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Q: unable to access windows & also unable to format

hi, i bought lenovo ideapad 100s-11lby win-10 recently and i give to my freind to use he change password & forget i am unable access to windows please advice me how to make restore factory settings i try to format with usb in option FN+F12 i can see boot option but when i try to select up and down arrow is not working kindly help me how to solve my problem

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Preferred Solution: unable to access windows & also unable to format

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HCL PC, Windows 7 Professional, Intel® Core™2 duo 3GHz, E8400, 4GB Ram
My desktop has an E drive partition which cannot be opened, it says "You need to format the disk"#While trying to format it "Windows was unable to format the disk"#Disk Management shows "E: 167.88 Raw, Healthy (Primary partition), Trying to access it shows "You need to format the disk" cancelling it shows "E:\ not accessible, data error (cyclic redundency check)#Tried error checking under properties\tools of E drive- windows cannot access the disk.#Tried formating the E: as administrator in CMD formating complete till 100% and it shows error.Any help to recover my E: will be highly appreciated.

A:Unable to access E:(RAW) Windows cannot format the partition.

What is RAW file system - http://www.raw-file-system.com/
RAW Hard Drive - http://html5.litten.com/how-to-fix-external-disk-drive-suddenly-became-raw/

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Hey everyone,

My girlfriend has had her computer for well over a year now. Recently it's been crashing alot, mostly with the bluescreen, but on occasion just freezing.
Errorcode on bluescreen is: ***STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524,0xC0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)

Recently it has been impossible to enter windows, so we figured it'd be best to re-install windows. All we have is a windows XP CD, which is fine.

But when I put in the CD, it crashes with the same blue screen, I googled the errorcode and I found out that alot of people has had simmilar issues, and fixed it by going into BIOS and changing SATA mode from AHCI to IDE, but i cant find anything in BIOS that allows me to do so..

Here's a couple of the links I found on google, with suggestions on how to fix it.

Hard disk not detected [Solved]
Installing XP: ***STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524,0xC0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)? - Cyber Tech Help Support Forums
The computer is Acer

A:Unable to access windows and unable to re-install

I suggest starting all troubleshooting with the following diagnostic tests (in your case, please start with the Hard Drive diagnostics). They'll save you a lot of time and heartache if there is a hardware failure, and you'll have the disks on hand in case you need them in the future:


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) - Test ALL of the hard drives.
If you find hardware issues, here's a link to the hardware forums: Hardware Support - Tech Support Forum

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Free Online AntiMalware Resources (read the details at the link)
There are also free, bootable antivirus disks at this link: Free Online AntiMalware Resources - Bootable Disks
If you find malware, here's a link on how to post in the Security Center: NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum

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I have 2 ADATA 500 GB external hard drives. I plugged them into the USB port and the computer recognized them by name and installed the driver files. It assigned both of them a drive letter but then gave me a message saying that they needed to be formatted. I clicked ok since they are brand new drives and do not have any data on them, but the format failed to complete on both drives. I took both drives to another PC running Windows Vista and they were recognized and accessible. I even transferred a few files to them for testing purposes; however, when I plugged them back into my Alienware laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, then I got the same error. If I go to the disk manager, then I can see the drives by their drive letter and they are listed as healthy with a primary partition but the file format shows as RAW. I tried to use the device manager and uninstall the USB Mass Storage Device drivers for each drive and then I unplugged them and plugged them in again and I would get a device driver installation message that identifies the drives by name and tells me that the device drivers were installed correctly and that my devices are ready for use but then a few minutes later I will get a message telling me to format the drives. Please help. I've run out of things to try. I can still access my iPhone via USB and my USB wireless mouse still works so I know my USB ports are good.

A:Unable to access or format external hard drives

Try this link and see it helps ya any:

Windows Unable to Format External Hard Drive

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I made a pie chart displaying how our company's budget is allocated across different regions.

It's based on a query that's based on a table. The budget numbers in the table are all formatted as "Currency". It's also formatted as "Currency" in the query. And when I run the query, the data does indeed show up in $#,###.## format. But when I try to view this data in the chart, it comes up as completely unformatted #######.## values. The $ isn't even there.

