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Vista PC wont boot - need help to repair the BCD to load OS

Q: Vista PC wont boot - need help to repair the BCD to load OS

Ok, heres what happened:

Vista got stuck on the loading splash screen with the green bar moving along the bottom. Left it for 15 minutes & didnt budge.
Reset the PC & tried again - same thing.

So, I booted of a recovery disk & ran CHKDSK /R.
Found a few errors & repaired them & rebooted.

Now, Vista didnt boot at all & i just got the message:
'Operating System Missing'

So, I booted from a Vista disk (Ultimate)
Chose repair but was greeted with an empty 'System Recovery Options' box.
Clicked next anyway & got to the repair menu.
Select 'Startup Repair' & it went off on its merry way for about 3 minutes but then reported back that there wasnt any operating system to repair.

So, went back to the repair menu & went opened up the Command Prompt.
Went through the usual boot repair methods:

bootrec /fixmbr
(this operation was completed successfully)

bootrec /fixboot
(this operation was completed successfully)

bootrec /ScanOS
(Successfully Scanned Windows Installations. Total Identified Windows Installtions: 1
[1] D:\Windows

This i thought was odd, why D: ? normally Vista is on C:

Anyway, carried on:

bootrec /rebuildbcd
(Successfully Scannec Windows Installations. Total Idenified Windows Installtions: 1
[1] D:\Windows
Add installation to bootlist? Y, N or All)

Selected Y & then got this error message:
'This Volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded & that the volume is not corrupted'


I evern tried this:

del d:\boot\ /f /s
bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /rebuildbcd

got the same error.

I can see the harddrive fine. I can even browse the files & folders on the drive within Command Prompt, so its there & not corrupted.

I just cant fix the boot problem.

Anyone got any ideas?

btw - reformat or upgrading to Windows 7 is not viable at this moment in time.


Preferred Solution: Vista PC wont boot - need help to repair the BCD to load OS

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.)

A: Vista PC wont boot - need help to repair the BCD to load OS

What was the last thing you were doing/installed before this happened?

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A:Computer wont boot, wont boot in safe mode, wont load repair centre

Hello there,
It seems like you did not perform a clean installation of Windows and that's why your system is acting up. 
Follow the steps below to install a new copy of Windows:
1. To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation you will need to start or boot your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive. Insert your Windows 7 disc in your CD/DVD drive. Please note: will need to restart or turn on your system with the disc in the drive. 
2. After turning on your system with the CD in the drive go ahead and press any key when prompted during your computer post routine and then follow the instructions presented on screen. If you don’t see this go back to step 1 to setup your BIOS to boot from CD or USB flash drive depending on your installation media.
3. On the Install Windows page simply enter your preferences and click next.
4. Accept the Windows license agreement.
5. On the “Which type of installation do you want” page go ahead and choose the “Custom” option.
6. Select Drive options (advanced) on the “Where do you want to install Windows” page.
7.  Select the partition that you want to change, choose the formatting option you want to perform and then follow the instructions.
When allocating space choosing the default MB size for your drive is typically the best for most users since you want to take full advantage of all your disk... Read more

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Backstory (skip if you need)
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Used command prompt, did stuff like bootrec, bcdedit, diskpart, and chkdsk. After it ran chkdsk it finally loaded windows. I reset/reinstalled the OS completely. Fixed, restarted, running smooth. Owner said it was working great for a day, then after turning it back on it was in an auto repair loop.
It's stuck in a preair loop, I can't even boot from the 8 CD! Have it configured in the bios, it shows the the blue windows logo then the screen goes black for 3 minutes and a blue screen flashes for 1 second saying  "Your PC ran into a problem and need to restart. Collecting some info (0% complete) search online for error: 0x000021a"
The weird thing is, Windows 7 disks boot fine, but it's "not compatible". And if I physically remove the HDD, it will boot into the windows 8 CD. So I put the HDD back in (while still at the command prompt) and it wont take my commands in related to the C: . I get a "System cannot find the drive specified"
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A:Windows wont load, Boot CD wont load, Automatic Repair Loop

I got a windows 8.1 disk made and it allowed me yo boot from the CD, but it's SLOOOOW, it takes minutes to load reset or w.e (none of them still work), or open the command prompt.
I ran chkdsk /f /r /x but it didnt help. chkdsk /r ends with:
"A disk read error occurredcc0000185
Insufficient disk space to fix the Usn Journal $J data stream."
Before when I ran it, I'm pretty sure it let me restart and booted into windows, not now.
Next I tried bootrec.
/fixmbr - succesful
/fixboot - succesfull
/rebuildBCD - Total identified Windows installations: 0
/scanOS - Total identified Windows installations: 0
Next bcdedit
Nothing worked "The boot configuration data store could not be opened. The requested system device cannot be found."
Next sfc /scannow
"There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart Windows and run sfc again."
"Windows resources protection didnt find integrity violations"
BCDBoot c:\WindowsFailure when attempting to copy boot files
Next diskpart - but I forgot what I did before that may have worked. All i can remember is I had to select a disk or volume, and do something with it.

