Fix runas.exe errors
runas.exe is a DLL file which is responsible for component Run As Utility in Windows systems like Windows 7 Professional Edition 64-bit. It was created on 7/13/2009 4:15:26 PM, the size is 17408 bytes and its version is 6.1.7600.16385.
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Once infected, the file path of runas.exe will be re-set as:
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runas.exe is missing or was not found.
When you restart your computer, you would receive runas.exe blue screen of death (BSOD), along with stop error code:
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Windows 7 - EMET 2.0
1. I noticed a "?" sign infront of svchost.exe in the DEP column. Wasn't there a few days back ... what is this suppose to indicate? 2. Found the following; c: cd "C:\Program Files\EMET" emet_conf.exe --add "C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe" pause The author said it was an overkill to which I agree but would it be safe to do this and or necessary? What needs to be excluded from this list?
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Family safety custom program start
Hi i have a question about Family safety and custom program run. Here is my situation. I have to run one program in Standard user account always as Administrator and I created a shortcut with this code: runas /user: ComputerName \Administrator /savecred “ C:\Path\To\Program.exe “ Now windows family safety blocks it, saying that I have to sign in on web page and allow program to start. It says that I have to allow program "runas.exe" in "c:\windows\system32". How can I add this program on the list so my shortcut will work, because that program is not on the list, I guess because is in system folder. Is it possible? Thank you!
Hi, Thank you for posting your query in the Microsoft Community forums. Let me try and help you with the issue. Have you checked by browsing the specific program which is not in the list? Kindly, follow these methods and check if it helps: a. Open Parental Controls by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel , and then, under User Accounts and Family Safety , clicking Set up parental controls for any user . b. Click the name of the person you want to prevent from using specific programs. c. Under Parental Controls , click On, enforce current settings . d. Click Block specific programs . e. Click Person's name can only use the programs I allow . f. Select the programs that you want to allow. If the program you want doesn't appear in the list, click Browse to locate the program. Let us know if it helps. If you have further queries, we will be happy to help.
Hi, I'm in the same situation as you, and as far as I can work out runas.exe cannot be allowed with parental controls activated at all. Of course this is typical of Microsoft to prevent something genuinely useful from customising their free product. I notice that you got the bog standard Indian sub-continent stock answer that inundate these forums with useless answers from countless drones with no experience or knowledge of the problem they purport to have an answer for. Wouldn't it be nice if people who don't know the answer or have any experience of the situation would refrain from making useless answers and wait for someone who has actual useful information to answer instead. Regards, Percy.,
Hi, I can't find the f. point. I only have search programs, there is no option to browse and select the program.
runas command for username with spaces
Hi everyone, I'm trying to make a shortcut open with a different user automatically (without having to hold shift and clicking open with different user), and I read that I could right click on the shortcut, click Properties, and under Shortcut, in the Target section, append in the beginning: runas /user:USERNAME but my username includes a space in between it. I've tried using double quotes, single quotes, \, %20, and none I've tried seem to work. Is there an easy solution to this? I've noticed whenever I run the command, it also changes the Target location from Client to System32, and appends C:\Windows\System32\ before runas and adds an .exe after runas (ex: C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /user:USERNAME "C:\Program Files (x86)\program\program.exe" and it also gets rid of /home at the end of the Target. Is that normal? Lastly, if a path has something such as C:\Program Files (x86)\program\program.exe, which I assume is shared between all users, how can Windows tell that the program.exe
Hi, Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community. I understand the issue that you are currently facing, we will try the best we can to resolve your issue. Since this command may run under both elevated and non-elevated privileges. I would suggest you do a SFC Scan and see if everything is working properly in your system. Follow the steps to run the System File Checker On the Search bar type “cmd” and click ctrl + shift + Enter to open the Elevated Command Prompt. (If prompted for a password, type the password and click Allow) Type “sfc /scannow” and hit Enter. Exit Command Prompt. For more information about SFC Scan click on the link below: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833 Hope the information helps. Please let us know if the issue persist and we will be happy to assist you further.
file searched for is not found. But it does exist on the system. Why not found?
in windows explorer search I navigate to c:\ and type runas.exe in the search box. The result comes back with 5 files, none of which are runas.exe. Then I go to cmd.exe and run "dir runas.exe /s and the file is found in c:\windows\system32. Why is windows explorer search not finding the file by its name? ( in folder options, include system directories is checked. ) thanks,
In the folder options, search tab, try clicking the Restore Defaults button to restore the default search options.