A:Solved: Access 2007 - Unable to format chart numbers

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From first topic: Link is: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/271418/infected-unable-to-use-computer/ ~ OBI know I am infected, but unsure about where I would start. Basically:My computer was completely fine, my Monday evening regular virus/spyware searches turned up 0 results. Tuesday morning I went on the internet, got a few IE popups (even though I use Firefox). Decided to do a Malwarebytes scan and got over 750 infected objects infected. Let the scan finish and was told to restart computer, restarted and the problems started. I completely lost my desktop, no icons and no toolbar; a few more restarts and I managed to get them back but nothing else worked. Every program says I don't have the rights to access it or the computer has the resources to start.I can't access the internet and any scans I can run stop in the middle and give me the 'system resources' error.I'm not using that computer at the moment, since I'm completely unable to use it.Firstly I must ask, is is necessary to save the dds.scr and rootrepeal scanners directly to the desktop, or can they be moved there after being downloaded to another location? I can't access the internet on the infected computer so I will be unable to download them if they MUST be saved to the desktop. I have already managed to run a Win32kDiag scan (attached).Thank you for any help.

A:Infected. Unable to use computer., No desktop, toolbar, unable to access internet.

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.Please download OTL from following mirror:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.Push the button.Two reports will open, copy and paste them in a reply here:OTL.txt <-- Will be openedExtra.txt <-- Will be minimizedIn the upper right hand corner ... Read more

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Hi guys, my wife have for some days now, a little problem with her computer. She had some blue screen, un suspected shutdown and such, so she went and tryed to format... it went up to 32% then crashed. After restarting she had some computer beep error (seems like 3 long beeps to me) her computer run on Megatrend Bios or something like that. And today after trying to install a new Hard drive her computer dont do anything at all.. You start it and it goes on a no signal on screen. Not even possible to boot on cd anymore. Any suggestion (before i sleep on the couch hahaha)

forgot to mention the CHKDSK error we also got and then BOOTMGR

A:Unable to format windows 7

What's the make and model of computer?

Computer POST and beep codes
will help you work out what the beeps mean.

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I just got an external encasement for my 320GB SATA HDD. Everything was fine when i connected it. I accessed data, copied it , moved it etc. But when i wanted to formati it, it told me it was unable to do so. Its an NTFS, but when it told me that windows wasnt able to format it became RAW. It still shows as an HDD but i can't see how much free space it's got. Tried doing with dos, but it told me some weird shit and aborted the format. I managed do to a quick format after a restard..it took 10 seconds. I tried without a quick format and it failed again. Any ideas? And I'm positive it's not the hard drive-s fault. This partition was my system drive,if that's of any help. The other partition works just fine( as in the second partition of my external HDD). Also, storage manager says that the drive is healthy.

A:Windows was unable to format

try formatting using partition wizard

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when i open a disc its says prepare bank disc i name it anything and then it says prepare to format then
i wait then i get an error saying windows was unable to format :/ please i need this for my games.....

A:Windows was unable to format

What games are you talking about, and what disks?

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OS is Windows XP. The computer is 6 years old & have never had problems. Recently I'm unable to access internet Explorer. The white page appears and the "connecting" message...and there it stays. Also, I'm unable to download .net versions 2.0 through 3.5, which appears to prevent me from downloading other programs. One tech tried to assist me remotely & ultimately suggested seeking help from a Windows specialist--thus my finding tech Suppor Guy--great!! --Dutch--

A:Unable to access Internet Explorer; unable to download .net versons 2.0 through 3.5

would suggest system restore to before this happened first.if thats not possible post back

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With Windows 7 Home premium 64bit I'm trying to format a DVD-R and Windows cannot complete the format. Why?
Best regards.

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Good day everyone.
when I start my pc it nt loading windows it showing reboot and select proper boot device, so I decided to format and reinstall the same windows xp sp2, I changed boot sequence as 1st boot device to cdrom 2nd boot device to HDD and saved by presing f10 key then inserted windows xp cd into cdrom, it shows pres any key to boot from cd, I have not presd any key, it started to boot, it boots for sometime and then it shows pres enter to install windows,f3 to cancel setup, and other key (sorry I not remember) to repair windows. I presd enter to instal windows. As I pres enter it shows your hard disk is not detected check your hard disk is connected properly and it started to restart. Again I restarted and pres del button to view bios settings, when I pres del button, SATA-1 (ATAPI CD-ROM) is showing as detected and SATA-2 (HDD) as not detected. Then again I restarted pc, this time sata-1 and sata-2 both showing as detected, and I again started to boot from windows cd, when I insertd windows cd it shows pres any key to boot from cd. I have not presed any key and waited. It shows "disk error occured, pres ctrl+alt+del to restart" and sata-1 and sata-2 (specialy sata-2 hdd) showing sometimes detected and sometimes as not detected. Please anybody help me to solve this problem.

A:Unable to format and install Windows XP

Its difficult for me to decipher your wording so I'm simply going to say its my understanding one is supposed to go into the boot up area, set the CD ROM as the first to boot from, put the CD in the CD ROM slot, shut the pc off, start it back up & follow the prompts.
I've only done it a couple times so I will let a more experienced person take over. Good luck.