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So i installed vista (and it was very slow because of AHCI mode or whatever) and at the last step it was going very slow and lagging
We restarted the computer and now i get the message
"The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "Ok" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation."
I built my own comp and pretty sure all the parts are compatible and compat with vista and windows 7
So ive tried various vista recoveries and programs to wipe my hard drive but none of them actually ever boot
When im stuck at the screen with the error message i can open the cmd box

A:Vista wont load or boot disc


Originally Posted by kspaa

So ive tried various vista recoveries and programs to wipe my hard drive but none of them actually ever boot
When im stuck at the screen with the error message i can open the cmd box

When you say that they wont boot. Are you referring to the HDD tools or the
Windows disk.

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One other symptom after running chkdsk I tried to change the drive with the cd command and it won't access the drive
Hope you can help
Thank you.

A:vista boot record wont load

Boot your Vista recovery disc and Choose Repair then once on System Recovery Option, choose command prompt. In cmd prompt type
bootrec /fixmbr <- Note the space after bootrec. Enter
This should be done while the hard drive is connected to the compaq computer itself.

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Do a hardware/software reset with your BIOS:Shut down and turn off the computer.
Unplug the computer from the wall or surge protector (then remove the battery if it is a laptop).
"Remove the computer from any port replicator or docking station, disconnect
cables to printers or devices such as external monitors, USB memory sticks or SD cards, headset or external speakers, mouse or auxiliary keyboard, turn off WIFI and Bluetooth wireless devices." (Use Hard Reset to Resolve Hardware and Software Issues HP Pavilion dv5000 Notebook PC series - HP Customer Care (United States - English))
Hold down the power button for 30 seconds. This closes the circuit and ensures all
power from components is drained to clear the software connections between the BIOS
and hardware and clear any corruption in the temporary memory.
(If it is a laptop, plug the battery back into the laptop and then) Plug the computer back into the wall. Do not reconnect any unnecessary peripherals; monitor, keyboard,
and mouse should suffice and be the only peripherals reconnected.
Turn it on to reinitialize the software connections between the BIOS and hardware

After doing those steps, clear your CMOS by entering the BIOS (see your system manual for steps to enter the BIOS), going to the EXIT screen, and loading setup/optimized defaults.

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not sure if im in the right place
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A:system repair wont work windows wont load

Might be a failing Hard drive. Get to your bios and see if there is any diagnostics there to do a hard drive test. On some motherboards its delete on others its F2. If there is no diagnostics on the bios i would make a USB bootable diagnostics and do that.
I just had the same problems and found out the hard way that it was a hard drive.

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just wondering why i created a windows repair disk an im trying to test it out to make sure it works in case i ever need it. when i restart my computer to boot it into options of repair tools or whatever it says dont reconize disk or media. was wondering if some could help me fix this issue. i have a hp pavillion p2-1122 computer with windows 7 64 bit operating system.

A:windows 7 64 bit repair disk. wont load.

Did you create the disk using the HP program or the Microsoft program?
Have you tried creating it again?  What are you using (what kind of disk, what size USB)
Are you able to boot from other bootable disks?

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Im running xp pro on a stable P4 hardware. recently it stopped booting into windows; after windows loading screen computer restarts it self. Through F8 option i got to the blue error screeen which says "Unmountable_boot_volume".
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I read some forums and this problem is caused due to either faulty harddrive, or faulty system files. i dunt think its my harddrive.
i need a way to get to recovery console so i can run chkdsk / fixboot
i dunt really want to format.


You do it wrong. I think the option is press "R".


No need to press any "F" key

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Invalid Picture
Then when i click ok or cross, it restarts the computer, it keeps goin on and on.
also for some reason when it loads and i press F8 nothing happens, so that wont load.
any help plz?...

A:Startup Repair wont load - TG_Recovery 'Invalid Picture'

1) What happens when you click on "Start Windows Normaly"?
2)Do you have a recovery disk? If no, contact the Manufacture of your Laptop and they can send you one, sometimes free, sometimes for a small fee.
Or go to the store where you bought the laptop and they can help
3)Is your Laptop still under warranty? If yes, bring it back to where you bought it.

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it keeps getting stuck mid boot, it wont work in start up repair or safe mode. 
before this happened I got two bluescreens earlier in the day. 
I have gotten blue screens before but nothing were I couldn't boot my computer. 
Thank you in advance
last known good config won't work either. 

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IE 7 on Vista Home Premium is just crippled.

If you type in a www - it appears as if its about to open and then it just stops...

Firefox, Opera work pefect

A:Repair Tool for IE7 load on Vista

Go to Control Panel > Internet Options. Click the "Reset" button under the Advanced tab.

It will remove all customizations, clear your cookies, reset the security, and empty your temp files. It will also disable all add-ons, but they can be re-enabled one at a time by using "Manage Add-ons" so you can determine if one of them is at fault..

