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Windows won't boot up, battery died whilst booting up now won't boot up

Q: Windows won't boot up, battery died whilst booting up now won't boot up

I turned on a Philips 15nb57 series Model No EAA-89, but my battery died on start up and I didn't have time to put the power cable in.

I then switched on laptop again and the following error came up,‘Windows Error Recovery, windows fail to start , recent hardware or software installation may be problem'


'Do you want to start windows normally or go to recovery?

Recovery mode
Start repair environment (doesn’t do much)
Reinstall windows
Adv options
Exit and restart'
Do you think I have corrupted the Bios and need to get a external floppy drive (or flash drive) to reinstall it?

This is a friends computer who had support from the 'tech support' recently,they took control of her 6 yr old laptop to install a small program to fix a wireless printing problem. hopefully not related.



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A: Windows won't boot up, battery died whilst booting up now won't boot up

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As the title suggests, I can get to the normal Windows login, but it freezes when booting to safe mode. I've never seen this before in 20 years. Any ideas?

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Hello everyone.

A few hours ago my computer was in sleep mode and unplugged when the battery died. Upon plugging it back in, I was met with an empty black screen. I turned it off by holding the power button, but the laptop refuses to boot now.

Upon turning it on, I get the Toshiba start up screen for less than a second before it goes to the Windows Error Recovery Page. Both options (Launch Startup Repair (recommended) and start windows normally) results in a screen that says 'windows is loading files...' with a status bar, then moves on to another screen showing another status bar (this one green with the microsoft corp at the bottom but no graphic) and ultimately to a black screen with a white cursor. From there, nothing works. The same happens if I try to start it in safe mode (with or without networking).

I have a system repair disc for the laptop but I haven't been able to do anything with it.

Fortunately 99% of the info on the laptop is backed up. Unfortunately the 1% that isn't is the most important (class notes for the last 4-5 weeks).

I have the extended warranty on it from best buy that actually expires in 4 days, but I certainly don't want to ship off my computer for who knows how long with those files on there.

Any advice would be tremendously appreciated.

A:Laptop not booting after the battery died during sleep mode.

Welcome to Seven Forums. you might try Launch Start up Repair 3 times to see if it will recover the boot sector.

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My battery was dying. I tried calibration, letting the lenovo run just on the battery. It looks like it went down to 0%, then shut off. But it wouldn't charge. It was probably never charging in the first place, always running off the power of the AC.  But I could still boot to AC. So I bought a new battery. It said to calibrate. So I tried that. The battery ran down to maybe 20%, then shut off. But the same result. Laptop will neither boot nor charge the batttery. Again, it will boot just fine with the battery out.  So, what's to be done? Also, I tried to get into the BIOS via F2 and F12, but that doesn't work either.  - Dan  

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My computers motherboard has died - won't boot, power supply checks out OK, no response even with all hardware disconnected. Its seven years old, so I've ordered new a new mobo, cpu, ram to replace my build.

My question - is there a way to get my current Windows 7 install to boot on my new hardware so I can then do my Windows 10 free upgrade ( I hadn't upgraded to 10 as of yet)?

I thought about booting to safe mode, deleting the hardware listed in Device Manager, then rebooting as normal and letting Windows recognize the new hardware. Would this work?

Thanks for any ideas.

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I am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

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Have a T430 Lenovo ThinkPad on my hands, 430i to be precise. That has got me perplexed.It originally did not turn on.After hours of diagnostics I have narrowed it down to.Turns on with cmos backup battery removed. But also main battery removed. Voltage reading on battery show 3.04 v so that seems good.Gives error msg of " 0251: System Cmos Checksum Bad(also) Real Time clock error.After adjusting settings, time & saving. It will turn on and restart. (with or without battery) Until I pull the power cord and then try to start it.Then, no matter how long I disconnect the power, how many times I press the power button ( tried the 10x trick then hold for 30seconds)Will absolutely not boot with cmos battery connected after its had its time set proper. The battery did charge and holds a charge. It will not boot from main battery alone with cmos disconnected either. But once you have it booted from power plug without cmos and then put in battery and pull power plug.It will stay on an utlize the battery just fine.  I have flashed the bios to the latest 2.79 via using bootable cd image.In the process I have done a complete teardown reassembly of this thing. Removing all componenets one by one. Things that I have tried.*Disconnecting the webcam.*Reseating the CPU and reapplying thermal paste.*Swapping memory sticks with higher rated ram and testing separate memory banks in isolation*leaving components disconnectedand reconnecting  one by one an... Read more

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I have been trying to install Windows 7 Pro 64 OEM to my newly built machine on to my SSD drive.

It begins the install fine then when it goes to the windows logo on black (boot screen) and is updating the registry, it restarts and goes in to a restart loop. I have tried loads of different settings including the original BIOS settings. I Currently have it set up to boot from SSD drive first.

Why is it doing this? I have hunted around on forums but cant quite find the answer to my situation.

You can see the components I have on my profile. I have taken out the other HDDs for now but all the other hardware is including a LG CH10LS20 Internal DVD?R/RW & Bluray Combo SATA Drive.

I have been trying to do this all day and really want to get my new beat up and running I have a big project to do on it!!

Thanks in advance for any assistance!


A:Computer keeps restarting during boot whilst installing

Woohoo! After many ours of troubleshooting I have finaly managed to solve it!!

I finaly change the BIOS setting from IDE to AHCI and that seemed to do the trick!

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Hello all,

I get a BSOD whenever I log into an account on a normal boot. If I simply leave the computer on the user selection screen, there is no BSOD. Only upon selecting an account, beginning to log in, and seeing the "Welcome" text does the BSOD occur. It does not occur when booted in Safe Mode. Attached are the dump files from DM Log Collector.