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My Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium PC is unable to format rewritable CDs. It appears to be starting the formatting process, but after about 30 minutes it ends saying Windows was unable to format it. I tried the Disk Management console and it stopped responding after some time. A rewritable CD that it failed to format, I could format it in the Live File System on another computer running Windows 7 32-bit Enterprise.Any help will be appreciated.

A:WIndows 7 is unable to format rewritable CD

RW CD's only need formatting after adding files, use erase button instead.

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I have a new computer, Dell Inspiron 580 Windows 7 64-bit. I was trying the "Format" option in Windows Explorer and got the following message: : Windows was unable to complete the format." I had a DVD R/W disc in the drive.

A:Windows was unable to complete the format

You do not format CDs or DVDs with Windows Explorer.

You can use a Program, like Nero Burning ROM or similar to create a data disk, or a CD or DVD "formatted" as UDF or UDF/ISO, which will allow it to be recognized in Windows Explorer like it was a normal folder.

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Hi,i bought two blank cds & when i put in disc tray & open it in my computer.it says format like a flash,usb drive,mastered format. I choose like a flash,usb method but it says windows was unable to complete the format. I had one blank disc before & same message appear.i thought problem is in the disc.so i throw that away. But now same issue with these two brand new balnk cds.what to do ? Same problem was in windows 8 too

A:windows was unable to complete the format

Are you trying to format CD-Rs? Brand new CD-Rs need not be formatted. You can just burn to them straight away.

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First of all, the drive on my laptop is DVD RW drive. I can use a CD RW disk in it, can't I?

I put a new CD RW disk in and a window popped up asking me if I wanted to format and giving me two options. I didn't think I had to format a new disk. Anyway, I chose the option that allows me to add/delete and make changes to the disk. That confused me because I thought I was supposed to be able to do that anyway with a CD RW. At the end, it said Windows was unable to complete the format. So then I erased the disk and I right clicked on it and selected format again. Again, unable to complete.

In Disk Management it shows as 577 MB RAW. I know this has to be NFTS, but how do I convert it.

To be honest I'm so totally lost. I thought this CD was ready to use and here I am running into all these problem.

A:Windows unable to complete format

You shouldn't have to format RW (ReWritable) disk before use, just burn it and it will format as it should be.

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Hi, I have a laptop with 2 HDD, 1 SSD used as the C drive and 1 500GB HDD used for storage. When I installed windows both drives were recognized formated and windows installed without issue. But when I loaded up my laptop the second HDD gives the message it needs to be formated. Let the formate run several times which took anywhere from 20min - 3 hours and it always failes. Ran clean all through diskpart then tried creating a new simple volume but same issue. The second HDD is not active and not partitioned. I had both HDD working with no issues before reinstalling windows.

A:Unable to format second HDD after reinstalling windows

After more tinkering I found read/write errors in the logs. Took apart the HDD and found one of the pieces wasn't attached and was just floating around the inside. Not sure how it broke as its never been dropped, might be due to age. Issue resolved

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it's a corsair flash voyager 16 gb. problem is in title that's the error i get when trying too format my usb tried chaning from fat too ntfs did not make any difference thought any ideas?

A:Windows was unable to complete the format (USB)

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when I try to burn dvd disk shows windows was unable to complete the format....I use nero or imge burner etc same problem arise,not burn......how I fix this problem?...plz help..

A:windows was unable to complete the format dvd rw

You do not need to first format the disc. Could that be the problem?

I use Nero, (Burning ROM) and I have no problems burning CD or DVD's.

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I bought a New EMachines W3611 desktop PC in March of 2007. I have windows Vista Home Basic. I was wanting to do some Back-up onto Disk, so I purchased some Sony CD-RW Disks. I insert the disk and it prompts me to choose what I want to do. I chose to back up files to disk. It then prompts me that the Disk needs to be formatted. So I start the format. It formats for about 12 minutes or so, then when it's about 98% finished it stops and a box pops up saying..."Windows was unable to format disk." It does this Every time I try to format a disk. I happen to have a disk lying around that had been formatted and poppes it and and it would save files to the disk. Bottom line, every time I try to format a disk to do some back-up it goes through the same routine as the aforementioned "Windows was unable to format disk." routine! Should not a Brand New computer work properly when you pull it out of the box?? ....( I know....dream on...) Is there someone who can set me in the right direction? I will much appreciate it! BTW...the Disk Drive is.....Hitachi HDS721616PLA380 ATA Device.

A:"windows Unable To Format Disk"

I think (but am not sure) that this may be related to loading the SATA drivers for your motherboard's controllers. At some point during the loading there should be a screen that prompts for drivers. The drivers may be available here: http://www.emachines.com/support/product_s...amp;model=W3611 but I'm not sure which one's to use. I'd suggest an email to their tech support for a more exact answer.