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I would really appreciate some help here. On this certain computer, whenever I start it, it brings up the following text:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your
Windows installation disc and restart your computer.

and so forth. I'm sure ya'll are familiar with the message. I'd just like to be able to format the hard drive--totally wipe it--and reinstall Vista. I'm unable to do this with the disc for some reason. Install doesn't work--repair doesn't work. How can I wipe the computer clean?

A:Vista won't load, install or repair

You could try cleaning the Vista DVD with a very gentle touch of a finger dipped in a little toothpaste, wiped off with a lint cloth and NOT a wood-based kitchen paper.

You could also slave the offending hard drive into another system, transfer your personal files over and format it but if your DVD doesn't work now, it may not work when you have no system at all.


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vista wont load in normal mode... fairly certain i have some viruses.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:49:57 PM, on 11/02/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16575)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://google.com/
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A:vista wont load up in normal mode[moved from vista]


Originally Posted by Rallyks

vista wont load in normal mode... fairly certain i have some viruses.

Hi. . .

Welcome to TSF!

I cannot speak towards your HiJackThis log at this time. However, could you please be more specific as to the reason that Vista won't load in normal mode? Are there any error codes or screens that come up?

Have you viewed the event viewer for the time period surrounding a normal boot-up?

regard. . .


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This is a last ditch for help.

I have been running windows vista fine, on my pc. Until yesterday, when they were apparently worms (or virus's or something I don't know, my brain is fried trying to fix this thing). I successfully removed them with AVG (how the got there in the first place - I don't know). The pc worked fine, everything was fine, until I came in from work.

Vista would not load. Screen goes black way before any vista sign comes up. Monitor goes off, "no input signal". So, I try it again, and it says windows failed to load, blah blah blah start-up repair, or start windows normally.

I hit start up repair - it doesn't do ANYTHING. Windows normally, does nothing either.

So, after much going mental. I found out how to go into safe mode (I have a mesh pc and apparently f8 does not work in that). So, I try to get into safe mode from that, DOES NOT WORK. Try Last known good config DOES NOT WORK. Still the same black screen. So, then I googled problems. And, apparently I've to "repair your computer" (no ****) so I can get to command prompt and chkdsk, but now the problem is, IT STILL GIVES ME THE SAME START UP MENU. Where it asks me start windows normally, or start up repair.

So, obviously as you can see if they had guns in my country I probably would have blown it through my head. Seriously cracking up.

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A:vista will not load..start up repair does not work, HELP!

Hi and welcome to TSF first this may be helpfull so download it and burn to a disc
http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/window...disc-download/ use imgburn to do it http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download next I need to know if you had service packs installed as this makes running repairs a different thing entirerly from what you have been through if you have hold of on the burning a disc

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This is a last ditch for help.

I have been running windows vista fine, on my pc. Until yesterday, when they were apparently worms (or virus's or something I don't know, my brain is fried trying to fix this thing). I successfully removed them with AVG (how the got there in the first place - I don't know). The pc worked fine, everything was fine, until I came in from work.

Vista would not load. Screen goes black way before any vista sign comes up. Monitor goes off, "no input signal". So, I try it again, and it says windows failed to load, blah blah blah start-up repair, or start windows normally.

I hit start up repair - it doesn't do ANYTHING. Windows normally, does nothing either.

So, after much going mental. I found out how to go into safe mode (I have a mesh pc and apparently f8 does not work in that). So, I try to get into safe mode from that, DOES NOT WORK. Try Last known good config DOES NOT WORK. Still the same black screen. So, then I googled problems. And, apparently I've to "repair your computer" (no ****) so I can get to command prompt and chkdsk, but now the problem is, IT STILL GIVES ME THE SAME START UP MENU. Where it asks me start windows normally, or start up repair.

So, obviously as you can see if they had guns in my country I probably would have blown it through my head. Seriously cracking up.

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A:vista will not load..start up repair does not work, HELP!

You're in a bind. What has happened most likely is that AVG cleaned the infections but those infections were tied to Windows binaries and/or registry keys and those went down with em. Without a Vista recovery disc of some sort to replace the removed/modified binaries or repair the registry by any means, you have next to no chance of resolving this aside from a complete install of an OS. Since you don't have the disc, it's going to mean you coughing up money for a copy, unless you can borrow a disc from someone to perform the recovery (or start using Linux). In the meantime, you can use UBCD to start backing up data and perhaps even perform some hardware testing to ensure this isn't a coincidence and that it's hardware that puttered out on you and not Windows corruption (doubtful though).

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I cant get my windows to boot goes to the boot screen and freezes. I tried to reinstall the windows from cds and it freezes at the point right before licensing agreement. when i do a harddrive dig i get return code 7 I am not sure what i should do. It wont boot in safe mode either. I have a dell xps 410

A:Wont boot wont Repair


An error code 7 from dell is an indication of hard drive failure.
if it is still in warranty please call them and have them fix it however recovering your data might be a problem.

