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  1. #1


    Antonio Amengual Guest

    Can I repair Vista

    in same way than his litle brother XP , i couldn't see nothing about that
    pls don't tell about System Restore or restoring Backup
    just only repair
    if not possible why not??


    --
    Saludos

    Antonio

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    Hi Antonio,

    Yes you can. Just boot from Vista's installation dvd and choose to repair instead of install.

    Is there anything particular that you are trying to repair? Maybe someone here or myself can help you fix it without having to do all that.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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  4. #3


    John Barnett MVP Guest

    Re: Can I repair Vista

    There is a repair function available on the Vista DVD but this is basically
    for boot problems. The repair function you refer to in Windows XP doesn't
    exist in Vista. There is a work around, though, assuming you have the Vista
    DVD and that is to do an 'in place' upgrade. Obviously you will need to
    re-activate your system after the in place upgrade. For more details on both
    repair and in-place upgrade visit these links on my website.

    http://vistasupport.mvps.org/vista_d...er_options.htm

    http://vistasupport.mvps.org/repair_..._vista_dvd.htm

    You don't really say what your problem is. It must be pretty bad if system
    restore cannot sort out the problem.

    --
    John Barnett MVP
    Associate Expert
    Windows - Shell/User

    Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org
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    The information in this mail/post is supplied "as is". No warranty of any
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    any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the
    use of, or inability to use, information or opinions expressed in this
    mail/post..

    "Antonio Amengual" <amengual.mamerra@micono.com> wrote in message
    news:6DD20B72-CA9E-442A-BC52-BFD1C714DB97@microsoft.com...
    > in same way than his litle brother XP , i couldn't see nothing about that
    > pls don't tell about System Restore or restoring Backup
    > just only repair
    > if not possible why not??
    >
    >
    > --
    > Saludos
    >
    > Antonio



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  5. #4


    CB Guest

    Re: Can I repair Vista



    Have you tried ChkDsk? Left click on Computer in your Start Menu. right
    click on your hard drive and select Properties, then select Tools and then
    select Check Now under Error Checking. The task will be performed once you
    restart. It may take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour, depending
    upon how large your drive is.

    Have a nice day.

    C.B.

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  6. #5


    Chad Harris Guest

    Re: Can I repair Vista--10 Ways To Repair Signif Vista Problems or No Boots

    Hola Antonio--

    There are at least 10 major ways to fix Vista and one of them, tapping F8
    to the Windows Advanced Options screen has five options.

    You were a little scant or brief in giving us information so that we can
    help you. When you say pls don't tell about System Restore or Backup, I can
    tell that you are not fully acquainted with all the ways you can try System
    Restore from the F8 Windows Advanced options. You must understand this:
    Sometimes system restore works from one place or one type safe mode and does
    not work from others. You gotta try 'em all.

    Take a look at John Barnett's links from his site. They offer
    possibilities.

    ****Ten Methods to Repair BSOD No Boots or Serious Problems in Windows
    Vista****

    ***Startup Repair and System Restore from the Win Recovery Environment on
    the DVD***

    You can run Startup Repair by putting your Vista DVD in after theanguage
    screen in setup. You can also run System Restore from the same
    location.

    You run the startup repair tool this way (and system restore from here is
    also sometimes effective):

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925810/en-us

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    http://www.windowsvista.windowsreins...rtup/index.htm

    Note The computer must be configured to start from a CD or from a DVD. For
    information about how to configure the computer to start from a CD or from a
    DVD, see the information that came with the computer.
    2. Restart the computer. To do this, click Start, click the arrow next to
    the Lock button, and then click Restart.

    This usually means that you enter bios setup by whatever key or keys
    (sometimes there is more than one key that will do it for your model--go to
    pc manufacturer site) and configure CD to be first in the boot order (this
    will allow you to boot from the Vista DVD as well):

    See for ref:
    Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    Boot Order in Bios (Set Boot from HD 1st)
    http://www.short-media.com/images/mm...ios/bios03.jpg

    Note If you cannot restart the computer by using this method, use the power
    button to turn off the computer. Then, turn the computer back on.

