This is an update on my unbootable laptop. For the initial repair operation you can read here: Ubuntu saved me once again. It seems that my fix using the Ubuntu was just temporary Today when I arrived from work, started my laptop but surprise, it didn’t boot again.
It entered the recover console again. I waited until it was finished trying to repair my system and the I read the generated report. Again there were some reminiscent files from the bad game installation. I wrote them down on paper so I could locate them after a reboot.
These files that kept me busy for 2 days are:
I should mention that the recovery report only contained 2 files at a time… so I had to run it a couple of times. After the first restart, I booted into Ubuntu and followed the steps mentioned in the previous posts but after restart, it still didn’t boot. After another restart the problem persisted but I had identified all the bad files.
I found myself face to face with the recovery menu so I chose to get into the command line. I navigated using the cd command to the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder where the bad files were located and I deleted them using the following commands:
> dir sfsync02.sys # will display the file if it exists > rm sfsync02.sys # will delete the specified file
After removing all the files, I went to C:\ and noticed a suspicious folder named .Trash… something. After looking into it I found copies of the files I had just deleted.
I removed the folder using the following command:
> rmdir /s .Trash # will delete the folder and all subfolders and files
After all of these operations I rebooted and my Windows 7 x64 Professional finally booted normally. I double checked this time to prevent an unpleasant surprise later.
I hope that my mishap will help you to fix your system faster and easier.