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Boot loop, unable to boot up after switching harddrive.

Q: Boot loop, unable to boot up after switching harddrive.

So I recently got some laptop parts to upgrade my laptop with from my friend who had the same model. Everything was working until I switched the harddrive (Big mistake). I thought since the model of laptops was the same, it could just be swapped in, but I was wrong and now I can't completely bootup my laptop with either drives. (I'm currently trying my fixes on my original drive)

On a restart after it downloaded some drivers, the device scanned the harddrive for consistency which deleted a few things. Since then it is mostly unable to boot (there have been a few times that it booted up but they are few and eventually they shut itself back down) and throws me in a bootloop even after I switched the original harddrive back in. I can boot it up successfully into safemode and use my windows recovery disc to boot up my laptop but neither of those are permanent fixes.

I've tried using the built in startup repair multiple times but it says it is unable to fix the problem. Looking at the logs of the scan, it says the root of the problem is a corrupt system volume disk.

I've also tried using system restore to earlier time but no luck. I've tried last known good configuration but didn't work.

I've tried performing a chkdsk function which was not able to fix the problem.

I've tried using bootrec. one of the functions showed that I had 0 windows installed. looking up and following the /rebuildbcd function from the microsoft site I fixed that problem so that it shows 1 windows install, but the boot problem persists.

I've tried using the sfc/scannow function but there were some files that were not able to repaired and the boot issue is still here.

Now I'm pretty much out of ideas. I would preform a re installation of windows 7 but I don't own a disc and my product key doesn't allow me to get the iso since its a preinstalled version on my laptop.

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Preferred Solution: Boot loop, unable to boot up after switching harddrive.

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


My computer goes into a boot loop whenever I try to start it. This began after I got a few 'new' parts (they were new to me) from an older computer I received, namely a graphics card and a power supply.

I installed said parts to a working computer I have, and started it up. Now, this is what is currently happening; I press the power button on the case, lights and fans start up, everything sounds okay. One beep sounds (IIRC that means everything's a-okay) and it gets to the mobo manufacturer's custom Press X to POST Press X to Run BIOS Setup splash screen/graphic. On the Starting Windows screen, and this is where it happens. Normally in Windows 7 there is a sort of animation on that screen that looks something like small bubbles (we'll call it that) spiraling and eventually creating the iconic Windows logo. I don't get that animation. I see two parallel bubbles and the computer immediately restarts. Cue the same exact process, over and over and over. I get no option for safe mode, startup repair doesn't help. It's endless.

I just got a new Motherboard, CPU and RAM from newegg that I ordered a few days ago. I thought this would fix the problem. It didn't, it's still happening. I thought, oh, since the mobo, CPU and RAM are brand new it might be a hard drive problem. So, I switched out a hard drive with one I have from a prebuilt computer, same endless reboot process.

I would also like to point out that a 500GB hard drive I got from the older computer I wrote about in... Read more

A:Boot loop after switching around a few things

You have to do a clean install. You have mismatched hardware drivers.

Replacing major hardware, especially a motherboard, requires it. There is an exception if you have a previous image, and you use a Paragon product that will help the driver situation. I don't believe that is your scenario.

Do you have a W7 dvd and a license key?

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Hi. I'm having problems booting up from my main hard drive.

A few hours ago, I had an error that said "Invalid Partition Table." I used recovery console and fixmbs (I think is the command) to no avail. I also did fixboot which did nothing visible. Originally I had been running my harddrive on a PCI to SATA converter, but when I opened up my computer to my surprise I discovered I had SATA ports on the motherboard (swear I didn't see this the first time). Anyways, I plugged my SATA into the port, reset CMOS, and now I can log onto my slave hdd - but not my master (main) hdd.

As I said, I can log onto my slave hdd, which is an IDE hdd. When I try to boot from my main hdd (Seagate 250 gig SATA harddrive, "WDC-WD2500KS-00MJB0"), I get to the Windows logo screen with the bar scrolling at the bottom, but then after a few seconds a blue screen pops up with text, and a fraction of a second later my computer reboots. The harddrive I'm currently using is XP Pro SP 2, and the SATA hdd also uses XP Pro SP 2.

What can I do to fix this?

Quick summary
-I can boot from my slave IDE hdd, but not from my SATA (which is plugged into the motherboard directly)
-When I try to boot from my SATA, it goes to the main Windows loading screen before I get the strange BSOD
-I can access files in my SATA now from my IDE - I went ahead and copied important files over to my IDE harddrive, but there are much larger files that I cannot copy over to the IDE.
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A:Unable to boot from main harddrive

UPDATE: I can no longer boot up from the other hard drive. This is URGENT. Please help.

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Here is my situation - PC running Windows XP Professional.

My friends sends me a link which eventually leads to it being a trojan horse that infects my computer. It completely takes over, disabling all my anti virus, not allowing me to run or install any type of anti virus, and even blocking websites that offer virus removal help (re-routing of IP). In an effort to fix my computer, I used the windows CD and tried to use the repair and recovery mode to reinstall windows. Now the computer just hangs and nothing can be done.

The good thing is that I can still access my harddrive as an external on another computer via sata usb cables. My question is whether there is a way for me to try and fix the boot and startup files on my computer so that I can salvage my computer and fix it the right way? Thanks so much and happy thanksgiving!

A:Harddrive unable to boot, but fully accessible when used as external

Has anybody used the ultimate boot cd?

