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Won't boot unless I use "EDIT BOOT OPTIONS (F10)" at boot screen

Q: Won't boot unless I use "EDIT BOOT OPTIONS (F10)" at boot screen

In order to get my laptop running I have to press F10 at the boot, which brings me to a screen that says:

edit windows boot options for: windows 7
path: \windows\system32\winload.exe
partition: 3
hard disk: 350f350f

In order to boot, I have to erase the text:
After that I can boot.


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A: Won't boot unless I use "EDIT BOOT OPTIONS (F10)" at boot screen

Hi, welcome to the forums

You could try checking the 'Environment Variables' options...

Click Start then right-click Computer and select 'Properties'. From there, click 'Advanced system settings' followed by the 'Environment Variables'. Have a look in the lower box to see if those exact options are there. If so, you should be able to delete them.

I cannot guarantee the effect of this as i've not had personal experience with the issue you're explaining.


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Is there a way to show a boot option asking you weather you want to boot in game mode or normal mode? What i mean by game mode is that on boot it only starts steam and geforce expericance, so then i dont have to quit all my third party applications, and on normal mode it starts everything.

Maybe something like this?

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I'm trying to do a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit but i can't get the installer to load.
I have access to a Xubuntu install and a OS X install.
The original hard drive Windows 7 was installed on stopped working completely. So, I've bought a brand new one.
I followed the steps I did the first time I installed Windows 7 - converting the iso to and img with OS X's hdiutil and the dd command to burn it to a USB.
This time I would just get a "please insert proper boot media" error.
I went to my Xubuntu computer (it's used like a chromebook - i'm not a big linux guy) and tried WinUSB.
These USB keys lead to a screen that had a flashing underscore a few spaces from the top of the screen.
It dawned on me that the first thing I did when I installed windows the first time was update the bios. So I tried flashing a few different BIOS versions, but none of them made a difference>
I really need help - I can't think of anything else to try
Thank you very much!
Cannot boot into Win7 installer. OS X made USB keys show "insert proper boot media" - Ubuntu made keys show "flashing underscore" - Tried 3 different BIOS versions. Win7 -has- worked here before...
*Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1155
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Motherboard
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650
Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3
Corsair 750W*

A:Cannot boot into Win7 installer. "insert proper boot media" and "flashing underscore"

From where did you buy Windows 7 Ultimate? Did you not get a set of two DVDs with your purchase?

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This screen came up after i deleted Nero through ad/delete and restarted my pc ,and i cannot get it to boot from cdrom despite changing the boot up sequence in BIOS..any ideas please??

A:blue screen at boot up "Unmountable-boot-volume"

This from TeckTips4U

"When booting up to Win XP you may get a error that reads "Unmountable Boot Volume". This is probably because your boot.ini file is messed up.

You can boot with your the XP CD and when you see the "Welcome to setup" screen press the letter R
You will get a dos-type prompt
Then type chkdsk /p (note the space before /p)and hit Enter
When that is done type fixboot and hit Enter
Y and Enter at the prompt
Then type exit and hit Enter
The system will now reboot into Windows

If for some reason that don't work for you, you can boot to the recovery console like above and...
Type chkdsk /r (note the space before /r) then enter
When done type "exit" and hit enter.
This will take longer, but the system should boot back into Windows."

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Hello Everyone.

I'm a newbie and like pistas, as you can deduce from my screen name. .

Alright, seriously, i have a bizarre situation with my laptop it may be a world first!!!. Details as follows:

OS: Vista Home Edition 32 bit. with latest Service packs installed. System runs fine except two major issues of late.

Laptop (the one this query concerns):Acer Aspire 3682.

1) Problem (Multi faceted): The vista boot loader loads on start up with 'Edit Boot Options' menu when the keyboard is connected to the motherboard. However, when i unplug it (the keyboard) from the motherboard the 'Edit Boot Options Menu' automatically does NOT appear and the OS loads just fine. I do not want this edit boot options to appear as it is a nuisance.

Note: i have read numerous 'tutorials' about how to 'disable' the windows boot manager on this site and elsewhere and i'm also a geek professionally(attempted suggested solution eg tweak BCDEDIT, Start Up Recovery, no change). I can 'normally' figure solutions to most techie things quite easily. Except this one it seems. Replacing the keyboard is a possible solution, any other suggestions?

Secondly: The keyboard's Del key and Home key as well as 'RIGHT SHIFT+2' to give " (quotation marks) do NOT work. All other keys and functions work just fine. All keys on keyboard are intact like new (eg no dirt underneath the button). All worked fine before a re-install was necessary due to Disk Management issue, but bizzarely it has now stopped w... Read more

A:Vista: Boot Loader, Edit Boot Options and Keyboard, bizarre situation, world first?

Of all your problems, I think all I know how to help with will be your monitor issue. I suspect it's probably a physical problem with the pixels, (as in it's broken somehow) and there's not much you can do about it short of buying a new screen for it. But to be sure, try to take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool (type that in the Search bar in the start menu) and see if the ring appears in the picture. If it does, then there may be a software issue, although I doubt that would be a virus if that's all it's causing. If the ring doesn't show up in the pic, then it's probably just your monitor that's mess up and you need a new one.

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At Win login system Group denies access for insufficient rights. A hack created many users and groups and granted access to all but denied me 'owner' access to change or modify any of the accounts created nor could I create a new one.
Now it longer lets me log in to Windows on start-up. It will not allow for Safe Mode start with Command. It ignores Bio set-up to start from USB first, where I have my backup stored. I was able to get to the Edit Boot Options from F5 then F10. All other startup options from F5 and F10 give options only for Windows 7 startup or Diagnosis only. At Edit Boot Options window it reads: Edit Windows boot options for: Windows 7 Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe Partition: 1 Hard Disk: bd8cd9df [ /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN

A:Need to Edit Boot Options to boot from local USB Backup File at cmd Wi

Welcome to the forum. Is this a home or work pc?

