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It is W7 SP1 with one extra hotfix for a very limited number of computers which have issues with the regular W7 SP1. I don't know if it will help you or not but it's possible your computer is one of those rare cases it was designed for.
 
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It doesn't give me the option to choose that. It just says download and it downloads what version it has.
 

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I downloaded the one I needed but i didn't realize that when I ran the disc it would completely reformat my computer back to factory. I lost all my school work. Now, when I did the updates this time around, it's stuck in a loop when it boots up. in the middle of restarting, my computer shut off and then rebooted with a blue screen. It continues this loop and I can't get it to stop. I'm having to borrow a friend's computer to do my schooling. How do i get my computer to stop the loop??

The error message is:
DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_ EQUAL.

This is on the blue screen each time it loops.
 

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Try this: Shut down, put in the installation DVD again and then boot the computer to the DVD. Go to the installation screen again and run the "start-up repair" option in the bottom left corner.

It could also be that you need the latest drivers. What make & model computer do you have? You should be able to get the drivers from the manufacturers website and if you tell me make and model I can help point you there.

Also which OS version (Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate) and bit-size (32 or 64) did you install? Many drivers are 32 or 64-bit specific, so get the right one.

As for your data, unless you completely reformatted before install, it can likely be recovered from windows.old by running a specific fix-it tool from Microsoft found HERE. But your computer needs to be stable so don't do it if your computer is still constantly blue screening.
 
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Computer model: HP Pavilion DV7 3079wm 64 bit
OS: Home Premium

I didn't reformat anything. After I installed the disc, it's fine. It started the blue screen loop after I was trying to do the Windows Updates that were needing to be done. There were 148 of the important updates. While it was restarting to configure, it shut down/turned off because of a Windows error.
 

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Like I said, try booting again from the Installation DVD and run "start-up repair" to see if it helps.

It's also quite possible there is a windows update that is loading a driver which is causing problems. I suggest you disable the Windows Update option to treat recommended updates the same as critical updates (because that is how driver updates are slipped in with your Windows Updates).
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Get your drivers directly from HP, HERE.
 

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Christina, It is possible you have hardware problems. Doesn't your school have any techs that could take a look at your computer? As more and more things seem to go wrong I think it is a good idea to turn to local help because they can physically see what is going on where I obviously can't.

As for disabling the updates, yes you have to log in first so that needs resolved but I was hoping the start-up repair would fix that but now with your "won't start" issue I'm thinking this all may be because you might have hardware problems.
 
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My schooling is all online but a friend of mine just sent me an email stating they have a friend that he may be able to help. But I do appreciate the effort you have made to help me. Thanks again.
 
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Check the hard disk for bad and corrupt sectors. Repair them with the help of Disk Check-Up utility. Here are the essential proedures:

1. Double click My Computer desktop icon.
2. Right click a partition, select Properties.
3. Click Tools ->> Check Now.
4. Start the actual process.
 

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