Windows failed to start

AshesFox

Member
I recently restarted my computer and the following error message appeared.

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Instert your windows installation disk and resart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

If you don not have this disk, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \Boot\Bcd

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.


I have followed all the instructions to no avail. I also entered the command feature and attempted to rebulid the bcd but it gives the error message "the requested system device cannot be found." I have a lot information on the hard drive so i would really like to be able to fix it without loosing any of the information. Any help would be much appreciated.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    DELL XPS 430
    CPU
    XPS 430 PREMIUM Q9450 CORE 2 QUAD PROCESSOR
    Motherboard
    INTEL X48 CHIPSET
    Memory
    8192MB (4X2048) 1067MHZ DDR3 DU
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB ATI RADEON 3870 X2
    Sound Card
    AUDIO INTEGRATED HDA 7.1 DOLBY DIGITAL
    Hard Drives
    HARD DRIVE 1X1TB SERIAL ATA NON RAID (7200)
    Mouse
    DELL LASER USB (6 BUTTONS SCROLL)
    Keyboard
    UK/IRISH (QWERTY) DELL

acdcfan

Vista Pro
I think the command to fix the boot loader is fixmbr or fixboot...
try is and see how you'll go
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Q6600
    Motherboard
    MSI P36 NEO2
    Memory
    4GB 5-5-5-12
    Graphics Card(s)
    8800GTS 512Mb Overclocked
    Sound Card
    5.1 surround sound
    Hard Drives
    500Gb Samsung SATAII XP
    500GB Samsung SATAII
    PSU
    1000W CoolerMaster power supply
    Case
    CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000 case
    Cooling
    120mm ThermalTake Big Typhoon CPU cooler, 3 x 120mm exhaust
    Keyboard
    Wireless Keyboard and mouse 3000
    Other Info
    1TB WD My Book Office edition external drive x 2, Dual layer LG DVD-Rom burner,
    15 in 1 card reader
    Triple boot: XP, Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows 7 Ultimate 64

AshesFox

Member
I have tried both those commands and they say that they work but when i restart it gives the same error message. I have looked through a lot of different threads on this problem and i have tried everything they say to do but nothing seems to work. I have even tried to re-install vista but that doesn't work either.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    DELL XPS 430
    CPU
    XPS 430 PREMIUM Q9450 CORE 2 QUAD PROCESSOR
    Motherboard
    INTEL X48 CHIPSET
    Memory
    8192MB (4X2048) 1067MHZ DDR3 DU
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB ATI RADEON 3870 X2
    Sound Card
    AUDIO INTEGRATED HDA 7.1 DOLBY DIGITAL
    Hard Drives
    HARD DRIVE 1X1TB SERIAL ATA NON RAID (7200)
    Mouse
    DELL LASER USB (6 BUTTONS SCROLL)
    Keyboard
    UK/IRISH (QWERTY) DELL

roy69

47,65,65,6B
Vista Guru
Gold Member
Fill out your system spec.
Click on user cp
at the top let you will see Edit Your System Spec, this will give us more info.
How many HD`s do you have?
Can you access your HD files in command mode?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    I5 3570K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77-DS3H
    Memory
    4 x 4GB corsair ballistix sport DDR3 1600 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 TI
    Sound Card
    creative x-fi
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Primary CiBox 22" Widescreen LCD ,Secondary Dell 22" Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    Both 1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500G HD (SATA) 1 x 2TB USB
    PSU
    Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Complient PSU
    Case
    Antec 900 Ultimate Gaming Case
    Cooling
    3 x 80mm tri led front, 120mm side 120mm back, 200mm top
    Mouse
    Technika TKOPTM2
    Keyboard
    Logik
    Internet Speed
    288 / 4000
    Other Info
    Creative Inspire 7.1 T7900 Speakers
    Trust Graphics Tablet

AshesFox

Member
I have entered all the spec that i know into my profile like you asked. I am unsure if i can access my hard drive in the command feature as i dont know how.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    DELL XPS 430
    CPU
    XPS 430 PREMIUM Q9450 CORE 2 QUAD PROCESSOR
    Motherboard
    INTEL X48 CHIPSET
    Memory
    8192MB (4X2048) 1067MHZ DDR3 DU
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB ATI RADEON 3870 X2
    Sound Card
    AUDIO INTEGRATED HDA 7.1 DOLBY DIGITAL
    Hard Drives
    HARD DRIVE 1X1TB SERIAL ATA NON RAID (7200)
    Mouse
    DELL LASER USB (6 BUTTONS SCROLL)
    Keyboard
    UK/IRISH (QWERTY) DELL

SIW2

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Have you run startup repair from the Vista DVD?

Do you mean you couldn't reinstall Vista?

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/117366-clean-install-full-version-vista.html

Another alternative:

You can download the Windows 7 RC from here (use your live ID )

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx

It is a big download ( just over 3gb)- burn it to dvd with an .iso burner - do not format the dvd - if Autoplay pops up, just close it.

View attachment Burn CDCC.zip



Boot the 7 dvd to system recovery options and run startup repair - it works very well on Vista.