    3. Set your language preference, and then click Next.

    Note In most cases, the startup repair process starts automatically, and you
    do not have the option to select it in the System Recovery Options menu.

    4. Click Repair your computer.

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click the operating system
    that you want to repair, and then click Next.

    6. In the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair to start the
    repair process.

    7. When the repair process is complete, click Finish.

    Additional References for Startup Repair With Screenshots:

    How to Use Startup Repair:

    ***Accessing Windows RE (Repair Environment):***

    1) Insert Media into PC (the DVD you burned)

    2) ***You will see on the Vista logo setup screen after lang. options in the
    lower left corner, a link called "System Recovery Options."***

    Screenshot: System Recovery Options (Lower Left Link)
    http://blogs.itecn.net/photos/liuhui...4/500x375.aspx

    Screenshot: (Click first option "Startup Repair"
    http://www.leedesmond.com/images/img...SysRecOpt2.bmp

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    http://www.windowsvista.windowsreins...rtup/index.htm

    3) Select your OS for repair.

    4) Its been my experience that you can see some causes of the crash from
    theWin RE feature:

    You'll have a choice there of using:

    1) Startup Repair
    2) System Restore
    3) Complete PC Restore
    ___________________

    In addition you can use the Bootsect tool to manually repair the boot sector
    by accessing the command prompt from the DVD or from F8 and typing at the
    prompt:

    Bootsect.exe is available from the \Boot\folder of the Windows Vista DVD and
    can be run from within System Recovery or Windows XP on a dual boot.


    1. Use Bootsect.exe to restore the Windows Vista MBR and the boot code that
    transfers control to the Windows Boot Manager program. To do this, type the
    following command at a command prompt: Drive:\boot\Bootsect.exe /NT60 All

    In this command, Drive is the drive where the Windows Vista installation
    media is located.

    Note The boot folder for this step is on the DVD drive.
    2. Use Bcdedit.exe to manually create an entry in the BCD Boot.ini file for
    the earlier version of the Windows operating system. To do this, type the
    following commands at a command prompt.

    Note In these commands, Drive is the drive where Windows Vista is
    installed. . Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /create {ntldr} -d "Description
    for earlier Windows version"

    Note In this command, Description for earlier Windows version can be any
    text that you want. For example, Description for earlier Windows version can
    be "Windows XP" or "Windows Server 2003".
    .. Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=x:

    Note In this command, x: is the drive letter for the active partition.
    .. Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
    .. Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} -addlast

    3. Restart the computer.
    ____________________________
    ******Using the BootRec.exe Tool

    Using the System Recovery Tool from the Repair link on the DVD after the
    language choice in the lower left hand corner you can select command prompt
    and you have the following options:

    Bootrec.exe (You can use this tool to recover Vista even when you do not
    receive the error message that is the title of the 2nd linked MSKB below):

    How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to
    troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392/en-us

    Error message when you start Windows Vista: "The Windows Boot Configuration
    Data file is missing required information"
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927391/en-us
    _____________________________________________________________
    ***Using the F8 Environment or a Repair Install from the DVD:***

    See for ref:
    Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    Boot Order in Bios (Set Boot from HD 1st)
    http://www.short-media.com/images/mm...ios/bios03.jpg

    Repair Install
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...ps/doug92.mspx

    Repair Install (Method 2):
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/315341

    III Taking Full Advantage of the F8 Options (Windows Advanced Options Menu)
    by startin gth ePC and tapping F8 once per second:

    You could also:

    Think: I have 4 different ways to get back my XP at F8 and try 'em in order.
    1) Safe Mode 2) Safe Mode with Cmd to Sys Restore which is simply a cmd
    prompt in safe mode 3) Safe Mode with Neworking 4) LKG or Last Known Good
    Configuration


    Try to F8 to the Windows Adv Options Menu>try 3 safe modes there (I don't
    use WGA) and Last Known Good>then I go to Win RE in Vista. That gives you a
    choice of Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking,and Safe Mode with Command
    Prompt.

