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Vista Refuses to Boot

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by dot0dotdot, Jul 7, 2007.

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  1. dot0dotdot

    dot0dotdot Thread Starter

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    I recently installed Vista on my PC, a clean install, and it has been running fine until this morning. I turned my computer off last night, wake up, and I am surprised by:


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    Booting 'Windows Vista'
    acpi
    Vista Loader 2.1.0
    Done!
    fallback 1 
    find --set-root /bootmgr
    Error 17: File not found
        Booting 'Windows NT/200/XP'
    fallback 2
    find --set-root /ntldr
    Error 17:    Booting 'Enter Command Line'
    Boot failed! Press any key to enter command line.
    I have searched the internet and most of the problems have to do with dual booting. I have not once dual booted this computer. This error just popped out of no where with no hardware changes. I have used the Vista dvd to try the startup repair, it says there is nothing wrong. I went into the command line within the repair utility and checked bcdedit in the sys 32 folder to see if anything was up with the boot file, nothing. I am clueless...

    Thanks in advance,
    Andrew
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Boot from the Vista DVD and run Startup Repair.
     
  3. dot0dotdot

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    I tried that, it said there was nothing wrong and wouldnt continue.
     
  4. NobleGeek

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    can u boot in safe mode ? tried last good config or system restore ???
     
  5. dot0dotdot

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    Nope, I tried to boot into safe mode multiple times, didnt get past that boot problem (which came literally seconds after bios loadup. And I tried a system restore using the Vista disk, it said it was successful, but then didnt work, so i tried it again, and it acted like it didnt even restore.
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Did you try it more than once? Sometimes 2 or more repairs are needed.
     
  7. dot0dotdot

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    I tried it like 4 times
     
  8. Elvandil

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    Did you also run chkdsk to repair any disk errors?

    Who installed Vista for you?

    The Vista Loader mentioned may be an early version of a Chinese hack to make Vista think it is being installed on an OEM machine. If this is the case, you will need to format the drive and install a legal copy of Vista.
     
  9. dot0dotdot

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    Yeah, I ran all the utilities on the dvd disk
     
  10. Elvandil

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    Does anyone else use the machine besides you?
     
  11. dot0dotdot

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    No, its been my machine since I got it. Its been passworded all over so no one but me can get on it. Got a bios and the windows. And I'm sure no one else knows it
     
  12. Elvandil

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    What do you mean "got a bios"? You mean a BIOS password?

    Can you get into the BIOS setup?

    Did you install any programs called "Vista Boot"?
     
  13. dot0dotdot

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    I have a bios password is what I meant, and yeah I can get into the setup. The problem occurs right after that.

    No, I don't remember installing anything like that, i've only had the computer on vista for about a week
     
  14. Elvandil

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    Did chkdsk show any errors?

    Sounds like your boot sector may be damaged.
     
  15. letsgetsilly

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    I have the exact same problem. Doesn't seem to be any reason for it.

    The only thing that is unique to my situation is I was using a new hard drive that had been temporarily used for storage on XP system.

    Wanting to start fresh, I deleted that partition during the setup of Vista and created 2 new partitions. My goal was to leave one partition open for the installation of XP in the future.

    After going through the installation I end up with Error 17. I did repairs, etc., no problems found.

    I started over, deleted partitions, formated both of them, end up with Error 17.

    Started over, tried to delete both partitions (now I can't delete for some reason) haven't had a chance to reinstall yet.

    Anyone found the source of this problem?
     
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