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?
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Re: Can not start windows
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.
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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 :)
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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).
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."
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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
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.
the computer and go to the Setup menu by pressing F2 and change the first
boot device to CD, press Esc and save settings.
the CD labeled Microsoft Windows XP into the computer and restart the
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.
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.
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.
the partition you deleted, and then press “C” to create a new partition,
press “ENTER” to create the partition.
“ENTER” again to install Windows on the New (Raw) Partition you have
the partition using NTFS file system.
format has completed, Windows will restart and setup will prompt you to
boot from CD again. Ignore the message and let setup continue
the next steps which will ask you to setup the system Time and Date,
Network and enter a serial key, until setup finishes.
setup has finished, Windows will restart and will welcome you for the
first time; Microsoft Windows XP will have successfully been installed on
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.
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.
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.
Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
drive, and then restart your computer.
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.
When you receive the "Welcome to Setup" message, press R to
start the Recovery Console.
If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select
the installation that you have to use from the Recovery Console.
When you are prompted, type the administrator
password, and then press ENTER.
At the command prompt, type bootcfg
/list, and then press ENTER. The entries in your current Boot.ini
file appear on the screen.
At the command prompt, type bootcfg
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:
When you receive a message that is similar to the
following message, press Y:
Total Identified Windows Installs:
 C:\Windows Add installation to boot list?
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.
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.
instructions that appear on your screen may be different, depending on
the configuration of your computer.
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.
Set CD rom drive to first bootInsert your CD
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.
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.