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A:Crash,windows can't load, need vista disk repair

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The computer came with windows 7 when purchased and windows 10 was installed a while later. The computer was reformatted about 4 months ago, and since then it would not completely download the upgrades, and therefore after the download, it said upgrades not downloaded and removing upgrades now.   This would take almost an hour. We then reformatted the computer again about a month ago, and everytime the computer while browsing would freeze, and we would have to restart.  This kept on happening up until April 23, 2017 when we turned the computer on, we got a msg saying "your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart.  We'll restart for you"  Then a blank screen and then at the bottom left it said to press the escape button and then another screen said "Preparing to repair", but it went to a blank screen and it stayed like that. 

A:startup will not load-repair msg"unmountable boot volume"

sounds like a bad hard drive

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I was installing a system image in windows7 and my pc froze up and I needed to restart but after that it just said operating system is missing. I can not get my PC to boot a startup repair disk made from my other pc running windows 7..... on a new dvd 16xrecordable. The PC just says No Boot Device Available. I can not find my original windows 7 disk.
I want to try and reload my system image on D drive that is unaffected but I can not get windows repair to load. I have my DVD drive set to be the first boot drive.

I followed the Directions exactly as seen here Create a System Repair Disc in Windows 7

My PC wont load the startup repair DVD Recordable disc that was created.

Would it be possible to put the startup repair files on a USB DRIVE and then set my first boot device to be the external USB drive?

The same startup repair disk works on the pc it was created, but not on the broken PC. I am wondering if my dvd drive on my broken pc is also broken or if the C drive is too corrupted from been disturbed during a system image operation.

A:Startup repair wont boot up

First off, is this the same system repair dvd you were using to do the re image ?

I would have just used a cd.

Did you test the disc on the pc you made it from ? Does it work there ?

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Hey guys. Used this site before to help with issues before...but I have really done something this time :(

Before I tell you the problem il give you the spec, had a read at the rules before posting sticky...

XP - latest version I presume as it hasn't updated in the last week or two
Desktop - Custom build that has worked no problem at all since I got it up and running

The problem...
This first started when I had a problem with malware (i think) so I came on here and read about a program called 'malware bytes' this worked a treat and have not had a problem since. Although before I came onto this site I tried the usual safe mode, system restore...so on, then I went for the Windows SP3 disc which I used to build my pc with. Upon inserting the disc I tried a variety of things including trying to repair and REINSTALL. Now realising I didn't want to lose everything I canceled it (turn off the system), and then done the whole 'malware bytes' program.
So that ended there it was fixed as far as I was concerned...here's the bit that led to the problem, anytime I booted up the machine it gave me the choice to go into normal Windows and access all my files as per usual or finish completing the installation from the Windows disc...with a countdown of 5 seconds or it automatically went into installation!

So after a few months of putting up with this I decided to do something about it as it is was getting increasingly annoying.
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A:XP Wont boot or repair with xp disc

Hello, Kris8.

A few things first off:

1. You're not giving enough system info in order for people here to assist you. Can you please state: a. The cpu's make 'n model/Ghz; b. your motherboard make and model; c. The amount of ram; d. Your Graphics card's make and model; e. your monitor's make/mode......etc. f. make, model and capacity of your primary drive (C Drive); g. Any back-up drives, make/model, etc.

2. Do you have an AMD cpu and/or motherboard? If so, then DO. NOT. INSTALL. SERVICE PACK 3. EVER, ON AN AMD MOTHERBOARD AND/OR CPU. THE BUG FIXES DO NOT WORK! I know I'll probably get a different opinion from other people here about the sp3 thing, but I've done a bit of referencing and cross-referencing, and this is what I've found out (I'll give you the links for what I've found below):

Custom-Built AMD Athlon system. XP setup "Stop" error. IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL - WinDrivers Computer Tech Support Forums



=Based on a bit of research, most of the errors you're encountering are with SERVICE PACK 3 and, if you have one, an AMD CPU AND/OR MOTHERBOARD. Also I ran across another article or post, where someone else had a custom-build Via Systems motherboard, I hope I read that right. Sorry but i didn't get the link for that one. I do, however, have this informative and helpful link, should this apply to you:

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Hi guys,

New to registering on the forum, been following it, but now I need some help.

I accidentally put vista into sleep mode. The video was all garbled and it was clear there was an issue. So, I hit the reset button on my tower to stop the mess. My next boot I got the error.

File: Boot/BCD

Status: 0x0000001

Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

It says to put in the windows installation disk and "click repair your computer." The issue is when booting to the DVD, on the page with the moving green bar and it says Windows Vista under, it hangs. I even left it there for 2 hrs. The HDD LED on my computer is solid the whole time too. All my hard drives are SATA and they are in AHCI which is turned on in the BIOS. Perhaps changing the drives to IDE would help?

Anyways, Id like to get into that repair CD so I can fix my boot sector so I dont have to reformat. This has happened before and Ive had to reformat. Im sick of it, I dont want to reformat Vista again.

Incase you didnt already know Im using Vista Ultimate x64.

A:Bad BCD, now it wont boot to install CD for repair?

