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Problem Windows boot error

Discussion in 'Software' started by Johnd76, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    My mate called me today and asked if i could help him.....

    He is getting the following error..

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem.
    1. Insert windows installation disc and restart your computer.
    2. Choose you language settings, and then select "Next."
    3. Click "Repair your computer"

    If you don't have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

    File:/Windows/system 32/winload.exe
    Status: Oxc000000f
    Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

    He has no discs for the computer, I was wondering whats the best way of going about fixing the problem....
     
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  2. SimonD

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    Press f8, load up last known good configuration and see if that fixes it.

    Essentially windows protects itself by using copies of files\registry entries to boot into the OS, it keeps a copy of the last known good set of files and only updates that collection at the next successful log on.

    That 'should' be the ticket to resolve the issue, failing that he needs an OS cd\dvd to boot and try repairing any other issues (as a side note, he 'should' have some method of installing the OS, whether thats by using OEM Restore CD's or Original media disks).
     
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  3. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    Cheers for that, will give that a go.
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    you may have to do a rebuild is it xp or vista/7?

    try this if what simon said doesn't work

    1. Put the Windows nstallation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.

    2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next.

    4. Click Repair your computer.

    5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.

    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.

    7. Type BOOTREC /FIXMBR, and then press ENTER.

    8. Type BOOTREC /FIXBOOT, and then press ENTER.

    9. Type BOOTREC /REBUILDBCD, and then press ENTER
     
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  5. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    Its Vista he has, even tho he hasn't got any discs, could i use a disc of my own to do a repair?
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    I doubt it because to do a repair you will need the key associated with that OS but and I am not sure if this is legal or even possible but he could phone ms and get a key code and use your cd but like I said I dount this is legal.
     
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  7. Johnd76

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    OK, well in the end, my mate (who is a pretty impatient fellow) went out and bought a copy of windows 7, so i installed that for him and all is well.....for the time being!

    Thanks for the help guys :)
     
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