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I just recently had a problem with my main hard drive which had a capacity of 20gb and so i decided to take it out and leave my second hard drive ( which was 160GB) in the system. But now i have the problem where the computer asks me to "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key" after 30 seconds of turning on my computer.
What do i do here?
I am completely lost.
Please help.

A:"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"

Hello Vinroy

You have removed the "Master" drive which XP booted to.
Now you will have to make the 2nd drive into the "Master"

Connect this 2nd drive using the connector which was used for the drive you removed.
Then change the jumpers on the drive to master.


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I have had my computer since Christmas, It has been working fine. Then I went on this morning as normal as can be, everything was booting up and I opened steam but it said no connection. Then a blue screen appeared and said something like" search DHP watchdog violation" then the screen went black but displayed the text "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"
I have no idea what to do and I need help. I searched this on tech guy and I tried to boot it with my CD/DVD Drive off which is what I saw worked on another persons thread but to no avail. Please help, also I use windows 8.

A:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device.."

The "DHP watchdog violation" could be caused by any number of things, typically within the OS. Which is a non-issue now since the PC won't boot.

What error do you get now when you try to boot? If it's the same or similar to "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key", then it sounds like the HDD (which is the primary boot device) cannot be found. Which typically indicates a HDD failure, but could also be just a loose/faulty data or power cable.

Enter the BIOS and verify if HDD is recognized properly, and if so, verify the boot order.

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I spent about 3 hours searching around the internet and have tried the solutions I found - nothing is working. Frustrated. Please help.

A:"Performance Options" dialog box appears every time I boot.

Hi could you tell us what you have tried already to solve the problem?

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My computer is an HP dv7 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium. When I turn the computer on, it only opens to the "Advanced Boot Options", but it does not respond to the keyboard, such as directional arrows and "Enter". On starting up I can hold down the F8 key and get the first BIOS page, but the same problem is there of not being able to effect any change with keyboard.

Prior to this problem developing, I had started my computer, and it went to the password sign in page as normal, but it indicated that I was "locked out" or something to that effect. The fingerprint reader light was blinking, but I've never set it up for that (I didn't know it had such a facility). I did a restart and the normal sign-in screen was there, so I signed in and updated my AVG Anti Virus 2014. I then I opened the Google Images search page, and it was from that point on that things got "weird", because the screen became greatly magnified. Perhaps I had inadvertently clicked on some option. Not being able to use the computer with the great magnification setting, I then did a restart, which brought me to the "Advanced Boot Options" page without any keyboard access.

I have tried removing the battery and then removing the BIOS battery, which only resulted in a page appearing which stated that the BIOS had to be reset. I was able to press "Enter" to make that happen, but then the "Advanced Boot Options" screen appeared agai... Read more

A:Computer only boots to "Advanced Boot Options" then freezes

What happened before this? did you drop something on the Keyboard? has it been wet?
Can you not get into the HP boot menu? not the BIOS but there should be a boot menu
which HP puts on these laptops. I think you can gain access to it by hitting F5 at boot start.

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Hello All,

I've installed Ubuntu to make a dual boot option with Win 7 a number times without major incident. On the advice of a tech friend I installed Zorin 9 trial version on a Lenovo G780. I never saw any kind of screen asking how I'd like to install it, i.e. dual boot, overwrite disk, etc. Zorin installed without a hitch and appears to be running flawlessly ... but there is now no sign of Win 7! I talked with my tech friend who uses Zorin 9 at home. He told me that since my 750gig HD is only 1/4 full Zorin most likely installed itself on a blank area of the disk and Win 7 & files are probably untouched but 'hidden'.

How do I get my files back? I can get a legit copy of Win 7 through work so I'm not concerned with keeping that particular copy. I can always replace Zorin, although I'm not so inclined to at the moment for obvious reasons.

As far as my own skill level is concerned, I rate myself as fairly low, but I've been told repeatedly by people who do tech support for a living that I'm amazingly good at following instructions.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Zorin installed: No Dual Boot Options Given. Now Win 7 is "gone"

Hello jmcd0264 and welcome to Seven Forums. Sorry for the delayed response but I just saw your question.

I'd suggest that you post a screen capture image of your disk management screen using this tutorial.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

This will let the Forum members see what's on your hard drive and offer suggestions on how to proceed.

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I dropped my laptop while it was on

after restarting, it only said "Please Wait.."

I tried installing a new hard drive
now, my fan gets really loud, then stops, and I get a screen saying, "All boot options are tried. Press <F4> key to recover."

pressing <F4> only restarts the computer, giving me same instructions.

I've tried booting from a windows 7 CD and USB, but I just get the same message :/

Thanks for any and all help!!!

A:"All boot options are tried. Press <F4> key to recover..."

Hi, first thing to do after a fall is to remove the battery, you can then try to boot from the mains only, you say you replaced the HDD, this would require you reinstall windows on this HDD, why did you do that? It is most likely a fall could have damaged connections the RAM seat would be first, it is important, did you remove the battery before replacing the hdd, as I said this is the first thing you should do.

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I was backing up my hard-drive when, zapppowwww, the computer shut off..... when I turned it back on, I get only the manufacturers logo screen (pre-boot) .... eventually it goes to black with the phrase :

"Reboot and Select proper Boot Device or insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device."

Have I lost my Hard drive at the critical moment during backup?? :-( Please help!

