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Cannot repair vista ultimate

My son and my son-in-law both had windows updates and both of thier computers crashed within days of eachother. With both computers showing BSOD's I felt like pulling my hair out. My son has a laptop which luckily had a hidden partition so after four attempts and two days later I managed to repair his laptop and turned updates off and his laptop is running the best it ever has, However, here is my problem

My son-in-law has a pc, his pc is running vista ultimate and I have no back up cd's or a hidden partition. I downloaded and ran the startup disk for vista and got to the system repair, I tried repairing it, no joy
I tried restoring it using system restore, no joy
I tried running chkdsk/f, no joy
I tried running chkdsk/f/r, no joy
I tried smashing it open.....only joking (but seriously felt like it) lol
I have tried sfc /scannow, no joy
I have tried booting into vga mode, no joy
I tried,

  • bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
  • c:
  • cd boot
  • attrib bcd -s -h -r
  • ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
  • bootrec /RebuildBcd
it appeared to work, I got all excited, but still no joy.
I have completely run out of ideas, and as vista was preloaded and I do not have the vista disk so cannot reload it, I have given up on the machine and it is sitting next to me looking sad and unwanted.

Any ideas that I have not tried would be greatly appreciated, i will try anything that sounds logical.

The machine was hand built so I cannot get in touch with a manufacturer for setup disks, and my son-in-law bought it from ebay about a year ago... it was working absolutley fine until it tried to download service pack 1....all other updates in the past year have loaded and ran with no problems....

So all of you guru's and wizards out there.....HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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    Debs Feb 05, 2009

    after looking at everything above, i have obviously tried safe mode, this also brings back the bsod.

  • Debs
    Debs Feb 05, 2009

    thanx for your interest in my problem, but all of the things you have suggested are for people that have no expierience in pc's, I have and the things tht you have suggested are of no help. Please read my problem throughly before sending a solution.



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Boot in safe mode

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  • Vizyun8 Feb 05, 2009

    Have you tried to create a boot disk for vista on another computer? Create a boot disk and make a cd. Goto YOUR BIOS USE F2 OR ALTF2 different from computer manufacturers...You can change your boot order in the bios to boot from the disk (CD OR DVDROM) first. This at least will get you started so you can talk to your pc. After you talk to it, Yuou may have tyo do a cold installation. You will lose all of your data but we have all done that. It is part of the learning curve. Backup seems more important after you lose everything. Not beating you up. WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE. At least you don't have to purchase a new computer. May I also suggest setting restore points.



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