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Wndows Vista - BSOD before OS Loads

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by kouichi341, Dec 21, 2010.

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  1. kouichi341

    kouichi341 Thread Starter

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    HELP!

    OK, with that out of the way, on to the problem. My aunt's desktop is one I put together for her. It was running just fine up until a few weeks ago. Her two kids install pretty much whatever they want onto it, and I'm assuming have caused this problem.

    The computer will not load into Vista (It gets to the screen where the "status" bar on the bottom starts to scroll across with those green boxes. It makes it 1/3 of the way across, locks, and then BSODs out on me), will not boot into safe mode, and when booting from disk, can not find anything wrong with the OS whatsoever, so it will not repair the OS at all.. I'm positively stumped on what is causing this!

    I just want to be able to get the data off of her HDD so I can format it and start over. Would my only option be to crack the tower open, place the HDD into an external box, and take the files I want off that way? Someone please tell me there is something easier than that!
     
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    You can also use Ubuntu Linux live CD. It boots up working from the CD drive and you don't have to install. It can mount NTFS file systems, so you can then copy off files into a USB thumb drive.
     
  3. kouichi341

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    Wow... My uncle would kill me if he knew i forgot that. I still have the copy of Ubuntu he gave me years ago. Thanks for the idea!
     
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