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I have vista home p. which frequently crashes and will not boot. The message refers to missing windows files. The only restore disc I have formats the drive and reverts to delivery state. Then I have to install all progs again.
Is there a way that I can repair windows or if not and I have to buy a retail version of vista--what is my best/cheapest option that would allow me to restore windows leaving my progs.intact?
I am going mad and would be grateful for any assistance.
This from a thread on the same page.Dont know if it helps.click here
Yes,have tried both of these. The repair option is not on my restore disc and it is not pre-installed on the computer.
Thank you for your help
If you can borrow a Vista Home disc you could use that to do a repair.That would save your settings.failing that ask at your nearest Computer shop how much they would charge to repair it for you.
you need to look at Windows Vista's Repair Your Computer options.
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.
Windows Installation Disk
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
1/ make sure your PC can boot directly from the Vista DVD. Obviously, most modern PCs can. With older machines you may need to check the PC's BIOS
2/ Start the PC
3/ Immediately insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive
4/ A Black screen will appear with the words 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'
5/ Press Any key to start the booting process
6/ A new screen will now appear with a progress bar. The legend say's 'Windows is loading files'
7/ After a few minutes the Microsoft copyright window ill appear and another small progress bar will be visible
8/ You will next see a Blue curtained screen
9/ After a short while the Language option screen will appear
10/ Select your language and keyboard language and the Click the Next button
11/ At the bottom left of the next screen - the Install screen, Click on the Repair Your Computer option
12/ The System recovery options will now search for your Windows Vista installation
13/ Once the Vista installation has been located, Highlight it and then Click the Next button
14/ You are now presented with the following set of recovery 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
15/ Click on the Option you require and follow the onscreen prompts
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
Thank you both very much
My computer came with vista preinstalled and a Vista Home P. disc from Eversham which has no repair option. I can re-install windows only and only then access a backup in an external hard drive. There is no repair option pre-installed.
For some time the system has been unstable and system restore has not worked for months. The bacup reinstalls an unstable system. This machine is under a year old and cost just under £1000.00 but Eversham has gone bust.
If I buy a new retail vista so that I get a repair option which one should I buy?
Is there any other option?
If you have a COA sticker on your computer with a genuine keycode on it.You could borrow a disc and use that.But like Fruit Bat says there may be no repair option on it so you would have to do a complete re-format.Better waiting and see if someone comes up with a solution for you.If not.Repair man might be your best option.Maybe someway of fixing it through the BIOS but I would imagine you would still need the Vista Disc.I am afraid anything to do with the BIOS is a bit beyond me.So will leave it for others that know what they are talking about.
I do have a genuine keycode and a COA Sticker so I will try to find someone to lend me a Vista cd with the repair option on it.
Meanwhile someone might come up with a solution. If I could copy all my programmes and wireless settings I could do a clean restore with my disc and then re-install all my progs excelt windows with the backup?
Just wondering if there is any way to move anything from your computer to another computer until yours is fixed.
Any luck getting it fixed yet.
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