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Vista Boot Error, BSOD

Discussion in 'Software' started by MrNice, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. MrNice

    MrNice Kilobyte Poster


    Just a quick question as I have exhausted google and am still none the wiser.

    Vista home premium, no hardware or software changes have occured, PC been operating ok for months. Now I attempt to boot, get the little green status bars and then nothing other than a movable mouse cursor and a black screen. The HDD is clearly running and to add insult to injury the screensaver comes on!

    I have tried every recovery option, last known, safe mode, boot from vista disk etc. When I use the Vista disk it has this repair boot errors option but it finds no errors. For whatever reason there are no restore points even though system restore was on.

    It looks like a reformat case but i would have liked to keep some of the data on that HDD. As said I have trawled google and there are few cases of this but no solution on MSDN, technet etc.

  2. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

    I found something that said to enable debugging at bootup? Have you tried this or do you know if it is on? Sorry but I don't know much about vista expect that it gave me a headache.

    Here is a list of how to do it if you do not know how to.

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  3. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Hey MrNice - good to see you again,

    If the data is important, have you considered taking the drive out, dropping into a caddy hooked to a good machine, and pulling it from there, then doing a rebuild as necessary ?

    Might sound like a hassle, but it's surprising how often this solution is useful. I invested in 2.5" and 3.5" USB HDD caddies for situations like these. They pay for themselves in the first fix :)

    HTH :)
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  4. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    With Vista you do not *have* to re-format the drive to reinstall the operating system. It will find the previous installation of Vista and re-name the windows folder, windows.old (this happens automagically) and install the OS to a new windows folder. This is known a a parallel install. So, your data will remain in tact.

    From what i can tell, there is no actual *repair* feature like there is in XP, which is a shame as that is a really common way of fixing many OS issues.

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  5. Jakamoko
    Honorary Member

    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    ..... or what Pete said :biggrin
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