Hi Fugazi48,

Welcome to the forum.

Make sure that you have the CD/DVD listed first in the boot order in the BIOS settings. When you restart, you will need to press a key to boot from the DVD when that screen pops up. You only have a few seconds to do it. Also, make sure that all USB devices are unplugged from the computer.

This will show you how to do the Startup Repair from the Vista installation DVD.

How to Do a Startup Repair in Vista

If that does not fix the problem, then try a Repair Install.

How To Perform a Repair Installation For Vista


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Is there a way to get Windows Virtual PC to boot a VHD off a cd/dvd?   We have a windows XP VHD that wont boot.   It hangs at an Agp driver.  if this were a bare metal OS I know how to fix , but I cant get the VHD to boot to a DVD
for an OS repair.  ANy way to do this??
Many Thanks

A:repair a damaged VHD that wont boot

You can boot off a CD/DVD just like a real computer. 
You need to go into the BIOS and set the VM to boot from CD first.
To change the boot order in the BIOS of the VM.
1. Shut down the VM
2. Start the VM, and press SHIFT+ESC immediately
3. As soon as you see the black startup screen, press DEL to enter the BIOS
4. Change the boot order to set the CD to boot first.
You can also edit the .vmc (not the .vmcx) to boot from CD first.
See here:

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i have a toshiba satellite A300-16L. And it must recover Vista.
But it will do it.
I tryed the F8 key during startup but that foesnot give me the recovery menu.
I tryed the 0 key solution. But that doesnot work either.

It still startsup windows in a recovery like status. And ends with a message (in dutch) : "Kan het geinstalleerde programma niet starten. Klik op OK als u de computer wilt uitschakelen".

I do however can startup with a knoppix cd and see all the disk. And i could save almost all of the data.

Can someone help here ?

regard Jan

A:Satellite A300-16L - Vista wont repair

Have you created recovery DVD following advice in user?s manuals document?
If yes use this media to reinstall original Vista recovery image.
Is preinstalled Vista original one from Toshiba or your own installation?

By the way: I have the same machine and I use Win7 32bit. It works perfectly on A300.

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MY friend has a compaq presario c700(only three month's old)That will not boot it goes to system repair and then gets message in fig.7 and fig.8 in this tutorial here computer then reboot's and nothing happens just starts again ,he has no backup and no way of doing one as seen in fig.9 there are no memory faults that i can see after running the memory diagnostic.Anyone have any ideas?

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I really hope someone can help me here, but here's the chain of events and problems. Basically, I can't seem to install or repair an operating system and wondering if its the hard drive gone bad? Bad sectors?

Bought Asus X83V Laptop with vista 64 installed.

Had problems with corrupt files, possibly from having a bad copy of office installed from a burnt cd, idk. But this led me having to factory restore operating system a few times.

Got fedup and had a friend install 32 bit vista, and no problems since.

Few days ago, gf watched movie on laptop on bed with no fan ventilation for laptop, then a corrupt or missing mpk or something, cant remember (possible heat damage to hd?) after the next startup.

Tried using Asus recovery DVD for 64bit vista since the 32 bit install wiped out the factory 64 bit recovery partition on hard drive I guess.

Loads files then goes to copy files and never goes past 0% then after a few mins I get a giant ERROR message and some small text at the top saying something like "unable to write temp path to work in" or something close to that.

If I start the comp without the disk in, it says:

Windows failed to start... software or hardware change might be problem... bla bla
Says to restart and repair with disk then says:
File: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000f
Info: An error occured while attemping to read the boot configuration data.

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A:Vista Wont Repair on Asus Laptop

Hmm...if I were a bettin man I'd say it's either a RAM issue or a hard drive issue. When you're doing the install process are you having the computer format the HD and if so, are you doing a full or quick format. I'd suggest doing a full format and let that run through. It is remotely possible that your computer has sustained some kind of heat related issue, but I'd look to the other things first as replacing hardware like the motherboard can get very pricey.

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Hey guys, new member to the forums. Well, my computer has been giving me a whole bunch of problems lately. I wanted to switch from Vista to Win7 so I started backing up my files onto an external harddrive a few weeks ago. After I started doing that, I turned off my computer and went out. When I came back, my computer didn't turn back on. I figured it was the PSU or Mobo. I got a new PSU and it worked perfectly. Then I shut it off again after using it for a while, and now when I try to start it a black screen appears saying the following:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.choose your language settings and then click next.
3.click repair your computer.

Other options:
if power was interrupted during startup, choose start Windows Normally. (Use the arrow keys to highlight your choice.)

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Last known good configuartion (advanced)
Start windows normally

I've tried all the options and every option just gets me to the Vista boot screen. And it doesn't get to the login screen. Please help.

A:Vista Wont Load

Perhaps this procedure will be of help

If you create a recovery DVD, you may be able to boot to recovery options
Create Recovery DVD

The Vista recovery disk is used to boot Vista when it won't boot - to run Startup Repair, System Restore, access a Command Line, Recover using a Vista Backup Image, etc.
System Recovery Options. Choose an option tht will not cause you to lose your stuff.