Thank you in advanced.

A:BSOD on Normal Boot Whilst Logging In

OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
OS Version: 6.1.7600 N/A Build 7600
OS Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration: Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type: Multiprocessor Free
Registered Owner: Dungy586
Update Windows 7 fully first from the administrator if possible.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 17, 5000 Series (1.7 GHz Intel Pentium 3558U, 4 GB Ram, 500 GB HDD). It came preloaded with Windows 8.1. I needed Windows 7 so I partitioned the main drive and installed Windows 7 in 100 GB of partitioned space. After swapping between the Windows 7 and 8 Boot manager. Ended up choosing the Windows 8 manager.

My problem comes in when I boot into Windows 7, then when I shut down and try and boot into Windows 8 it will hang prior to the boot manager (of Windows 8). I have to press and hold the power button to hard shut down. Once I do that and reboot, Windows 8 Boot manager and Windows 8 boot ok.

So Windows 8 will boot fine if I was last in Windows 8. However if I was last booted in Windows 7 then go to Windows 8 (or try and boot into 7 again, but using the 8 boot manager) it will hang at boot. I've used all the command checks with Windows 7 and 8. Found no errors. I can't reinstall Windows 8 as I don't have recovery disks, plus the computer came from Aarons Rent to Own (they had no issues me doing what I wish with it).

When I switch and use the Windows 7 boot manager I can boot back into Windows 7 even if Windows 7 was my last boot. But like when using the Windows 8 boot manager, I am unable to boot into Windows 8 if Windows 7 was booted last. But Can boot to Windows 8 if Windows 8 was booted last.

I'm not sure what to do to correct the issue. Any help would be welcomed. Thanks

A:Win 8 fails to boot after booting into Win 7. Dual Boot

Since no replies yet, take a look at this link (EasyBCD):


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Hi everyone,
Just wondering if anyone can help me with my pc
My problem is that after a year of owning my machine it randomly would power off instantly when in the middle of playing games with high graphics settings and would come back on when i pressed the power button and work like normal but finally it cut out mid game and no longer powers on.

When i now press the power button, it starts the fans and LEDs for a few seconds and then goes off completely and seems to restart itself over and over until i turn off the power at the back. (It doesn't even get to the point where anything is displayed on the screen)

I should note that when i posted this on another forum i was advised to simply re-apply the (worn) thermal paste. I'm no expert but i would expect my machine to at least boot up without the aid of a cooler, anyway my processor does get hot when i turn it on so i suspect it isn't dead.

One last thing; when the machine powered off the very last time, the top graphics card was very, very hot and i recently realised that its covering the motherboard battery completely, perhaps this is the cause, anyway i'm adding a video of the attempted startup below:

Me so sad :( - YouTube

the noise at 0:40 is not the computer and i moved the cooler out of the way

If you want the spec heres where i bought it (without warranty)

A:PC died, tries to boot up but cant

The fact the you get power to parts of your system indicates that it's not dead....well not completely dead.

The fact that you say it powers itself off during game play, suggests to me, that it's an over heating issue..either with the CPU or GPU's in crossfire...either 1 or both.

I'd pull one of the GPU's out..the top one since you say it's very hot and check if your system boots up.

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I have what I imagine is a fairly strange error related to booting other Operating Systems and their interference with Windows.

So I have an ASUS zenbook UX32VD, where I have replaced the original HDD with a Samsung SSD. The laptop came with Windows 8 which I upgraded to 8.1. Everything has been working fine until one day I tried booting Linux from a CD (via an external CD drive connected by USB). Booting Linux was fine, but when I tried to boot Windows again I got:

"Error 0000x225: cannot find Winload.efi" (not the exact text, but something similar). I couldn't access Windows at all, so all I could do was go back to BIOS.

After a lot of Google searching, I found that that I could fix this with a Windows 8 recovery CD and apply the following in Cmd Prmpt:

bootrec /scanos (Returns Successful)
bootrec /rebuildbcd
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot
Then Windows will boot normally. The same issue and fix occurred when I tried to boot Linux again.

What's really strange is that this happened a third time; when I made a bootable Windows 8 on USB 3.0 (got tired of borrowing my friend's recovery disk). I tried to make sure my USB worked (it did), but my normal Windows version had the 225 error again. Worst thing was that I couldn't repair it from my USB 3.0 version of Windows since (even though it loads), the USB 3.0 is not recognized by the recovery and therefore bootrec /r... Read more

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This is a small problem but honestly really annoying to me. Whenever I boot my pc now (fresh windows 10 install) it brings up this screen before it sends me to type in my pin. I pick windows on volume 2 and it boots up properly. The normal windows 10 on the bottom does not work. The different volumes don't matter to me but I just want to remove the one that does not work properly. Basically I just don't want to see this screen at all while booting my pc. Thank you

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I should get my hand slapped a few times for this, but this happened some time ago. Maybe as far back as 3 months. I guess since the computer has still been running, I have left the issue alone and don't know exactly what this may harm with functionality.

I started the computer up one morning and encountered the error in the topic during loading. I had left my computer on and don't know what may have happened to cause it to shut down.

Hoping someone can help me either restore a Boot file to eliminate this issue or create one. I have no problem if it involves having to start auto loads from scratch or if it is as if its the first time the computer loaded with no settings. I am just unable to use any cd's to accomplish this as my dvd drive took a trip south and I don't have a replacement at this time.

