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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?
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
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
Posted on Jan 02, 2009
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