the same problem repair did not work. I can get into safe mode, so I tried to do the msconfig way. I did selective start up and disabled all the non Microsoft services. Restarted and It still sat on loading screen. I then opened the desktop up and tried cleaning it making sure all hardware was properly seated. Still no success. Please someone help!
    --By Dego44 from tomshardware

    So, the question is: what should you do when Windows 7 stuck at loading screen. We believe there are many suggestions mentioned on the internet to cope with this problem, however, you have no idea whether they are credible. With that in mind, we have filtered feasible solutions for users to refer to.

    10 Solutions for Window 7 Freezing on Startup

    Today, we have a blog post which shows you how to solve this issue. There is a possibility that some methods listed here won’t help you to fix the problem, but they are indeed useful for other users. So please keep trying them out one by one, hoping all of you a good luck.  

    Here are 10 solutions if Windows 7 hangs at start logo:

    Method 1. Start Windows in Safe Mode and restart Windows 7 normally.

    restart computer Start Windows in Safe Mode, and then restart you computer as usual. Yes you read that right, just start Windows 7 in Safe Mode and then restart your computer without doing anything in Safe Mode. The reason of doing so is that sometimes Windows updates or something else get hung up. In this case, a forced restart won't get work. But if you try it from Safe Mode, miracle happens sometimes. However, if this doesn't work, try the following way.

    Method 2. Do system repair by using Windows 7 installation CD.

    system repair You can try repairing system with Windows 7 installation CD: press "Shift+F10" to bring up the command prompt window. In the command prompt window, type “bootrec.exe /fix”. This should be helpful.

    Or you can also do like this: Insert the Windows installation CD. Then it will load drivers and the screen should pop up to go on installing windows, but on lower left corner you can see the option "repair computer". Click that option and it should fix the problem.

    Method 3. Try system restore.

    system restore If you have made full system backups in daily usage, things will become very easy. You can restore system to a time when it works.
    Step 1. Start Windows 7 normally. Before you see windows loading logo, press F8 on your keyboard. Then you can see a variety of Windows boot options. 
      Step 2. Choose “Repair Your Computer” and wait until Windows 7 repair mode is ready.
    Step 3. If you are told to choose keyboard, just click "OK". If you are told to choose account, choose your account, and click “OK”. If you have set password for your Windows account, enter the password too. Then you can see System Recovery Options.
    Step 4. Choose “System Restore”.
    Step 5. Here you can see all Windows restore points available. Try your best to recall when your computer is safe and sound, and choose the corresponding restore point. If you do not see the full restore points, check “Show more restore points”.
    Step 6. Click “Next”. It will try restoring your Windows to the restore point you have selected. This will take some time so wait until the system restore is done.

    Method 4. Try checking & fixing hard drive errors.

    chkdsk If the system restore did not work or failed. There is one more thing you can try. It is "chkdsk". Hope this helps.
    Step 1. Turn on your computer, and before you see windows loading logo, rapidly press F8 key on your keyboard. Then you can see a variety of Windows boot options. 
      Step 2. Choose “Repair Your Computer”. This will be the first option.
    Step 3. Wait until Windows 7 repair mode is started.
    Step 4. If it asks you to choose keyboard, just click “OK”.
    Step 5. If it tells you to choose account, choose your account, and click “OK”. If you do have password for your Windows account, you need to enter it too.
    Step 6. Now, you will see System Recovery Options.
    Step 7. Choose “Command Prompt”.
    Step 8. This will run Windows command prompt. When you see black color command line, you just need to type "chkdsk". This will scan your hard drive for errors, and if it detects any errors, it will try to fix the errors. This process also takes some time so please wait until the disk check is done.
    Step 9. Restart your computer.

    However, if the same situation happens, this means there is some issue for the hard drive. Then you should consider repairing it or replacing it. If you decide to replace it, use the "copy" feature of MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD to clone hard drive. Download the ISO file and burn it to a USB flash drive, and then set computer to boot from USB flash drive in BIOS. After that, copy the whole disk to another one. Thus you won't lose any data in the source disk.

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    Method 5. Check CMOS and CMOS battery.

    cmos battery This includes two aspects, the CMOS and the CMOS battery. CMOS is a read/write parallel or serial flash chip on the motherboard, and is used to store the hardware configuration as well as user settings. To clear the CMOS, clear the BIOS memory on your motherboard. And the easiest way is to remove the CMOS battery for a few minutes. This will revert the BIOS settings to the factory default levels. A BIOS misconfiguration might be the reason that Windows is freezing during startup.

    A CMOS battery that is out of charge for long time can certainly be the cause of Windows 7 freezing on startup. Replace the CMOS battery if your computer is more than two or three years old or if you have shelved the computer for a long period of time without usage.

    Method 6. Check system RAM.

    ram Maybe there is a problem with your system RAM. Sometimes, when your computer memory is bad or when a memory slot on computer motherboard is bad, Window 7 freezing on startup could happen, but this is rare. Try to change your computer memory or re-install the computer memory. After that, restart the computer in Safe Mode. To restart the system in safe mode, just keep pressing F8 on startup. Then select Safe Mode and press enter. In Safe Mode, press "Win + R" key or simply run "MSCONFIG" and press OK. Here select clean boot option by unchecking all the options in Under Selective startup. Finally, press apply and restart in normal mode.

    Method 7. Remove video card driver.

    video card driver In rare cases, Windows 7 hangs at start logo could be caused by your damaged video card driver. Try booting into Safe Mode and remove it. After that, reinstall the video card driver. Now restart Windows 7 and see if you can boot into normal mode.

    Method 8. Scan your computer for viruses in Safe Mode.

    scan viruses Scan your computer for viruses in Safe Mode. A virus or other kind of malware might have caused a serious problem with a part of Windows to cause it to stop starting properly. Since most viruses and malwares cannot be loaded under Safe Mode, this could return you a clean Windows 7.
    Tip: If you can't get to Safe Mode, you can still scan for viruses using a bootable malware scanner.

    Method 9. Uninstall antivirus software.

    uninstall software If it is not viruses then it may be your antivirus software. The conflict between your antivirus software and Windows 7 may cause Window 7 freezing on startup. Many users explain that when they uninstalled their antivirus software under Safe Mode, everything becomes fine.

    Method 10. Reinstall Windows 7.

    reinstall windows7 The last and also the most direct way for Widows 7 stuck at loading screen is to reinstall Windows 7. However, a critical defect is that you will lose all dada in system partition, including the operating system, the applications and other files you put there. So this is not recommended unless you have no other choice. But if you are forced to, try using MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable Edition to recover the data saved in the system partition before reinstalling Windows 7, or try using "Copy Partition" feature of MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition as mentioned in Method 4 before the reinstallation. Both will reduce the data loss in the largest extent.



    Windows 7 stuck at loading screen is often bothering Windows 7 users, making them annoying so much. In this post we have listed 10 available solutions and we hope you will find at least one of them useful for your own situation. Next time when your Windows 7 hangs at start logo, try these solutions one by one. If you find them beneficial, share to your friends; and if you have any additional tips to add, be sure to let us know!