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Windows Vista won't start up, many methods tried


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Hi all,

 

Got this very hard problem that I am trying to tackle. The Windows Vista goes to black screen forever after the green loading bar.

 

- Tried the usual automatic repair and failed.

 

- Tried going into Safe Mode, and it wont let me either, it gets stuck and just automatically restarts.

 

- Tried to use System Restore, and the restore points all failed.

 

- Tried chkdsk, doesnt work.

 

- Tried CD regback as described in this Youtube video and it didn't work, https://www.youtube....h?v=2f-GorXWkoc.

 

- Tried to upgrade to Windows 7, it doesnt work unless I am in the OS already which cant get into. Would be great if this works while keeping the programs still able to run.

 

- Currently I have booted the computer via the install disk-> repair-> command prompt. Trying to do "sfc /scannow" within C drive. However I am facing the challenge of "Windows Resource Protection could not start the repair service". It seems like an administrative privilege is needed. Is there a way to get around this?

 

Does anyone else have any other ideas to load Vista again?


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Hi talkingtree,

 

1 Sorry to hear about the problems with your Vista computer, As you know Vista is well into its final year of receiving support from Microsoft, so it might be wise to consider if its worth repairing the operating system just for a few months usage, or whether you might be better off installing a more up to date OS either Win 7 if you want to continue with Windows or perhaps Linux as of course Linux is free...

 

2 It looks like you have tried a number of things so far, but the easier repair method by far is just to reimage your hard drive with a recent disc image made when the machine was working fast and sweet.

 

3 Reimaging will have you up and running again in less time than it takes to walk the dog!

 

4 Assuming that your data back ups are all 100% up to date and reproducible you could reinstall Vista either using a Recovery partition if one was included with your computer or a fresh install using the correct Microsoft Vista Installation disc together with the 25 character alpha numeric product serial key that is usually attached to the computers case

 

5 If there is anything on your computer that for one reason or another may have escaped being included in your latest back ups then I would be inclined to fix that before going any further.

 

6 if you still can't boot into Vista, safe mode, or get access to a command prompt (with elevated privileges) then boot into a live distro of Linux (Linux Puppy is good) and fits nicely on an ordinary CD, adjusting the BIOS if necessary to boot first from your optical drive and second from hard drive0, boot into Puppy using the CD and use it to pull off any important stuff prior to the fresh install of Vista.... (you can copy your stuff to an external hard drive or memory stick whatever is the nearest to hand.

 

Puppy will run quite happily in RAM without writing to your hard drive (unless you ask it to!) and of course when you reboot the Puppy will be gone.. until you need him again!

 

7 Do remember when burning the Puppy bootable disc you will need to download the .iso and burn it as an image.... an ordinary copy just won't do!

 

Post back if you need any amplification on any of this

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Hi paws,

 

Thank you for the informative reply.

 

"2 It looks like you have tried a number of things so far, but the easier repair method by far is just to reimage your hard drive with a recent disc image made when the machine was working fast and sweet."

 

"3 Reimaging will have you up and running again in less time than it takes to walk the dog!"

 

Currently I do not have an backup image that was made when it was operational. Is there a way to make an image now offline and load everything back?

 

"4 Assuming that your data back ups are all 100% up to date and reproducible you could reinstall Vista either using a Recovery partition if one was included with your computer or a fresh install using the correct Microsoft Vista Installation disc together with the 25 character alpha numeric product serial key that is usually attached to the computers case"

 

Yes, there is the factory reset recovery. I can do that, but the programs will have to be reinstalled again. There's a program "Matlab" within that I do not want to reinstall again. Would be nice if the reinstallation could continue using the program.

 

"6 if you still can't boot into Vista, safe mode, or get access to a command prompt (with elevated privileges) then boot into a live distro of Linux (Linux Puppy is good) and fits nicely on an ordinary CD, adjusting the BIOS if necessary to boot first from your optical drive and second from hard drive0, boot into Puppy using the CD and use it to pull off any important stuff prior to the fresh install of Vista.... (you can copy your stuff to an external hard drive or memory stick whatever is the nearest to hand."

 

I had used Ubuntu to retrieve the files. It's crazy that the safe mode cant even be booted into, I wonder what went wrong.

 

Any other methods in getting back into the OS? Willing to try anything so that Matlab can run again. Perhaps I'll just call up the company for another reactivation key.

 

 

 

 

 


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I just had a look on their site and providing you have a legitimate copy of Matlab and your subscription is current then there should be no problem
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Have you ever tried Neosmart recovery? I wonder whether if it would work for this case


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No, ... never found it necessary, the normal tools we have discussed have always been sufficient.

 

From memory I think that the recovery disc you mention may need to be downloaded via a torrent.... I could be wrong on that, but if that is still the case then I would definitely NOT recommend it.

 

The installation of a bit torrent and its use is fraught with potential dangers, its so bad that our Terms of Use do not allow us to evendiscuss them. (apart from their removal) Torrents being one of the major avenues for the spread of malicious code, viruses, Trojans, Worms and other malicious elements.

 

The tools mentioned so far should be more than sufficient for you tyo get up and running again without exposing yourself to danger

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Ok, so what's the instruction to go from here now? 

 

I'm trying to boot up from safe mode and it's stuck at crcdisk.sys

 

Am I able to

1) image a backup somehow eg Hiren

2) fresh install

3) load everything via the backup image?


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Hi talking tree,

it seems I didn't receive the usual notification email that you had responded....or if I did I must have overlooked it!

 

As time has gone by, are you still needing assistance or have things moved on?

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