Close

Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    DF Founder Raptor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 1999
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    93,893
    Thanks
    462
    Thanked:        1,838
    Karma Level
    5551

    Default Vista Startup Repair Tips

    First you can try a restore point that points to a time before problems happened or
    you try the steps below if you have a Vista DVD:

    Startup Repair will look like this when you put in the Vista DVD:

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]


    I'm going to give you a bunch of links and most of them you won't have to
    use, but they are alternative ways to fix Vista.

    Right now I want you to put in the DVD and restart. It will automatically
    take you to this on your screen:

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    That will allow you to go to the Vista setup that has a Repair link on the
    lower left corner>click it and then you'll see a gray backgrounded list and
    I want you to click Startup Repair from it and follow the directions.

    The gray screen after you click the first link in the above pic will look
    like this:

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Click Startup Repair, the link at the top and after it scans>click OK and
    let it try to repair Vista. It will tell you if it does, and if not

    This should work, but if not,then you can follow the alternative ways to fix
    this including booting into Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key and using System
    Restore.

    Directions and links for alternative ways to fix this are below, but I hope
    you won't need them:

    If you have any questions on getting the Startup Repair done, just post
    them.

    If you have a Vista DVD try Startup Repair. If that doesn't work, try
    SafeMode>System Restore from the Recovery Environment, and you always have
    the F8 advanced options ( five of them including Last Known Good
    Configuration) and a repair install (with the DVD) as well.

    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:

    ****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):

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    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
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Boot Order in Bios (Set Boot from HD 1st)
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    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 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    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)
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Screenshot: (Click first option "Startup Repair"
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    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 [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] 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

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Error message when you start Windows Vista: "The Windows Boot Configuration
    Data file is missing required information"
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    _____________________________________________________________
    ***Using the F8 Environment or a Repair Install from the DVD:***

    See for ref:
    Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Boot Order in Bios (Set Boot from HD 1st)
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Repair Install
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Repair Install (Method 2):
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    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
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    How to Use System Restore

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding System Restore from MSFT:

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Using System Restore

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    System Restore for Windows XP

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]


    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:

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Screen Shot of bios setup boot order:
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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

    How To Repair Install
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Screen Shot Repair Install
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

  2. #2
    DF Jedi TotallyRandom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    1,902
    Thanks
    152
    Thanked:        83
    Karma Level
    327

    Default Re: Vista Startup Repair Tips

    i am going to add too this as its not mentioned above and from my own experience

    Vista unable to boot to OS.
    Last Knowing good config fails
    repair fails
    safe mode fails.

    I found a handy way to get your files off the hard drive if its unable to boot also saves you all the commands

    Boot system to the Vista Disk
    Hit Repair
    Hit Load Drivers on this window below


    this will allow browse the C drive and any external Drive.
    this will not show you the contents of any folders as its looking for drivers

    it still allows you to Right click My Doc's and Copy
    And paste it on your external drive

    this will Copy all your files you need backed up to any external device

  3. #3
    DF PlaYa x_Mr_C_x's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Nottingham, UK
    Posts
    705
    Thanks
    206
    Thanked:        97
    Karma Level
    252

    Default Re: Vista Startup Repair Tips

    Good info guys!

Similar Threads

  1. Windows 7 startup repair (everytime its rebuilt)
    By Likkle in forum PC Problems
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 1st December 2011, 11:27 PM
  2. [HELP] Windows XP Startup Folder repair?
    By Xad in forum Microsoft Windows XP & Vista
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25th November 2010, 10:00 PM
  3. BITS Repair Tool for Windows Vista
    By Raptor in forum Microsoft Windows XP & Vista
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 3rd October 2007, 02:30 PM
  4. Photo Album: Vista Tips Database
    By Raptor in forum Microsoft Windows XP & Vista
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 28th April 2007, 05:12 PM
  5. Can you do I repair install of vista?
    By xpertconqueror in forum Microsoft Windows XP & Vista
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 18th February 2007, 06:57 PM

Tags for this Thread

Social Networking Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •