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Laptop won't boot, winload.exe failure?


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daveBB

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Hi,

Writing this from my desktop so may have some difficulties adding diagnostics from my laptop but here we go.

My laptop won't boot. It worked fine last thursday but gave an error message since friday (my son tried booting it) and this morning (I tried). After the initial 'normal' screens I got a message (that I unfortunately cannot recall).

I then picked up my recovery disks but the only option I got out off that was to bring my laptop int he state it was in when I first got it. I guess that's a bit of a last resort as it will mean I'll lose quite a bit of data (last backup was november last year. Most of my data could be refound via email attatchments but that would cost me a lot of time).

So I refrained from this - for the moment.

After retrying, you never know after all, to boot I was send to the 'windows boot manager' screen.

It tells me that windows failed to start (duh) and asks me to repair everything by inserting my windows installation disk. That's a bit of a problem as I never got one of these when I got the laptop. I was asked to make the aforemenationed recovery disks and I assumed that would do the very same job.

It also tells me there's a problem in the file: \windows\system32\winload.exe

Now the obvious question is:

Could someone help me to restart the laptop, if possible without loss of data. Even if it's only to be able to create one last backup I'll be happy as I can then use said recovery disks.

Thanks in advance, you lot are ace!
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Hello daveBB

What is the brand and exact model name or number of the notebook.
What OS is it Vista or W7.
Do you have the product key for the OS, commonly found on the base of the notebook.
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Hello daveBB

What is the brand and exact model name or number of the notebook.
What OS is it Vista or W7.
Do you have the product key for the OS, commonly found on the base of the notebook.


Hi Phill,

Brand: Fujitsu Siemens
Model: Amilo Li2727 MS2228
OS: Vista home premium OEMAct
Code: Edit: Product key removed for security.

thanks!
Dave

Edited by Wolfeymole, 14 April 2013 - 04:09 AM.

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Thanks for removing the product key Wolfeymole :thumbsup: (Sorry Dave should have stated not to post it)

You can download a Vista ISO from http://www.heidoc.ne...-download-links

We can back up your data on the HDD first using Puppy Linux if you like.
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Thanks for removing the product key Wolfeymole :thumbsup: (Sorry Dave should have stated not to post it)

You can download a Vista ISO from http://www.heidoc.ne...-download-links

We can back up your data on the HDD first using Puppy Linux if you like.


Thanks again.
Just one question: which version should I take? The x86 or the x64?
I guess a backup first will at least set my mind at ease.

Dave
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You are welcome :thumbsup:

If your OS is the 32-bit version then you want the X86 download, if Vista is the 64-bit version you want the X64 flavor.


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2. Set your boot priority in the BIOS to CD-ROM first, Hard Drive Second
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Thanks again.
Got the files that I needed, hooray. Luckily enough I have a backup from four months ago so the work wasn't too much. I use syncback for that.

Next step, I have a bunch of questions about that.

I have made a recovery disk when I got the laptop. Can I use that to make the laptop brand new(ish) or is it better to try and repair vista.

Also, where can I find which version (32 or 64 bit) of Vista I had.

And lastly .. I've always wanted to give Linux a try. Several friends of mine use it and are quite happy. Would this be an interesting time to make the switch and try it or would that be very unrecommendable?
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Glad your data is safe :thumbsup:

First see if there is a Recovery Partition on the HDD, see below;

During the boot process keep tapping the F8 key until the menu "Advanced Boot Options" appears, if present it will give you the "Repair your Computer" function.
Once Windows has loaded a few files, "System Recovery Options" will come up, select the option "Fujitsu Siemens Computers Recovery" with the sub-item "Easy backup and recovery.

Check the product key sticker and if you still have them the user manuals for the version of OS that you have installed.

See if you can repair Vista first and then consider a dual boot set up in the future.
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