A:Randomly: "Reboot and Select proper Boot Device or insert Boot Media in selected.."

Yes it sounds like your C drive has developed problems

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We are getting the above error randomly on some of the laptops we have deployed. The error comes right after you boot or when the windows 7 is left running. There are no special software running. The error in details is below.
"The boot configuration Data (BCD) settings for the following boot application have changed since Bitlocker was enabled
boot appplication: \windows\system32\winload.exe
change settings: 0x26000090
You must supply a bitlocker recovery key to start this system.
Confirm that the changes to the BCD settings are trusted.

If the changes are trusted then suspend and resume bitlocker. This will reset bitlocker to use the new BCD settings.
Otherwise restore the original BCD settings"
Can anyone please explain on how to correct this error. As before this is happening on few of the machines and we are seeing more as we go. Any tips would be nice...Thanks

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I have a Win XP desktop which had problems with the hdd. The hdd and disk drive were connected to the same IDE bus(the motherboard only has one), the disk set as slave, the hdd as master. The computer worked fine except for errors with the hdd. I purchased a new hdd, and copied all contents of the old hard disk over using acronis migrate easy. In order to do this, I had to disconnect the disk drive, and connect the new hard drive in its place. The cloning process went smoothly and when I disconnected the old hard drive, I was able to boot into the new one. Everything worked fine, but when I connected the disk drive and rebooted, I got the error message:
"reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device"
How do I fix this?

A:Solved: "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot d

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Computer won't boot "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key." everytime i turn on the computer a black screen pop up saying
"Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 083)
Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
This product is covered by one or more of the following patents:
US5,307,459, US5,434,872, US5,732,094, US6,570,884, US^,115,776 and
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller Series v1.27 (10/31/11)
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom.
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key."
i can't even do anything on the computer and when trying to use the media disk it stays on a black screen.

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XP is trying to boot up as normal, but gets to the "Verifying DMI Pool Data" bit and then requests that you "Boot from CD"
Have tried going into the Advanced BIOS menu and changing boot priorities 1, 2 and 3 to "Hard Drive" - no help
(NB. 1st option, "Hard disk Boot priority" (where it says press enter) cannot be changed from "Bootable Add in cards". Not sure if this is significant)

Have tried with an XP disc to use Recovery Console with chkdsk /p . It scans the partition and can tell me there is a problem but doesn't attempt to do anything with it.

Please help! I'm utterly stumped!!

Julie x

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I have a bizare problem with my Satelite C660-1DK; I can only boot to my Windows using Fast Boot option, if I switch to Normal Boot, the screen goes black and it shows Boot Failed - [DEVICE NAME HERE], where the device name starts with the HDD and ends with the USB(if plugged ofc). What would be causing this problem? And how to particulary solve it?

Notes: SATA is set to AHCI Controller.

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The complete message is "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

Asrock extreme3 gen3 z68 motherboard
intel i7 2600k
16gb g.skill ram
1.5TB WD harddrive
64GB crucial m4 ssd
sapphire radeon hd 7970
Recently re-installed windows using a bootable usb as i have no optical drive
installed drivers and some software
Made SSD into a raid cache
went to reboot computer after some windows updates and now i get the above message.
Bios sees the hard drives
using the bootable usb for windows repair shows no installations of windows, and the cmd doesn't show the hard drives,
Things i have tried:
Turned the SSD back into a normal drive
Removed the SSD Entirely
Used bootable usb for windows repair
Used the CMD console from repair to try bootrec
Re-installing windows entirely
I found that windows repair doesn't recognize the windows installation on the HDD and also does not recognize the HDD itself.
On trying to re-install widows i was given no option to select a drive to install on, and it would not continue.
Put linux mint on a flash drive, It recognized the HDD but gave the error "Unable to mount 1.5 TB Volume - Adding read ACL for uid 999 to `/media/mint' failed: Operation not supported"

A:Message on boot "reboot and select proper boot device..."

Win7 doesn't much like RAID as we only see problems with it here. Is your mobo configured to run a SSD cache with RAID?

I would unplug all other HD's besides the SSD, reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, do a Clean Install Windows 7.

If it fails try wiping the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command and then define an Active partition as shown in Step 2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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Hi, I've encountered this error upon restarting my computer because when I accessed it this morning the screen was frozen on my screensaver and I couldn't get out of it.

I've tried using my recovery disc to use Startup Repair but my partition seems to be missing and when i use bootsect to look at my disk volumes it is also missing in there. When I try to restore my computer using a Windows 7 install DVD it only shows my "Backup" partition. I've also tried reordering the boot order in the BIOS.

A:"Reboot and Select boot device or insert boot media"

It would appear that your hard drive is having problems. First of all, do you have a current backup of anything important on the drive?

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Hi all,

I am not able to get into Windows due to problem booting and would greatly appreciate any help. Here is how it happened.

I was surfing the net and all of a sudden my screen frozed up while my harddrive suddenly went very quiet while its lights were still on. My computer did not respond so I tried to restart my pc. The screen then came up with the following error:

"Intel Boot Agent Version 4.0.19
Intel Base-Code, PXE-2.1 (Build 083)

PXE-E53: No Boot filename received

PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.

Boot Failure: System Halted"

I have WindowsXP installed but don't have the disc anymore so I'm hoping the solution to this problem will not require reinstallation or the disc. Also, I have not made any recent changes on my computer settings so this error seems to be have come up out of nowhere. My computer had been working fine before this and I have no idea why this error happened.

(Not sure if this info will help or even relevant but I have a router and a home network set up with another computer (a laptop). I did not make any changes on their setting prior to this error.)