XP Pro 5.1 Build 2600
NOTE: There are a plethora of firmware/hardware/driver updates I need to get done and thought maybe I'd tackle that this Sunday afternoon. Figured I'd wait until I get this resolved and then go from there.
If there is any information needed besides this, let me know. I am immediately online and get notification to my phone upon email notification so response time will only be a few minutes.
Thank you for your time.
UPDATE: from seeing other topics, this may be needed.

Contents of boot.ini

[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(... Read more

A:Invalid BOOT.ini - Booting from C:Windows


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Help booting Windows XP from boot disk?

I have a Windows XP Home Edition and when it tried to start, it would say Disk boot Failed : Insert Boot Disk and hit Enter. So, I made a boot disk with Nero, using a windows XP boot file called WinXP_EN_HOM_BF.EXE from microsoft . com

I put the disk into the CD drive and it started reading it saying:
Boot from CD:
1. FD 1.44MB System Type-(0F)
Starting Caldera DR-DOS...

Oak Technology Inc. OTI-011
CD-ROM deivce driver, Rev D011V110
(C) Copyright Oak Technology Inc. 1993, 1994
Device name: MSCD001

After that, it just stops and does nothing.. I've tried pressing enter again, and tried taking the CD out, but when it's doing this it doesn't allow the CD drive to open. I'm really lost here and I don't know what to do. Also, there is a short time when I can press some F buttons to go to certain menus, but that's right before it attempts to start and fails. Can someone please help me?

A:Help booting Windows XP from boot disk?

and welcome to the Forum

Look in BIOS to see if the Hard Drive is recognized

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First time here and I got a problem with my ProBook.
I wanted to try the new Ubuntu so I dualbooted it and Windows 7.
Something was not right so I decided to remove Ubuntu and now Windows fail to start...

It says:
File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc0000098

My ProBook do not have a CD-ROM so I can not insert the Windows CD and fix it.
Can I do it with a USB? If so, how?

Thanks for all answers and ask if any questions!

A:Windows not booting. \Boot\BCD error

You will need to create a USB Flash drive version. Use one that is 4 gig's or more. There are Tutorials here to explain how to do this.

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Hi guys

I have a big problem since 9/9 and I just can`t fix it.
I have a dual boot system and use Windows 8 as my main OS and on the other ssd I have ubuntu 12.10 installed.

My issue started because I completely forgot that I had ubuntu installed on the other ssd (didn`t use it anyway) and tried to raid the ssd...so now I can`t boot anything and I do need to restore my w8.

I have a usb recovery disk which allows me to use cmd but I don`t know how to use to recover my W8 so that`s why I am here.

I ran diskpart on cmd it it shows both disks and both are ONLINE.
Ran chkdsk /f but i keep getting an error and chkdsk does not run

I have asus P8Z77-V LX UEFI Mobo
Intel rapid Smart technology (RST), Intel Smart Connect Technoly is disabled.
CSM is ENABLED ( it was AUTO) and boot device control to UEFI and LEGACY OpROM.

Secure Boot is disabled and I changed the OS type to OTHER OS and also tried WINDOWS UEFI MODE.
The setup mode is EZ MODE.

Please can someone help me to get my W8 working


A:DUAL BOOT - Windows 8 not booting

Set you bios to UEFI defaults and follow the instructions in your mobo manual for creating a raid set and configuring the associated raid options. Now, if you "tried all that already", then consider just changing you sata mode to ahci and do the install to a single drive just to get you up and running. You manual offers clear and concise instructions on how to do all of the above. Download the manual here:


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I had just crashed Windows XP with service pack 2 unknowingly and now it
won't boot correctly. When I reboot all I get is a black screen after
picking dos in my dual boot (red hat linux and dos) screen. Usually, after picking dos it would boot up XP like any normal computer. So anyways, I found my original windows XP with service pack 2 CD and inserted into my CD drive and booted it from there. However
after pressing any button to boot from CD and saw something about setup
inspecing my computers configuration and then the screen turned black. I
left it on for the night, but still nothing happened 8 hours later. An
interesting note is that if I unplug my hard drives, the CD boots to the
blue screen normally, but since my hard drives are not plugged in, it
can't install anything. Also, Linux works correctly and I am using it now
to type this message, but it is installed on another hard drive. I
understand that my problem is VERY abnormal, so I like any possible
comments or advise.

A:XP SP2 died, won't boot or reinstall

Hi jingesu9

Since your operating systems are on separate physical hard drives, try this:

1) Unplug the drive containing the Linux installation
2) Leave the drive containing the damaged XP installation plugged in.
3) Boot the computer, if the dual boot screen comes up, choose DOS and immediately start tapping the F8 key. [try to boot into Safe Mode]. If the computer boots into Safe Mode, check in your Event Viewer logs to see what caused the crash [Start/Control Panel/Performance and Maintenance/Administrative Tools/Event Viewer]. To view the details of an event, right-click on it, and select "Properties". That should help you troubleshoot the cause.

If the computer won't boot into Safe Mode, try:
4) Boot the computer with your XP Installation CD, and try a repair reinstallation. Read up on this before trying this step, however - and pay attention to the details http://forum.pcmech.com/showthread.p...74#post1055774 --- http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm (You'll notice in the links in those articles that several other Recovery Console options are also available as alternative repair strategies).

Once you have XP running OK again (which should be possible, unless it's hard drive is damaged - in which case you can run disk diagnostics to check on that --- http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 ) --- You'll want to plug your Linux drive back in and then repair your Linux bootloader (either LiLo or Grub) to restore your... Read more

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I just upgraded to Win7 Professional 64-bit from Vista a week ago and had a hard drive die. The OS and boot files were loaded as such:

D: Boot manager files (drive is dead)

I tried the recovery option via the Win7 DVD and got a "cannot repair" message.