How to start Active Directory dsa.msc with Advances Features enabled at startup
I would like to log in to AD with advanced features already enabled with a shortcut. I had no success finding the right switch for dsa.msc for my shortcut. The help section in the service didn't provide anything useful info, neither pages on the net. I also tried command line for help with C:\Windows\System32\dsa.msc /? to see if I could find params for lauching, but to no avail. The shortcut I made so far looks something like this: C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /netonly /user:_DOMAIN\USERNAME_ "mmc %SystemRoot%\system32\dsa.msc /SERVER=_SERVERNAME_" How should I amend it? I can't save the console setting, btw as I am not an admin for the workstation. Could you also please provide me with a list of shortcut for startup parameters or where to find those? Thanks in advance.
Solved it. I just had to clear the cache of AD. File → Options → Delete files After that I set up the Advanced features by View → Advanced features. Then File → Exit When I logged back to AD advanced features was already enabled. :) This site could be also useful, but not in my case: https://www.it-etc.com/2010/06/08/keep-the-%E2%80%9Cadvanced-features%E2%80%9D-view-always-on-in-active-directory-users-and-computers-mmc/
Windows Remote Assistance
I'd like to use Remote Assistance with Windows 7 - however I don't want to use the 'invite' function. What I'd like to use is the function of putting in a workstation name or an IP address and clicking on 'Connect' This used to work on Windows XP - the command line I was running was: %windir%\system32\runas.exe /user:Domain\Username "%windir%\PCHEALTH\HELPCTR\Binaries\helpctr /url hcp://CN=Microsoft%20Corporation,L=Redmond,S=Washington,C=US/Remote%20Assistance/Escalation/Unsolicited/unsolicitedrcui.htm" Any suggestions?
None of these address the request of how to OFFER remote assistance to a user in a corporate/business setting. Windows XP and server 2003 both had the option to OFFER remote assistance by using the command line provided by the original request or by using hcp://cn=microsoft%20corporation,l=redmond,s=washington,c=us/Remote%20Assistance/Escalation/Unsolicited/UnSolicitedRCUI.htm. The option was also provided in the Help and Support section in windows 2003. How does one get this to work in windows 7?
Please tell me that RA is easier to implement in Windows 8. Its a case of something that was working well, tweaked to be overly complex. Everyone seems to be hopp[ing on the apple bandwagon around here. Please simply things MS!
The command listed above (hcp://CN=Microsoft%20Corporation,L=Redmond,S=Washington,C=US/Remote%20Assistance/Escalation/Unsolicited/unsolicitedrcui.htm) worked under XP and allows you to connect (with permission) to an unsolicited session. Remote Desktop will not allow you to share a session with the person on the other end. It requires you to log the other person out, or log in as them if they share the password with you. If you need to connect while they are still in control (to allow them to demonstrate the problem, show them what to do, etc.), only Remote Assistance works. In Vista and Windows 7 “hcp://” was replaced with “mshelp://” for the help console. The above link does not work if you substitute mshelp for hcp because the file “unsolicitedrcui.htm” no longer exists. The above link also works in IE (because it is an .HTM file), and allows you to add it to a personal website. Adding a direct “C:\Windows\System32\msra.exe /offerra” generates all sorts of warnings and does not alwa
does not work for me "Windows cannot find 'mrsa.exe. Make sure you typed the name correctly"
Hello gmuller, To run Remote Assistance Windows 7 uses a program called MSRA.exe. MSRA.exe can be run from the command line. The easiest way to offer remote assistance to a user is to run: msra /offerra
Hi, To use the IP address or workstation name you do need not use Windows Remote Assistance. Refer to the article below which explains about Windows Remote Assistance. Windows Remote Assistance: frequently asked questions http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Windows-Remote-Assistance-frequently-asked-questions There is a different program called Remote desktop connection which can be used with IP address or a workstation name. The articles below discuss about Remote Desktop Connection. Remote Desktop Connection: frequently asked questions http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Remote-Desktop-Connection-frequently-asked-questions What types of Remote Desktop connections should I allow? http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/What-types-of-Remote-Desktop-connections-should-I-allow Connect to another computer using Remote Desktop Connection http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Connect-to-another-computer-using-Remote-Desktop-Connection Hope this helps. Thanks a
Runas within MSSQL2005 does not allowed accessing database resided in domain via window 7 home premium.