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Greetings everyone, I have a dell inspiron 7000 and recently reinstalled windows 10 into my laptop after I received a system thread exception not handled error with a bootable usb. After painstakingly spending a whole day (10 hours) I succeeded in restoring my laptop with windows 10. Nevertheless, I accidentally restarted my laptop while the bootable usb is still in the usb drive and now my laptop does not even load/boot. The screen just freeze trying to load up the OS as in the spinning dots when the windows first loaded up, after 3 dots loaded, the whole screen freezes. in addition, when I try to load up windows repair, it'll load up an extra dot and freezes at 4 loading dots; I can't even load into the harddrive through BIOS. The good thing is that I can still access the BIOS and do diagnostic test and all the stuff from BIOS. Other than that, I'm unable to access my computer.

I really don't want to buy a new computer because this laptop is really precious to me and I don't want to waste money on getting a new one.

A:Unable to boot into OS/bootable usb/harddrive after failed installatio

Originally Posted by winnerslapper

Greetings everyone, I have a dell inspiron 7000 and recently reinstalled windows 10 into my laptop after I received a system thread exception not handled error with a bootable usb. After painstakingly spending a whole day (10 hours) I succeeded in restoring my laptop with windows 10. Nevertheless, I accidentally restarted my laptop while the bootable usb is still in the usb drive and now my laptop does not even load/boot. The screen just freeze trying to load up the OS as in the spinning dots when the windows first loaded up, after 3 dots loaded, the whole screen freezes. in addition, when I try to load up windows repair, it'll load up an extra dot and freezes at 4 loading dots; I can't even load into the harddrive through BIOS. The good thing is that I can still access the BIOS and do diagnostic test and all the stuff from BIOS. Other than that, I'm unable to access my computer.

I really don't want to buy a new computer because this laptop is really precious to me and I don't want to waste money on getting a new one.

Hi winnerslapper and welcome to Tenforums.

One of our members has developed a custom W10PESE bootable rescue environment:

Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

It includes several programs, one of them being Macrium Reflect. In Macrium Reflect, there is an option to "fix boot". See if that helps get you back into your operating system. Please be sure ... Read more

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I am unable to boot my laptop with Windows 8 Pro. It was working fine after upgrade finished from win 7, but IE10 locked up and I pressed the power button for 4 secs to shut it off, when turning it back on it's locked on a loop ? preparing auto repair, diagnosing , Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC , shut down or advance options," every thing I try goes back to restart the same loop. Is there a way to bypass the prep auto repair on startup? I tried booting from installation disk but at a certain point it tells you to remove installation media and boot from OS and again the same loop. Help!!!!!!

A:Preparing automatic repair loop unable to boot

I had this happen on a laptop with an SSD that was refurbished, but tested ok. At this point it's kinda scary and I'm not sure if I can really trust the OS. I'm going to try a different SSD, but that repair loop is a bad, bad sign. Hopefully they can get this fixed ASAP.

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Hey there, Wednesday evening I got home from work to find that my w530 had ran out of battery. I plugged it in and attempted to start it, but was unable to get past the lenovo splash screen and couldn't get to windows login. Iritatingly, the computer will randomly boot to windows login and allow me to login very rarely.Since then I've tried various attempts to fix the issue but things haven't improved. Initially I could attempt to boot to a DVD or USB but now when I select either boot option the computer goes right back to the boot options. If I can use one, the computer will hardreset and reboot. If I hit f12 I can get into BIOS or into the diagnostic utilities and the computer is stable without any crashes, even when running diagnostics for 3+ hours. Diagnostics have not found any errors with the ram, mobo, cpu, or HDD.I thought initially it might be something BIOS related, so I reset to default options, tried pulling the CMOS battery, and then flashed and re-installed the latest BIOS version without any effect from any approaches.I pulled RAM sticks one at a time to see if that was the issue without any change. I then tried pulling the HDD, all but 1 ram stick (4gb of 16gb), as well as pulling the 16gb SSD flash drive. Even with this I couldn't get the computer to boot by USB or DVD. When I connected the HDD to my desktop tower and used the bootrec.exe command in command line I was able to get the tower and laptop to get to windows, but it has since reverted.I've diss... Read more

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My 230u has been stuck in a loop since a recent Windows Update. The machine crashes while booting Win 8.1, reboots and crashes again during the recovery phase, then this cycle repeats. Reinstalling Windows doesn't work, as the same thing occurs during the install process, even with a 'clean' install. I've run the pre-boot Lenovo Diagnostics, and every result reads 'PASSED'. I've attempted to update the BIOS from both a bootable CD and bootable USB, and the result reads 'failed to read bios". The machine is currently a brick that passes all diagnostics. Is there any solution to this? EDIT: Current bios version is 1.70

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What steps should I follow with my HDD to insure a proper installation?

Previously, I was stuck in an installation loop between BIOS - which saw my western digital black harddrive - and the windows installer which got to "where do you want to install windows" and then gave me a message saying something to the effect could not find a hard drive to install on.
Then, I would be sent back to the BIOS and the loop would start over again.

The harddrive was blank with no partitions and I was not given the option to create any.
I had to buy some type of partition recovery software and then windows installed.
The harddrive is my current operating system HDD.

Having alot of computer issues and want to just wipe the darn drive and start from scratch.

Issues like.........
some 21:9 resolution desktop (it wasn't my desktop) replaced my 5760x1080 resolution desktop. then disappeared. it only had 3 folders on the blue desktop, I had never seen before. "pictures" "profile" "Misc"

while typing, hear DING! my cursor disappears and my keyboard won't respond for a few seconds. Happens very often.

My task bars will unhide/hide by themselves one monitor, then next one, then next one.

Just now, while I was typing, this browser dialog box was highlighted, I was unable to type and I heard a click noise as if I had clicked on a file.

