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Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. I tried all 10 choices no matter what language; even the F8 in safe mode with choice one and still not working...Please advise

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    Frank Fernandez May 11, 2010

    Are there any floppy discs, CD, or DVD in any disk drives? If so remove them and try to boot again. What was the result when you tried to boot to Safe Mode?

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Hard to give all the steps in this venue..go to about.com and type in "computer won't boot", I know the computer guy there, his name is Tim Fisher on that site and he has step by step instructions on what to do...

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