I'm trying to connect to database residing within my office domain using my own computer running window 7 home edition. My access right to data is via Window authentication. I'm not able to change login domain and userid. I've tried using command line C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /user:ncs.corp.int-ads\zainah "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Binn\VSShell\Common7\IDE\SqlWb.exe" enter password but nothing happen.
Your Windows 7 Home is not part of the domain. The one way of doing this is to First have a VPN-connection to the Company LAN based on Windows Server Remote Access Service, and then connect with Management Studio to the database server using Windows Authentication. Another way would be using a Remote Desktop session agains a domain-based computer. Windows 7 Home Edition cannot be part of an Active Directory Domain.
This question exceeds the scope of this forum - here we assist home users having problems with their home computers. I'd suggest checking with the programming folks at the forums on MSDN for assistance with domain issues.
Hello ZAINAH, Your Windows 7 question is beyond the scope of what is typically answered in the Microsoft Answers forums. It is better suited for the IT Pro audience on TechNet. Please post your question in the Technet SQL Server Forum . Thanks! Lisa Microsoft Answers Support Engineer Visit our Microsoft Answers Feedback Forum and let us know what you think.
Windows 10 Run as different user
Windows 10 pro, Home PC (no domain) After a recent update rendered win10 un-bootable, i've wiped and re-installed. I've got 3 accounts on this PC, all administrator accounts. All of these programs need to run as administrator to work under windows 10 (not windows 7 or 8, they're fine) My main account auto logs in, and I have a couple of apps where I have a shortcut to run as different user. This is because the logs for these programs need to be kept under separate user accounts. programs 1-5 runs under main account or programs 1-3 run under 2nd account with 4-5 under main logged in account or programs 1-3 run under 3rd account with 4-5 under main logged in account. I have standard shortcuts for main account, then additional ones for accounts 2 and 3 as follows. C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /savecred /user:
I tried running the shortcut path in elevated cmd prompt, this is how i found the message about needing elevation. But i didn't try running and prompt at alternate user, will try tonight. The program in question is called voice attack. To execute key presses in an app, it's recommended to run as admin. And works fine as local logged in account. Have compatibility set to run as admin for all users And as with you find it odd the run as works from GUI but not shortcut, particularly when 2 other programs are launching exactly the same, and work.
No unfortunately, tried that. I'm baffled, as it did work on the previous install.
CMDR? As in elite CMDR??
No, just a pun on Commander Keen from the turn of the millennium. One other thought, do you have any change in behavior if you disable UAC?
Still, very odd that it works if you do this from UI but not from what you'd expect to be a regular shortcut. Could you try the same command as your shortcut's target path, but inside a command prompt? If that doesn't work, I'd also be curious to know what happens if you skip the "runas" portion and launch a pre-elevate command prompt running as the intended user account (run cmd.exe as the user, then launch the program from that command prompt).
Well if you're going on your 4th or 5th time having severe issues, I don't think the Windows 7 idea is necessarily the wrong decision at all. At least you know it works with your tools.
I am getting requires elevation when trying to use runas to launch the admin tools
I just recently loaded Windows 8 on to my new machine. I loaded up the RSAT and the tools all launch but the issue is it launched under the context of my standard user account that I log on to my PC with. I need to launch this tool using my administrator account that is only supposed to be used for administrative functions. I am able to accomplish this by holding **** and right clicking on the tool then going to "Run as a different user". The problem is this is a pain. I launch these tools all the time and I want to be able to just double click on the tools and have it launch as my admin user. In the past I have used the Runas.exe command to launch the tools as a specific user. The exact command I would launch is: C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /user:domain\user /savecred "mmc %windir%\system32\dsa.msc" The problem is this no longer works. When I run the command from a command prompt I get an error stating: "740: The requested operation requires elevation." I did some reasearch on the t
Hi Trevor, Thank you for visiting Microsoft Community Forums. Your issue seems to be more complex than what is typically answered in the Microsoft Community Forums. It is better suited for the IT Professionals on the TechNet Forums. Please post your question on the TechNet Windows 8 IT Pro Forums from this link: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/home?category=w8itpro Hope this information helps you. You may post all your queries related to Windows on Microsoft Community Forums and we will be happy to help you.