Would just give me piece of mind just wiping the drive instead of just re-formatting it... Read more

A:Stuck in an install loop (unable to locate harddrive for installation)

What steps should I follow with my HDD to insure a proper installation?

Take a good look and slow read of Brinks tutorial.
It's what I use.

Clean Install Windows 7

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I have a Satellite L645 I put together 4-5 months ago from the wreckage of it and a Satellite P745  Next, will be learning if swapping the CPU from P745 to the MOBO of the L645, but that will be another day

I recently did a number of repairs on several PC's/Laptops that I restore/refurbish/rebuild to provide inexpensive units to those less financially fortunate.  After 30+ years in the IT industry, and now retired, I can return to computers as the hobby it began as.
While doing this latest bunch it appears I picked up a virus either from one of the harddrives in the wreckage, or from the online hunting & scrounging for parts, drivers, apps, etc.
WIN10 began, during booting up, telling me I needed to allow the Automated Repair to run, then changed its' mind and said to use the Recovery Media to repair the system.  I tried to force numerous incomplete boots to cause the options menu to appear, but to no avail.

The errors progressed to the "a required device is missing or not accessible" when trying to boot from proven USB Recovery AND USB Win10 Install media.  The system tries to boot from the WIN10 DVD boot disk, but after a long wait, that too, fails.
These are the various BSOD screens:



In so many words, "LOOK ONLINE LATER FOR MEMORY MANAGEMENT.... Read more

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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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Current situation: When Windows XP boots it displays Windows logo, black screen and then a small error window with title "User Interface Failure" and text "The logon user interface dll msgina.dll failed to load. Contact your system administrator ..." There is a button to restart the system. Booting causes a loop back to the same state; I cannot get the system to boot to safe mode. Other than the lack of a logon and desktop the rest of the boot process seems to continue OK; I can access network shared drives from another system. Using BartPE I can see that msgina.dll is in C:\windows\system32 as it should be. Unfortunately much of the data I need to access for my work is not on shared drives and cannot be accessed by BartPE so I am in big trouble.

Background: The express version of SpyCatcher was installed a few daus ago. All was OK until I restarted the system and arrived at the current situation. I also have BartPE which I have used to look at the SpyCatcher logs and found entries that msgina.dll was quarantined (along with many other safe items). I believe this is the cause of the problem and not anything else.

I know that if I can get to a desktop to run SpyCatcher I can reverse all the items it wrongly quarantined. The question is how to get to the desktop? I have tried the following with no success:

- boot to safe mode
- verified msgina.dll is in the correct location,
has same hash code as original dll, and
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A:SpyCatcher blocks logon after boot; System in boot loop

Did you try 'Last known good config', and do you know if you have Restore point turned on?

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hi guys...am new here...
two months ago i ran the msconfig and i guess i messed up with the boot.ini file...now my pc had been in a boot loop since then.i have looked for solutions and found them but due to no support for xp,most methods have not been successfull.
and now i read about editing the boot.ini file and decided to enslave my hard drive on a friend's pc so that i can edit the file...
now my question is how to find the file after i enslave it on the pc,and if i edit the file i will be able to boot the pc successfully once more??

i surely appreciate any replies,for real....peace and thanks in advance

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hi guys...am new here...
two months ago i ran the msconfig and i guess i messed up with the boot.ini file...now my pc had been in a boot loop since then.i have looked for solutions and found them but due to no support for xp,most methods have not been successfull.
and now i read about editing the boot.ini file and decided to enslave my hard drive on a friend's pc so that i can edit the file...
now my question is how to find the file after i enslave it on the pc,and if i edit the file i will be able to boot the pc successfully once more??

i surely appreciate any replies,for real....peace and thanks in advance

A:How to find and edit the boot.Ini file, and if it will solve boot loop

Rather then edit the boot.ini file, put the drive back into the troubled computer, and boot off an XP CD or USB Flash drive. Get to the Recovery Console then try these commands to fix the boot sector: 103 - Fix or Repair XP if it is not booting (using the XP Recovery Console) - RMPrepUSB

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This Problem has been happening since the Later Updates of Windows 10. (I remember when Windows 10 was first released, I had Zero problems with the OS, my PC was running fine. So, it confuses me, makes me think that it could be Windows 10, but it could also just be a problem with my PC System. Again, it could also possibly be Drivers. I need help please! Take Note: I am now using a Clean-Install of Windows 10, (Reboot) I no longer have anything on my PC, just the default Windows 10 files. I do have Java installed, a few games, and that's it. Nothing else, so what could be causing this problem? I HAVE NO IDEA!
Hello Windows10Forums Community, I've really been having issues lately, as of Windows 10 installation. I've found that there are several problems occurring at once.
The real problem itself is to do with how Windows 10 & my PC are playing along together. My first thoughts were it must be Windows 10, right? Not so sure now.
After discovering that the BsoD (blue screens of death) are occuring with errors that are related to drivers (no doubt) I'm starting to think that it might be drivers.
But then after a conversation with my father, I've found that it could also be the PCU not living long enough due to my System Specs, it might not be working together.
The PCU could be outdated, not so much compatiable with my Graphics Card. I have no idea, but I'd like to hear your thoughts on solutions, on what it might be that's
causing these Windows 10 conflicts with my system. ... Read more

A:[Failured-To-Boot-Up] BsoDs+Boot-Loop+AutoRestarts (Windows 10)


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I have 3 HardDrives, a 160gb Maxtor which is roughly 2-3 years old, and an 80gb Maxtor which is roughly 1.5 years old, both SATA, and an 80 gb Maxtor IDE.

