Windows Error Recovery Windows failed to start. A hardware or software change might be the cause.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by ih8_vista, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. ih8_vista

    ih8_vista Guest

    Hi guys,

    I have a HP dv2617 with Vista 32-bit and Intel centrino. The recover
    is partitioned off on the hard-drive.
    About a week ago I was using the wireless network at home and wa
    suddenly dropped from it. No big deal, right? That happens once ever
    two weeks, so, as usual, I restarted the computer. Upon restarting
    Windows Error Recovery
    Windows failed to start. A hardware or software change might be th
    cause. If Windows files have been damaged, Startup Repair can hel
    diagnose and fix the problem. (Use the arrow keys tio highlight you
    1) Launch Startup Repair (recommended)
    2) Start Windows normally

    Naturally, I tried the first option. I get a white progress bar tha
    says that "windows is loading files" which at the end of progression
    hangs for about 30 seconds. After which, I get the green prgress ba
    that zips by multiple times with the Copyright Microsoft directly abov
    it. Then after that screen, a window pops for about a millisecond, an
    then I get a blue screen with a nothing but the mouse arrow cursor. I'v
    tried Start Windows Normally, Safe mode, Safe mode with prompts, las
    known good configuration via F8 and F11, and still I get the sam

    Also, I did order a recovery disc from HP, but would that delete al
    the content from hard-drive? I really do need to recover files from i
    so I would like to avoid having to wipe my hard-drive.

    I did find this link
    'Download: Windows Vista x64 Recovery Disc — The NeoSmart Files
    will this solution also wipe HD or would it be able to repair Vista?

    I'm doing everything from having to buy a Vista disc since I'd rathe
    spend that money on upgrading to Windows 7 once this is resolved.

    Thanks in advance for all you advice/input
    ih8_vista, Feb 23, 2010
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  2. Windows Repair at startup takes a very long time, over half an hour in
    the times I've used it. Perhaps you didn't wait long enough. Maybe...

    The recovery discs will wipe your drive. Some of the downloadable
    solutions are more like the repair startup and others are more like the
    recovery option, so I'm unsure.

    You could try removing your hard drive from your computer and backing
    it up via USB on another computer, like the one you're posting from.
    I'd say use a SUB to SATA adapter or similar to read your drive, a USB
    external drive as a destination, and the free edition of Macrium
    Reflect as software. Then you could proceed with more confidence with a

    If you're a belts and suspenders sort of guy, download the free EASEUS
    disk copy and make a second (clone) backup - on yet another drive -
    before proceeding.
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 23, 2010
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  3. ih8_vista

    bmn Guest

    ih8_vista wrote on 02/23/2010 13:07 ET
    Go to your BIOS change SATA Mode Selection to IDE in SATA configuration
    This worked for m

    bmn, May 16, 2011
  4. ih8_vista

    webster72n Guest

    "bmn" wrote in message
    ih8_vista wrote on 02/23/2010 13:07 ET :
    Definitely 'no wipe'
    and it will be able to repair.

    Go to your BIOS change SATA Mode Selection to IDE in SATA configuration.
    This worked for me

    webster72n, May 20, 2011
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    Nil Guest

    This post is a complete mess. It's impossible to tell who said what,
    when, or to whom. Please fix your newsreader or get another one.
    Nil, May 20, 2011
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