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Q: unable to boot os

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4460 CPU @ 3.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 16245 Mb
Graphics Card: Standard VGA Graphics Adapter, 6 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 1863 GB (1827 GB Free); E: 287 GB (258 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., Z97MX-Gaming 5
Antivirus: None

So for the first time in 15 years I have come across a problem I cannot resolve even after doing extensive research online. My pc was working fine when a couple days ago it started a boot loop and wouldn't boot the windows 7 os. I connected a hard drive from my laptop which was installed with the same os (E: in the details above), however none of my other hard drives will boot. When I boot from laptop hard drive I can see all other connected hard drives, can format, re-partition and reinstall windows to them, however if I disconnect it, once again I cannot get the windows os to boot. I have checked that the partition is active, boot sequence in BIOS, switched from legacy to uefi and back in BIOS, done bootrec repairs, switched power cables and SATA cables, all with no result.
If anyone has anything else I can try I would be most grateful.

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Preferred Solution: unable to boot os

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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Win 7x64
Acer-5251
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

Quote:
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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Hi,
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?
Thanks.

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When I try to start my laptop the 'Acer' logo flashes with 'press f2 to enter setup, f12 to change boot device, then to a black screen with a flashing cursor but unable to type, then screen turns off and it just repeats over and over. I'm unable to start in safe mode. I don't have the original Windows disc and no access to another computer, at this stage. I have a wireless keyboard and when I plug in the dongle am able to use it. 
 
If I press f2 then I'm able to access 'Phoenix Securecore Tiano Setup' with tabs for Information, Main, Security, Boot and Exit.
 
Before the laptop refused to start it was having an error about not being able to write to drive. I ran two programs, one anti malware and the other I think was Glary. I was able to start both in normal and safe mode at this stage.
 
Anyone have any ideas how to fix this? Dumbed down advice would be great! 
 
Acer Aspire 4752
Windows 7
Intel Core i3-2350m cpu @ 2.30ghz
 

A:Windows 7 Acer laptop unable to boot, unable to use safemode

It sounds like your HDD is broken.
 
Sorry, it really sounds that way.
 
Ultimate Boot CD has a range of tools that will help you confirm this. (look in the HDD Diagnosis section on the list)
 
Burn the disk and boot it, run the tool you choose...

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Hi,
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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Hi.

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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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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Hi,
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
Fiona

A:Unable to find boot drive insert boot disk

Welcome,
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
 
Dick

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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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Hello,

I own a HP Pavilion Tablet with Vista Business. I haven't noticed it until just recently that the CD-ROM drive disappeared off device manager. In an attempt to remedy the problem (hoping it was a software problem), I do what I usually do: rstrui. When recent restore dates didn't work, I turned the clock back the oldest state I had, which was back in late September. Next thing I knew, it wouldn't boot properly. It would pass the initial stage but would eventually end up on a blank screen. However, the cursor is visible (and movable). I can't progress through this point. BIOs is unreachable and it cannot boot from CD. I am unsure as to how to proceed from here. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
 

A:Unable to Boot; Unable to detect CD

First and foremost, read your manual as to how to do a system recovery. There will be a key or key combo to hit when powering up like F11 or whatever. This starts the system recovery.

Note many of these will overwrite ALL data on the drive. If there is info you need ie work files, data files, etc; I would pull the drive and slave it to a working system. Copy whatever data you need. Reinstall the drive and do the recovery.
 

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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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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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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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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

Welcome!

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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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!

Phil

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Hi,

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

Symptom
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
Kevin

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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.
ATTEMPTED SOLUTIONS:
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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When i boot up my computer it doesnt reach the user login screen before it loads of startup repair. It looks for a fix but it doesnt find one. In the diagnosis the only error it shows is 'Boot critical file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys is corrupt'. I have booted kaspersky repair disk and run a full scan which found no viruses or malware etc. From the startup repair window i have tried a system restore which had the same problem when attempting to boot. I can only access the system recovery options screen.

I am running windows 7 32bit, and i dont have a windows 7 disk but do have the windows 7 32bit iso file that i used to install windows 7.

