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Stop Error Blue screen

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by djkane, Apr 20, 2010.

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  1. djkane

    djkane Thread Starter

    Apr 20, 2010
    I am getting a stop error message 0x000000F4 I can't even get on Windows. I have a Dell Inspron 1525 with Windows Vista. I can't use safe mode or any of the modes. The hardware diagnostics check was clean. I tried start up repair from the OS disc with nothing. What can I do here
  2. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

    Mar 3, 2004
    How strange....I worked on a laptop last night with the same issue. In fact, it was the same exact laptop.
    When I did the Dell Diagnostics tests, it came back with a failed hard drive. But yours passed?
    One thing I did read about that error message that I did not try was checking the CMOS battery.
    Try popping out the battery, wait 30-60 seconds, and putting it back in.
    Otherwise, I would still suspect a failing hard drive.
  3. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

    Dec 9, 2000
    This has worked for some in the same situation; if it doesn't you probably need to restore to factory settings. If saving data is critical, there are some methods that can be used to do that first, such as removing the drive and connecting it to another computer using a USB to IDE converter device (about 20 bucks) -- or using a self-created boot disk such as UBCD4win or Puppy linux


    How to perform a Manual System Restore in Vista

    1. Boot to the Windows Recovery Environment and select the Command Prompt

    2. At the prompt enter the following commands:

    cd windows\system32\config

    3. At the prompt cd windows\system32\config> enter the following:

    ren default default.old
    ren sam sam.old
    ren system system.old
    ren security security.old
    ren software software.old

    cd regback

    4. At the prompt C:\windows\system32\config\regback> enter the following:

    copy default c:\windows\system32\config
    copy sam c:\windows\system32\config
    copy system c:\windows\system32\config
    copy security c:\windows\system32\config
    copy software c:\windows\system32\config

    5. Close the command prompt window and reboot the computer
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