    These methods are outlined in

    A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP/and Vista
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315222/

    How to Use System Restore

    http://bertk.mvps.org/

    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding System Restore from MSFT:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro.../faqsrwxp.mspx

    Using System Restore

    http://tinyurl.com/dvekb

    System Restore for Windows XP

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_restore.htm

    How to start the System Restore tool at a command prompt in Windows XP

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;304449


    Repair Install: (This option has the best chance of succeeding and it
    preserves everything in your OS--you do not lose anything with this option):

    Make sure the DVD you have is a Vista DVD

    Pitfalls: If the DVD came from friend or relative or P2P, you may have
    problems. P2P besides being illlegal in many countries including the U.S.
    can be corrupt. If CD came from friend or relative, they may have given
    you the CD to use but if product key is in use, MSFT is not going to accept
    it for activation. Make sure you clean the CD carefully using proper
    cleaning fluid and strokes that radiate from center like spokes on a wheel.

    Again a repair install has the most likely chance to succeed in XP, (and can
    work in Vista) but you need
    to have a Vista DVD.

    First, in order to do a Repair Install You must boot to the bios setup and
    position booting from the "CD" first in the boot order--it probably will not
    say DVD but might.

    Booting to Bios Setup:

    For 85% of PC's and all Dells you can tap the F2 key to reach bios setup.

    How To Enable DVD/CD Rom Support (put CD boot first) in bios setup boot
    order:

    http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how..._support_i.htm

    Screen Shot of bios setup boot order:
    http://www.poy.net/proxy/bios2.jpg

    Repair Install Does Not Lose Anything; you may need to try 2-3 times but
    that's rare.

    How To Repair Install
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3153...22120121120120
    Screen Shot Repair Install
    http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winx...exfullpage.htm

    Good luck,

    CH


    "Antonio Amengual" <amengual.mamerra@micono.com> wrote in message
    news:6DD20B72-CA9E-442A-BC52-BFD1C714DB97@microsoft.com...
    > in same way than his litle brother XP , i couldn't see nothing about that
    > pls don't tell about System Restore or restoring Backup
    > just only repair
    > if not possible why not??
    >
    >
    > --
    > Saludos
    >
    > Antonio



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #6


    uvbogden Guest

    Re: Can I repair Vista--10 Ways To Repair Signif Vista Problems or

    My problem is my autochk.exe file is corrupt and I can't run chkdsk. System
    File Checker cannot repair the file. Isn't there a simple way to copy the
    file from the Windows Vista DVD to my operating system without having to
    reinstall the OS?
    uvbogden

    "Chad Harris" wrote:

