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    boot repair does not work

    On a Gateway desktop that was upgraded from Vista to 7 it sometimes locks up. Cntl/Alt/Del does not work. After powering down and rebooting it goes into a self repair but hangs up and does not complete a repair. Shutting down and leaving it sit overnight (but not 2-3 hours) will let it boot normally. My first thought was a heat problem but considering that the machine runs for days without an issue, I doubt it. Any suggestions are much appreciated.
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    Might want to run the appropriate Hard Drive Manufacture's Diagnostics and see if the drive is okay:

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    I suspect something may have been corrupted during the Upgrade install. This is one reason I always do and recommend Custom (Clean) installs. This just always gives me a more pristine installation. I realize this means installing all apps again, but again, a very pristine installation without the very weird problems. Quite iften the time spent on T/S a problem will more than make up for the extra time it takes to clean install.
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    In other words, a pristine installation will reduce the loss of hair, wrinkles and the gnashing of teeth.

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    a new issue

    Thanks for the advice but it creates a new question. The computer was updated to Win 7 using one of the three upgrades on a multipack DVD. The upgrade process will need to see a previous version of Windows to complete the upgrade, correct? What is the work around for that?

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    Have you ever tried booting in safe mode, in such circumstances? Or performing a logged boot?

    To be honest, I am never happy with guess based solutions until other options have been covered. This behavior is not normal, so when it happens, I would try to find what if anything specific is causing it.

    My personal experience with Windows upgrades is problem free. I never had issues upgrading Windows, which I have been using as a preferred method over clean installs. Configuring any of my systems for optimal use never costs me less than a full work day, so I just don't do it when an upgrade works. It has worked consistently over the years.

    The system locking up could point to an hardware issue, which would be consistent with the boot up issues afterwards. If you do not try other diagnostic efforts before going through the route of a no hard evidence based clean install, you run the risk of wasting that time as well, as the clean install won't solve hardware issues. So, in my opinion, there are other avenues that should be pursued before going into a clean install.
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