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Now before anyone says the obvious, the drive I am trying to format IS NOT the drive XP is installed on. I am trying to format my secondary removable hard drive that I use solely for storage. I go into Windows Explorer and right-click on the D: drive (my storage drive that I wish to format), select "Format" from the right-click menu the format box pops up and I select OK. It gives me the obilgatory warning about erasing ALL files on the disk and I click ok. Then I get a popup box telling me it cannot format because the drive is still in use.

There are no files left on the drive so I don't know what could possible be in use. I know a format can be done like this because I just finished formatting another drive in exactly the same manner. How can I find out what is running on that drive and shut it down so I can format it.

A:Unable to format drive while in Windows XP

are you sure you've disabled autorun on the HDD?

try a program from the manufacturer of your HDD to see if it'll do it..

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Ok, ongoing problem with my Nec Optiarc DVD multi recorder. Windows unable to format this disc, just exactly what does that mean ? Every DVD disc I have put in the drive so far, I have had that report. Every disc, I have tried DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW, windows fails to format the disc. Now the discs I have, are Verbatim discs, a very large quantity of, bought because of them having a good reputation and I need something I can generally put some trust in, although I accept there can be problems sometimes.

Now, when the disc is in the drive for formatting, it is ok, doing it's stuff for a minute or two, then problems start, some pretty weird noises come from it, I can only attribute to an almost 'hunting' situation, the laser diode tracking back and forwards quickly, and the turntable doing short bursts of turning, sort of '' cluck, whirr, cluck, cluck'' etc, but very noisy and the buzzing noise of the laser diode on it's track, the sound almost like a stalled motor.

I cannot burn files to DVD, nor can I play a DVD on the machine, it sees prerecorded DVD's as in need of formatting, I hardly want to format a movie I have just bought. The drivers are up to date, I have uninstalled the drive, and re installed it, and the problem is the same everytime.

But this cannot go on, therefore I need to know, is this an indication of a faulty DVD drive, as I am loathe to seek out and buy a replacement drive only to find windows is the f... Read more

A:Windows unable to format this disc ?

Umm...I can only assume that Windows "Default Task" when a disc is inserted has been changed to "Format CD". Access your CD-Drive from My Computer and try right-clicking and click "Launch". =\

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My parent's pc, through up errors during startup 1 day - a massive list of dlls could not be found, and after the error messages had finished the screen would freeze, no icons would appear. no commands would work. safe mode would also not load.

I used the xp disk to attempt to reinstall windows. initially it asked for the current partition to be formatted - the bar worked up as though it was formatting the partition, at about 39% it jumped up to 100% and said the partition could not be formatted and restarted the pc.

this time it would reach the partition screen and show only unpartitioned space (there is no mention of xp being installed anymore), i am then given the option to install windows or create a new partition. if i select to install xp, i get a message saying i need to create a partition and i get returned to the partition screen. if i select create a partition, it asks what size i want and then when i press enter it returns to the partition screen, without creating the partition.

it seems to be stuck in an infinite loop!

i have 2 questions:
1) Has anyone any idea how to fix this problem? (i have read about others with the problem, but no solutions)
2) If i was to install windows 7 on a new hard drive, and then connect the old hard drive up to it - will i then be able to access any files saved to it? could it be repaired through windows 7?

pc is:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400
Gigabyte GA-M61SME-S2 GeForce 6100 Socket AM2
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A:Unable to format hd and reinstall windows.

and welcome to the Forum


1) Has anyone any idea how to fix this problem? (i have read about others with the problem, but no solutions)

I would run diagnostics on the hard drive

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

See this for how to make a bootable cd:

How to Burn a Bootable ISO File

2) If i was to install windows 7 on a new hard drive, and then connect the old hard drive up to it - will i then be able to access any files saved to it? could it be repaired through windows 7?

If it has not failed, this should work. The attempt toformat likely wiped out the files however

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I started getting this error messege on my HP laptop. I've never had a problem buring before, so I'm not sure what is causing this.

I do what I always do, and pick "burn files to DVD"

Then I get the "Prepare this blank disk" box...asking you the disk title etc.

Then it says Formatting (which it usually does)

BUT then, it never finishes formatting. instead I get this error

Format Disc
Windows was unable to complete the format

Does anyone know how to fix this. I've tried it on almost 10 DVD's, which are new. So I'm pretty sure its not that. I just burned a few DVD's a week ago and didn't get this problem.

Thank you for helping!

A:Windows was unable to complete the format

btw. I'm on windows Vista.

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Hi there, I have had the message in the title when trying to format my E drive, I searched this on google and found your forum. I tried the option that was shown about changing the C drive to active, and doing startup repair 3 times, but this has not fixed the issue.