If Vista will not start now, boot the Recovery CD to run Startup Repair which automates System Restore as well as numerous other tests including System File Checker which can repair system files which are not corrupted beyond repair.

If Vista still will not start, try booting into Safe Mode to run sfc /scannow to repair System files.
Special Thanks Given to Seven Forums.

Below is a bulletin distributed by MS to explain the start up procedure when Windows will not boot.
Startup Repair. Startup Repair is a Windows recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting. Startup Repair is located on the System Recovery Options menu, which is on the Windows Vista installation disc. If your computer has preinstalled recovery options, it might also be stored on your computer's hard disk. For more information, see Startup Repair: frequently asked questions and What are the system recovery options in Windows Vista? If your computer does not include Startup Repair, your computer manufacturer might have cus... Read more

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hey there. i am definitely not a windows expert. my mother bought a compaq and its having a few problems. i dont know what my little brother installed on it to make it crash but when i turn it on it goes staight to the startup repair engine and the diagnostic isSystem Disk = \Device\Harddisk0Windows directory = C:\Windows AutoChk Run = 0Number of root causes = 1Root cause found:............................Startup Repair has tried several times but still cannot determine the cause of the problem.system restore doesnt work.System recovery failed due to an unspecified error.The system cannot find the file specified, (0x80070002)She has no original Vista install cd as it came preloaded. What can i do?The compaq has a recovery manage which asks if i want to backup then reinstall vista. It starts backing up my files and asks me to insert a USB stick but when i do it says there is nothing in the USB drive.



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my partner has a dell inspirion on windows vista. it barely starts, im not sure what happened to it but she said that it just didnt work one day. she doesnt have any disks or anything. i need to wipe the lot and start a fresh in hope that this will clear what ever's making it malfunction.
on the windows startup screen i can press f2 and f12, but when i tap f8 it makes a horriffic loud beep, like a stuck key or something. i cant seem to get into f8 at all,

now after that i get through to the login screen in where the login box,picture and even the little red reset box in the bottom corner is missing, it occasionally flashes up but then dissapears.

is this fixable and if so how. its a pain becuase when im not using my laptop she is, and i didnt buy it for that i bought it for battlefield 3, not facebook and netmum! please help

A:Vista wont Load, HELP!!!!

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Hi after some help please,

Basically our Fujitsu Siemens laptop has developed a problem and it wont load. A similar problem happened a few weeks back and it started to work ok after i hit the f8 key when starting.

I will give a little background on what happened just a few days ago, i was downloading a game demo through steam, this seemed to be working ok. I noticed that there was also an automatic update downloading at the same time so as i went to double click to find out what it was i got the blue screen of death! it then restarted itself but it goes through the process of not being able to start properly so i get the 2 options of attempting to recover windows (or something like that) or start windows normally.

If i attempt to fix the problems it never finds anything and if i start windows normally it tries to start but then comes back round to the same screen again.

I did try and look into restoring to a previous date but the only option available is when it started to download the windows update.

I have tried to start up in safe mode but it always goes back to the 2 options screen???

Does anyone know what i can do to try and fix this?


A:Vista wont load

A little update, there was a bsod that flashed up when going through the process of booting up but it was only there for a milisecond but after reading somewhere that you can try disabling automatic restart i can read the bsod it says:


Technical information:
STOP: 0X0000006B (0xc000003A, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

This is the info from startup repair:

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairV2
Problem Signature 01: Autofailover
Problem Signature 02: 6.0.6000.16386.6.0.6000.16386
Problem Signature 03: 6
Problem Signature 04: 1703962
Problem Signature 05: BadDisk
Problem Signature 06: BadDisk
Problem Signature 07: 0
Problem Signature 08: 0
Problem Signature 09: unknown
Problem Signature 10: 1168
OS Version: 6.0.6000.
Locale ID: 1033

Does that help any?

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Using a Sony Vio desktop and running Vista 32 bit. The machine will not boot and I don't have the original vista or recovery disk. The error I get is
Windows roor system32\hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Any help would be appreciated!


A:vista wont load

Hello russisgood,(1. ) What is the model number of your Sony Vaio?(2. ) Have you tried Last Known Good Configuration ? If not:Please power on the computer and start tapping the F8 key to bring up the Advanced Boot Options Menu.Arrow down to Last Known Good Configuration and press <Enter>. Reboot.Success? If not, then continue below.(3. ) Have Windows attempt to repair computer startup problems:Please restart your computer.As the computer begins to start, continually tap the F8 key until you enter the Advanced Boot Options menu.Select Repair Your Computer and press <Enter>. On the next screens, enter Language/keyboard -> Next, then select your Account.You may have to arrow down beneath Administrator to find your logon account.Enter your password if any.When the System Recovery Options menu becomes visible, select Startup Repair.This repair will proceed automatically, may ask you for input, and may require a reboot. If it reports that it is unable to fix the problem, it is advisable to re-run the Startup Repair for a total of three times without success before stopping.Please let us know the outcome.

