Question about Computers & Internet

2 Answers

Can not start windows

When I start the computer a message that windows failed to start appears and asks for Windows installation disk (which was not included when I bought it). Also appears File:\Boot\BCD Status: 0xc000000f Info: An error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data. I tried to use outside windows recovery utility but wasn't able to launch it although I followed the instructions. Can you help me?

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 69 Answers

A 0xc000000f error indicates a missing or corrupt winload.exe file.

You can try accessing the BIOS and setting all local disks (hard drives) to autodetect, which may or may not fix the error. (I can't confirm since I don't have Vista... Vista is as bad as Windows ME, people, do not upgrade if you have a choice... and you always have a choice!!!)

The only other option at the moment is to get a hold of an installation disk somehow. For that you'd probably have to take it to a local repair shop since stupid PC distributors have stopped shipping the installation disks with new computers.

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 827 Answers

Hi,
You have incurred damage to the boot sector of the drive. This means you have to re-install the operating system. You'll have to get a hold of a Windows disk, or you can download an .iso (disk image) of Ubuntu linux and burn it (as a disk image/iso) onto a disk. Ubuntu Linux is free.
When you have a disk, start the computer and enter the BIOS.
Many newer computers display a brief screen, usually black and white, with the computer manufacturer's logo during POST.
Entering the designated keystroke will take you into the BIOS Setup. Common keystrokes to enter the BIOS Setup are F1, F2, F10, and Del
In there you have to go to Boot Devices and make sure the first one is CD-ROM so that the computer boots from the disk.
It may be set to this by default.


So, either buy or borrow a Windows disk, or download and create a Linux disk, put it into the computer and install.

Sorry to tell you that you cannot boot your computer :( but now you know you need an Operating System disk to proceed :)

Hope this helps

Chris (ziraffa)

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Hp compaq 530usdt windows\system32\conf\system. File missing or corrupt


insert original win installation cd and reboot... when in boot mode make sure you are booting from CD, not from disk, when message asking that you "boot up from cd " appears, just press any key, and folow procedure, but do not install a new copy of windows ! There must be "repair your computer" option on your CD, for Win Xp - it is "recovery console" ! When repairing finishes restart computer and boot from disk (just do not press anything when you see message "boot from CD..." and let windows from HDD configure it self).

Mar 10, 2014 | Computers & Internet

Tip

When Windows XP won't start (primary fix)


Symptoms: When you start your computer, you get the black screen with a menu that tells you to start in safe mode, normal mode, etc. When you make a choice, you end up in the same place.

Solution: If you have Windows XP, you'll need an installation disk. Doesn't matter if it's yours or not. You just need a Windows XP disk. Any flavor. Put it in the CD drive and start your computer. Be sure the computer boots from the CD.
You will see the Windows installation message and the first question you will be asked is if you wish to repair Windows or install it. Choose "r" for repair. You will now be presented with a black screen that asks you which version of Windows do you wish to repair. Choose the one that is probably the first on the list--it should just say Windows. It may appear like this: C:\Windows.
You may get a second screen asking for the password. This is the password for the Administrator account. If there is not a password on this account, just hit "enter."
When you get to the C:\> prompt, type CHKDSK /P and let it run. It will most likely find errors and fix them. Once it's finished, Windows should start normally.
If it doesn't, you'll need to check out my link that addresses the "secondary fix."

on Apr 06, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Tip

Installing Windows XP


Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Every one who owns a computer should maintain it on their own from time to time.
Reinstalling your Operating System is one of the methods of computer maintenance, and is a bit complex.
With these steps, you will successfully install Windows XP into your computer.
These steps are similar to other Windows OS installations (Vista, Windows 7).
Below is the detailed procedure of installing Microsoft Windows XP:
  • Before installing Windows XP or any other operating system, you should backup all your data. Data can be backed up on a separate partition, if the hard disk is partitioned or you can back it up on external storage devices like CDs or on a network.
  • Restart the computer and go to the Setup menu by pressing F2 and change the first boot device to CD, press Esc and save settings.
  • Insert the CD labeled Microsoft Windows XP into the computer and restart the computer.
  • When the pc restarts, a message will appear telling you to press any key to boot from CD, press a key immediately the message appears and the setup process will begin.
  • After the files have been loaded, Windows will start and it will give you an option of repairing using Recovery Console by pressing “R” or continue with setup by pressing “ENTER”; press enter to continue with setup.
  • Setup will list all your disk partitions, highlight the partition where you want to install Windows, this is mainly partition “C”, press “D” to delete the partition, then press “L” to confirm.
  • Highlight the partition you deleted, and then press “C” to create a new partition, press “ENTER” to create the partition.
  • Press “ENTER” again to install Windows on the New (Raw) Partition you have created.
  • Format the partition using NTFS file system.
  • After format has completed, Windows will restart and setup will prompt you to boot from CD again. Ignore the message and let setup continue automatically.
  • Follow the next steps which will ask you to setup the system Time and Date, Network and enter a serial key, until setup finishes.
  • After setup has finished, Windows will restart and will welcome you for the first time; Microsoft Windows XP will have successfully been installed on your computer.