In BIOS, under the BOOT tab, should I do anything with the "Intel Rapid BIOS Boot", "USB Boot" or the "Boot Priority" setting?
Thank you very much for any help in advance. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


A:"Boot Failure: System Halted PXE-E53 No Boot File Received"

"Intel Boot Agent Version 4.0.19 ...Intel Base-Code, PXE-2.1 (Build 083)
PXE-E53: No Boot filename received...PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.
Boot Failure: System Halted"Click to expand...

The above simply means that the machine is attempting to boot from LAN device.
You can try changing your boot priority to boot from the HD first, but it sounds like you just had a HD failure.

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Hi all,

So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)).
I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load.
I also end up at a OneKey Recovery as well.. unfortunately, the laptop does not have initial backup or user backup images.
I have a Windows 8 CD for repairing purposes.. however, I cannot load the BIOS/UEFI to change the boot order to load the optical drives first. I have also tried to remove the CMOS battery to fix it.. did not work. .
Also - Windows Boot Manager:
Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] -- does not load properly (leads to OneKey Recovery) Safe Mode (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Networking (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Command Prompt (doesn't load - tries to boot and load all files onto partition that is too small.. can't change partition?)
Enable Boot Logging Enable Low-Resolution Video Debugging MOde Disable automatic restart on system failure Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Display Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver
Start Windows Normally
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Recently I took a look at my girlfriend's PC as explorer crashed each time it was booted, even safe mode wouldn't work. I opted to re-install the OS from scratch. The only problem I had was that she needed some files backing up, so I had no option but to plug her HDD into a spare SATA bay I have in my own PC (80GB of data needed to be saved, I don't have an external HDD that big).

Anyhow, I backed up the files to a HDD I have in my computer and then re-installed Windows on her HDD in my own PC. I then put her data back onto the HDD. Everything worked fine in my PC, I was able to boot into Windows XP no problem. Please note I didn't install any drivers apart from any defaults the XP install detected and installed.

After putting the HDD (with the assumedly fixed XP install and recovered data) back into her PC I cannot get it to boot at all. I get the following error message:

Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key

I have tried the following and keep getting the same message:

1. Checked BIOS and set it to default.
2. Removed the system battery to hard reset BIOS.
3. Performed a full repair on the XP install using an XP CD.
4. Executed several commands in recovery console: bootcfg, fixboot and fixmbr.
5. Used chkdsk, HDD appears to be fine.
6. Unlpugged everything, checked connections, etc.

I assumed it was some kind of driver issue from using my PC for the fresh install, but as repair nukes the Win... Read more

A:XP won't boot "Reboot and Select proper Boot device".

I would boot with the WinXP cd in her pc with her hard drive. Start WinXP setup, delete the partition on the hard drive and continue installing windows. (make sure you still have that backup!)
It is not a good idea to install Windows on a hard drive meant for another pc. Unless the computers are identical (especially the motherboards) otherwise there is a good chance you will have driver and performance issues.

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HP Pavilion a1423w
Windows 7 32 bit
1024 MB Ram
At first my computer would only turn on with just the fan, on another forums it said to unplug all cables and hold the power button for 30 seconds, after I did that, I was presented with the message, "Reboot and select proper boot device" EVERY TIME! I was told to make sure ATA was enabled in the BIOS. it is. still same message, I tried to put a Windows 7 installation disc to see if I can enter command prompt and type "bootrec.exe /fixboot" I get a message, "the device is not ready"

please help me. I have mine and my sister's valuable information on this computer

A:will not boot. "Reboot and select proper boot device"

Hi there,

Hmmmmm.....it's possible that you might have a faulty hard drive. Do this, go to a working computer an download a good hard drive diagnostics utility called "SEATOOLS". Here is the link to the Seatools program: SeaTools | Seagate

Download Seatools and put the program onto a bootable device (e.g. CD). Boot the computer to the Seatools CD, follow the on-screen instructions, and scan your computer hard drive for any errors. Make sure you use both short and extended test.

Hope everything works out well and please provide an update when you can, thank you.

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I have had my new laptop for 76 days now and it has been fine apart from not finding my headphones via bluetooth. But anyway. In the morning i got my laptop and opened it up and turned it on, as you do. Then i log in and up pops the silly youtube video i was watching the night before. 2 seconds later the whole thing crashses and 2 or 3 minutes later says its trying to do an automatic recovery. This fails about 30 minutes later and i get this error

'Your PC Needs to Be Repaired

The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.

File:\WINDOWS\system32\winload.exe Error code: 0xc0000102

You' ll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your system administrator.'

I have Rebooted and have been all through the various menus when you try boot it but to no help. I cant figure out whats wrong with it and nothing looks out of place or in the wrong settings.

I have nothing with windows 8 on it (CD or USB or anything) because it came pre-installed. I dont want to loose all the stuff i have on it either.

A:Windows 8 Boot Error "Missing Boot Files"

This matter is being dealt with here

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Hi there!

One of our CPUs and monitor gave up most of the ghost. I monitor is hosed, I tested so that is no biggie... But the CPU says that the CPU fan is not running, press F2 to continue boot or it will shut down in 5 seconds.
If I press F2, it boots fine. I have a new HD in the CPU because my boss REALLY needed his computer and I had a spare. So he is set, but I am still dealing with his old one. I have checked the fans on the PS and the MB. BOTH are working. So am I missing something? It is a HP pc 864n Media center.


A:Error message "CPU Fan is not working" On boot. Press F2 to boot...

It could be that the CPU fan is connected directly to the PSU rather then on the CPU_FAN connector on the motherboard &/or the CPU fan is spinning at such a low RPM level that the motherboard cannot detect it.