I looked into bcdedit.exe but none of the options work. I think I'm missing a step somewhere. Can anyone assist?


A:HDD with boot files died


You will need to mark your Windows partition as Active and then run startup repair. See these posts:


Startup Repair

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My HDD that had Ubuntu installed died, and now GRUB 1.5 throws up an error 21 when I start up my computer. I have XP installed, but it's on a SATA drive, and none of the boot disks I can find have SATA drivers.

A:Boot loader died

Is the SATA drive currently recognized in the BIOS? If so, you can try this in the recovery console to fix the MBR:

Once you reinstall Ubuntu, you will get GRUB back. Keep in mind, whenever you use fixmbr, you will destroy GRUB and will have to rebuild it:

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I have a Toshiba satellite laptop running Windows 7 ultimate alongside Linux Mint 17.2 dual boot. Dual booting was removed now I am only getting grub rescue> on boot. Windows 7 installation removable drive is starting but it will not allow upgrade neither will it allow me to custom install. It doesn't matter to me if I must clean install or fix to dual boot again. I've redownloaded win7 installation and attempted a fresh clean install. It shows two drives. They are both GPT so I cannot format via installing drivers with the installation media. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Removed dual boot now windows isn't booting

Looks like you made a mistake deleting the double boot. Have a look at this:

Dual Boot - Delete a OS

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Hi all,
I set up a dual boot installation with Windows 7 and Windows 8. But I have a problem when booting into Windows 7. Pls, help me.

A:Problem when booting into Windows 7 in dual boot

Originally Posted by kiatisak

Hi all,
I set up a dual boot installation with Windows 7 and Windows 8. But I have a problem when booting into Windows 7. Pls, help me.

You will need to turn off secure boot in the bios.

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I got very strange scenario.
I have Toshiba L300-1FS Laptop.
A year ago, upgraded to Win 8.
Now was doing some updates and Laptop stuck on something.
Restarted, had some issues.
Restored to earlier date.
Restarted computer.
Windows logo came with dotted status circle and then just mouse cursor on screen.
It means Windows 8 did not boot FULLY. No desktop or Charms screen to run any app or application.
Restarted to get to BIOS but no luck no option for F2/ESC/F12/C etc.
Cannot rebuild the machine as it does not give me option to boot from CD (not listening to  F12 or C)
No Windows shortcut to force Windows  to boot from scratch or option to go to troubleshoot menu or safe mode if it exists.
Any help or clue will be appreciated.

A:Starting [Non-booting] Windows 8 from Cold Boot

8 does not work with older hardware, is what a lot of us have found.  You have two choices at this point.  Reinstall Windows 7, if that was what was on it, or make the jump from Windows to Xubuntu 12.04 lts.  I came across that 8 would run on my daughters Acer Aspire a0532h, but we kept having BSOD's, due to the APU.  Since it was EOL (End Of Life) hardware, there are no updates at Intel.com or Acer.  So back went on it Windows 7 pro.

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hi i got a 3 years old machine and all was working great,but now ( this month) i have multiple BSOD . i have recently replace my power supply for a 650 w it worked until i had those BSOD but now only on cold boot

*recently reinstall win 7 64 bit home premium to see if it will worked, but no luck

here my pc stats :
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.110622-1506)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 10/14/09 14:43:46 Ver: 05.01
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4096MB RAM
Page File: 1582MB used, 6606MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 120 DPI (125 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode
and i got a SF dump files.
thanks .

A:BSOD when booting windows,almost every cold boot.

Hello there,

This is probably your problem...Asacpi.sys

The pre 2009 version of this driver is a known BSOD cause.

Please visit this link: Asus tek computer inc. -support- drivers and download p7p55d le

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download P7P55D LE
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS P5K-VM

Scroll down to the utilities category, then scroll down to the "atk0110 driver for windowsxp/vista/windows 7 32&64-bit" (it's about the 12th item down).

Download and install it.

Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers to check and make sure that the asacpi.sys file is date stamped from 2009 or 2010 (not before).

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Hey guys i have windows xp home edition and when i load my computer i get that above error message, but it still loads windows normal. After looking it up a bit i found out to go to all programs->notepad and type in [boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home" /fastdetect
and i saved it as boot.ini and moved it to C, but still get the same error message. When i go to right click on comp-> properties->advanced->startup and recovery- at the top it says default operating system and underneath it is blank. Ive tried edit, which brings up the notepad and it says the boot.ini info in it but doesnt seem to take effect. If it helps i recently switched to a new hardrive, i used xxclone to copy everything from my old master to my slave drive(now my only drive). This computer had 2 operating systems on it on the old hard drive, but only the first one had worked. Any ideas would be much appreciated ty

A:Invalid BOOT.INI, file Booting from C/windows

Go to Startup and Recovery and choose Edit now paste the [bootloader] text that you saved in notepad here overwriting any text and Save the file. Now go to Start/Run and type msconfig and hit enter. In System Configuration, Go to boot.ini tab and choose check all boot paths.

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So I dual booted my laptop with ubuntu a while back and had no problems. But when I tried to do the same for a friend I somehow managed to get to the point where i can no longer boot into windows(10). The ubuntu install in fine and usable but there's no boot menu that prompts which OS to boot into and the one time there was a boot menu windows wasn't there. Only an ubuntu/advanced ubuntu and 2 options called something to the effect of a memory test. I deleted 2 partitions in order to be able to dual boot ubuntu which was a recover partition and another partition with about 500mb of space. I'm assuming the latter was the partition with the windows boot on it. The large partition with his files on it is still there. What's the easiest way to get back into windows?