    > Hola Antonio--
    >
    > There are at least 10 major ways to fix Vista and one of them, tapping F8
    > to the Windows Advanced Options screen has five options.
    >
    > You were a little scant or brief in giving us information so that we can
    > help you. When you say pls don't tell about System Restore or Backup, I can
    > tell that you are not fully acquainted with all the ways you can try System
    > Restore from the F8 Windows Advanced options. You must understand this:
    > Sometimes system restore works from one place or one type safe mode and does
    > not work from others. You gotta try 'em all.
    >
    > Take a look at John Barnett's links from his site. They offer
    > possibilities.
    >
    > ****Ten Methods to Repair BSOD No Boots or Serious Problems in Windows
    > Vista****
    >
    > ***Startup Repair and System Restore from the Win Recovery Environment on
    > the DVD***
    >
    > You can run Startup Repair by putting your Vista DVD in after theanguage
    > screen in setup. You can also run System Restore from the same
    > location.
    >
    > You run the startup repair tool this way (and system restore from here is
    > also sometimes effective):
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925810/en-us
    >
    > How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    > http://www.windowsvista.windowsreins...rtup/index.htm
    >
    > Note The computer must be configured to start from a CD or from a DVD. For
    > information about how to configure the computer to start from a CD or from a
    > DVD, see the information that came with the computer.
    > 2. Restart the computer. To do this, click Start, click the arrow next to
    > the Lock button, and then click Restart.
    >
    > This usually means that you enter bios setup by whatever key or keys
    > (sometimes there is more than one key that will do it for your model--go to
    > pc manufacturer site) and configure CD to be first in the boot order (this
    > will allow you to boot from the Vista DVD as well):
    >
    > See for ref:
    > Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS
    > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
    >
    > Boot Order in Bios (Set Boot from HD 1st)
    > http://www.short-media.com/images/mm...ios/bios03.jpg
    >
    > Note If you cannot restart the computer by using this method, use the power
    > button to turn off the computer. Then, turn the computer back on.
    >
    > 3. Set your language preference, and then click Next.
    >
    > Note In most cases, the startup repair process starts automatically, and you
    > do not have the option to select it in the System Recovery Options menu.
    >
    > 4. Click Repair your computer.
    >
    > 5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click the operating system
    > that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    >
    > 6. In the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair to start the
    > repair process.
    >
    > 7. When the repair process is complete, click Finish.
    >
    > Additional References for Startup Repair With Screenshots:
    >
    > How to Use Startup Repair:
    >
    > ***Accessing Windows RE (Repair Environment):***
    >
    > 1) Insert Media into PC (the DVD you burned)
    >
    > 2) ***You will see on the Vista logo setup screen after lang. options in the
    > lower left corner, a link called "System Recovery Options."***
    >
    > Screenshot: System Recovery Options (Lower Left Link)
    > http://blogs.itecn.net/photos/liuhui...4/500x375.aspx
    >
    > Screenshot: (Click first option "Startup Repair"
    > http://www.leedesmond.com/images/img...SysRecOpt2.bmp
    >
    > How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    > http://www.windowsvista.windowsreins...rtup/index.htm
    >
    > 3) Select your OS for repair.
    >
    > 4) Its been my experience that you can see some causes of the crash from
    > theWin RE feature:
    >
    > You'll have a choice there of using:
    >
    > 1) Startup Repair
    > 2) System Restore
    > 3) Complete PC Restore
    > ___________________
    >
    > In addition you can use the Bootsect tool to manually repair the boot sector
    > by accessing the command prompt from the DVD or from F8 and typing at the
    > prompt:
    >
    > Bootsect.exe is available from the \Boot\folder of the Windows Vista DVD and
    > can be run from within System Recovery or Windows XP on a dual boot.
    >
    >
    > 1. Use Bootsect.exe to restore the Windows Vista MBR and the boot code that
    > transfers control to the Windows Boot Manager program. To do this, type the
    > following command at a command prompt: Drive:\boot\Bootsect.exe /NT60 All
    >
    > In this command, Drive is the drive where the Windows Vista installation
    > media is located.
    >
    > Note The boot folder for this step is on the DVD drive.
    > 2. Use Bcdedit.exe to manually create an entry in the BCD Boot.ini file for
    > the earlier version of the Windows operating system. To do this, type the
    > following commands at a command prompt.
    >
    > Note In these commands, Drive is the drive where Windows Vista is
    > installed. . Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /create {ntldr} -d "Description
    > for earlier Windows version"
    >
    > Note In this command, Description for earlier Windows version can be any
    > text that you want. For example, Description for earlier Windows version can
