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My laptop is at a black screen that says windows boot manager......under that heading it says that windows failed to start due to a hardware or software change....how do i fix this?

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Does it offer you the option of pressing F1 to continue?

try that if you can, if its not there, it means the Windows Master Boot Record is broken and needs to be rebuilt.
Windows itself is likely to be ok.
If you have a Windows disk (if you are running Vista, the vista cd, and likewise with Xp, using the XP CD) - start the computer with the CD in the drive, and press any key to boot from CD when offered.
If it doesnt offer this, you need to change your boot order in the BIOS.
the BIOS is the screen right before the screen where you are getting that error.
it is the screen that counts up the RAM, around the Time the PC beeps jsut after turning it on.
there should be a prompt on that screen to get into Setup or BIOS by pressing a key. on Dell machines, it is F12, on IBM is often F2, and on my PC (an ASUS) it is DEL key you press to get into the BIOS.

once in there, you need to find the boot order sequence entry.
ensure the order has CD Rom before the primary hard disk.

save that and boot the PC, hopefully the CD will boot this time . when the CD starts up, you get an option to repair Windows, Install Windows, or enter the Recovery Console.

Press the key (i think it is ' R ') to Select Recovery Console.

once it loads up the DOS screen and is waiting for your input, just ype

FIXMBR

this does assume your Windows installation is sitting on your c:\ partition. refer to the following site if your windows install is NOT on c:\

Press Y to confirm and reboot the PC.

it should now load your copy of Windows.

Microsoft site has an article on the Recovery Console, so please refer to this for more information.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

Posted on Jul 15, 2010

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