I would be grateful for any help to resolve this issue.

Thanks in advance.

A:Unable to boot into Windows 7: Boot critical file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys is corrupt

but do have the windows 7 32bit iso file that i used to install windows 7
so burn the win7 iso to dvd and see if you can boot to it and run the repair

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Hi,
I had this system which was working for a year, till now i had problem unable to make the monitor working.
It is a similar problem with this thread a year back,

techspot.com/vb/all/windows/t-106632-Monitor-Fails-to-Boot.html

Basically, my cpu is able to boot into windows, ( by hearing the sounds and so on ),
however my monitor is in sleep mode.
I cant access anything right from dos since i cant see anything.

I had tried replace VGA cable and monitor, but it didnt work.
below is the spec of my computer.

19" samsung monitor
Winfast PX 7600 GT (used a DVI > VGA convertor )
AMD dual-core 64x2 3800+
ASUS board, forgot wad is the model. ( No integrated graphic port )
2 gig ram

Thanks
Alan
 

A:Unable to boot monitor at boot up

The video card may be bad. Swap it out with another to test
 

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Hi,

About 3 days ago I reinstalled Windows 7 and though I would XP on this same HDD rather than my seperate one the installed Linux Mint. So I installed it in this order - Windows 7, XP and Linux Mint

Rather than using the Linux boot menu because it showed me Windows 7 twice rather than Windows 7 and XP So I used EasyBCD in Windows XP and added XP to find the drive its self and linux as well. Linux and windows 7 I can boot ok but when I choose the option for XP it just goes to a black screen no windows loading screen or anyhing just a black screen.

Does any have ides with this for me?
Thanks.
 

A:Triple boot unable to boot XP

My first view of this is that you failed to check the box in EasyBCD
Run EasyBCD.
NOTE: This is required to repair the Windows 7 boot file and add XP to the Windows Boot Manager list.

9. On the left side of EasyBCD, click on the Add New Entry button. (See screenshot below)A) In the top section under Operating Systems, click on the Windows tab. (See screenshot below)
​B) To the right of Type, select Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3 from the drop down menu. (See screenshot below)
WARNING: Be sure to leave the Automatically detect correct drive box checked.

C) To the right of Name, you can leave the default Microsoft Windows XP as the name to be displayed in the Windows Boot Manager, or you can type whatever name you would like to have instead. (See screenshot below)
​D) Click on the Add Entry button. (See screenshot below)

​10. On the left side of EasyBCD, click on the Bootloader Setup button, select (dot) the Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR option, and click on the Write MBR button. (See screenshot below)
​11. Close EasyBCD.
 

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After attempting to install some USB device, my computer bugs out and I have to restart. Now, whenever I try to restart, I get this pattern:

Quick welcome screen (MSI motherboard)
Black screen
Black screen with typical error message when you don't start Windows successfully (the one that lets you start in the three safe modes, last known good config, or starting Windows normally).

So I can select any of the choices, and they all give me the same result:

30 second pause
Windows load screen (10 seconds)
Quick welcome screen (MSI motherboard)
Back to the black screen w/ error message.

I can access BIOS fine, but my floppy drive doesn't work, so I can't use a boot disk. My new Windows XP CD doesn't affect it either.

I'm guessing that my hard drive fried, any other ideas before I go out to buy a new one?

Thanks

P.S. In case you want to know a few of its specs (it's about 3 years old):
Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHZ OEM 478 CPU
MSI 845E-MAX Motherboard

A:Unable to boot up XP

A bad hard drive wouldn't affect your floppy drive, so it's not likely your hard drive. I'm not sure why the floppy doesn't work, but it sounds like your Windows installation got corrupted. I didn't quite understand, but are you able to boot to your XP installation CD? If so, do a general repair. If not, does your optical drive show up in the BIOS?