I had been using the 80gb IDE as a system drive and the 160 for all ancillary files. About a year ago, I began experiencing extremely slow boots, both for the operating system to start up, and for all programs to start once I actually got into windows.
I replaced this with the 80gb SATA, going off a friend's advice that the drive was just failing. I beleive everything was fine after that, until-
About 6 months ago, the same thing began happening, so I just gave up, installed on the 160gb, and disconnected both 80s..

Since then everything has been working peachy, quick boots.

I wanted to try the 80 SATA again because I'm running out of space on the 160, and it makes me nervous having no backup drives.

I tried connecting the 80 as a secondary drive. However, as soon as I did, I began booting extremely slowly again, or failing to boot at all, it would just show the Windows loading screen eternally.

I tried booting to safemode and checking the drive for errors, then formatting it, but to no avail.
I just disconnected the drive and, *bam*, no problems.

As I said, I'm running out of room, and want a backup, but I'd like to see if I can't fix one of these drives before I go get a new one.

Any ideas?

Mobo: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe

I can get more if you need it.

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A:Slow Boot/No Boot when harddrive connected


There are both Sata Raid and Sata Non-raid slots on this board. Are you certain that you have the drive hooked up to slot #2 on the Sata Non-raid slots? Then, when you put in another drive, you need to enter the Bios setup menu and make sure that:

1) The drive area is set to auto
2) The Sata area is enabled (page 4-18 top part of your manual
3) Then, go to the Hard Drive Priority and make sure you have your boot drive set to boot first.
4) Then, make sure your boot order is set to:

CDRom - 1st
Floppy - 2nd
Boot Drive - 3rd

If you make any changes, don't forget to save before you exit.

Then, if you still have difficulties with this drive, download and run the hard drive manufacturer's utility for this hard drive. It can be found HERE

Post back when you have had a chance to look at these areas.

Special note: I have this same motherboard using two Sata drives and two IDE hard drives and it works quite well and is a great board.

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Hi all I am havbing problem with one of my computers I can't seem to boot it I can get it to boot into the boot screen and into the bios but for some reason (which it was working fine) when I try to reload xp as as repair or fresh install it keeps saying that it can't find hardrive ? any idears ?


A:Computer Not Boot Cant Boot With Xp Disk Says No Harddrive

Try a bootable diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive (usually free).

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So, my boyfriend a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4334 that is running XP Media Center 2002. This morning he woke up and it wouldn't finish booting. It POSTs, it sees the hard drive and the operating system. But as soon as the XP logo appears, the computer reboots. we turned off automatic reboot and got the following error:
STOP: 0x0000007B(0xF78AE524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
We cannot boot into safe mode, last known good configuration, cds, or USB, and we don't have a floppy drive.
we have tried an XP installation cd, a media center installation cd, and hirens bootcd, and it wont boot into any of them.
Last night he was messing around with drivers, because his SD card reader wasnt working and he needed to install a new one. We are assuming he somehow corrupted or accidently removed a necessary driver because that is the only reason we can think of why safe mode won't boot when the hard drive and the operating system are clearly recognized.
We pretty much need to know if anyone has any options that don't include reinstalling, that is our next step, but would like to avoid it if at all possible.
Thanks so much

A:Solved: Computer won't boot- endless boot loop

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Sorry for the long post but I'll try to give as much info as I can...

I've just installed Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit and Linux Mint 12 on a Compaq Presario CQ60.

I created a 25Gb partition for Windows, a separate partition for data (around 180Gb) and then installed Linux Mint 12 on another 25Gb partition.

Edit: just to clarify I installed Windows first.

Windows was working fine - I installed all the necessary drivers, security software and Windows updates etc before installing Mint 12.

After installing Mint 12 I booted back into Windows to check everything was fine and to format the data partition to NTFS from within Windows. After this I restarted the machine and booted into Mint to check all was fine on that side of things - it was.

I then left the PC for a while but when I came back to it I tried to boot into Windows and it just keeps restarting the PC when it gets to the Windows logo. It happens over and over again.

I tried booting from the Windows disk to do a start up repair but that doesn't work either.

The one thing I did notice though was that the start up repair tool reports that Windows is now residing on drive E instead of C!! This is weird as it had definitely assigned drive letter C to the main Windows partition last time it booted. Perhaps this is the root of the problem?

What I don't get though is that after installing Mint I booted back into Windows and everything was great. So now I don't know if Windows, Linux or perhaps GRUB is to blame fo... Read more

A:Win 7 stuck in a boot loop on dual boot machine

I've never used Linux so in that respect I'm no expert, but you might want to check these tutorials,

Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

UNetbootin - Create Bootable Live Linux USB

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery

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my computer cannot boot and has followed error. file:\Boot\BCDerror code: 0xc00000e9 this problem can happen when a removable storage device is removed while it's in use or is failling. properly connecting any removable storage and restarting your pc may fix this problem.  this problem start when i remove my battery when the notebook is not totally closed as the battery is very low, i need to change to another battery. try all kind of restart method and it does not work.try F8 and it does not work. i do not know if this is a hard disk failure or what? 

A:my notebook computer cannot boot and loop into boot error pa...

Hi,You can try tapping F2 key as you power on laptop and do Extensive hard drive and memory tests from BIOS /UEFI System Diagnostics.Do you have Recovery USB created after first setup of this notebook?Have you successfully upgraded and activated Windows 10 previously?RegardsVisruth

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So, I was an idiot for allowing an unknown .exe to access the internet. All of a sudden, command prompts invade my screen. They seemed to be launched from my local files. Each one, the cursor leaped at random places, not sure if there was a particular pattern for each .exe that launched. Around 10 launched and I was able to close all of them.

