Can't 'Launch Startup Repair' when Vista boots on Evesham Laptop
When I try to startup my Evesham Explorer 2007 laptop, Vista gives a "Windows Failed to Start" message and offers either "Start Windows Normally" (which does't work) or "Launch Startup Repair" options. When I select the 'Launch Startup Repair' option, several messages appear on screen but always finish with "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically". There appears to be a separate small partition on the hard disk (in addition to the Vista OS partition) which may be a recovery partition. Is there anyway that I can run a system recovery from boot up since the laptop wasn't provided with any recovery CD? Thanks - John Downes
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That code is a Windows boot error. I'm not sure what you can do with the Dell OS media stick but the traditional solution with a regular hard disk is to take a Windows 7 OS disk, boot with it, and run startup repair. Here's a link to Startup Repair: Startup Repair Microsoft Windows
It sounds to me like the harddrive has errors on it. First, I would try completely reinstalling windows with the windows disk. If that does not solve the problem there are several pieces of software that are much stronger harddrive repair solutions than the built in Windows one. Try this one, it is free for 10 days. You will need another computer (friend's computer?) to download and burn this software onto a CD, then put the CD in your computer and boot to it by pressing any key when it asks you to.
Are you running Windows Vista. Do you have the original windows disk that came with your laptop.Insert the disk in the drive and reboot the computer.
Boot from the Vista install disk
Choose your language settings and click "Next"
On the bottom of the screen click the link "Repair Your Computer"
Select the Vista installation to repair and click "Next" and it will launch WinRE
The "Load Drivers" button will open a mini Windows Explorer, which
can be used to search for drivers in case they are needed to access disk
drives or other components. This mini Explorer is also very handy to
perform file copy/move operations and change file-attributes.
The following options are available in WinRE:
Startup Repair - It will repair the boot manager files and restore critical files required for booting Windows Vista.
You should go into the safe mode and try to uninstall or undo the previous work. Else use the system restore. But if it continues again with a blue screen error, then u should format ur pc, further if u experience blue screen error then u should note that one of ur hardware is damaged.
Try to boot in safe mode.
From a cold boot, hit f8 till it gives you several options including "safe mode". Do that and if you can boot to windows let it do it's stuff before restarting normally.