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I don't know why but everytime I boot up I see the following messages

PAGE 1
IDE Channel 0 Master : None
IDE Channel 0 Slave : None
SATA 1 (A0) : None
SATA 2 (A1) : ST3500320AS SD15 (This is my 1st drive)
SATA 3 (B0) : None
SATA 4 (B1) : ST380811AS 3.AAE (This is my 2nd drive)
Floppy disk(s) fail (40) (I have no floppy disks)
Press F1 to continue, DEL to enter SETUP (My BIOS is set to default)

PAGE 2
Verifying DMI Pool Data...... (This message along with some information was shown)
AFTER A FEW SECONDS
CLIENT MAC ADDR: 00 1F BC 07 F5 29 GUID: 00000000-0000-0000-0807-06504030201
DHCP......
AFTER A FEW MINUTES
PXE-E53: No boot filename received
PXE-MOF: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent.
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

HISTORY
1) I was using Windows 7 but had to reinstall windows
2) Reset BIOS to default
3) Tried to install Windows but noticed long pause between every setups
4) I formatted both disks but it said "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition"
5) I unplugged the drive I want to install Windows on
6) I installed Windows 7 successfully without problem on my 2nd computer, using the drive I brought from my 1st computer
7) I took the drive after installed Windows 7 on my 2nd computer and put it back to my 1st computer
8) NOW I get this screen whenever I boot and am unable to get inside the Operation System

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A:Unable to boot into OS

Welcome to Seven Forums Microhard. Is your primary disc set as the boot device in BIOS? I would expect it to be set where you have SATA 1 (A0) : None. It sounds like your BIOS need to be told what the 1st boot device is.

Advanced BIOS features> Hard Disk Boot Priority



If it is set to boot from optical drive 1st, you can see if it will boot from the install disk as well. A Guy

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Recently due to a power failure (I think), whenever I turn on my pc, it doesn't boot up. No display, nothing. I opened my cpu....and saw this green bulb turning on and off continuously. Why is this happening?
 

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Hello,
I am having trouble getting into Windows XP. Every time I boot I get this message:

STOP: c0000218 {registry file failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
\systemroot\system32\Config\SOFTWARE
or its log or alternate.
It is corrupt, absent or not writable.

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.
Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further
assistance.

The system then restarts and repeats itself.
Does anyone know how I can fix this? I don't want to lose my files.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: I have also tried getting into safe mode and that will not work either.
 

A:Unable to boot - please help

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I turn my computer on and get "Floppy Diskette seek failure" press F1 or F2-but the keyboard does not respond. Can anyone help.
 

A:Unable to boot

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Win 7 Pro with automatic updates, so everything should be up-to-date. Unable to post DDS or GMER because machine will not boot to graphical UI. Last good boot was Tuesday 3/13 morning. System Restore says it works, but no joy. Booted Safe Mode DOS BOX and ran CHKDSK on C: and D: (when DOS BOX opened, prompt was X: ????), but no help. Read about "upgrade re-install" for Win 7, but that requires a working Windows graphical UI.

Any help appreciated.

Bob and Ray

A:Win 7 Unable to Boot

Hi,Please try the following:You'll need a flash drive for this next set of instructions.For x32 (x86) bit systems download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to a flash drive.For x64 bit systems download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool x64 and save it to a flash drive.Plug the flashdrive into the infected PC.Enter System Recovery Options. To enter System Recovery Options from the Advanced Boot Options:Restart the computer.As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping the F8 key until Advanced Boot Options appears.Use the arrow keys to select the Repair your computer menu item.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account and click Next.To enter System Recovery Options by using Windows installation disc:Insert the installation disc.Restart your computer.If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc. If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or DVD, check your BIOS settings.Click Repair your computer.Choose your language settings, and then click Next.Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.Select your user account an click Next.On the System Recovery Options menu you will get the following options:Startup RepairSystem RestoreWindows Complete PC RestoreWindows Memory Diagnostic ToolCommand Prompt[*]Select Command Prompt[*]In the command window type in notepad and press Enter.[*]The notepad opens. Under File menu select ... Read more

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hi all,

Please advise if possible.