A:Can't boot windows dual booting ubuntu

Yep....never delete partitions with out knowing what they are and whats on them.

You may be able to recreate the MBR using some 3rd party partition software or using the install media to recreate the MBR.

NOTE: It's never a good idea to dual boot Winidows and Linux on the same HDD....as the Grub overrides the MBR and you have to jump through hoops to boot into windows if you delete the Linux OS.

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I just built a computer with a Core 2 Quad Q6600, 2GB of ram, 500 GB sata hard drive, PNY GeForce 8800 GTS and a cheap 800 watt power supply (less than $100 canadian). I had just installed the operating system and was installing drivers, when all of a sudden all power was gone. The PC didnt crash (could tell by the noise) but just lost 100% of power in a spit second. Now when I try to start it again Nothing shows up on the screen (no bios, and no blip). This same thing (black screen) happened when I forgot to put an extra plug from the power supply to the motherboard for extra graphics card power. Dont know if this helps. Also all the fans turn on as well as the light on the motherboard. What part will I have to exchange on this brand new PC!

A:Computer Died and wont boot up!

When you restarted it, did you have to pull the power cord and then plug it back in? And then does it restart? Those are symptoms of an overloaded or bad power supply.

What power supply manufacturer and model do you have?

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My wife's laptop died. It will not boot. Screen remains dark although disk drive whirs and blinks and power on LEDs work.
Cannot get into the BIOS. I hooked up an external monitor. NG. I tried to boot using a Linux CD - won't boot. Tried a hard reset.

I suspect motherboard failure. Anything else I could try?

Could I hook my desktop to her laptop ( cables ? ) and copy her HD even without being able to boot her computer ?

I do have a BU of foldersr from Saturday so all is not lost.

A:Solved: Laptop died cannot boot

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Hello,Like many people I took advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 for my Thinkpad S540.After the update I left the laptop in a corner and the battery is discharged.Since then, impossible to charge the battery, even plugged into the AC.I have browsed through the forum, but no satisfactory solution has yet been found.What can I do ?Thanks in advance.

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My laptop was hacked and infected and I could not install an antivirus or install or run any program, I also tried to create a System Recovery Point and It didn't let me make one.
So I decided to install again windows 7 from safe mode, everything was Ok installation was on 60% when my computer battery died, now it don't let me complete the installation from my DVD. It said:
"The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation" no matter how many times I restart/shut down.

I also tried f4 and f8 options:

setup rolback

-safe mode
-safemode with networking
-safe mode with command prompt
-enable boot logging
-last known good configuration
-directory services restore mode
-start windows normally

* launch startup repair(recommended)
*start windows normally

F9 boot device options
f11 system recovery

I tried all of these options and nothing work now it is only restarting and sending me again and again to the same listed options.
Help me please what can I do.

A:Solved: My battery died while installing Windows 7.

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Hey there,

I have a Dimension C521 Dell desktop PC. It is a glorious computer; have had it for 5+ years now, and have had very few problems with it, and when, nothing a virus scan or system reformat wont fix. Its all been great, until we got this. My sister went on a website (Roblox, I think), and my brother occasionally plays Runescape on it. The anti-virus software has always been iffy with Runescape, showing multiple viruses, but we could always fix it. Not until Roblox went up. Shortly after, the PC froze, so I had to do a hard reset. While rebooting, we got an annoying ticking noise from the computer, down where I think the HDD is. I'm unsure if this is the "click of death", but comparing to Wikipedia's media of it, it sounds different. The noise is somewhat a click, sometimes going 2-6 times in a row, stopping, then repeating. Father (who has been helped before on this site; thank you!) thinks its the PC trying to boot from the CD drive yet failing. Well, being the ignorant person I am, I ignore it and continue...

Everything is similar, except...

Boot from CD:

What we think is that something deleted our boot drive.

So we find the system disk, and insert it. It downloads the files, and then goes to:

Welcome to Setup
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft?
Windows? XP to run on your computer.

To setup Windows now, press ENTER.

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A:Windows XP PC stopped booting, lost boot drive?

Try pressing F2 and entering the setup menu. Once there, find the boot disk priority (usually in the boot tab) and make sure the hard disk is at the top of the boot list. If the hard drive is not on the top of the list the computer will try to boot from other devices and could cause the error you're seeing.

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so i have this very strange problem, that i've been dealing with for the past 2 months and finally decided to ask you guys to help me. thing is I got windows xp on drive c: installed on my laptop and when I bought this laptop i used partition magic and it gave me logical (extended) partition with the rest of space to install windows 7. I didn't have problems with my laptop for about a year then my vent started to really rattle and i have to smash laptop sometimes cause it just shuts down and im kinda afraid to replace it, however, i think this can't be problem to windows 7 not booting right?

past few day i've been going around in circles, i reinstalled windows 7 and chose option where old files are kept (wiundows.old), so never did reformat and I did like that a few times already and now lately everytime I installed my windows for like 2 days it would work then when i was installing programs (which i dont know if have anything to do with that since they never gave me problems) each time when i would boot it would go to startup repair and i ended up with a 'windows cannot repair this computer automatically' and always did reinstall with old files kept and still doing like that for fourth time i always get back to same state as before 'repair, cant repair, reinstall'i noticed though that last program i installed was 'freemake video converter' and then it always failed to boot again i dont know if thats the problem?

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A:windows 7 and xp on dual boot, constant booting win 7 problems?