I performed a System Restore, and this is where I'm stuck in the boot loop. I tried launched Safe Mode and normal. No luck, the trojan(s) re-boot my computer.

Obviously, I can't provide a HijackThis or ANYTHING because I can't excess any programs at all. Although, can anyone provide any help?

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Boot loop started with XP during XP boot screen. I hit F8 during XP loading screen to stop restart after crash, and a blue screen with "unable to mount" [hard drive] error popped up.

Here's what I've tried:
1.) I am unable to enter recovery console because it fails to recognize my HD. So I hit F6 and manually installed the SATA drivers, but then recovery console hangs at "examining/analysing hard drive" (I forget the exact message).
2.) I am able to load an old stable HD with XP. But when I make the new unstable HD a slave to the old HD, the old HD refuses to load.

So here's what I'm asking:

1.) Is there a way I can get recovery console to recognize my HD so I can attempt some repairs on it?
2.) Is there a way I can use my old stable XP HD to access my new problem HD so I can at least save the data on it?
3.) Any ideas on how to repair the HD?

As far as I can tell, the BIOS does recognize the HD since it does appear in the RAID selection menu (no, I am not using RAID).

Another footnote is that this new HD has always had problems with being recognized properly by my BIOS. Often from a cold boot it would give the message that "invalid boot sector HD not recognized" (paraphrasing from memory), but with a soft restart of Ctrl-Alt-Del it would load properly with new HD as master and no errors (it's the only HD installed).

Any suggestions?

A:Solved: Boot Loop with "Unable to mount" error

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could somebody please explain me, what this could mean?
We have approx. 10-15 clients which couln?t boot this morning and all with this dump-files.

Loading Dump File [C:\temp\Mini090610-02.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: C:\windows\symbols
Executable search path is:
Unable to load image ntoskrnl.exe, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for ntoskrnl.exe
Windows XP Kernel Version 2600 (Service Pack 3) UP Free x86 compatible
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0x804d7000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0x80554040
Debug session time: Mon Sep 6 08:45:13.406 2010 (UTC + 2:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:00:24.968
Unable to load image ntoskrnl.exe, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for ntoskrnl.exe
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debuggi... Read more

A:boot problem, boot loop, win xp, ntoskrnl.exe

Hi GOE, Looks like your entire system is infected with the funlove virus. Fortunately allthough it's unpleasant and a real pain, it's fixable. The first link is to tell you what it is and how it infects you. The second link is to show you how Microsoft and Symantic recommends fixing it. I hope this helps buddy. Take care.



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Thank you

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Howdy...I recently installed windows 8 on an Asus Q200E....i have an external DVD drive attached.

Windows 8 installed fine....I partitioned and Installed 7...install seems to have went well, I was able to see the dual boot screen once (select the OS)....I selected 7 and now I am stuck in a boot loop as soon as the computer boots up...it doesnt go to the select OS screen...or even start windows at all....just loops back to the ASUS screen....tried Windows repair from the Win 7 disk....no luck....

Any Ideas???? PLEASE

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I had some issues with Xp being deleted from my boot options. I am running a dual boot with Xandros and XP Pro. I have a lilo boot loader that I had to edit to get Xp to boot up again. After I got that issue resolved, Windows booted up, which hadn't been booted in almost three weeks. My Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 had a corrupt data base, so I thought that I would uninstall it then reinstall it. I used the add/remove from control panel and the, later, found out that I had to use the Kaspersky removal tool before I could reinstall it. I downloaded it, used it, romoved Kaspersky, had to reboot for changes to take effect.

Now when I boot my pc, I get a message after hardware detection that says <press F1 to resume>. I had never seen this message before, so I just pressed F1 and it took me to my boot options, and when I tried to boot into XP I got a black screen with a white bar at the bottom of the screen that looks like it is loading something. After the"load" it takes me to the XP splash screen. After about 10 seconds my pc reboots and I am put back to the F1 prompt. I tried booting into safe mode, and it did the same thing. There are no error messages associated with the message and from what I can see everything is detected as normal.

I have read that this can be
a) a BIOS issued
b) the CMOS battery is getting low.

Any suggestions?

A:XP boot loop. Can't even boot to safe mode.


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This morning I went to use my laptop and it is no longer booting.  The power will come on and the power button lights up, the keyboard lights up.  If I let it sit it will stop running after around 30 seconds to 1 minute.
If I click the power button after it started, I can hear the fans spin up then the system shut down.  I have ran the LCD test and it works.  Their is no boot screen at all or dell screen.
I updated the bios last week and I had run it since.  I also took the whole thing apart today to remove the bios battery for 1 minute and put it back together but it still does not run.
Is their a way to diagnose motherboard issues?  why would it not boot or is their more steps to look at?Thank you

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I accidently installed grub onto the seven boot partition. I can't boot into seven. It loads the ubuntu select os screen, I select WIndows 7 (Loader), and it justs goes back to the ubuntu select os.

Please can someone help?

I still have windows 7 installed, and I have full access to ubuntu.

A:Accidently installed grub onto windows 7 boot partiton. Unable to boot

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

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Hello there,

I have a problem. I have a dual boot computer with Xp on C: and Win2k3 on D:

As my XP is behaving very weird lately, I intend to reinstall my C: again with XP again. But if I do so, my Win2K3 on D: will fail to start. I have done this experiment on a spare machine.

Does anyone know how I can reinstall XP on my C: and yet make sure that my Win2K3 still works well on my D: ?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Win2K3 unable to boot after installing WinXP as a dual boot

Yes. You need to restore the boot environment that was installed with Windows 2003 server. Its more up to date than the one that was installed with XP, and is capable of booting both, whereas the older XP one you now have can only boot XP and not 2003.

