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Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

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    Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

    Hi everybody,

    This is my first post on this forum. I've recently come across a problem with my computer. I'm running Windows Vista 32 bit. I shut the computer down one day, and the next day turning it on I came across this problem.

    File: \Windows\System32\Drivers\nqgbwc.sys

    Status: 0xc0000225

    Info: Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

    I have no clue what this means. It said insert windows installation disc and repair computer. I did this, self repair found nothing. I then tried system restore and it could not initialize which is a pain in the ass. My last resort is to reinstall windows vista but I think I'm going to lose everything.

    If anyone has any advice or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Kevin

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    Re: Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

    First see if you can boot into Safemode without it giving you that error. If you can, first try searching for that driver to see if its even in your system32 folder.

    I recently just checked my computer and it is not in mine by default, which means its a file relating to a third party program/app that has been installed on your machine. If you can figure out what the abbreviation for NQGBWC is from the list of installed applications on your computer, then you can isolate which program on startup is causing the failure on booting windows due to the missing system file.

    As you may have already tried, i cannot simply google search nqgbwc.sys as it gives me just THIS post only. If you cannot find the problem, then the only thing possible from there is to reinstall your OS but of course BACK UP EVERYTHING IMPORTANT FIRST.

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    Re: Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

    Hello !!

    It doesn't look like a System Driver or Device Driver. Go to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\ and search that Driver and Right Click properties and under Details it will mention the manufacture see if that is a valid one. If its not then rename nqgbwc.sys to nqgbwc.bak and reboot your PC

    Also Download Malwarebytes and run a Complete scan to make sure it comes clean.

    Hope this helps,
    Captain

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