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When I start up Windows XP, I get this message: Invalid Boot.ini file booting from C:\windows

After a few seconds, Windows starts up normally. Why does it give me this error? What do I need to do to fix this?


A:Solved: Invalid Boot.ini file booting from C:\windows

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Had win7 and XP working on dual boot with easyBCD for months. Then had to wipe another drive so removed all connections in PC and wiped totally unrelated drive, linked everything back up again, and now windows 7 won't boot up and the boot menu has gone.

I have three hard drives - one backup, one for XP, and one with three partitions including win7.

When i set the BIOS boot order to the XP drive it boots up ok, when i set the order to win7 drive it gets to 'verifying dmi pool data' then asks for a boot cd.

I have rebuilt the MBR using partition wizard. As you can see, the XP drive is active and primary. I cannot seem to set the win7 disk to be primary or active. It also tells me it cannot find a windows installation on the drive even though it is loaded onto E:

I have tried loading the win7 dvd and running the start repair several times but it does nothing.

I don't get what happened as all i did was remove all the hard drive connections, then connect them back up a few hours later.

Any ideas? I have spent four hours on it already and need help before i smash the thing up!

A:Windows 7 and XP dual boot - Win 7 partition not booting anymore

fixed it! woohoo

this worked for me....

go here Visual BCD Editor - Windows 7/Vista
and get the VBCDE and follow instructions here Dual-boot Repair Windows 7/Vista
for automatic repair.

fixed my setup in half a second. machine booted back into windows 7 directly, then used easyBCD to add the winXP option to the boot menu and back in business. Both XP and Win7 on boot menu and both working fine. Woohooo!

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I have Installed Windows XP like ages ago and then there was some error with the XP back then while booting up so I called up my technician, He dual booted my system with Windows 7 Ultimate.

I've stopped using XP since a while so I thought of removing I from my system, The XP files and Windows 7 were on two different partitions of same HDD. So I used Minitool Partition wizard to remove the Partition in which XP files were there. It even prompted a message saying that I may not be able to boot if I format the specific Partition. I clicked on continue and it showed me that the specific partition is in use and the asked me to restart it and minitool will delete it by itself while restarting. And after it deleted the XP partition, my system can't Boot Windows 7 now. I just don't get it.

I've even lost my Windows 7 OS DVD to try repair the OS. Can anyone help me to Boot into my Windows 7 without losing any data from that Partition.

A:Windows 7 not Booting after removing XP partition from Dual Boot

Why didn`t you listen to the message ?

You deleted your Active partition now windows 7 won`t boot.

Your windows 7 partition must 1st be marked Active, then startup repair must be run to write the system files to the Windows 7 partition.

Without an install dvd or a system repair disc, you can`t do that. You can easily make a system repair disc on another Windows 7 PC, all you need is a blank cd and a cd burner. But it has to be the same bit version (32 or 64) and Service Pack version as the version you are trying to repair.

Others may have another method. They will post it.

Or call your Tech

System Repair Disc - Create

Startup Repair

Partition - Mark as Active

You can also make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD

Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

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I have a Thinkpad Yoga 260. I installed Windows 10 first and then Ubuntu 16.10 next to it. I now have the strange problem of not being able to use my keyboard in Windows 10. What I do:If I chose Windows 10 in the bootloader, my keyboard won't work anymore. Even if I restart my laptop, my keyboard is not working (not even in BIOS). To get my keyboard working again, I have to shutdown the Laptop, remove the power-supply and wait for a few seconds.  If I chose Ubuntu in startup, my keyboard works fine.My assumption is, that somehow when I start Windows 10, my laptop thinks it is in Tablet-Mode and thus, blocking the keyboard from working? My trackpad and touchpad are working though, so this might not be the case. Only the keyboard does not seem to work. The keyboard is listed in the device manager as 'fully functional'. I tried reinstalling drivers, removing the keyboard from device manager in Windows 10 and rebooting, but nothing has helped so far. Do you have any suggestions what I can try to do next? 

A:Keyboard disabled when booting Windows (Dual Boot)

I updated BIOS to the newest version (1.5.0) with the hope that this could fix it... but sadly it does not.

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I have 3 hard drives on my tower: one 250 gb for data, one with 500 gb for Windows 7(64) and lastly I have one with 80 gb for Windows XP(32). I had installed XP before I installed 7. After installing 7, whenever I powered the machine, it would allow me to choose between "Windows 7" or "an older version of windows" (XP). Perhaps I was not careful nor did I do enough research when I installed 7, but I assumed the hdd with XP would keep its MBR with only one option and a new MBR would be installed on the 500gb hdd allowing me to choose between both.

Now taking this in consideration, and as I had stopped using XP completely, I thought it would be harmless to format the 80gb hdd. I wanted to install Linux. So I installed Ubuntu (10.04) 64bit on the 80gb, assuming that grub2 would be installed there with an entry for Windows 7 (the MBR installed on the 500gb hdd). Things did not go as I'd expect. Not only did grub2 not display any Windows 7 entry, whenever I set the 500gb as first boot hdd, I get an error saying no MBR was found.

Believing that for some reason the MBR in the 500 gb was damaged (or maybe it never existed, perhaps what really happened was that the 80gb XP MBR was edited during 7 install), I inserted the Windows 7 64 bit dvd, accessed repair, dos and ran repair commands I found on the web (not blindly of course). More specifically, "bootsect /nt60 D:" ( MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record ), where D: was the label shown for the 5... Read more

A:MBR not found when booting Windows 7 (Dual-boot with linux)

Try this:

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

Use EasyBCD 2.0 in Win 7 & Win XP.
EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums

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Okay let me start off saying I was really misinformed what was this software called BootMagic (PartitionMagic 8.0), installed it and in a dilemma before it was too late. I am not a computer expertise either, so I apologize in advance for my vague explanation on the situation and hope you can assist me.