I believe you will be able to get round this:

Install XP.

Backup your boot.ini file.

Boot from your Windows 2003 CD and begin an installation.

After the text based stage, where the files are copied to the hard drive, STOP THE INSTALLATION BEFORE THE GRAPHICAL STAGE, AND DON'T FORMAT!!!! You can do this by booting from the Windows 2003 CD instead of the HDD.

Then, boot from the Windows 2003 CD into recovery console, and rename your old boot.ini file as the new one.

Basically, you are wanting the Windows 2003 installation program to write its boot environment to the HDD again, but not to reinstall the OS.

You get around this in future by installing OSes in the order they were released, from the oldest to the newest, so that the following would be installed in this order:

Windows 95
Windiws 98
Windows NT 4
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 2003

I hope this helps. Sorry if this is a little vague but its early in the morning. Post back if you still have questions, but I've encountered this problem many times and that was how I fixed it. I don't recall fixboot or fixmbr from the recovery console helping.

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My pc (win 8, IE9, 64 bit) started behaving oddly suddenly before refusing to go any further now saying unable to find boot drive, please insert boot disk and press any key.
Is this terminal and have I lost all data on that pc? Will taking it to a pc wizard do any good?
I am in Australia
I hope someone can offer productive advice

A:Unable to find boot drive insert boot disk

I'm assuming that you are currently communicating from another computer.
Do you have the installation disk? If not, then the trip to the PC wizard sounds like a wise choice.
The data loss will depend on what is wrong and when you made your last backup. It could be very little to total.
Keep us posted

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After deleting the partition on which Ubuntu was installed and enlarging the windows partition to fill the old space at the same time( stupid I know), I am unable to boot to Windows 7. All I see is a command line message that says Unknown File System and on the next line says Grub Rescue> with the option to input commands. After looking at this forum and Ubuntu forums I'm still unable to resolve the issue. I would like to be able to boot into windows 7.

A:Unable to boot Windows 7 after unistalling Ubuntu Dual boot

You'll have to restore your Master Boot Record. See this tutorial:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

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When I start the machine (XP Pro), it wonít boot in any mode. Going via F2 I can get to boot from CD but I donít have an XP recovery CD for the machine as it was an OEM with pre-installed XP (Tried a friendís XP Pro Recovery disc but it just gets me to Unmountable Boot Volume)

Have run Ubuntu (which works) and have recovered my files but would like to recover the XP OS if possible. Is there any way I can use Ubuntu to recover (as the HDD is obviously ok). Sorry havenít got any info re the machine apart from its a Toshiba U400.

Any thoughts would be really appreciated

A:Solved: Unable to boot XP - Unmountable Boot Volume

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The problem about which I'm posting is with a Gateway 820gm XP Media Center 2005 PC. Some background information on the state of this PC before the incident:The system's main hard drive died last week (no mystery, I dropped the friggin' thing), so I recently put in a new HD and reinstalled the operating system. After many hours downloading all of the Windows Service Packs and other updates (the most recent of which was the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack), the PC was finally back up and running, and was doing so quite smoothly.I typically leave my PC on overnight and use an alarm clock program to wake myself up. When I awoke to my cell phone alarm instead, I noticed the usual signs of a power outage. (12:00 blink on microwave, stereo, etc.) Naturally, I switched on my computer. Then...The computer began to boot as normal and prompted me for the boot password, which it took as expected. It then continued to the usual Windows splash screen that precedes the Welcome Screen or the Desktop (depending on user settings). However, after the Windows splash screen, my monitors remained blank. After several minutes and, wondering if this was just a display failure, I began to take actions that would normally result in sound output (activating Windows Media Center, keying Shift 5 times for the StickyKeys beep, etc.) No result. I tested the "sleep" button on my keyboard which also yielded no result. I then did a hard reboot. Once more, I entered the boot pa... Read more

A:Unable to boot/incomplete boot after power outage

Only a question do you run a battery backup or just a power strip? It is possible that you got hit with a mild surge, only a guess!


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In my hard-disk i have total 4 partition ©:windows, (D):data, (E):HP Recovery Manager and (F):Windows 7. Therefore Initial Stage where Windows Boot Manager loads i use to get two option whether want to load from windows 7 or Windows vista.

But some few days back my pc were infected with trojon, etc. Then i used HP Recovery Manager to restore my PC to default factory settings. After re-installing Windows Vista from the Recovery manager, I reconize that i am unable to boot to my Windows 7. I think Boot Manager has been disturbed. If i place Windows 7 DVD then windows files load and then hangs for few mins and then message displays that
"Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer.
This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external USB drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such as a hard drive or CD-ROM drive that is failing. Make sure any removable storage is properly connected and then restart your computer.
If you continue to receive this error message, contact the hardware manufacturer.
Status: 0xc00000e9
Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred."

I dint Attach any removable storage to my pc.

I have tried EasyBCD 2.1, but installation stops in middle and program exits without installing it.

Therefore how to boot from Windows 7 and fix the Boot Manager, where i can load in both the windows version.

So can anyone help with it as soon as possible, bec... Read more

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hey guys,

i m having a hardware error,on my windows vista...recently due to battery problem.. i had to do alot of restarts during the windows was being loaded.... and after one point it stopped ... so what happens is the bar keeps on comming and .... after one point is kinda freezes.. and if i try to go via safe mode... it stops after one particular file...hangs
on trying to reinstall... it hangs ..when it says press any key to install from this disk"...

so i believe my hardisk might have been corupted..and also.. ido hear strange noises from hardisk at startup....(screeching noise.. 3 to 4 times )... otherwise... when i put the other hardisk...my computer is fine

for information: it is vista genuine. with 4 gb ram and 100gb hardisk.... intel centrino.

also i dont get any kind of error.that i can tell you about!!