When i power on the PC, i hear a ticking sound for about 10 times, both the fans seemed to be blowing at maximum power. Nothing showed up on my monitor screen.

Initially I thought it was my BIOS battery which is about 3 years old was dead. I bought a new one and installed the battery. The same symptoms as above still persist.

Anyone knows what is going on ?? I am at lost because the system can't even go to BIOS. Is it the mother board??

thanks

mike
 

A:PC unable to boot up!!

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Recently I have been unable to get the BIOS to boot a CD first. All that happens is that, regardless of the priority I've set it at, it will just skip right ahead and boot Windows. There is no white text at the top saying 'Press any key to load from CD....' etc.

I cannot understand it.

I have three partitions on my HDD, one with Vista and the other with Vista, and I wanted a third with XP. Both my DVD and DVD RW drivers are working perfectly in Windows, there is nothing wrong with them - the DVD is on the Master IDE and the DVD RW is on the SATA 2.

Addtionally and probably directly related to this is the fact that up until recently I was able to choose which Windows partition to load, now there is no such option when I start up or restart the PC.

What has happened? I've tried fidling with the BIOS, even reset the damn thing to default settings, disabled every other boot device but the CD Drive option and nothing. Not even the F8 boot thing works. All it will do is just skip right ahead and load Windows.

System:

Windows Vista 32bit (2 partitions, but unable to access one now)
ASUS Striker Extreme Mobo (latest BIOS version)
Samsung HD400LJ 400GB HDD
LITE-ON DVD RW
SONY DVD ROM
2x1024 MB PC8500 RAM

Soul destroying this, I want XP on this machine.
 

A:Unable to boot from CD.

upon the bios loading, try pushing F12...on most BIOS systems, it allows you to choose where you want to boot from.
 

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I've been trying to put Linux (fedora 6) onto an old windows 98. I've made the CD's and they work because i've tested them on other PC's but when I start the computer it won't boot from the CD. I've made sure the BIOS is booting from the CD drive but that doesn't help. It says there isn't anything in the device however once i've logged on it can read the disk perfectly.
 

A:Unable to boot from CD

the your test on the other computers include booting from it? Considered using another cd drive?

Greetz
 

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Hello..
I wasn't able to boot into safe mode, so I did msconfig and ticked Boot.ini /SAFEBOOT MINIMAL radiobutton in.
Since then, when computer starts up, I see Win. welcome screen and then everything stays black.. No reaction what ever..
I have to mention that I have Nero 6 Ultra Edition installed on that machine, and I've heard of conflict with safe mode but I didn't uninstall it thinking if I did what I did it would overwritte Nero's conflict.
Before I did that I switched System Restore off (because I wanted to run spyware/antivius scan) so now I can't startup with last good configuration..
Is there any way to get my Windows working again?
Thanks for your help in advance..

A:Unable To Boot In Xp

Hi Notorious. About the only thing you can do now is to boot to Recovery Console from the XP CD and edit the boot.ini file directly and take the /SAFEBOOT switch out of the boot line.Also, System Restore does not need to be turned off to run a virus check. The only time you would want to turn System Restore off is to clear all restore points and then you would turn it back on immediately afterward to create a new restore point.Cheers.OT

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When my friend attempts to boot his computer, it loads to the black page with white writing then reboots.
It will not go past this point.

Any suggestings please. Thanks

A:Unable to boot

New build or has it run a while before?

Specs are needed including the video card and the brand name and wattage of the power supply.

What type of thermal paste is on there?

