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Vista won't load, install or repair

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Mike1972, Jan 16, 2011.

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  1. Mike1972

    Mike1972 Thread Starter

    Jan 15, 2011
    I would really appreciate some help here. On this certain computer, whenever I start it, it brings up the following text:
    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

    1. Insert your
    Windows installation disc and restart your computer.

    and so forth. I'm sure ya'll are familiar with the message. I'd just like to be able to format the hard drive--totally wipe it--and reinstall Vista. I'm unable to do this with the disc for some reason. Install doesn't work--repair doesn't work. How can I wipe the computer clean?
  2. Saga Lout

    Saga Lout

    Sep 15, 2004

    You could try cleaning the Vista DVD with a very gentle touch of a finger dipped in a little toothpaste, wiped off with a lint cloth and NOT a wood-based kitchen paper.

    You could also slave the offending hard drive into another system, transfer your personal files over and format it but if your DVD doesn't work now, it may not work when you have no system at all.
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