A:hardware error!unable to start,boot, or do anything on boot up

Sounds like the Hard drive is having problems....you should not hear that type of noise from the Hard drive.

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Having problem with son's HP desktop.  When it boots, press the Esc key, get a boot menu. But ... unable to select ANY of the items.  Keyboard is not recognized when in this menu. Tried several different keyboards -- same symptoms on all. Also, despite having the CD/DVD device first in the boot order, when have bootable CD or DVD in the drive, see the text come up to press a key to boot from that device, but it does not boot from the disk, instead it puts up a message about booting from the system -- and once again, the keyboard(s) appear to be nonfunctional at this point. Product number: XX094AV Looked on the HP site to see if there is a BIOS update, but there is no BIOS listed. Could use some help on this. thanks

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Hey all.
This is probably the biggest problem i've encountered with windows ever and i actually suspect its my hardware but not sure how to prove it and what step to take next if it is.

I have w7 installed on a SSD 64gig (C ) and most of my apps/games etc on a standard 1tb HDD (E )

The problem:
-as of yesterday, on starting the computer, windows 7 fails to boot, it goes to the w7 splash screen for about 15secs and then the monitor flickers off and the system restarts. W7 then gives the option to start normally or in repair mode.
-I've gone through repair mode now and tried both the startup repair (9 times, it finds no specific problem),
-the system restore, which lists 3 possible restore points (each one says success but then the same loop as above occurrs anyway)
-Ive also tried the bootrec commands via the command prompt available in system recovery.
-When i try to boot in with safe mode it goes black with a cursor and stops there
-when i try to boot via the dvd, it loads the windows background and cursor and stops there.
-In safe mode via the dvd it loads black screen and the 'safe mode' text in each corner and white cursor and stops there.

so at the moment i can't actually even do a repair or even clean reinstall via the disc which is pretty disturbing.
I've also tried chckdsk and used chkdsk /fix. this did report problems on the C drive and the /f run did say it corrected things on the ssd but still i am unable to load or boot via safe/system recover or ev... Read more

A:Win7 boot failure, DVD unable to reinstall/boot


All these symptoms point to a hardware issue to me as well. In particular, the part about the monitor flickering off draws my attention, because I wonder if it is a video card problem.

Do you have another graphics card you can use? If you are using a real video card, use the onboard graphics to test with if you have them.

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Dear All,

My computer has been infected with a Boot.TidServ.B virus.

Norton Recovery Tool has detected it, but can't fix it. Is Norton Power Eraser likely to be able to kill this kind of virus? What other options are available? NB the computer can't boot up, including in Safe Mode, so any solution would have to be run from CD/DVD ROM.

I've done a bit of research and come across an application called "TDSSkiller" from Kaspersky - is this likely to work? Note that, again, it would have to be run-able from CDROM.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Boot.TidServ.B virus on computer, unable to boot

dantilley & MarrzlHello and to the BC forums.Please sit tight and be patient.I have requested that an experienced helper who specialises in un-bootable computers respond to your topic.Thank you.

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Hi there!
My samsung laptop is unable to boot and it is showing an error 0xc0000001 ( you will need to use the recovery tools on your installation media). I don't have any recovery tool and I am unable to boot in any mode. I have also tried to install a new OS but no external media is working. Please help me.

A:Inaccesible boot device, Unable to boot in any mode.

welcome to the forum

first to unplug usbs, battery and power if plugged in. press the start button and hold for 30 secs. replace power, battery and reboot.

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Hello all,

First-of-all, thank you for reading this thread...any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.

I have a Dell Dimension 8400 (circa 2006?). Not used very often. New 1 TB hdd placed approximately 1 year ago. Since it was still running slow (about 6 months ago) with occasional BSOD, took it in to local "tech guy" who added some RAM, "cleaned things up", and replaced XP Home with XP Pro....

Since then, it has been working OK (minor problems not worth mentioning here)...only used for Quicken, Rhapsody, and very light internet surfing...NO questionable websites...have ZoneAlarm firewall and AVAST antivirus...

PROBLEM showed up last night...BSOD...on rebooting, following message comes up...
The instruction at "0x77c47e9f" referenced memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "read".

Click on OK to terminate the program
Click on CANCEL to debug the program
Regardless of which option I choose, the computer offers the same message again once or twice. After 8 to 10 minutes, my normal desktop appears. Unfortunately, there is no START or Taskbar. Whether I do anything or not, after 2 to 3 minutes, I get the following message...
System is shutting down...initiated by NT.AUTHORITY\SYSTEM

Windows must now restart because the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service terminated unexpectedly.
I read that I should do the following ....reboot and press F8...I was given alternative reboot options...c... Read more

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My hard drive will not boot without using a bootable CD to reference the Windows partition.

When I power on my computer, the BIOS POST displays, then a black screen with a blinking cursor (_) in the top left appears. Nothing happens after this, no error messages or anything.

Current Workaround
I can place Hiren's BootCD (Hiren's BootCD 15.1 - All in one Bootable CD ? www.hiren.info) into the drive, and allow the computer to boot to this CD. Once it is booted, I can scroll down to the menu option "Boot from Disc 0, Partition 2", and the Windows 7 install on my C:\ drive will boot like it should.