If the CPU fan is spinning & the temps are decent, then you shouldn't worry.

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I really messed up this time. I am using my husband's computer because mine won't boot. I get the message:
"Windows didn't start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your reference manuals for additional information."

Well, that sort of thing is beyond me. But first, my system and how I got into this mess:
Dell Dimension 8200
Pentium 4, 2.00GHz
WinXP Home Ed.

Trying to get rid of the screen that prompts you on boot-up to select an OS and counts down the seconds, I went from My Computer>Properties>Advanced and unchecked the first box, the one that has a place to the right where you say how many seconds to display the OS choice. I had changed that choice to "0" many times, but eventually the choice screen always came back, so I got the idea of unchecking the whole box.

Then--I forget exactly which part of Properties this was in--I found the two OSs listed. They were the same, except that the one that was selected had a few words after it that began with "No"--maybe "No selection"? (This problem of having to make a choice on boot-up started when the computer was new and something went wrong and a Dell technician had me reinstall the OS.) I thought maybe I could get rid of the annoyance by selecting the other OS, and did it.

I also looked... Read more

A:No boot:"Could not read the selected boot disk." Heeeelp!

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Hi guys, a new member here. I hope you can help me with my problem.
I have 2 HDD. both of them have Windows 8.1 installed. When they are both connected, everything is working just fine. I can boot to any of them. The problem starts when I try to disconnect 1 of them. Lets call them "A" and "B".
Picture 1 is showing when only HDD "A" is connected. Enter and Press F8 options do not work.
When i use Press F9 it gives me an option to choose which OS i want to boot in (Picture 2), even there is only 1 OS.
When I choose the one on the bottom, it's working and I can boot to Windows.
When only HDD "B" is connected I cant boot to windows at all. It gives me an error (Picutre 3) : The boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing....". I've tried to repair it with my Windows installation USB (Picture 4) but that didnt work either. I even tried to use Command prompt commands (bootrec /rebuildbcd, /fixboot. nt60) but no luck.
When I connect both HDD, everything is working just fine (Picture 5).
My problem is that I want to have only Hdd "B" connected because all my stuff are on that drive. The other one is just to have it ready if something goes wrong. I thought I will be able to boot if I just rebuild BootSector on drive "B" but I guess I was wrong.
Can someone help me with this problem please?
Thank you
Pic 1: Pic 2: Pic 3: Pic 4: Pic 5:

A:Windows wont boot " File: \Boot\BCD" error

Impossible to read the pics.

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Hi all,
Windows 7 Pro 32bit
I have a captured image and I booted into PE on my target system. I used Diskpart:

select drive 1
create partition primary
format quick fs=ntfs label="Win7 32bit"
assign letter="C"

Then I applied the image with imagex:

imagex /apply e:\testimage.wim 1 c:\

The image applied, but now when I try to boot (After removing the PE boot disc), it tries to network boot and gives me the message "Operating System Not Found. I made sure to reset my boot order to HD>removable>CD>Network.
Do I need to manually create a small partition responsible for booting? What steps do I take from here? I was surprised that googling didn't lead me to my specific problem, but mostly problems involving SCCM and large scale deployments.

Thanks in advance,

A:I deployed an image and then tried to boot it, but the system tried to network boot instead and then gave me the message "Operating System Not Found"

In your diskpart,you need to add


To make partition active

After applying image, you need to create BCD environment with:

bcdboot C:\Windows


Drive letter C: is whatever you used in command:

Imagex /apply e:\testimage.wim 1 c:\

If you would use two partition setup as suggested by other posters, then the small 100 MB partition would be C: and the "Windows" partition would be "D:". Hence, you would use

bcdboot D:\Windows

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I'm a new poster in this forum. I just got a boot error today that I haven't been able to resolve by myself, so I thought I should get some help.

I'm currently running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit. I have two hard drives in this PC. One is an Intel SSD (on which my Windows 7 is installed and is the active partition), and a 1TB hard drive. This computer has been up and running for 1 1/2 years now without any issue.

Yesterday I updated Norton and ran its Registry Cleaner and might have started this problem.

So the problem is when I boot my computer, every thing is normal until before the Windows 7 logo screen. Prior to today, it just goes there without any issue. But today, I received an error: "CD ROM Boot Priority Error - No medium". I have an Asus motherboard, and it has the F8 option to select boot device. So I reboot my computer, hit F8 and select my SSD, and Windows 7 is able to boot correctly and without any issue. Then I check my BIOS to make sure the boot order is correct and it's set to
3-CD Rom

But everytime it would display me that error. Yes, I have a workaround by pressing F8 during POST and I'm able to boot to Windows 7. But I'd like to get rid of this error. I ran the Intel diagnostic software on my SSD and the drive is okay and healthy according to it.

Any idea on this one? I appreciate the help!

A:Getting "CD Rom Boot Priority No Medium" error, but still able to boot

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Probably the easiest way is a system restore to a point in time before you updated Norton.

If that solves the problem you can always update Norton again, but this time don't use the registry cleaner.

Windows 7 does a pretty good job of taking care of business and personally, I think using a registry cleaner is unnecessary and can cause more problems than it solves.

