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Windows fails to load due to missing HWFProt.sys driver

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by HMFProt, Sep 25, 2007.

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  1. HMFProt

    HMFProt Thread Starter

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    I recently installed the program Super Utilities Pro to clean up my system a little bit. The next time I turned on my computer I received the following message:

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

    File: \Windows\System32\Drivers\HWFProt.sys
    Status: 0xc0000221
    Info: Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

    From reading the following post I can tell that I need to uninstall Super Utilities Pro however, I am unable to get past this error message when windows boots up. I downloaded my copy of Windows Vista from my school and so I do not have a boot disk...the files are on the hard drive.

    If someone can help, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
     
  2. myfavoritemartin

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    Do you know if you have System Restore on? If so, simply roll back to the point that you installed the utility. Type SYSTEM RESTORE in the Start Search box to launch the utility.
     
  3. HMFProt

    HMFProt Thread Starter

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    Windows will not boot up, that is, I can't get to a place where I could use system restore or simply uninstall the program. Windows Boot Manager comes up when I turn on the computer and all I can get to is the boot menu, but even a safe boot will not work
     
  4. myfavoritemartin

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    Sorry, I missed that you can't boot. You say that safe boot won't work - does that mean you cannot boot into safe mode?
     
  5. HMFProt

    HMFProt Thread Starter

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    Yes that's correct. I cannot boot up even in safe mode. Windows boot manager wants me to insert the Windows Vista installation disc but I don't have one because I downloaded my copy of Vista Business from my University
     
  6. myfavoritemartin

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    Unfortunately, I think you're going to need a Vista boot disk to fix this problem. Can you perhaps borrow a disk?
     
  7. HMFProt

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    I'm afraid that's my only option at this point, I just don't know anyone else who has windows vista right now. Thanks for your help anyway myfavoritemartin
     
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