Startup Repair

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How to Do a Startup Repair in Vista
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Startup Repair is a Vista recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Vista from starting correctly. When you run Startup Repair, it scans your computer for the problem and then tries to fix it so your computer can start correctly.
How to Do a Startup Repair in Vista


information   Information
Startup Repair is a Vista recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Vista from starting correctly. When you run Startup Repair, it scans your computer for the problem and then tries to fix it so your computer can start correctly.

For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: Startup Repair FAQs

Note   Note
Startup Repair Process

Startup Repair will try to repair computers that are unbootable because of the following reasons:

  • Registry corruption
  • Missing or damaged system and driver files
  • Disk metadata corruption (MBR, partition table, and boot sector)
  • File system metadata corruption
  • Installation of problematic or incompatible drivers
  • Installation of incompatible Windows service packs and patches
  • Corrupt boot configuration data
  • Bad memory and hard disk hardware (detection only)

Startup Repair will not repair unbootable systems caused by the following issues:

  • Malfunctioning firmware and other hardware components
  • Problems with clean Windows installations or Windows upgrades (for example, from Windows XP to Windows Vista)
  • Windows logon errors
  • Viruses and malicious software

After Startup Repair has run, a text log with diagnostic information and repair results is generated. The log file is located at: C:\Windows\System32\Logfile\Srt\SrtTrail.txt

For more information, see: How Windows RE Works

Tip   Tip
If you only have a OEM Recovery DVD or Recovery Partition, then you can also create a recovery disc that will let you boot into the System Recovery Options screen (see screenshot below step 6 below) to run a Startup repair with the download from here: How to Create a Vista Recovery Disc. It cannot be used to reinstall Vista.




Here's How:
1. Boot into the System Recovery Optionsscreen.​
2. Click on the Startup Repair option. (See screenshot below)​
Startup_Repair.jpg

3. The Startup Repair tool will attempt to fix your computer and get it booting up again. (See screeshot below)​
NOTE: Startup Repair might prompt you to make choices as it tries to fix the problem, and if necessary, it might restart your computer as it makes repairs. If repairs are not successful, you'll see a summary of the problem and links to contact information for support. Your computer manufacturer might include additional assistance information.
Repair_Working.jpg

Note   Note
Sometimes it may take running Startup Repair up to 3 times with a restart after each time to fully repair startup issues.
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That's it,
Shawn



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Hi -

For step 5: What if there isn't an operating system listed?

It says check for drivers and i have a cd with all the drivers that came installed on my machine, i just dont know which one to use....

If you have any idea what im talking about please help

Thanks in advance
 
haha yea i eventually figured it out last night.

Thanks shawn

ps. all of the "How to" fourms you run are awesome

thanks again
 
Hi Pngzhengli,

You can do what is in the Warning box at the top of the tutorial and create your one Recovery disc that you can use to run System Recovery Options from. ;)

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/141820-create-recovery-disc.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn
I've only just got my Vista machine, desktop, and that only comes with a recovery partition and the motherboard CD plus one for the monitor that came with the system.

Would this be something that would be useful to do now and keep for the future in case of any problems occurring. :)

The instructions that came with the machine just give the details to recover the machine back to factory settings, although that does include SP1, but of course that wouldn't help if it was just some file or other that got corrupted.:(

Thanks I'm going to enjoy looking around this place, and hopefully learning more about my machine ;)
 
Hello Joan,

Yes you have it correct. It can be helpful to have and use the System Recovery Options screen at boot to try and repair your Vista installation instead of reinstalling it if needed.

Shawn
 
Thank you Shawn I'll look into doing it. Just remembered the other disc I got with the machine was for Nero 7 Essentials which would be the cut down version as it say's bundled with hardware only not for resale.
Would I still need the ISO recorder program to burn the CD or would Nero do it ?
 
OK thanks I'll look into just what Nero does have, what's listed on the CD is.

Nero Express 7 Essentials
Nero Show Time 3 Essentials
Nero Vision 4 Essentials
Nero Recode 2 Essentials
InCD 5 Essentials
 
Hello there,

Step 1, 2 and 3 are going well, but i don't have a screen like Step four. Mine pops right into the install screen. So i can't choose for the option: repair your computer
 
Hello StaphanO_NL, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Did you restart the computer to run the Vista installation DVD from boot and not from within Vista?

Shawn
 
Hello,

Yes, i did. Start up the computer, click any key to begin with the installation of the dvd. And then it skips the screen of step four.
 
I've slipstreamed a dvd. Maybe the person I've got the image from had already cutted particular things out of the dvd. Is that possible? If so, I will just get a good image and burn that on dvd.

Thanks for your quick help so far.
 
I don't want to reïnstall Vista, I just want to repair my damaged vista.

So i download a new image and then prepare and burn it with Vlite.

I will let you know how that goes.
 
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