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Recently my PC stopped responding, so i waited (an hour), and my PC still didn't respond(no Ctrl ALT Del, no Ctrl Shift Esc) so I cut the power supply(probably not the best thing to do) and restarted. After starting up the login screen didn't appear, instead i got a black screen(PC still running), so I cut the power supply(again probably not the best thing to do) and restarted. Like I expected I got a BIOS error screen telling me there went something wrong and asking to start normally or to start startup repair. No matter what i chose, I always got the following error:

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The boot selection failed because a required boot device is inaccessible
It advised me to use the installation DVD and select repair system. So I did what it said But the setup was unable to repair my PC. It asks me if I want to send details to MS In this dialog I choose view problem details and I get this:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 21201008
Problem Signature 05: ExternalMedia
Problem Signature 06: 3
Problem Signature 07: CorruptFile
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033
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A:"Boot device inaccessible" error during boot

Try these free, bootable diagnostics:

H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)

In particular, run the Hard Drive diagnostics on your D: drive

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Ok, I just built my first computer last night, and everything went great! I hooked everything up nice and neat, made sure all the connections were tight, and then I read the Manuel before I turned it on to know what to expect.

Sure enough, the manual says, "If one short beep occurs, then the installation was a success and no errors have been detected."

Well, that is the beep that I got, thank God!!

After the beep, the screen then shows the diagnostics of what is in the computer. at the bottom of the screen it says "Press F1 to Continue or F2 to go into setup." So I pressed F1, and then the screen comes up, and shows all of my hardware like my HD's and it saying, "Capability ... DISABLED." on both.

Then on the bottom of the screen it says, "From CD: BOOT FAILURE, INSERT DISC TO BOOT"

Well, I live with my parents and to say the least, they were not pleased, because they said this system, was going to turn into a money hole. I personally am proud of myself for doing EVERYTHING right, and am very disappointed that this is happening. After I told my parents the Error, they said I shouldn?t touch it until I?m done with school (I am still going to work on it when you guys give me some ideas). So, the other computer I have, the dreaded Compaq, I put jus the basics back in, the PSU that came with my new case, a stick of RAM, and once HD that has my OS on it.

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Insert your XP Cd and run a windows repair on your computer.

Also, make sure your HDD is being detected by your system. You should be able to see you hard drive listed in the bios. (Is it an IDE drive or SATA)?

(ps. I deleted your other identical thread. No need for two as it just confuses things)

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I've been having a problem with the clock/date/time resetting to May 14 2004. Replaced the battery on the motherboard. Ran XoftSpy, super AntiSpyware, MBAM & AVG Free in safe mode last night. Didn't pick up anything. Came down this molrning & got this error message on boot
"Boot failed at checkpoint PnP1"
Memory Read write failed at 5FF90000 Read Failed at F916F906 Expecting at F916F916
Memory Address Line Failed at 5FF90000 Read failed at F916F906 Expecting at 06060606
Not sure what any of that means. Thoughts? Anyone?

A:XP Won't boot "Boot failed at checkpoint PnP1"

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I wasn't really sure which forum to place my question in as I don't really know what the problem is. So feel free to move this as needed. This may be fairly long winded but I want to give as much information as I can. Thanks in advance to anyone reading this over!

Last night I was playing games on my computer when my monitor suddenly went black. The signal still seemed to go through (LED was still green) but I couldn't see anything and my 2nd monitor was working fine so I don't think it's the video card. It happened the night before and upon shining a flash light on the screen I could still see what should have been there. I figure the back lighting on the main monitor is going so I'll have to buy a new one . Since I couldn't see what I was doing I alt+F4'd out of any programs I could then, using the windows key, I attempt to just shut down the computer blindly. However, I think I only put the computer to sleep (which I never normally do) instead of turning it off. I think nothing of it and just leave the problem for the morning.

After work the next day I power up the machine and still have a dead monitor so I switch the monitor cables in the back making my normally secondary monitor my primary. I see the usual loading screen except now it's running a memory test which it never normally does. It reads:

Memory Testing : XXXXXXXK OKClick to expand...

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A:Computer won't boot; "Disk boot failure"

Talked to one of my tech friends and he was able to get the computer working. The monitor seems to be a lost cause but that's easier to swallow at least. He had me reset the CMOS. In case anyone else has this problem I'll outline the process below.

Power down the computer then unplug and switch off your power supply. Ground yourself and then look for the battery on the MOBO (big watch battery looking thing). Take that out and then hold down the main power to your computer for 5-10 seconds. Now, put the battery back into the MOBO then hook up the power supply again and switch it back on (in that order). Power up the computer and you should be good to go. I had to do another restart afterwards for it to fully reset the BIOS but after I did that the computer powered back up as normal.

My monitor problem still exists but that is an easy fix. But I wanted to post this in case anyone else comes across this problem. I supposed you can make this thread as solved!

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So i was playing Doom 3 and the game crashed so badly that i had to restart my computer (im running Vista 64bit by the way) and upon restarting it, it gets to the BIOS screen but after that it just goes black and nothing happens, i have tried the F8 thing but all that brings me to is this boot menu, but not advanced boot options, i have also tried pressing F8 or F5 after i selected hard disk from that boot menu, still nothing happens. So i cant access "restore to last good system configuration" because F8 doesnt take me to the right menu to do so. Also i dont have a vista install disk so am i SOL and have to just get another disk or upgrade to windows 7? or is there some other way to do this? Any help is appreciated!

A:Cant boot past BIOS screen, no Advanced boot options menu

Let's first see if this is a hardware problem. Try these free, bootable diagnostics:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
http://www.carrona.org/memdiag.html (read the details at the link)
http://www.carrona.org/hddiag.html (read the details at the link)

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anyone have one of the Ebay 89 buck Netbooks?
ostensibly runs Windows CE from ROM. Can they be booted with SD card or memory stick?

A:Solved: 7" Netbook boot options?

There are usually forums that specifically discuss a particular brand of computer or modding or something similar. You'll get far more responses and more information at a more specific forum.