BackgroundThe drive originally shipped with Partition 1 as a 10gb recovery/restore partition, and Partition 2 is where Windows 7 was installed.
At some point, the recovery partition had data on it accidently deleted, rendering it useless.
Ubuntu was installed as dual-boot with Windows 7. This shrunk partition 2 (Windows 7), and added partition 3 (200gb) and partition 4 (50gb) for Ubuntu. It then booted to a GRUB bootloader which had Windows 7 as the last option on the list.
Uninstallation of Ubuntu. I used the methods shown at this link: The Non-Geek?s Guide To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Dual-Booting MachinePartitions 1, 3, and 4 were deleted using EASUS Partition Manager in Windows.
Partition 2 (Windows 7) was moved to the beginning of the hard drive and enlarged to use the entire disc using Disk Management utility.
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A:MBR/BCD Missing/Invalid Unable to boot without Boot CD

Hi Foxnet.
Welcome to sevenforums
Can you provide us your screenshot of your listed partition on disk management
just like mine

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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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IDE1 = 40GB (Master) No Slave Drv

IDE2 = DVDRW (Master)
DVDROM (Slave)

ATA PCI card installed
IDE3 = 200GB (Master)
80GB (Slave)

IDE4 = empty both channels

When I attempted to move the 80GB into the Slave position of IDE1 I lost
everything...and I mean everything
The BIOS reconizes the 40GB and DVD's plus the ATA drv's at startup but after the boot device's are identified I get the error message: "Boot Failure -
insert disk into drive A:"

I have since tried different IDE cables...no luck...various different jumper settings for the 40GB and 80GB...I have tried to 're-ghost' each drv in the master position of IDE1 from an clean image (from the 200GB drv) using Norton Ghost...still the same error message.

The BIOS and the startup screen differ in two small area's in reference
to the HD geometry...everything is the same on both screens/area except
for LBA is ON inside the BIOS but not at bootup and the same for "32 bit
mode". Would this having any effect on the boot failure?

I hate to think I damaged my MB when swapping drv's around...but it is
possible I'm sure...no I didnt ground myself either ... Looking
for some suggestions...ie, replace CMOS battery? ... is there a program
that will scan my MB for errors (on a floppy of course...that works)
Will a reinstall for scratch do the trick?....please reply...and thanks

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Hello - new to the forum (although I have been reading it for quite some time).

I built a new computer a year and a half ago and made the mistake of getting too small of an ssd for my main drive. I got a 128gb Samsung 840 Pro and then a 500gb WD Black HDD for the data. The build has been great, but I ultimately installed most of my programs (which are quite large) on the ssd which in turn has gotten pretty full. I only use the HDD for data. I do prefer it this way so that my work programs are on the ssd even though I know I could have installed them on the HDD. So I picked up a 256gb 850 Pro and want to switch over to it, but I want to do a clean install. I plan on unplugging all the other drives (including the 840 obviously) except the new 850 and loading up Win 7 clean. However, I see this as a lengthy project and want to take my time doing it.
So on to my question:
If I load Win 7 onto the 850 and then want to call it quits for the day, can I then shut down the system, unplug the 850, plug back in the 128gb 840 and have it boot back up like nothing happened? Then maybe next weekend I'll unplug the 840, plug in the 850, load a few programs, etc.. I really don't care how long the whole process takes. I just want to be able to go back and forth at will.
I'm trying to be able to go back and forth between the 2 boots until the 850 is where I want it and then I will just save the 840 in case of a failure or something.
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A:Switching between SSD boot drives

It will work fine.

In fact if you kept both plugged in you could just use the 1 time boot menu key (F10 etc.) to choose either ssd to boot into.

The choice is yours.

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My old Dell laptop recently died but the hard drive and all the data including a licensed copy of Vista was fully salvageable so I have inserted that into a new desktop PC running a 30 day trial of Windows 7. I am looking to revert the running of the desktop from the trial version on the native hard drive to the copy of vista on the laptop drive I inserted.
I would wait for further instruction but 7 has just crashed due to a power cut and is now unable to run hence me needing to do this now.
Its probably an easy solution but I wanted some advice from people who know what they're doing before I mess up my nice shiny new computer.

A:Switching Boot Drive

What you are trying usually doesn't work, particularly with such different hardware as a laptop and desktop. The problem is that the Vista installation has drivers for the laptop and will not work in the new environment. At the very least you would need to do a repair install and for that you need an install disk.

I am assuming that the Vista OS was factory installed on the laptop. If that is the case the license is only valid on the hardware it was originally installed on and cannot be legally transferred to another computer.

Edit: Only if the OS on the laptop was installed with a retail disk could it be transferred as you wish.

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A while back I accidentally installed Windows 7 on my Dell Inspiron 1525 in the Recovery Drive. I then re-installed it in on the hard drive and had no problems. When I would turn my computer on it would give me an option of which version of Windows 7 to boot from, and if I didn't respond in 20sec it would automatically boot from the version on my hard drive.

I recently had a problem that I had to fix with the start up repair on the installation dvd but now when I turn on my computer it automatically boots the version in my recovery drive. How can I fix this to boot from my hard drive instead? In the boot sequence menu I can't figure out how to specify which drive from the "Internal HDD" option.

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I have a SSD and tried to switch to AHCI without having to reinstall. A guide suggested i had to do to device managers and then select my IDE items, select manually install driver and install the driver for AHCI

Well now i can't boot windows 8 anymore. I get an error message before the loading is finished, and i don't even have the time to read it my computer will instantly reboot and do the same thing over and over again

Setting the BIOS to AHCI will just cause another error. Windows8 won't boot and will tell me i need to repair it.

What can i do to fix it ?

Automatic repair from install CD isn't helpful. I don't have any system restore point.

A:cant boot after switching to AHCI

Can you boot into safe mode? Set bios to IDE boot to safe mode and uninstall the driver.

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