Installed Alcohol120 192.1705 under Vista, now BSOD cycle

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santaandy

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Hi

I am running an HP dv6000 series laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium. I tried to install Alcohol 120 192.1705, and now I get a BSOD upon every login, even in safe mode. I cannot access the C: drive in any way. I would like to fix Windows so I don't have to do a reformat, but if I do, I'd at least like to be able to save my data.

I have installed Ubuntu on my computer to at least be able to use it.

I have tried checkdisk under recovery mode to unmount the drive, but that didn't seem to work. I don't see a make recovery disc option there. Should I use the backup files option? I do have an external hard drive with enough free space.

Unfortunately, HP decided to cheap out on a recovery disc, so I have no way of fixing Windows without one. Is there a legal way to get one without giving HP more money?

Edit: Oh crap, now that I've installed Ubuntu, I can't access the recovery manager from the boot cycle anymore at all! Now what do I do?

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Installing Ubuntu has changed the partition tables. Did you have an empty partition for Ubuntu, or did you install it over Vista?

You don't have any recovery CD's?
 

santaandy

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HI

Yes, I installed over Vista. I think that may not have been the best idea. And yes, I do not have a recovery disc. HP did not send one, and I did not make one, unfortunately. Am I screwed? I just want to make windows work again and not lose my data.

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You already lost everything if Ubuntu is written over the top of it. Windows is gone. And there is no way to get the HP Master Boot Record back unless you were able to copy it from another identical machine.

You mentioned reformatting at the beginning, but if you have no disks, you can't reformat because you have no way to reinstall Windows.

Is this machine still under warranty?

There is a possibility that you could purchase some recovery disks from HP and get Windows back, but everything will be gone and you will be back to the way it was when you bought it.
 

santaandy

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Well, I installed Ubuntu on the same physical drive, so does that mean my data's gone? Surely, there's a way to recover that?

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It probably does mean all is gone unless you got lucky and it did not go over Restore Partition.
Try tapping F11 repeatedly after pressing power button, and see if you enter restore partition. If there that will put back what was there. If not then you can go online to HP and buy Restore Disks for about $12 + freight and they ship rather quickly.
 
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