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windows vista "a disk read error has occurred...press control alt delete to restart..

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by braker166, Aug 22, 2013.

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  1. braker166

    braker166 Thread Starter

    Aug 22, 2013
    This is the error message but control alt delete doesn't restart it.
    I hit F11 and it starts in Windows Vista(recovered). It will open up and I can do anything from there, but very very slow. I do not know how to get it to boot up properly.

    I have run all hardware checks, everything passes,
    Virus program is secure.
    I can get into the Performance information and Tools and it shows critical status for Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance - Boot performance Monitoring. It also shows Error for Shutdown Performance.
    If you could walk me thru the fix it would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Monica25


    Apr 17, 2007
    1)Disk read error could mean HDD beginning to fail (need to check the SMART data).

    2) You're info on the errors isn't enough to go on - need more details on critical status & errors.

    3) Can you do a system restore or have a BU image of the HDD that you can restore, from before the prob began?

    I've seen that "type" error - maybe not verbatim, but for either when HDD is failing, or even a loose / bad HDD cable. Could check those are snug. Can unseat the cables & reseat them. If don't know what you're doing w/ the cables, either leave alone, or read up on how to BE CAREFUL working w/ the cables.

    I've seen cables go bad for NO reason - no one touched them; just one day were "flaky."

    You could break sockets on the mobo if get rough. Cables themselves are cheap.
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