on Jan 07, 2010 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Hii..I Am Having An Acer Aspire 5050...Well I Installed Windows Vista Ultimate On It But Originally It Was Windows Visa,Therefore,After Installing Windows Vista Ultimate I Tried To Upgrade The...


If you place your Win7 disk in the DVD drive boot the laptop from the disk and choose to install a new system.
Follow the menu and prompts.
When it has installed download the drivers from Acer.com otherwise you will get problems.
Hope that helps.

Jan 08, 2011 | Acer Aspire 5050-3242 Notebook

2 Answers

''A disk error has occured'' upon start up


You cannot. (Remove any media from the diskette-drive and from the CD drive, and try again to reboot.)

The message is indicating that the disk-drive containing Windows is *NOT* readable. So, nothing can be read from the disk-drive.

Take the computer, and the original "IBM System Recovery" set of CD-ROMs, to a computer-store, and get them to remove the "dead" disk-drive, and install a new one, and to re-install Windows from the IBM CDs.

Maybe, while Windows itself cannot be read from the "old" disk-drive, the computer-store *MAY* be able to recover your "data" files.

Nov 06, 2009 | Office Equipment & Supplies

1 Answer

Missing boot.ini cant find it and missing logon.exe


  1. Configure the computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. For information about how to do this, see your computer documentation, or contact your computer manufacturer.
  2. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
  3. When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
  4. When you receive the "Welcome to Setup" message, press R to start the Recovery Console.
  5. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you have to use from the Recovery Console.
  6. When you are prompted, type the administrator password, and then press ENTER.
  7. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /list, and then press ENTER. The entries in your current Boot.ini file appear on the screen.
  8. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER. This command scans the hard disks of the computer for Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows NT installations, and then displays the results. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to add the Windows installations to the Boot.ini file. For example, follow these steps to add a Windows XP installation to the Boot.ini file:
    1. When you receive a message that is similar to the following message, press Y: Total Identified Windows Installs: 1

      [1] C:\Windows
      Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
    2. You receive a message that is similar to the following message: Enter Load Identifier This is the name of the operating system. When you receive this message, type the name of your operating system, and then press ENTER. This is either Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.
    3. You receive a message that is similar to the following: Enter OS Load options When you receive this message, type /fastdetect, and then press ENTER.

      Note The instructions that appear on your screen may be different, depending on the configuration of your computer.
  9. Type exit, and then press ENTER to quit Recovery Console. Your computer restarts, and the updated boot list appears when you receive the "Please select the operating system to start" message.

Oct 03, 2009 | Acer Aspire One PC Notebook

3 Answers

How to install windows xp


Hi there,
Enter BIOS Set CD rom drive to first bootInsert your CD reboot
folow the on screen instructions be patient, it may take up to an hour,  and then two houers to install drivers,
-> if you want me to find the drivers for you, plz state your computer name and model.
cc89577.png

regards /Teis

Jan 11, 2009 | Microsoft Streets and Trips 2008 for PC

2 Answers

Cannot open my computer, laptop model PCGK45.


thats simple ur windows xp is corrupted there is only one thing u can do that is put in the xp dvd and reinstall xp

Dec 17, 2008 | Sony VAIO K45 Notebook

2 Answers

Computer problem, help.


This generally indicates a hard drive crash/failure, in which the hard drive will need to be replaced. Rare, but occasionally you will get this error from an operating system glitch. Before you run out and buy a new hard drive, try reloading the operating system. If you have any problems during or after the install, then the hard drive is shot.

Jul 01, 2008 | Sony VAIO FRV25 Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
Computers & Internet Logo

Related Topics:

702 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Computers & Internet Experts

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

David Payne
David Payne

Level 3 Expert

14161 Answers

Are you a Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...