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i couldn't boot my win XP normaly.i've looked in Event Viewer and found this:

The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
Fips
intelppm

i've scanned PC with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.Here's the log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.39
Database version: 2451
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

7/19/2009 7:33:38 PM
mbam-log-2009-07-19 (19-33-35).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 103238
Time elapsed: 5 minute(s), 18 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 7
Registry Values Infected: 2
Registry Data Items Infected: 3
Folders Infected: 1
Files Infected: 8

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{1e1b2879-88ff-11d3-8d96-d7acac95951a} (Trojan.BHO) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{fa5c324f-3c48-41d3-83c4-71b70e2910df} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CMVideoPlugin (Trojan.BHO) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\cmvideo.xmldomdocumenteventssink (Trojan.BHO) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\cmvideo.xmldomdocumenteventssink.1 (Trojan.BHO) -> No action taken.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\CMVideo.dll (Trojan.BHO) -> No action taken.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\sysdrv32... Read more

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Dell Inspiron desktop w/ Pentium 1, several years old.Turned on in morning, computer starts POST but fails to complete, screen turn black, power still on, I can hear the HDD tapping away. Unplugged, powered back on pressed F8, F11, F2, or F12 to boot in safe mode or to do anything else but those screens come up on the monitor but go black after maybe one half second. If I'm lucky I can maneuver the cursor to Safe Mode then Enter before the screen goes blank again. But as its loading the Windows files (usually pages) the screen goes black again without completing the task. All the other screens do the same thing. Also I've held in the power button until it turned itself off and repowered again and the the screen showed the Launch Recovery option as expected but the screen goes black even if i'm fast enough to select it.I had a System Recovery CD that I had made a long while back that I assumed was functional but the computer wouldn't boot up with it in the dvd drive. All I got was cursor on a black screen OR nothing at all.Finally I was able to get into Safe Mode, not by doing anything different but just by repetively trying to reboot, finally it said Launch Recovery which worked. I did a ESET NOD 32 virus scan that showed a couple of threats that were deleted. I made a System repair disk, I went back to a previous restore point a couple weeks back when everything worked well. The computer seemed to work normally so I did a normal shut down and went to bed.... Read more

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I just installed a new graphics card, and when ever I press the power button it beeps for a split second and shuts off. Any ideas what this is and how to fix it? Thanks
 

A:Unable to boot up?

is your power supply powerful enough to run the new video card?
 

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I have been unable to get the Windows OS to boot on this system after several months successfully running it on this platform.  After an interrupted reset, the recovery partitions are empty and using the F11 recovery routine returns errors and does not work.  I believe I need to reimage the whole diskback to factory  at this point.  Is there a simple way to do this?  My other option is to go to DOS (which still comes up) and use DISKPART to wipe the disks and reload the OS from a USB (which does not work right now - the USB is not recognized as the system walks down through the boot options - I have even raised the USB to priority one in the boot list).  Any advice would be very helpful. W2

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Hi all,

I was getting continious BSOD so i reinstalled XP on my desktop.
It worked fine for a while and now it's not booting up, it just gets stuck on the windows XP screen with the green line moving.
I tried using Ubuntu live CD and it worked completely fine, which makes me believe my hardware is fine.
Unable to understand the issue please help.

System Specs.
AMD Athlon? X2 7750 2.7 GHZ processor.
Gigabyte Motherboard with nvidia 6150SE onboard graphics card.
2 Gb kingston RAM
500 GB Seagate HDD.

A:Unable to Boot XP

Did you run a drive fitness test of the drive, zero wipe the drive and long format the drive before reinstalling windows?

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I'm running XP Pro and came home this afternoon to find my comp had tried to re-boot itself only to hang during the boot stage.

It gives one normal beeb and gets as far as recognising the drives and then I just get a flashing curser underneith and there it stays.

Anybody got any ideas please ?

Cheers

Jack

A:Unable To Boot

Here's a link from Microsoft on how to start troubleshooting it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314503There may be other causes, but this is (IMO) the first place to start.

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Hi all,

i'm not sure if this is the right place to be posting, mostly because i dont know what the problem is exactly.

My computer is an Alienware Aurora running Windows 7 home premium. Was on the internet the other day when the computer just shutdown and when i attempted to restart it would only get so far before i was left hanging on a blank screen with the cursor flashing in the top left.

Normally when starting up the computer the first screen reached is the Alienware loading screen which shows the logo and options for;
-F2: Setup. -which takes you to the CMOS Setup Utility.
-F12: Boot Options. -which gives options for hard drive/cdrom/PSA/utility partition/system setup menu.
Everything is fine up until this point, these options seems to be working.