Update to Win10 Pro v1511, broken runas /netonly
Recently updated my laptop to Windows 10 Pro version 1511 build 10586.14 Prior to this update I used to be able to run applications on my clients domains by using a shortcut to runas.exe using /netonly and supplying the domain credentials as /user:DOMAIN\User. For example I would start SQL Server Management Studio 2012 with a shortcut of C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /netonly /user:DOMAIN\MyUser "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\120\Tools\Binn\ManagementStudio\Ssms.exe" This would prompt me for the network password and I would be able to access my clients databases. Since the update above, now when I try to connect to the SQL Server I get the error Connection Timeout Expired. The timeout period elapsed while attempting to consume the pre-login handshake acknowledgement. This could be because the pre-login handshake failed or the server was unable to respond back in time. The duration spent while attempting to connect to this server was - [Pre-Login] initialization=18151;
Have you found the issue here? I'm having a very similar problem and nothing i do seems to help.
Same answer I posted on your technet question: Are you using an IP address for the connection string? If so, what happens when you try to use the hostname of the machine instead? The reason I ask is i'm having a similar problem with the same error you're seeing. When i use the hostname of the machine instead of the IP address it works. We found a workaround that makes the IP address work. If you add to your hosts file the server's IP and hostname it seems to work again. This seems a backwards and we are not sure why it's working this way.
I had the same issue. While searching for a solution (about an hour) it started to work. Wondering if something had to sync or if Windows was still updating something. I use runas for several apps SSMS, VS2017, SQL Compare, ... They are all working on Windows 10 1709.
Hi John, Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community. As suggested by Niyma Yonten above for the similar issue, The issue that you are facing is best suited in TechNet Forum. They have the latest tools and resources to help you better. So I would suggest you to post the same the question in the TechNet Forum. https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=Windows10ITPro Let us know if you need any further assistance on Windows related issues and we will be glad to help.
Raised this on TechNet as suggested : Update to Win10 Pro v1511, broken runas /netonly Another thread ( Using runas.exe on win10 behaves differently compared to former OS ) had a potential fix, but this didn't help my situation.
Hi Kev, Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community. The issue that you are facing is best suited in TechNet Forum. They have the latest tools and resources to help you better. So I would suggest you to post the same the question in the TechNet Forum. https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=Windows10ITPro Let us know if you need any further assistance on Windows related issues and we will be glad to help.
UAC disable still asks for elevation using runas in cmd
Greetings, I've run into a problem in Windows 10 and hope that someone can help me. In previous windows (Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1) this worked without a problem: With UAC disabled i could run the following command in CMD: c:\windows\system32\runas.exe /savecred /user: domain\userwithadminrights c:\programname.exe In windows 10 with UAC disabled it still asks for elevation! "The requested operation needs elevation" If i disable UAC with regedit the program i want opens without a problem, but edge browser and other apps wont work! How can i run a program that needs elevation in a "advanced user" account without the need for admin intervention? Best regards, Mário Dantas
Yes, i already rebooted the computer after i lowering the notification level to it's minimum. I do not think it is a corruption in the system files because it was a new windows installation. Also i already tried in 3 different computers with Windows 10 Pro and the problem is the same. I need to find a workaround. I need a way to allow an advanced user (sales co-worker) to open the OpenVPN and make the connection without the need for an admin account. Thanks.
Hi, Thank you for replying. A quick question before we proceed: Have you reboot your system after you change your user account control settings? You must reboot your computer after you change your user account control settings before it will take effect. If you have not done, I suggest you to change the settings and reboot the system and verify the result. The issue might have caused due to some corruption in the system files also, so I would suggest you to perform an SFC scan and see if it helps: Please refer the link below to run a system file checker scan and check if that helps. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_10-update/system-file-check-sfc-scan-and-repair-system-files/bc609315-da1f-4775-812c-695b60477a93 Note: If you disable UAC completely then some apps would not work so do not disable UAC completely. Disclaimer: User Account Control (UAC) can help you prevent unauthorized changes to your computer. It works by prompting you for permission when a task requ
Hi, Thank you for posting your replying. Sorry for the delay in response. Since you want to open the advanced user in VPN connection, I suggest you to ask your query in the Microsoft TechNet forum please refer the link below: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=WindowsPhoneITPro&filter=alltypes&sort=lastpostdesc I hope the above information helps. If you have any other queries related to Windows 10, feel free to reply and I'll be happy to further assist you.