System Recovery Options - Windows 7 Forums
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista
    CPU
    Intel E8400
    Motherboard
    ASRock1333-GLAN R2.0
    Memory
    4gb DDR2 800
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia 9500GT 1gb

AshesFox

Member
I have the re-installation disk and the retail disk but neither one can install.

I have used the retail version vista to try and repair it but it just says "Failed to save startup option"


The system recovery option can't see any OS installed.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    DELL XPS 430
    CPU
    XPS 430 PREMIUM Q9450 CORE 2 QUAD PROCESSOR
    Motherboard
    INTEL X48 CHIPSET
    Memory
    8192MB (4X2048) 1067MHZ DDR3 DU
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB ATI RADEON 3870 X2
    Sound Card
    AUDIO INTEGRATED HDA 7.1 DOLBY DIGITAL
    Hard Drives
    HARD DRIVE 1X1TB SERIAL ATA NON RAID (7200)
    Mouse
    DELL LASER USB (6 BUTTONS SCROLL)
    Keyboard
    UK/IRISH (QWERTY) DELL

SIW2

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Did you try a system restore from the system recovery options?

You could d/i the Paragon free rescue cd - burn it to cd - boot it.

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-express/

Use the File transfer option to get your important data off.

See If any of the Boot corrector options on that help.

If you can boot the reinstall disk, but not the retail disk - indicates there is something wrong with the retail dvd.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista
    CPU
    Intel E8400
    Motherboard
    ASRock1333-GLAN R2.0
    Memory
    4gb DDR2 800
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia 9500GT 1gb

AshesFox

Member
I have already tried the methods from that post. Nothing seems to work!!
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    DELL XPS 430
    CPU
    XPS 430 PREMIUM Q9450 CORE 2 QUAD PROCESSOR
    Motherboard
    INTEL X48 CHIPSET
    Memory
    8192MB (4X2048) 1067MHZ DDR3 DU
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB ATI RADEON 3870 X2
    Sound Card
    AUDIO INTEGRATED HDA 7.1 DOLBY DIGITAL
    Hard Drives
    HARD DRIVE 1X1TB SERIAL ATA NON RAID (7200)
    Mouse
    DELL LASER USB (6 BUTTONS SCROLL)
    Keyboard
    UK/IRISH (QWERTY) DELL

AshesFox

Member
This is a new computer that came with vista x64 installed i never had xp on it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    DELL XPS 430
    CPU
    XPS 430 PREMIUM Q9450 CORE 2 QUAD PROCESSOR
    Motherboard
    INTEL X48 CHIPSET
    Memory
    8192MB (4X2048) 1067MHZ DDR3 DU
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB ATI RADEON 3870 X2
    Sound Card
    AUDIO INTEGRATED HDA 7.1 DOLBY DIGITAL
    Hard Drives
    HARD DRIVE 1X1TB SERIAL ATA NON RAID (7200)
    Mouse
    DELL LASER USB (6 BUTTONS SCROLL)
    Keyboard
    UK/IRISH (QWERTY) DELL

AshesFox

Member
I restored it to a previous time and it doesnt correct it.

I have almost 400gb of information on the drive so it isn't easy to back it up.

I can boot from both disk but neither of them can repair it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    DELL XPS 430
    CPU
    XPS 430 PREMIUM Q9450 CORE 2 QUAD PROCESSOR
    Motherboard
    INTEL X48 CHIPSET
    Memory
    8192MB (4X2048) 1067MHZ DDR3 DU
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB ATI RADEON 3870 X2
    Sound Card
    AUDIO INTEGRATED HDA 7.1 DOLBY DIGITAL
    Hard Drives
    HARD DRIVE 1X1TB SERIAL ATA NON RAID (7200)
    Mouse
    DELL LASER USB (6 BUTTONS SCROLL)
    Keyboard
    UK/IRISH (QWERTY) DELL

AshesFox

Member
I downloaded the windows 7 RC disk and i used the "repair your computer" option and it fixed it. I am so relieved.

Thank you so much to all of you that helped me, especially SIW2 for telling me about the windows 7 disk.:D
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    DELL XPS 430
    CPU
    XPS 430 PREMIUM Q9450 CORE 2 QUAD PROCESSOR
    Motherboard
    INTEL X48 CHIPSET
    Memory
    8192MB (4X2048) 1067MHZ DDR3 DU
    Graphics Card(s)
    1GB ATI RADEON 3870 X2
    Sound Card
    AUDIO INTEGRATED HDA 7.1 DOLBY DIGITAL
    Hard Drives
    HARD DRIVE 1X1TB SERIAL ATA NON RAID (7200)
    Mouse
    DELL LASER USB (6 BUTTONS SCROLL)
    Keyboard
    UK/IRISH (QWERTY) DELL

SIW2

Vista Guru
Gold Member
You're welcome. Glad it worked for you. :D

The Win 7 repair options are similar to the Vista ones - but include more automation - avoiding the need to use the command prompt.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista
    CPU
    Intel E8400
    Motherboard
    ASRock1333-GLAN R2.0
    Memory
    4gb DDR2 800
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia 9500GT 1gb
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