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Trying to compete a fresh reinstall of vista

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I was trying to fix my girlfriends computer for her by completing a reinstall of vista via the recovery partition on her Compaq Presario F500.

I managed to do this fine and so i started to uninstall all the bloatware and do windows updates etc.

However, the computer went into restart and now i'm getting a BSOD very early on OR the computer just turns itself off.

I tried pressing F11 to start a fresh reinstall of vista again but there was an error. I then made a bootable XP cd as a last ditch effort and a BSOD occurred.

Is there anything i can do to try and get this machine working??


p.s. have i posted this in the right place?


Something strange has now happened:

Despite having done nothing to the laptop, I just tried to turn it on again and it now boots to the desktop. Hurray i thought, my girflriend wont hate me.... However, after about 1 minute of being idle it loads a BSOD with the following error codes: 0x0000008E (0x0000001D, 0x8F2806EA, 0X9A5FB948, 0x00000000)

is there any diagnostic things we can run to figure out where the problem is?


Edited by makihara, 26 February 2012 - 05:51 AM.

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    motto - Just get-er-done

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A good read on the subject.


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can you boot into safe mode...how about safe mode with networking...
does it still crash...if so
run chkdsk /r and run memtest86..

Open the command prompt with administrative privileges by typing cmd in the search box in the Start Menu and right-click cmd.exe in the search results and then select Run as Administrator.
Type chkdsk /r...press enter...this will take a while to run...do not power off the computer while it is working...it may even backup or appear to hang at a certain (%)percent for a hour or so...thats normal...
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