I have put in all the recovery disks. I have jumped the hoops. I don't know what else to do. It will not start, boot, etc. Startup repair locks up. It crashed about 2 mos. ago while still under warranty. PLEASE tell me I can fix this myself! I have no money to do it otherwise.
It's a Windows Vista Premium, 1024 MB memory, 300GB hard drive. I'm using my old XP and can't even see my own My Space page because this doesn't have enough memory and it's SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SLOW!!!!!!! keeps going down on me too.
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Re: Keep getting boot disk failure
Don't expect a lot of help from HP; I refuse to work on them any more.
This problem (in my estimation) can likely come from one of two sources;
- A failed hard drive whose boot sector is not readable (see below)
- An infection of the boot sector - This may require a reformat of the drive.
Most of the popular AV programs can provide scanning for this kind of problem that does not depend on Windows starting at all.
You need to do a thorough test of the hard drive booting from a CD or DVD.
One well-known program that uses FreeDos as its boot source is SpinRite.
I used it professionally for years and found very little to complain about.
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Sounds like you need a windows vista operating system disc. The recovery discs set your system back to factory settings like when you first brought it home from the store. But to me, the system is bloated with all the software and trial junk that you don't need. If you can get your hands on a Vista Operating System Disc, then do a clean install from it. Just make sure your Certificate Of Authentication (COA) sticker is readable so that you can activate the vista once you've got it loaded. If you can't get your hands on a system disc, take it to a computer repair shop, I would think you could find one that will load the operating system for $60 or less.
The procedure is to insert the disk ..and restart and boot from CD ..If the boot order is already set to boot from CD first ..it will prompt you to press any key to start ..or ..you will need to press F11 or f12 to choose from the menu ..either the recovery will start when you choose f11..or if you choose F12 you have to select the boot from disk drive ..and hit enter ..Confirm by pressing any key and will start ..select the complete reinstalling of the operation system ..and if it asks ..select the C drive and format it if it asks .. If the recovery disk you have does not contain the operation system but just the recovery for the drivers.you need to install the operation system first from a bot-able disk with the operation system on it ..and the procedure is the same ..Insert disk ..select F12 on start to get to the boot menu .select cd /dvd drive ..and hit enter..when asked ..press a key to confirm the action ..and go with the installation progress and follow instructions .. The steps in both cases will be the loading of the primary files ..after that the agreement with microsoft ..and will show previous OS ..choose not to repair but new installation ..and select a partition ..(same on C drive ) ..and will ask if you want to keep files or replace ..I suggest not to keep anything and erase the drive and format it in NTFS quick ..and go on..It will load the files..for windows..and restart and this time you do not need to press a key ..but let it continue and finish the job .. Those steps are for installing from os disks..and some of them will not be present in installing from recovery ..With the recovery disk things will go on automatically .. Let me know if you have questions ..have a nice day !
If by restore to factory settings you mean reinstall operation system ..you need either a recovery partition or disk ..to use ..or a boot-able disk with the operation system .. if you have teh recovery partition just press teh key indicated on start for recovery and boot from the partition and proceed for recovery ..or insert the disk ..restart and press any key when asked for to confirm boot from cd ..and proceed with the recovery ..(same way for boot-able disk ) In case it does not boot from disk ..you need to press f12 on start to get to boot menu and select the cd and press enter to force boot from disk ..confirm by any key and go on .. If you don't have any recovery ..try to borrow or buy or make a boot-able disk ..and install the operation from it ..either by changing boot order in bios or by pressing F12 on start with the disk inside ..select boot from disk and enter ...again press any key to confirm ..and follow instructions ..If you do not know how to do it ..and you are ready to do it anyway...follow one of my services ..and I will guide you by remote assistance to make a disk ..and after that find a way to guide you trough the installing (probably messenger )
You should have a recovery cd, it will allow you to reinstall Windows. If you don't have even that then either borrow one from a friend and use it with you key (the one on the sticker), or order a new disk by following this
You can see if there is a recovery partition on you hard drive by pressing the F12 key as soon as you turn on your PC and select boot partition, if not, you will need to buy a set of recovery disks from the manufacturer, it will cost you around $30.
If you have a Windows CD you can boot with it and install Windows and download all the device drivers from the manufacturer site.
I hope this helps.
Good luck and have a fantastic day.
Hi you should keep on tapping F8 while booting so that an option will appear to select safe mode. or if you have a recovery CD restart the computer then press F2 or Delete to access the Bios Page look for Boot Options and change the first boot priority to your CDROM restart the computer and just follow the instruction on the recovery disk.
Disk boot failure means the operating system has files either missing or corrupt and without a system disk you cannot recover easily. I suggest you speak to a dealer for advice and get a system recovery disk sorted out. Hope that helps a bit.
When you start your computer press f1 or f12, it will let you know on the screen, you want to press the one with set-up on it. Now find boot sequence and put cd rom as first boot sequence, that way it will boot off the disc and not the HDD (harddrive)
If you able to login in safe mode. Then go to start menu then type in run "chkdsk /r" then press "y" then restart computer then if still face same issue then you need winxp or recovery disk then repair your windows. For boot with disk when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "Del" key to enter in bios then go to boot option then set first boot device as your cd or dvd rom.then save and exit.
Then put disk in rom so it boot with your disk. Let me know if you need more assistanse. Thanks.
Hello First what disk do you have? one should be OS disk and a other should be drivers and software or a recovery disk. if you have a label recovery disk start with that. if you have an OS + driver disk start with the os disk.
put it in cd and press a key when it says so. here is a very good guide to follow after you installed the os then run the driver recovery disk just click next, its not that hard.