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have an old vist machine that keep bsod at boot but could get into safe mode did repair bootloader

 perfmon.zip   137.29KB
 SysnativeFileCollectionApp.zip   1.37MB
  1 downloadsder
after booting from instal disk but would be grateful if you could check thse logs thanks baz

A:pc wont boot in repair loop vist

Microsoft 6to4 adapter in Device Manager has problems.
Please right click on it and select "Uninstall", then reboot and check to see if the problem is gone
Only 415 mB of free RAM.  Please only run one program at a time and eliminate as many startup programs as you can.
If possible, check to see if you can upgrade the memory (RAM) to help the system perform better.
The latest memory dump (in the WER section of MSINFO32) blames video.  Should the errors continue, please follow these troubleshooting suggestions:  http://www.sysnative.com/forums/bsod-kernel-dump-analysis-debugging-information/35-video-tdr-timeout-0x116-0x117.html#post29532
Also, please monitor your temps with this free utility:  http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
Beyond this, as there aren't any memory dumps in the upload, I have these 4 suggestions:
1.  Get ALL available Windows Updates.  It may take several trips to get them all
2.  Get ALL available, compatible updates for your OS from the manufacturer's website.
3.  Start with these free hardware diagnostics:  http://www.carrona.org/hwdiag.html
4.  If all of the hardware tests pass, then run Driver Verifier according to these instructions:  http://www.carrona.org/verifier.html

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Ref: 8 month old Acer laptop (64bit)
My 8 month old (64 bit) Acer laptop will not come up to a menu screen. I turn it on and it goes to Startup Repair screen. It searchs for problems, but then tells me it cant repair computer automatically
I know very little about computers, but after a little research I am sharing the information below in hopes that some kind person can provide insight. Stupidly I had not Backed Up in quite a while and I cant get to a recovery point. Any and all help appreciated. While computer dumb, I am pretty good at following tutorials

The type of the file system is NTFS
The volume is in use by another process. Chkdsk
Might report errors when no corruption is present
Volume label is PQSERVICE

WARNING: F parameter not specified.
Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)…
9 percent complete (8180 of 9088 file records processed)
Attribute list entry with type code 128 in file 8872 is corrupt
Deleted corrupt attribute list entry
With type 128 in file 8872
Attribute record (128.’’’) from file record segment 8938 is corrupt
Attribute record (128.’’’) from file record segment 8942 is corrupt
Attribute record (128.’’’) from file record segment 8958 is corrupt
Attribute record (128.’’’) from file record segment 8972 is corrupt
Attribute record (128.’’’) from file record segment 8992 is corrupt
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A:Startup Repair fails.... wont boot...

I hate to be the barer of bad news but the easiest and quixkest way waould be to do a clean re0install


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dell Inspiron 1525 laptop
32 bit Vista home something

Had a blue screen pop up a few times last week, the other night same and then the laptop wouldn't boot up. I've been trying to fix it ever since but am not exactly computer knowledgeable and am getting desperate now, I work from home on the laptop and really need it working.

I've tried booting into safe mode won't do it. Won't do the repair your computer just goes to black screen with a big pointer arrow. Tried to boot into safe mode with command prompt to do system restore but won't do that either. Can't get into System recovery options without being able to go through repair your computer which it won't do. I don't have any recovery disc.
Just tried to do this on here: Create a Recovery Disc

got to make the disc and saw you need a Vista installation DVD which I don't have (or can't find but am looking but nothing so far am just getting stressed) so can't make that disc

Can anyone please help me get the laptop working and spare me pulling more of my hair out? Thank you

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I have a pavillion dv6- laptop that's stopped being able to boot up windows. It only goes to the screen with the option of starting windows normally (which brings me back to the same screen) or going to startup repair. When I go to repair it says
Got some important data in c drive can't install new windows all data will wipe up what to do now please help.

A:laptop wont boot up (can only go to startup repair

WHICH dv6 laptop?
Look on the bottom of the lappy for a mailing label sized label.

When I go to repair it says Click to expand...

Please finish the thought.

Got some important data in c drive can't install new windows all data will wipe up what to do now please help.Click to expand...

Remove the hard drive.
Connect it to a computer running W7 or W Vista
Access your files
Copy them to a flash drive AND 1 or more DVDs


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Computer just shut down on me and it wont Boot up or Repair. I have 64-bit and I tried borrowing my friends 32 bit cd to try and do a reinstall but that wont work. I dont have a 64 bit cd, I only have my CD key. After I try and do Windows Repair, it will tell me they coudltn find the problem and the Blue screen of death flashes on my screen then shuts down. Help please.

A:Computer wont Repair or boot properly.

You cannot use a 32-bit disc to repair a 64-bit version of Windows.

Use this tutorial making sure you click each link in turn if you're not sure what to do.

Startup Repair

Failing that, go to your computer manufacturer's support site (you haven't said who it is or what your computer specs are) and check what their recovery procedure is, but it'll be something like tap the F10 key on startup.