    > be "Windows XP" or "Windows Server 2003".
    > .. Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=x:
    >
    > Note In this command, x: is the drive letter for the active partition.
    > .. Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr
    > .. Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} -addlast
    >
    > 3. Restart the computer.
    > ____________________________
    > ******Using the BootRec.exe Tool
    >
    > Using the System Recovery Tool from the Repair link on the DVD after the
    > language choice in the lower left hand corner you can select command prompt
    > and you have the following options:
    >
    > Bootrec.exe (You can use this tool to recover Vista even when you do not
    > receive the error message that is the title of the 2nd linked MSKB below):
    >
    > How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to
    > troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392/en-us
    >
    > Error message when you start Windows Vista: "The Windows Boot Configuration
    > Data file is missing required information"
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927391/en-us
    > _____________________________________________________________
    > ***Using the F8 Environment or a Repair Install from the DVD:***
    >
    > See for ref:
    > Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS
    > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
    >
    > Boot Order in Bios (Set Boot from HD 1st)
    > http://www.short-media.com/images/mm...ios/bios03.jpg
    >
    > Repair Install
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...ps/doug92.mspx
    >
    > Repair Install (Method 2):
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/315341
    >
    > III Taking Full Advantage of the F8 Options (Windows Advanced Options Menu)
    > by startin gth ePC and tapping F8 once per second:
    >
    > You could also:
    >
    > Think: I have 4 different ways to get back my XP at F8 and try 'em in order.
    > 1) Safe Mode 2) Safe Mode with Cmd to Sys Restore which is simply a cmd
    > prompt in safe mode 3) Safe Mode with Neworking 4) LKG or Last Known Good
    > Configuration
    >
    >
    > Try to F8 to the Windows Adv Options Menu>try 3 safe modes there (I don't
    > use WGA) and Last Known Good>then I go to Win RE in Vista. That gives you a
    > choice of Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking,and Safe Mode with Command
    > Prompt.
    >
    > These methods are outlined in
    >
    > A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP/and Vista
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315222/
    >
    > How to Use System Restore
    >
    > http://bertk.mvps.org/
    >
    > Frequently Asked Questions Regarding System Restore from MSFT:
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro.../faqsrwxp.mspx
    >
    > Using System Restore
    >
    > http://tinyurl.com/dvekb
    >
    > System Restore for Windows XP
    >
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_restore.htm
    >
    > How to start the System Restore tool at a command prompt in Windows XP
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;304449
    >
    >
    > Repair Install: (This option has the best chance of succeeding and it
    > preserves everything in your OS--you do not lose anything with this option):
    >
    > Make sure the DVD you have is a Vista DVD
    >
    > Pitfalls: If the DVD came from friend or relative or P2P, you may have
    > problems. P2P besides being illlegal in many countries including the U.S.
    > can be corrupt. If CD came from friend or relative, they may have given
    > you the CD to use but if product key is in use, MSFT is not going to accept
    > it for activation. Make sure you clean the CD carefully using proper
    > cleaning fluid and strokes that radiate from center like spokes on a wheel.
    >
    > Again a repair install has the most likely chance to succeed in XP, (and can
    > work in Vista) but you need
    > to have a Vista DVD.
    >
    > First, in order to do a Repair Install You must boot to the bios setup and
    > position booting from the "CD" first in the boot order--it probably will not
    > say DVD but might.
    >
    > Booting to Bios Setup:
    >
    > For 85% of PC's and all Dells you can tap the F2 key to reach bios setup.
    >
    > How To Enable DVD/CD Rom Support (put CD boot first) in bios setup boot
    > order:
    >
    > http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how..._support_i.htm
    >
    > Screen Shot of bios setup boot order:
    > http://www.poy.net/proxy/bios2.jpg
    >
    > Repair Install Does Not Lose Anything; you may need to try 2-3 times but
    > that's rare.
    >
    > How To Repair Install
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3153...22120121120120
    > Screen Shot Repair Install
    > http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winx...exfullpage.htm
    >
    > Good luck,
    >
    > CH
    >
    >
    > "Antonio Amengual" <amengual.mamerra@micono.com> wrote in message
    > news:6DD20B72-CA9E-442A-BC52-BFD1C714DB97@microsoft.com...
    > > in same way than his litle brother XP , i couldn't see nothing about that
    > > pls don't tell about System Restore or restoring Backup
    > > just only repair
    > > if not possible why not??
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > Saludos
    > >
    > > Antonio

    >
    >


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