Please, any advice would be helpful, this is getting tiresome.

Thanks in advance

A:Windows was unable to complete the format

Welcome to the forum.
Complete this tutorial by Golden so the good folks here can have a look.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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today i installed an old hard drive into my computer for extra space (maxtor 46 gig 7200). it seemed to work fine,i went to it and i could view and use all the files that were left on it. So i format it to clear the old stuff off and after going through the whole format process an error message came up saying "Windows was unable to compete the format" now when i click on the Hard drive icon it says that it must be formated and i try to format it again and after a minute it gives me the same message.Any assistance is welcome!( i am using xp pro)

Acetrouble 8

A:Windows was unable to complete the format

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Recently my computer has been progressively getting worse, or so it seems. At first all that I was limited on was going to a handful of sites that I tried (Facebook, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc...). Currently, I am having difficulties getting on more and more sites, sites that I had been recently able to get on. In my attempts to take care of the problem on my own I downloaded Malwarebytes, IObit Malwarefighter, and ran recovery manager to set my computer back to factory condition. I knew because I did the recovery that it was going to most likely not work so I saved files and documents I wanted to save on a thumb-drive. Malwarebytes and IObit claim to have found nothing but I can't seem to upgrade Malwarebytes as the program crashes when it scans for an update. Since I recovered my computer I cannot watch anything on Netflix (on any browser), and I still can't access any of the websites I was unable to. I went onto Wikihow and tried to reset my "hosts" file but it seems whatever I did could have just been more damaging than helpful, I am not quite sure. I am running Windows 7 as an operating system on an HP computer. I have looked at threads you have done or solved in the past and some of the solutions that worked for other posters did nothing to cure my problem. Thank you for reviewing my issue and if I need to post any more information to get things rolling just let me know.


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A:Unable to access certain sites; unable to download various upgrades...

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Hello, I have recently been having issues with my computer following a nasty WoW account hack. After my account was hacked I have been unable to use Windows Update and get a connection error or no result. I have tried to follow the Microsoft help and none of their troubleshooting has helped. I have ran AVG scans multiple times as well as MBAM and sometimes find infections but have them removed. Currently neither show any infections. Rkill also finds nor terminates anything but C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe. Today I am unable to connect to the internet using IE7 or connect to many of my online games, but can connect via Firefox. I have Hijackthis logs if requested.After reading this I realize I gave very little information... Sorry Please feel free to ask additional questions. DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Eric at 20:16:25.81 on Thu 05/27/2010Internet Explorer: 7.0.6002.18005 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.3071.2038 [GMT -4:00]SP: Spybot - Search and Destroy *disabled* (Outdated) {ED588FAF-1B8F-43B4-ACA8-8E3C85DADBE9}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Windows\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrict... Read more

A:Unable to use Windows Update, Unable to use Windows Update, access internet from IE7 or Chrome.

Hi Withering,Welcome to Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal (VTSMR) forum. I am going to assist you with your problem.Please refrain from making any changes to your system (scanning or running other tools, updating Windows, installing applications, removing files, etc.) from now on as it might interfere with our fixes. Please let me know in your next reply if you agree with this.This should restore the Internet connection issue but not the Windows update and redirection. Those issues we resolve the next round.Please run Notepad (start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad) and copy and paste the text in the code box (without the word CODE) into a new file:[email protected] OFFReg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" /v ProxyEnable /fReg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" /v ProxyServer /fproxycfg -dGo to the File menu at the top of the Notepad and select Save as.Select Save in: desktopFill in File name: look.batSave as type: All file types (*.*)Click save.Close the Notepad.Locate look.bat on the desktop. It should look like this: Right-click to run it as administrator.A window flashes, this is normal. You should now be able to use IE.Please download MBR.EXE by GMER. Save the file in your Windows directory (C:\Windows).Download http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/farbar/TDLfix.exe and save it to your desktop.Right-click TDLfix.... Read more

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Hi, I have a problem with this laptop (which is 5 years old) that it can't start up, it just crashes without any error and just a black screen during the start up, no sounds or any sign. The cause of this might be because of a virus corrupting windows.
I have tried:
* Safe mode
* Testing the charging cable/battery
* Startup repair
* Disk check
Sometimes it will boot up after many tries but it will only last 1 minute before showing a black screen.
I would like to format my computer but I don't know how if it doesn't boot.
Is there any way to format my laptop without cd because the laptop did not come with a install cd.
*I would not mind if all my files are gone, I just don't want to buy another one*

Sorry I'm not good with fixing a computer, so please explain it for me to understand.
Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

A:How do I format Windows without cd if my laptop is unable to boot

Do you have a USB with the Windows Setup files? If you have,use it.