When I installed Boot Magic, every time I boot my pc I would get a screen similar to the picture below but with only two options named under "Windows NT/2000/XP." I use Windows xp so it got confusing from there.

I assume that these two selection were divided between my default windows hard drive and my system partition drive both labeled under "Windows NT/2000/XP."

I accidently clicked on the first option this time and I can no longer load windows or my desktop and instead always be lead to my computer's inbuilt System Recovery when I boot my PC. Where else when I previously clicked the second option, I was lead to my windows desktop. Now I am basically stuck because it only loads my System Recovery every boot and it fails to find my partition drive to format. Other notables is that I can get into "Windows Advanced Options Menu" but options like Safemode and Last known working configuration doesn't work.

Can you diagnose what happened and how should I go about this?

A:Screwed up booting sequence with BootMagic, Windows xp won't boot.

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After my earlier thread, I asked my brother to install W7 on his computer using my HDD, all well and good and I plug my HDD back in my computer.Problem is the new windows 7 installation does not boot.It starts the little starting windows animation, freezes for a milisecond then my computer restarts.

I've attempted to run startup repair with and without my W7 DVD several times, but to no success.This would be part one of my problem.

Part two would be me installing XP on a seprate partition to try and find out how to fix it (I am currently using that XP install to post this) and now, being unable to start up the windows 7 partition through the F8 boot menu.I think using some partition program would fix this, but there's so many, and to be honest I don't really have a clue how to use them

A:Windows 7 not booting issue/dual boot shenanigins

The issue is that your brother used your HDD in his computer. You need to re install it with the HDD in your computer. It is not possible to switch the hard drive from different computers, all the drivers etc are different.

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On a new Asus Win 7x64 laptop (Zenbook Prime UX21A), I was repartitioning the SSD with EaseUs and it seemed to be going well until restart. At that point, EaseUs gave a failure message and then Windows gave a failed to start/Windows Boot Manager mesage, with the error code 0xc00025. The Info is the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible, presumably the SSD's main partition.

Since there is no CD drive, I've been trying to prepare a USB system repair (on my desktop Win 7x64). I followed the directions of two YouTube videos, including one suggested on these forums - Windows 7 - Create a System Repair Disc on a Bootable USB Flash Drive without Burning a CD - YouTube. However, at some point each procedure varied significantly from what my computer showed and so the USB stick didn't boot. I also tried the CD creation tutorial at System Repair Disc - Create, and followed up with the Win 7 USB-DVD tool, but the CD created is UDF format, not ISO, which is what the tool is looking for. The boot and source folders are in ISO, but I'm guessing a full bootable ISO disk (or stick), rather than separate ISO files, is what's needed. I've been working on the assumption that a system repair disk or stick made from a retail version of Win 7 will work on an OEM installation, but really don't know. I also tried running a repair from my desktop's full Win 7 installation disk (converted to ISO), but the laptop said the repair versions are different.

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A:Laptop SSD partition led to Windows not booting - Win Boot Mgr error

I suggest creating a USB installation stick using this tutorial here:
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
All repair disk options can be accessed through the installation "disk".

When you say "I was repartitioning the SSD", what did you do exactly?

Are you aware that your "disk" is (most likely with an Ivy Bridge) formatted GPT?

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Hell everyone,

This weekend I formatted my HDD and re-installed Windows XP and am having problems getting it to boot up correctly. It starts fine (the black loading screen with the XP logo, etc) but once it gets to the Welcome Environment, it screws up. It will load to a black screen with the cursor (the cursor can be moved around) and then after a period of time (5 - 20 minutes or longer) it will load to the Welcome screen. However, it just stays on this. It loads the typical bluish welcome screen with the cursor, but then it just stops. I got it to load all the way to Windows once and everything on the desktop seemed to be fine - wasn't slow; seemed normal. However I can't get it to just "load" normally every time.I don't think its a video card problem, I am thinking maybe its the disc? Its XP Pro and I've installed Windows off it dozens of times.

One more thing though, this format and re-install was planned this weekend. However, Friday night I was backing up all my data for the re-install and our power knocked out, turing off my pc abruptly. I restarted it and everything seemed fine so I went ahead with the format on Saturday. Another tid bit they may be useful is I have been cleaning the dust off my motherboard with compressed air as of late. This may help, I don't know.

If anyone has any help or advice, it would be very appreciated!


A:XP: Windows Stauls on Welcome Screen on Boot; Not Booting Correctly/At All

Will it start in safe mode? If so once you get to desktop, right click the properties of my computer and click the hardware tab, then choose device manager. Any exclamation marks or question marks there?
If safe mode doesn't work I'd try doing a repair install:
* Make sure the BIOS is set to boot from the CD (put the CD above the HD in the boot order)
* Insert the XP CD and boot to it
* When you see " To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER", go ahead and press ENTER
* You will now see an option to repair Windows by pressing "R". Do not select this option - it will only take you to the Recovery Console which is not what we want to do. Instead, choose to continue the installation
* When you see the license agreement, press F8 to agree
* On the next screen make sure your current XP installation is selected and then press "R" to repair XP
* At this point XP will begin to install on top of itself, replacing damaged, missing or altered system files. Follow the instructions on the remaining screens to complete the Repair Install. It will look very much like a normal (new) OS installation.

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Hi chaps,

I've had a few issues when booting recently, not that I've had my desktop on much, but when turning it on I've definitely had some issues...