After this is normally followed by the windows login screen. However, am no longer able to reach this stage. Nor am i able to enter safe mode before i get this far and unable to doing anything but power down after.

Ran the PSA tests which found no problems, so tried switching out the harddrives to one from my old computer which was completely blank apart from having windows 7 on it. The computer started up like normal with no hint of problems. Which leads me to believe it is some sort of virus or malware problem. After putting back the non-working hd i tried running the windows7 disk that got with the computer in the hope there was some sort of repair feature but i was not presented with such an option, only to insta... Read more

A:Unable to boot up

Try booting with your 7 disk by pressing F12 and selecting CDROM, then run a Startup Repair as shown here :- http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-easily-repair-windows-7-boot-problems-using-startup-repair/
 

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This is long story which goes back for a month. First it started with a bunch of small video artifacts appearing on the screen and then making the pc freeze. Tried to restart and the screen remainded dark because bios didn't start. When it did work the system would soon crash and blame video driver. Eventually I get in and lowering resolution fixes problem for two weeks. Next the same artifacts appear and it won't boot again. Go into safe mode after a few dozen tries and completely deleted video drivers and reinstalled newer version. This worked for another week.

Current:
No more artifacts but pc boots about one in every 50 tries. When it does work the presence of dvd in drive keeps boot from proceeding because the "boot from dvd/cd" does not appear the under score keeps blinking untill disc removed. Safe mode works sometimes but other options normal, bootlogging, debugger dont work. And before I forget all hardware drivers + bios have been removed and reinstalled, bios scans show memory and hard drives are still in working order. The only other thing I can think of is a corrupted operating system.

Does anyone have any thoughts, or a possible solution because I really cannot afford any hardware repairs, or to buy a new computer.

UPDATE: Memmory slots, motherboard, and cpu have been checked.

*HP pavillion DV9700*
 

A:PC unable to boot

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I use win xp home 2002 sp3, 2.8gz processor, 3gb ram. Zone Alarm Pro, Bit Defender anti-virus. When I turn the computer on the login screen shows up with the user accounts. I am unable to boot up using my login. When I boot up as administrator the computer boots right up. How can I fix this?
 

A:Unable to Boot Up

Do you get any error messages when you try to login? Create another user account and login. Whether you get the same result?
 

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Hello:

Initially I had Windows 7 Ultimate (retail version) installed on my desktop. When I tried to install Ubuntu, I found that the hard-disk partitioning scheme was GPT. So I made a back-up of my drive's contents, re-partitioned the disk as MBR, re-installed Windows 7, and overwrote the disk contents with my backed up files.

This worked splendidly (i.e., I have all my installed applications, etc. intact) EXCEPT for one nagging issue: When I boot, if I let it boot directly into the hard disk, it does not work. I have to select F10 (BIOS boot options menu), and from there select the hard-disk, and only then Windows 7 boots properly.

I tried bcdedit, bootrec, etc. No use. Any recommendations, please?

Thanks!

A:Please help: Unable to boot normally

This will work for 7, also. First make a system image and put on a separate hard drive, just in case. Fixmbr can cause problems and you should have a back up


http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d....mspx?mfr=true

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I was trying to change operating system (winxp2 home edition) to windows 7.
I tried downloading and installing win7, but the internet would not run it giving me a message saying that there was a problem with the internet driver. I tried downloading a new internet driver but it didn't work. After that I tried installing windows xp sp3 but it didn't install. Then when I went back to the old winxp system it was no longer available. Other than purchasing a new computer, is there anything I can do to recover my old winxp2>

My pc is a hp pavilion a810n 3300+ amd athlon 64 processor

A:Unable to boot up

Unfortunately we do not help with pirated copies of Windows (downloaded). You have to reinstall the XP drivers for the Network adapter if you are going to reinstall Windows XP. Go to the manufacture of your system's website and download and install the Network adapter drivers. For Windows 7 perhaps they do not support your Network adapter.
To reinstall Windows XP again repartition the drive and format then install Windows XP.

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