If you don't have the DVD,I'm afraid you'll have to buy one or buy a new laptop.

If available,however,you can order a recovery DVD from your computer manufacturer.

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Hi! I want to format my external HDD in NTFS format but I'm not able to do it. It is getting formatted in fatEX but it is so slow while storing the data on it.

I'm using Win7 Home Basic SP1(32-bit), the external drive is of Samsung(iomega)

A:Windows gives the error that it was unable to complete the format.


Do you see the NTFS drop-down list as shown below?


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Hey Guys,

Basically I installed windows 8 on an SSD and partitioned one of my 2tb drives in order to install / transfers programs and documents etc into windows 8 from the old windows 7 install. This worked perfectly, however, windows is not not letting my format the windows 7 side of the partition so i can expand and let windows 8 have the full 2tb of storage!

Windows 7 is installed on E:, I think perhaps the bootmgr may lay inside of E hence why I can't format it, but I have no idea!

A:Unable to format partition with Unused windows 7 on!

Is it a dual boot setup? What disk is the BIOS set to boot from? One thing you can do is unplug that drive and see if Windows 8 will boot up. If it won't your boot loader must be on that drive.

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I have a Gateway 7426GX laptop computer, and I have been having difficulties getting windows to install.
Whenever I attempt the installation it seems that everything is in worked order until it asks me which partition to install windows on. When I try to create a new partition it freezes, but when I restart the computer it shows that the partition exists. When i go to install Xp home on that partition it asks me which way to format (Quick or not), and when I choose either option it shows the percentage bar, but it never makes it past 0%. Now as i write this it seems even a step before that when it is loading information from setupp.ini.

I wasn't sure to post this in the os forum or hardware forum. I chose this forum because in my bios it is showing my HD(Hard drive- ST9100825A, and it is set as he primary maser) , so i thought it may be a conflict with windows. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Windows setup unable to format partition


Sounds like a stuffed Hard Drive, from the model number id say its a a Seagate, if so go here and download the test tool for it.

If its not a seagate then just google the make and look for the relevant test tool.


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Hi there,

My Lenovo Thinkpad laptop got infected by several pop-ups and unwanted programs over the course of the weekend. I launched Avast anti virus, which got rid of the pop ups, and I've manually deleted some of the programs (fake cleaners, etc.) I did not personally download during the time of attack.

I am currently running windows 10 (dumb enough to click the trial, duh)

The laptop is extremely slow now. I have problems accessing the internet from all major browsers (citing DNS errors on Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Opera). However I am able to access the internet using Avast's Safebrowse internet browser.

I have copied the FRST logs as per the rules.

Thank you in advance.



Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 20-09-2016
Ran by Mikhail (administrator) on LIWANAG (20-09-2016 23:06:04)
Running from C:\Users\Mikhail\AppData\Local\Temp\scoped_dir7088_13611
Loaded Profiles: Mikhail (Available Profiles: Mikhail & DefaultAppPool)
Platform: Windows 10 Pro Version 1607 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Edge)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: [URL]http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/[/URL]

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A:Unable to access Internet, unable to run Malwarebytes, help!

Please use Upload a File button to attach your reports.

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Help please! I did make a post on the Technet Forums not to long ago and [H]ardForums a few weeks ago just found this site today really hope some one out there can help me. I just copy pasted my Technet Forum post... Please help!

This is for a Windows 8.1 used as a Home Media Server, Every thing was working fine and then one day when I turned on the Server I was unable to access the Storage Space, and windows was telling me I needed to Format the drive. at first I thought some thing was wrong with ether the motherboard or a hard drive died. I moved the Storage Space Drives to a older system that I know works, and Was getting the Same Error. I reinstalled Windows 8.1, same error with Storage Space. The Manage Storage Space control panel was asking for me to add 2 more drives So I added them, Same error. Below are a few screen shots of what I think was important to show to get help. I am no IT pro, I am at the limits of what I know so please Help!!
Storage Space Window

Format Error

PowerShell "Get" Cmdlets

Event Veiwer Error
I really am at a loss of what to do, and it is some what frustrating but I know the data is still on the drives the Storage Space control panel shows most of the drives with space being used. So something must have gone corrupt Is what I am thinking So I did a " Repair-Virtualdisk-FriendlyName" and as of this posting 7 hours 3 minutes have passed and it is still at 0 % complete, at this rate it will take days maybe even weeks :/ I... Read more

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Simply as the title says, I was connecting my 1tb drive to my laptop when strangely it asks me to format my drive. I had assumed it had been disconnected improperly and decided to accept the loss and reformat.

