Vista Will Not Boot

  Legslip 26 Sep 11
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Have been working on my pals PC and he had Vista Updates switched off. Have now installed all updates up to S.Pack 2. Prob is when I switch on, it boots to the Microsoft Corporation screen with the bar running but that is as far as it gets. I have left it for a couple of hours but there seems to be little or no HDrive activity. Any solutions?

  onthelimit1 26 Sep 11

I think you'd have to start with a system restore?

  Legslip 26 Sep 11

Before I loaded all the updates the PC worked OK. When all updates installed the problem starts. Did a full system restore and removed all updates yesterday and put 'em back on again. Problem is back. Don't really want to uninstall 'em all AGAIN! What a b...y pain!

  onthelimit1 26 Sep 11

Don't you just love Vista - bin tearing my hair out with a couple recently!

  Legslip 21 Oct 11

Same problem is still happening. Boot gets to 'Microsoft Corporation' then hangs for hours until switched off. Just have a gut feeling it's to do with Vista updates or an update. Any guidance will be gratefully received. No boot CD,,,only option is a complete system restore. Don't really want to go down that avenue!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21 Oct 11

Do a start up repair

You need to look at Windows Vista's Repair Your Computer options.

  • Startup repair - This automatically fixes problems that are preventing Windows from starting
  • System Restore - This will Restore Windows to an earlier point in time
  • Windows Complete PC Restore - This will completely restore your entire PC - programs, system settings and files - from a back up that you have previously created (Available in Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
  • Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - This checks your computer's memory hardware for errors
  • Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window

With the Complete PC Restore Option you must have made a backup of your system, either on your hard drive or on a set of DVDs, in order to use this option. If you don't have a backup then don't use this option

How you access the repair options will depend upon whether you have a Windows Vista installation disk or whether your operating system came pre-installed by your PC manufacturer.

Pre-Installed Options NOTE

If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.

1/ Start your PC

2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again

3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Vista operating system and Press the F8 key

4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear

5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter

6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button

7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK

8/ The recovery options should now appear

  Legslip 21 Oct 11

As always Fruit Bat greatly appreciated.Will have a look tomorrow and repoert back.

  Legslip 23 Oct 11

Thanks Fruit Bat. Completed the Startup repair and then the PC loaded three Vista updates successfuly. Hopefully that sfixed it and to try and stop it happening again I have turned off Automatic Updates, rightfully or wrongly.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23 Oct 11

Glad its sorted.

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