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Hey folks,

My first post on here but I'm in serious trouble. I got a "new" (to me anyway) desktop running XP today and found the audio hardware wasn't working. So I pillaged an old machine for its sound card, and inserted that onto the motherboard. Also connected the Aux and CD lines to the top of the daughterboard.

Since then, to my horror, the machine has failed to boot. All plugged in, keyboard working, screen on and being used on another box for this very post. All I get now is the usual chirps from the internal soundcard followed by a few very low notes, definitely depressing so I guess they're suggesting something's failed. There's no further action from the CPU, the fan still works, but there is no screen output whatever.

Have I fried the motherboard without realising?!

Also, ironically, the last failure tone was delivered by my speakers through the originally non-responsive audio hardware!

I'd love a bit of help on this one, because my knowledge of computers' insidey bits is pretty poor.

Many thanks,


A:Desktop boot problem after sound card "meddling"... just a "beep" failure tone.

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Help, please!

I turned on my computer and got a black screen with the message: ?Reboot and Select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key?

I had no prior warning or problems with my computer.

I hit F1 for the setup menu and there is no hard drive listed under channel devices on the main Tab! It says [None] for First and Second Channel Device 0 and 1. The CD and DVD drives are listed under Channel Device 0 and 1. For Installed Memory it says ?1024 MB/PC2-3200 and Memory Bank 0 and 2 show 512 MB/DDR2 SDRAM. Core Version says 08.00.10 and BIOS Revision says 3.18 2/16/05.

Under Advanced tab, it lists CPU type as Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz with HT Technology and it lists the CPU Speed and Cache RAM.

If I go to advanced under Boot Device Priority, hard drive group is listed but has parentheses around it. To the right, it says that means the device has been disabled in the corresponding type menu, but I don?t see it anywhere as disabled.

I bought this tower several months ago used and it has no warranty. There was no boot cd with it.

The really scary thing is that I cannot get into safe mode or system recovery. It just goes back to the black screen with the message when I press F8 or F10!

Can anyone help with any suggestions other than buying another hard drive? I am on Social Security and it was a real hardship to buy the last one. It is a HP Paviliona1023c. I have Windows XP Home SP3.

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A:black screen with "Reboot and Select proper boot device....."

In the bios setup menu, do you have the hard drives set to IDE mode?

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Hi guys!
I'm really in desperate need of more heads to work on this.
I know this is a long post, but it's basically info you're gonna need anyways. Please i need the help - If you don't feel like reading, Just skim over the underlined titles..
I have been trying all sorts of things, since this problem started, yesterday .. And my head feels like it's splitting from all this trial and error, and continuously not working.
I'd consider myself a fairly experienced user, and I've figured out some things already (just not enought to fix) so it should not be too hard helping me - i just hope any of you have any thoughts on this problem. I will do my best to explain every important detail, as well as possible

My specs:
Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
Intel core 2 Duo processor T5550 1.83 GHz
4 gb ram
- Connected to Samsung Monitor (might/might not? have something to do with it)

So the story goes: Yesterday afternoon i installed the game "Borderlands". Everything went smooth and started playing it. Without problems i started singleplayer and watched the first cutscenes, HOWEVER right after as i could interact (gamewise) it just froze, and stuttered really, really badly.. That went on for 3 mins or so, while i could not do anything to stop it. Before i did a hard shutdown myself, the computer just restarted.
The actual problem: I get stuck on the "Starting windows" logo/screen

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A:Nvidia driver? is stalling boot at "Starting Windows" screen

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Is there any way to load the "Screen Saver Settings" dialog/ control panel at boot-up/ login in a similar fashion to applications?

If not, then would I need to write a software program of some type via OS-specific commands (I presume) for opening this dialog to be executed at boot-up/ login e.g., VB, C, or C++?

Thanks for your replies! :-)

A:Load "Screen Saver Settings" Dialog at Boot-up/ Login?

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Hi guys!
I'm really in desperate need of more heads to work on this.

I know this is a long post, but it's basically info you're gonna need anyways. Please i need the help - If you don't feel like reading, Just skim over the underlined titles..

I have been trying all sorts of things, since this problem started, yesterday .. And my head feels like it's splitting from all this trial and error, and continuously not working.
I'd consider myself a fairly experienced user, and I've figured out some things already (just not enought to fix) so it should not be too hard helping me - i just hope any of you have any thoughts on this problem. I will do my best to explain every important detail, as well as possible

My specs:
Acer Aspire 5920G
Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
Intel core 2 Duo processor T5550 1.83 GHz
4 gb ram
- Connected to Samsung Monitor (might/might not? have something to do with it)

So the story goes: Yesterday afternoon i installed the game "Borderlands". Everything went smooth and started playing it. Without problems i started singleplayer and watched the first cutscenes, HOWEVER right after as i could interact (gamewise) it just froze, and stuttered really, really badly.. That went on for 3 mins or so, while i could not do anything to stop it. Before i did a hard shutdown myself, the computer just restarted.