However, once commanding the drive to format Windows soon brings up an error message.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows Unable to Format External Hard Drive

What error message did you get when you ok'd the FORMAT?

Also, can you post a screenshot from DISKMGMT showing that external drive? Full-screen please, with columns spread to show the contents of the columns.

Has this drive been used successfully before, and all of a sudden it asked to be formatted?

And yes, removable drives should be "safely removed" before disconnecting to ensure flushing out all data in buffers.

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I'm setting up a Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows XP. I installed Windows 7 first, then installed XP second, both installed on seperate partitions.but now i don't want xp so i formatted second drive but Windows was unable to complete the format now so hoe to format my second drive ...

A:Windows was unable to complete the format after dual boot

Would you be able to post a screen capture of your disk management?

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Hi, I am having problems with windows unable to format blank dvd+r discs... it will play my cds and dvds but when I try to format the blank disc for use I get that error saying that it can't complete the format... I have windows vista, package 1... a few months ago the dvd rom refused to work and it had vanish off the control panel, so I didn't worry about it because I didn't use it... but I recently restored my laptop pc from the manufactured reboot and again it appeared... and I checked it and it was working... but now that I try to download to a DVD+R blank disc... windows error say "WINDOWS UNABLE TO COMPLETE FORMAT" AFTER IT STARTS...can anyone tell me what is wrong and how to fix this? I had downloaded a nero burner, but get the same response that it can't complete the format or the disc is unreadable or invalid... HELP???!!!!

A:windows unable to complete format on blank dvd+r disc...

First of all, please tell me why are you trying to format a blank DVD R+ ?
DVD R+ means that this DVD is recordable only once and cannot be erased.
Try buying a new one. That might solve your problem.

Kind Regards,

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Question Re: XPS 8700 with Windows 8.1.  if computer is no longer able to boot into Windows.
And Restore is not able to correct issue. 
And Refresh is unable to correct issue.
But Dell Backup and Recovery indicates no issues were found and now asks to Reinstall Operating System.
is Installation Restore/Original Image Media required to complete the Reinstallation usind Dell Backup and Recovery?
Alternatively if the Reset My PC option is used is Installation media required?

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Good morning,I have a system that has had numerous issues, mainly virus related. I have cleaned the system, and show no virus activity... but I'm still having issues.Late last week the system was stuck in a loop, it wouldn't boot to Windows at all (no safe mode, no normal mode). I resorted to a Windows repair from the install disk. It worked... to a certain degree. I am now able to get into Windows, but can not open IE and I can not install a display driver.I am unable to access Windows Update, but was able to set automatic updates to install lots of updates including SP3, but I am still unable to make any changes.Initially when I attempted to open IE I would get a window saying that IE had to close instantly. I attempted to reinstall IE, and I attempted to install a newer version of IE. Neither worked. If I chose to install the updates with the install I would get an access denied error, if I chose not to install the updates with the install it would look like it worked, but now when I click on IE I get "Error loading C:\WINDOWS\System32\inetcpl.cpl. The operating system cannot run %1"In device manager, I have no drivers installed on my display adapter. If I try to update it, it looks like it's going to install... but then I get "Cannot install the hardware. Access is Denied".Any assistance or insight into this would be appreciated.

A:Unable to access IE, access denied when updating display drivers, no windows update

On any system with a number of issues...it's often better to do a clean install to wipe the slate clean, rather than hope that you have patched all known and unknown issues, IMO.


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Hi all,
so the title explains it all
what really happened was..
I dropped the external (drive was not spinning) and plugged it into computer,
it would sit at 100% usage, but 0% on Read/Write Speed

I attempted formatted via Windows Explorer, CMD, Hirens boot CD
I managed to remove the Volume to unallocated, but now cannot Formate or Create a new Volume,
i did manage to update the firmware, so i still have some hope that it can be fixed!!!
but i am out of ideas and seek help from anyone!!

Thankyou in advanced

A:WD Mybook Essential Unable to Format from RAW format

Also, the Western Digital Quick formatter for Windows fails to format the drive (it picks it up, but after viewing progress via Disk Management, it makes it to removing the volume but then fails and reverts back to RAW

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Win 7x64
Everything seems to be working fine, but as the title suggests, when i tap F8 the Advanced boot options DO appear, but when i engage "Repair Windows" it just goes into a normal boot. Ive tried booting from my installation CD that i've purchased from Acer, but does nothing. And Yes My CD Drive is working, as well having this set as top priority in BIOS and CD is in good condition.

In addition to this, ive tried using the "Advanced Recovery options" from within Windows itself but when i go to click restart computer, i get an error message, with red-x, stating windows is unable to restart.

Additional info that may be relevant, is that a few months ago, i had a friend work on my computer, because windows wouldnt boot at all. When My laptop was returned to me, everything was fresh, but there was missing programs etc...He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.

