Question about Microsoft Windows? Vista Home Basic Edition Full Version for PC (1 Computers) - 30 Pack (66G-00649)
I have windows Vista home edition, and tried a defrag from command line. It said couldn't defrag because the disk was held by another process. I looked on the net and most recommended a "chkdsk /f" which I duly did and that fried my registry - windows won't boot.
I put in my original Vista install CD, and instead of trying to fix the problem it tried a re-install.
Now I have a /Windows and a /Windows.old.
To make matters worse the new/second install won;t complete properly so now I'm well and truly stuck.
All your old files should be in windows.old so you should be able to rescue any pics and music, documents etc.
i might add there is a standalone rescue cd you can make... do a google for vista rescue disk to find it.
In your case i would suggest at this point to save all the files in the .old folder that you want to keep.... and reinstall vista ... use the complete format option but only after you back up the files.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to repair any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive
or an easier way i have found to run the chkdsk utility
click start control panel administrative tools computer management ,disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes
automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart
have no input while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may further damage your computers operating system and hard drive
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