Hi Anju, thanks for the quick reply 1- No modifications have been made on the PC. Tried on 2 PC's with a fresh install of windows 10 + updates. 2- Yes, i have logged in with my admin account. The problem still persist. As i said before, i already disable the user account control by lowering the notification level to it's minimum without success (in previous windows versions this was enough to make it work). In Windows 10, the only way i can run the program (openvpn) from cmd without elevation is by changing the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System modify the value of the EnableLUA DWORD value and set it to 0 But if i do this, Edge browser and a few other apps from the store wont work!
Hi, Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community. User Account Control (UAC) can help prevent unauthorized changes to your computer. UAC notifies you when changes are going to be made to your computer that require administrator-level permission. Please provide more information to help you better: 1. Have you made any changes to the pc prior to this issue? 2. Have you logged in as admin on the pc? I suggest you to change the user account control settings and check if it helps. Type user account settings in search bar. Now change the notification level down. Hope the information is helpful. Keep us posted on the status for further assistance in this regard.
runas.exe aborts when pasting on Windows 10 Pro build 1703
When attempting to paste into a command prompt displaying the runas.exe password prompt, the command executes and then pastes the password. This behavior started when I updated to build 1703 on Windows 10 Pro.
I don't seem to be able to run DISM. What now?
Hi Micah, Corrupted system files is one of the possible reasons why you are having issues using runas.exe. To resolve corrupted system files, kindly follow the steps on this link on how to do a System file check (SFC) scan and DISM. If the issue persists, kindly ask assistance on TechNet (IT Pros) to have this resolved. Let us know if you need further assistance.
UAC prompt from batch runas administrator
I have a batch file that starts several programs. Yes I could start them all manually and or load whatever file I need, but this saves me a little time since I always have to start these programs and load certain profiles etc. However, the last one I need to run requires administrator. I tried runas.exe /user:administrator (or even my microsoft@account, which is admin) but this prompts for a password within the console. Is there a way to run as admin via command line without prompt for password, and instead for the user to enter the password and or accept via the standard UAC popup window?
What I was suggesting was an alternative to using runas.exe /user:administrator in the batch file because it is that line that is making the password prompt appear within the command line window. You'll have to remove the runas.exe /user:administrator line to see how it works.
Hi, Thank you for your reply. For better assistance in this regard, I suggest to post your query in MSDN Forum. https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home Thank you.
Hi, Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community. I understand your concern, and we in Community will try to help you in the best possible way we can. I suggest you to follow the below steps and check if it helps: 1. Open run, to open press Windows key + R. 2. Type netplwiz and tap enter. 3. Select the user name or the Microsoft account. 4. Click on properties. 5. Under properties select Group Membership. 6. Under Group Membership select Administrator . 7. Click apply and ok. 8. Restart your system and check if it helps. Hope the information helps, if you have any further queries, feel free to post. We are here to assist you. Regards, Guru Kiran
If you can change to running the batch file from a shortcut instead of the command line then you could solve the problem by setting that shortcut to requiring Admin [right-click on the shortcut, Properties, Advanced, Run as Admin]. The desired standard UAC prompt will then appear whenever the shortcut runs. If you start the batch file from Task scheduler then that can be made to co-operate with you. It normally refuses to run shortcuts but you can work around the limitation - see Use Windows 7 Task scheduler to run a batch file minimised and with a specific icon
I opened netplwiz and there were 2 entries for my microsoft account. One with a globe icon which was homeusers only and another which was homeusers;Administrators;Hyper-v Administrators. So I added the one that was global to administrators, rebooted and nothing different than what I report below. I do normally just double click the batch file on my desktop but I also tried the right click run as administrator and it wasn't any different. The commandline just waits for a password to be entered. And even if I enter the correct password the program doesn't run.
permission problem on a batch file
I want to have a simple .bat file with two actions: 1) net start WebClient 2) net use z: "https://....." (several of them) The first only works when I run the batch file as administrator. The second one succeeds bit the mapped drive is not visible under my account. So I first have to start the service, and then I can run the "net use" under my account. How can I run both commands under my account? I tried "runas.exe" on the first command, but it did not work, and it seems not logical.