Anyway i appreciate any help as to what i should i do next, or answer any questions you may have-Thank-you!

A:Unable to access System Recovery in Boot Menu, and unable to boot disk

He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.

What type of Windows DVD was used?

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Hello, I have two disk partitions on my laptop (C and D drive)
Windows XP is installed on the C drive and recently Windows 7 on the D drive.
I performed a system restore last week on the C drive and now, I can't access the C drive, not even in safe mode!
It directs me to the D drive Windows 7.
Please help!!

A:Unable to access Windows XP

boot into the recovery console from the xp disk and run


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I inherited my g-daughters Acer Aspireone netbook. I am unable to log on to windows xp because the child cant remember her password. I have her username but no password. The memory is maxed out therefore it is unable to run a guest account and administrator at the same time. I need to get in as administrator to set up for my use and remove her garbage. There is no cd drive to insert windows disk

A:unable to access windows

Hi ffour -You can try removing the CMOS battery (the little one that looks like a watch battery) also replace it with a fresh one while it is out -This is always a good place to start - There are programs to unlock them , if I find one I will post it back -Thank You -EDIT - Can you please list the model of the Acer Aspireone netbook (there are several)

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My mama passed away recently (May 16th), and I brought her computer home to use for my school work. Someone signed into the Administrative / Owner name and somehow locked it. We don't have one of those password reset disk that the Windows website says. I have a disk that says "Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition System Recovery CD/DVD"
I was told if I reinstalled Windows on the computer that it would erase the entire harddrive. There are alot of pictures on the computer, not to mention Microsoft Office, that I don't want to lose. My mom passed away suddenly and while I know her other passwords, this one is different which leads me to believe one of my younger cousins was messing with her computer and did something they didn't mean.
Is there anyway possible to reset the password and use the computer without losing all the pictures on it?
Thank you,
Candice Collins
[email protected]

A:Unable to access on Windows XP


If the computer is password-protected and you have no way to log in and load the desktop to use it, your only real option is to use the recovery kit.

It's against the rules here anyway to assist with bypassing a password-protected computer.

As you've already found out, Microsoft doesn't make it easy for you either.


By the way, edit your post and remove your personal E-mail address, unless you want to get spammed right and left.


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I have Windows 8.1 preinstalled in my PC, and I've also installed Ubuntu 12.04. Firstly, when I installed it, it worked perfectly and I didn't have any problem running the two OS.
But, lately, this last week, it gave me some errors because I couldn't start Ubuntu, so I reinstalled it. The problem now is that when I try to access my Windows 8.1, it gives me this error:

Error: no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed.

When I enter my BIOS settings, it successfully shows the Windows Boot Manager under the boot menu options, but when I try to access it, it gives me that error. Also, I've tried to solve the problem with the Windows 8 recovery mode but it doesn't detect my OS...
I know my hard drive is working, because I can access to my Ubuntu and I can also access my Windows 8 files through Ubuntu.

I've found this guide but I'm not sure if it's what I have to do, is it?
If this could solve my problem, I'm stucked in the first step where I have to assign my EFI partition a drive letter, because I don't know which volume is my EFI partition.
I'll add a picture of my console view:
So, I would appreciate it a lot if you could help me because I really need to access my Windows 8.1 without losing any data...

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I cannot get windows to load the drivers for a Jabra UC Voice 550a MS Duo USB headset. Under Devices, Windows 7 shows lists this headset by name as an Unspecified device.  In device manager, Windows 7 lists this headset under "Other devices". 
I called Jabra Support and they say this is a Windows problem.  It must be in configuration somewhere or related to several Windows Updates that occurred on my PC on Oct 2nd, 2014.  Prior to Oct 2nd, 2014, this headset worked and this headset still
works on other PCs.  Any help will be very much appreciated.

A:Windows 7 unable to recognize any USB communication headset. Unable to load driver.

Hi robh,
Do the other USB devices work correctly? Have you tried to plug in with another port?

I recommend you to follow these steps to have a fix.
Step1.Run this fix it tool  to have a check .
Hardware devices are not working or are not detected in Windows
Step 2.Reinstall the headset driver, you may need to manually download the headset driver from the manufacturer website and install the driver for this device.
Step 3.Uninstall and reinstall the USB controllers from the device manager and then plug in the headset  to have a check.

To do this :
In Device Manager, double click to expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers", right click on the Host Controller, click "Uninstall" , click "OK", repeat for each device and restart . Windows 7 will reinstall all USB controllers
Meanwhile, here is a link for reference:
Error: ?USB Device not recognized? when you try to access a USB external hard drive.

Best regards 

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