I've got a five year old, pre going bust Evesham, with the original 350w (maybe 400w) PSU and Foxconn mobo/Q6600 in it. It's got 4GB of RAM that's about 18 months old. The boot HDD is about four years old and has seen a lot of use as it was on every day for work.

Recently, when turning it on, it's not been getting past the Foxconn startup screen, the HDD light flickered for a couple of seconds and then it just stayed on the screen and wouldn't load Windows. Then the next time it would. I assumed my C: drive was on the way out, so today ordered a 120GB Samsung 830 SSD (even though my mobo is SATA II, I'll upgrade the mobo/processor at some point soon) and was quietly happy about having an excuse to do this!

When I got home today, my gf had had the PC on during the day to check email/browse and it had been working ok, but when I got home it seemed to be sleeping, but the fans (processor, PSU, GPU and case) are going, power light it on, but there is nothing. I switched it off at the front switch and came back to it a few minutes later and it seemed reluctant to switch on, but it did, the fans kicked in, but there is nothing happening - nothing appears to be coming up on the monitor, nothing accessing. I switched it off and left it so not to risk further damage.

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A:Boot problems - something in my system is dying/has died!

Your problem is one that is going to require a great deal of trouble shooting. As old as the PSU and the MBO are the first thing to do is to attempt to get a hold of a program that can run a diagnoses on your system (google is your friend). Also check the tutorial section of the forum Brink has a huge amount of information in the tutorials that might help.

If you can get a hold of a copy of Linux (any favor) and set up a Linux start disk to recuse any information you want to keep/save.

Personally I would start with the PSU. Good Luck.

(Will keep an eye on this thread, and also look into some possible salutations.)

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I have an older Toshiba Satelite A65 S1062 (purchased in 2004)that I was using the restore disk on when it lost power. Now when I try to start it, it goes directly to a "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" and returns to that message when I restart. Isn't there a way I can get a C prompt or something so I can try the restore disk again? It was running XP, I think it was the home version.



PS: There wasn't anything wrong with the laptop before I did this, at least not that I know of, other than it hadn't been used for over 6 months. I wanted to restore it so I could give it away.

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While running a system update laptop battery died.

(WinVista Home Premium x64)

I try to boot, windows "loads files" then I get the loading bar, this fails and the Startup Repair Tool starts.
And fails.
"Startup Repair cannot repair computer automatically" dialog box

2 options. One to view problem report:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairV2
Problem Signature 01: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 02: 6.0.6001.18000.6.0.6001.18000
Problem Signature 03: 6
Problem Signature 04: 1048591
Problem Signature 05: corruptfile
Problem Signature 06: corruptfile
Problem Signature 07: 3221225487
Problem Signature 08: 3
Problem Signature 09: WrpRepair
Problem Signature 10: 10
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Local ID: 1033

and Advanced Options which gives me five options:

Startup Repair
System Restore
Windows Complete PC Restore
Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool
Command Prompt

Tried System Restore at least five times choosing different restore points each time but they always fail. Second problem report I am given:

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairV2
Problem Signature 01: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 02: 6.0.6001.18000.6.0.6001.18000
Problem Signature 03: 6
Problem Signature 04: 983054
Problem Signature 05: corruptfile
Problem Signature 06: corruptfile
Problem Signature 07: 322125487
Problem Signature 08: 3
Problem Signature 09: WrpRepair
Problem Signature 10: 10
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Local ID: 1033

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A:Computer died while updating WILL NOT BOOT Or Restore, Help!

I can't help you fix it, but I highly suggest you get a copy of Ubuntu live disk and copy all your files to a usb drive/stick before you do any fixing.

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My SSD boot drive died yesterday but I have a recent image. What I don't have is a boot drive right now. I'm probably going to check some prices on SSD's locally later today and pick one up since it turns out the brand I was using isn't very reliable (OCZ Agility 2 60 gig - lasted 3.5 months). Assuming I do pick up a new boot drive how should I proceed? Should I install Windows on my HDD then restore the image to the new SSD or should I install Windows to the SSD and just restore everything but Windows? Or should I be doing something totally different?

A:SSD Died - Have recent image but no boot drive

What kind of recent image do you have? Is it a windows system image, or created with windows backup?
Or a ghost image, or ......

tell me more

Did you put that image on external usb drive?

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We have lenovo V580c notebook which HDD has died - it was already refubrished 2 times lol and it has died again. It has Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled and we have upgraded to Windows 10 recently. But since HDD has died, we needed to reinstall the system on the new drive (we have msata ssd for that). Anyway, I tried to boot notebook with DVD with burned clean Windows 10 ISO image but notebook don't want to boot from the DVD all of a sudden. No changes in BIOS could help to solve it - notebook just not recognizing any drive now. It goes through all boot options and stopped at network boot which we don't have. And then we see just a small windows with booting option which are not working any way. Here are some pictures: http://imgur.com/a/6R185 http://imgur.com/a/112HY http://imgur.com/a/K1k8Q I already tried lall posible BIOS modes, loaded safe settings, used UEFI/Legacy/Both, disabled/Enabled Secure boot. Nothing helps and the notebook is literally unusable now because it is not acepting any storage/disc to boot from. I even tried to remove any booting unit like HDD, DVD and new msata I tested before. Notebook just not even trying to boot. Obviously it is out of warranty now. What can I do to fix it and make it acept to boot from DVD again? I don't want to bring it to the perair service because it wil cost us the money. This product should just work at the first place. We had so bad experience with lenovo with this notebook that I won't buy any other their product anymore.

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