Hi, Your Windows question is more complex than what is typically answered in the Microsoft Answers forums. It is better suited in TechNet forums . Please post your question in the TechNet forums. You can follow the link provided below to post your question: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/w8itpro Hope it helps!
[Worked Around] Windows 7 fails to boot and fails to boot safemode
Windows 7 fails to boot normally. System Recovery tried to help, but didn't. Each version of safe mode (normal, with networking, with command prompt) fail to boot (last driver loaded is classpnp.sys). I can get to the system recovery environment, and open up the command prompt. I tried enabling the boot log (ntbtlog.txt), but cannot find it (searches suggest that the file hasn't been created as the driver to do so hasn't yet been loaded... or something). I cannot run msconfig (don't have the correct permissions) - and no, I cannot run as administrator in the system recovery environment (if I can, please instruct how). Runas.exe only lists "basic user" as an available permission level. I keep finding posts that include instructions to "start windows 7, open up [x]..." - but I can't start windows 7! Version: Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit I have tried using only one stick of RAM, all USB devices are not plugged in, using the on-board graphics of the mobo, even disconnected the DVD and seco
The only devices connected to the mobo are a PS/2 keyboard and the HDD with Windows 7. (also case connection like the power button and two USB ports). No USB devices are attached. The other HDD is not connected as I taken the SATA connector out from the mobo. Boot fails if the data HDD is connected or not. The connected HDD has two partitions. C: 13 GB free of 244 GB (about 5% free) - has windows 7 (previous 90% capacity was a guess) D: 1.88 GB free of 221 GB (about 0.8% free) Ntbtlog.txt should be at C:\Windows\Ntbtlog.txt ? Doesn't seem to be there... This system was an upgrade from Vista, so I have the upgrade DVD (both 32 and 64-bit). I would have though this would be a driver issue... I think the Windows 7 HDD has been pretty full for a while now... but that's why I'm asking :) Thanks for the reply
This is now the disk usage: C: 59.7 GB free of 244 GB (about 24% free) And still no luck - same symptoms (last thing loaded in safe mode is classpnp.sys). I am yet to do a HDD disk check. Will do so. Will also retry the standard recovery process again ("Last boot failed, windows will try to fix it..." thingy) I believe I managed to run the SFC scannow, but I will do again. Is the re-install of the upgrade version a clean install? We are finding the space on other hard drives to back up data, so I guess a clean install is possible...
C requires 37gb free for win to function correctly (on your drive size) A boot log is only created if you select boot logging from the Safe mode options, allthough I believe you said this did'nt help If a third party driver was involved I would have expected a Safe Boot to function. I think you should run the HD makers free bootable disk checking utility, and perhaps also the bootable from www.memtest.org Various options to run the system file checker http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/139810-sfc-scannow-run-command-prompt-boot.html The re-einstall of the upgrade version requires that the prior win version is first installed allthough this workaround has been documented http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/windows-7-upgrade-scenarios
You say HD is at 90% capacity, that been the case what size is the formated drive & how much free space? Win7 requires 15% of formated capacity as free space in order to correctly function. By defalt Ntbtlog.txt file is located in the %systemroot% folder You also mention two HD's, if the none win drive is disconnected (remove its pwr connector) does it still fail to boot? If the win drive contains data you might be advised to slave it to another PC in order to recover any data, before proceeding with any other win recovery operations. Do you have the actual MS win dvd, or only the system makers recovery disks?
In the end, we found space on other HDDs on other computers and copied the data we wanted off. Then, we used the Windows 7 upgrade disk to re-install Windows 7 (choosing the custom install instead of the upgrade install when presented with the option). It renames the exiting Windows directory on the C drive to Windows.old. It also seems to clear out all the program installs in Program Files and Program Files (x86). Also, the users are all gone (which we copied over anyway). But it does seem to keep most other things that are on the root of the C drive. We are now in the process of updating and re-installing the programs needed. Thanks for the help.
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