The actual problem: I get stuck on the "Starting windows" logo/screen

..to expand on this, the logo moves as normally for a wh... Read more

A:Nvidia driver? is stalling boot at "Starting Windows" screen

The first simple thing you can do is take out your graphics card and check for any signs of damage,
I have blown a 6200 and a 8400 before trying to play games not compatible with them. Signs to look for a black marks and such, also check to see if the fan spins when the computer starts up. Try moving your video cable to the onboard graphics, system should work and if it does you need a new graphics card, dont feel bad, your not a gamer till you blow a nividia card

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Dear everybody,

I have a Asus G73JW laptop with 2 x 500gb HDD, both has two partitions;
Win7 ultimate; 64 bit;
Nvidia geforce GTX460M, 1,5gb;
CPU: :Intel Core i7 - 740QM, 1,73 GHz; Ram = 8GB;
EAX advanced HD 5.0; THX trustudio
Security: AVG antivirus with windows firewall on at all times.
This laptop has not been the same since my wife, accidentally opened a zip file which was attached to an e-mail. I reinstalled windows [ must admit I did not format the windows partition, before installing it ]. I restarted after each and every installation of the different drivers. I got the 1st BSOD whilst installing Nvidia drivers. After this I started getting random BSOD on shut down and start up. I uninstalled the Nvidia driver and restarted the laptop and noticed that it installed an older driver for Nvidia. It was okay for a couple of days , but then I got a BSOD boot loop, I then did a MBR repair which seemed to work for a couple of weeks. This past weekend my wife and I was on sites advertising cars that are for sale and used google maps to get to the different dealers. The laptop's power cable disconnected by accident, battery went flat during the night and when I restarted it , it initially showed a BSOD, restarted and since then I get this black screen of death. The Asus logo does not even come up, the keyboard lights come on and you can hear the HDD running and later the DVD drive, but nothing else happens. I cannot get into the BIOS [ F2 is suppose to get you into it, but ... Read more

A:BSOD turned into "Black screen of death" -cannot boot into BIOS.


Firstly keep your wife off the machine

Try this (It may or may not work):

Shutdown the computer and remove power lead, take out the battery and press the
power button for 40-45 seconds then reattach the battery and plug in the power cord.

Does the laptop boot now?



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I have been experiencing an issue for the past two hours or so. I booted up my laptop only to find that the laptop would not boot past the "Please Wait" screen. From here, there is absolutely nothing I can do other than move the cursor. I tried looking for a way to boot it into safe mode, but I was stunned to find there is no way of doing it without booting into the OS itself at least once, and the method of 'turning it off and on three times using the power switch' did nothing. From here, I have no idea what my options are. From what I've read this issue is typically the result of a interrupted update. This could very well be the case, since I unplugged my laptop this morning and set it to shut down, so it very well could have run out of energy during the process.

What can I do from here? I should have a recovery drive on the second partition of my Hard Drive, however I don't know how I could boot that from the recovery menu in the BIOS options. Can someone help me with what I can do to fix the problem?
All help greatly appreciated.

A:Windows 8 Asus K55VD stuck at "Please Wait" boot screen.

Hi have you tried CTRL+ALT+DEL that should take you into a menu where on of them is to do a factory reset or run the trouble shooter.

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This problem started just last night and I've gone through a series of possibilities, and I'm pretty sure I've ruled out it being the Video Card, at this point I'm assuming it is the Hard Drive, but I wanted to get an opinion that has actual value rather than my own >.<

Last night I shut down my computer via start menu and went to turn it back on and when I did the screen went blank/black after the "boot menu" (not 100% sure what that menu is called, its where its kind of blue (i have an hp) and you can hit Esc, F9, F10, F11). After that happened I figured oh well maybe it just loaded wrong, so I shut it off, now when I hit the power button, rather than having to hold it down, I just press it once even lightly and it just shuts down completely. Normally when you hit it you have to hold it down to shut it down completely (or so I think).

Now I'm currently using an 'Nvidia GeForce GTX 260' video card, I swapped that out with a working one which was an 'Nvidia GeForce GT 520', not 100% sure if the 2 were compatible or not, but it fit and everything ok. Computer still did the same thing with the other video card. I didn't try the current one (in the broken computer) in the working computer, to rule it out completely. I just assuming that was the cast, besides it wouldn't fit in the other computer, or didn't have some of the cords.

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A:Problem with computer going to black/blank screen after "Boot Menu"

See if you can boot off something like Hiren's Boot CD and then run a hard drive diagnostic tool.

That will rule in or out a hard drive problem. It could be that your Windows system files got corrupted and maybe you could fix by doing a repair of Windows from a Windows 7 dvd.

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I have a no-activation volume license version of XP Pro. My friend used this exact CD (burned from an ISO) to upgrade one of his computers from winME to XP. I have gone through hell with it. Long story short, the installation goes fine, and when its all done, on the first boot, I see the black "Loading Windows XP" screen that usually appears for a very short time. The progress bar moves about halfway across (actually not a bar, its just 3 blue blobs, but it works the same way), the 3 lights on my keyboard (numlock, capslock, scrollock) flash, and it hangs. I can then turn numlock on and off, but not capslock or scrollock. Ctrl-alt-delete doesn't work. I can boot into safe mode. I have tried reinstalling it, even gone to the point of reformatting my drive. Still no go. I KNOW that XP will work on this machine, as I ran a beta of it hitch-free for 15 days (until I had to activate. My machine is more than powerful enough. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

A:XP Boot Hang... at black screen "Loading Windows XP"

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Hi all,

I'm not very pc-savvy so please bear with me..

Last night I was trying to update my iPhone to 4.0 using iTunes, and since it takes a long time I just went to bed and let it do its thing overnight. Come morning and my computer is restarted, stuck at "Boot from CD..", and my iPhone is still at 3.1, not updated. So something happened in the middle of the night... ? iPhone also froze in the morning as I tried to use it and I had to restart it. Not sure if it's what messed up my PC but I'm just stating the circumstances.

I tried to mess around with the BIOS and make it start from the hard drive, and now it's stuck at "verifying DMI Pool Data". Please help?

It's a rather old Gateway from 2005 and I'm using Windows XP.

Thanks in advance.

A:Stuck at boot screen "Verifying DMI Pool Data"

Solved... I found my old Windows CD and I rebooted from it.. I still don't understand what happened though........

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