Among several reasons, an interrupted Windows update is one of the major causes that can lead to Windows boot failure. So, before deciding to install any Windows update, it is advised to make sure that your computer battery is in the condition to support the complete process, just in case the power goes off.
In worst conditions, such problems can compel you to use your last available data backup or a hard drive recovery solution to recover lost/inaccessible data, let's see how.
Consider a real instance when a Windows 7 user tries to upgrade his operating system without ensuring the availability of proper power backup. The user installs the upgrade and as soon as the computer shuts down, the auto installation of updates starts. Since the UPS (or Laptop battery) is not charged, the computer shuts down without letting the updates to install completely. At next attempt of starting the computer, it won't boot resulting in below error message on screen:
“A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.”
Rebooting the computer does not help either.
Windows installation has been damaged by an interrupted Windows update.
How to Solve?
You might be able to solve the above or similar issues using one of the following techniques:
Boot your computer using Windows install disc and use ' Last Known Good Configuration' option to restore your Windows 7 computer to the last working state.
Boot your computer using Windows install disc (or repair disc) and try options like, 'Startup Repair'
If possible, take the corrupted hard drive out of the computer and attach it to a working computer to backup the data you need. You can then safely re-install Windows.
However, if backing up the data is not possible and you do not have previous backup, use a hard drive recovery software to scan and restore the lost data. A Hard Drive Recovery application can even scan an unbootable hard drive and extract all possible information in exact format.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a reliable and effective solution to recover lost/inaccessible data from hard drives. Compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000, this Hard Drive Recovery Software includes various advanced options like, disk cloning, disk imaging, RAW data recovery, and more.
Error Post an Interrupted Windows 7 Update