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Cannot repair vista

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 booting into safe mode, 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...

Expert help would be appriciated

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

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    Debs Feb 05, 2009

    just to add too, I have also removed the graphics card and tried running it off of the onboard graphics, but that came back with the samw results. All I have is the startup disk downloaded from neosmart. it is the only way I can get into system repair. I do not get that option when booting without a disk and only get boot options when pressing F8 without the disk, but every single option has been tried and tested and they all bring back the bsod.

    Is there anything else i can try within the command prompt using stsrtup repair from disk?

  • Debs
    Debs Feb 05, 2009

    thanx for your solution, but all of these have been tried and tested previoulsy to no avail, but it looks like i will have to purchase vista.


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PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA (The error code, 0x0A, 0x01E, or 0x50 can also be helpful)

Faulty hardware is the most common cause, followed by a buggy system service, antivirus software, or a corrupted NTFS volume.

Disconnect any external peripherals, including the printer. If you have any internal media devices, such as card readers, make sure nothing is inserted in those slots.

Try running the Startup Repair from the Vista installation disk several times in succession. This has been shown to have a cumulative effect, in some cases.

Next try booting to the F8 safe boot menu again. If you get that menu, try the "last known good" option first.

If none of this works, I would recommend that you use your latest backup solution.

If you don't have backup or Windows installation CD, suggest purchase Windows Vista Business. It runs well.


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