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Today I booted up my computer and got a screen saying something went seriously wrong with my computer and that I should repair it from an installation disk. I load up windows onto a USB, boot it and click the repair option. It's been about half an hour and nothing has shown up. Is it still loading or perhaps something is very wrong with my PC?

A:Computer will not boot, asks for installation disk. Repair doesnt load

Hi there, Welcome to SevenForums.com.

Repair can sometimes take a long while. What screen does it get stuck on when trying to repair?

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Motherboard: Asus M5A99X Evo.  Bio: 1708
CPU: AMD fx 6100 Six-Core
Memory: 12272 MB DDR3 1439 MHz
My name is Ness. My computer received an unexpected shutdown. When I tried to boot it up it when into an auto repair loop. System restores did not help.  So I tried to load my Boot Manager, however it instantly crashes.  I assume there is something wrong with Booting Files. I was hoping to repair the Master Boot Record with Windows Preinstallation Environment. I tried using WinPE from a boot-able usb, however the program doesn't fully initialize and it hangs on "wipeinit" in the command prompt.I do have the Windows 7 Disc at the moment. I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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Hey everybody. A little while ago, I updated my Dell XPS M1530 laptop NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS graphics card and the next day, the display was all blue with horizontal lines going through it. There was sound, but that's all what I was seeing. I turned it on and off again and again but to no avail. I left it on for a while and then suddenly the display cleared up and the Start up repair screen was on and it stayed that way for 12 hours so I turned it off and then on again( bear with me here lol). The BIOS screen appeared so did the OS loading screen later but that was about it. The screen was black. Safe mode wont work, it always stops at :\Windows\system32\drivers\crcdisk.sysSystem restore wont work also, it just freezes, Startup repair apparently freezes too, it keeps loading for 12 hours with no change. Im reallly confused and I don't know what to do. Last known configuration doesn't work either. Im trying to avoid using the Factory Image Restore since I have so many important files that I dont want to delete. I really appreaciate any help over here guys. Thanks =)

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My friend having problem with photo in CD.

I did put all in photo in XP Home and gave to Mary. Then she told me her photo wont load and i have a look and vista wont load any photo.

Why is that?

by CrazyComputerMan

A:Why Vista Wont Load Photo?

How did you create the CD?
If you used InCD or DirectCD programs, then the CD will be unreadable by a computer unless thos programs have been loaded.

When you say "photo won't load", please explain exactly what happens.

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This is not a reply.
I am having the same problem but with a bit more info.
This is on a neighbors HP a6200la desktop with Vista Basic.
I do not know the SP level.
It was running slow so I cleaned out some unneeded programs that were starting with Autoruns.
To do that I ran Autoruns in admin mode.
Did that, rebooted and all was fine.
Windows update kicked in and I looked at a bunch of updates including IE8 and Net Framework 3.5.
I selected 2 and installed them. No problem.
Went to shut down and Update started installing other updates.
It now says installing update 3 at 0%.
After 30 seconds it says shutting down the PC and restarts.
Ran chkdsk, ran clean.
Will not come up in any mode. Tried last know good config.
Have a bunch of useless HP options which will happily wipe out all data on the hard drive and restore Vista from the recovery partition, but tha tis a last resort.
Backed up the overwrote default, sam, security,software, system in the Windows/System32/config folder, which I had saved with ERUNT before beginning work on this PC and tried to load. Vista detected the change and reloaded the registry it had saved during the update.
If I can disable that "feature" I could put the registry back to what it was before the updates which hopefully would get Vista running again.
Ideas how to do that?

In safe mode crcdisk.sys is the last file shown loading (which it always is) then it tries to load the update, fails and restarts.
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A:Windows Vista wont load

I suggest that you insert the Vista DVD and run a system repair. Vista has to be kept up to date along with the 3rd party device drivers.

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I have aol broadband on my windows XP computer - when I try to load the aol easyinstaller onto a VISTA laptop it goes though the set-up but as it gets to the final check a message reads cannot locate modem.
Can anyone give me some ideas of what is going wrong here

A:aol broadband wont load onto VISTA

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i am trying to play "Crime Stories" and i can get it to download but when i try to launch it the screen goes black. and i cant do anything. i have to hit the ctrl/alt/delete to get back to normal screen. then a box pops up saying this requires d3rdrm.dll and this version of windows no longer has it. i have tried downloading the d3drm.dll file but it does nothing i have updated the directx thing. i am stuck and just wanted to play and hoping i have not wasted money.

A:pc game wont load on vista

yeah lots have had that issue , its because Vista doesnt come with that old DX file , the only fix i know is to add the file manually , where did you put it?.........

C:/windows/system32 or C:/windows/sysWOW64 ?

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Hi, I am new here.

I am trying to start my computer but I keep getting a black screen message. I have a Sony Vaio laptop.

The message I receive is below:

"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click [Next]
3. Click [Repair your computer]

If you do not have this disk, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data."

Any help would be much appreciated.

A:Windows Vista wont load

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