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Windows won't load, can't even get in to safe mode

By Tritton
Dec 12, 2008
  1. basicly my computer can't boot to windows or safe mode after POST i get the screen where it's says it didn't start normaly last. then you have the option to 'start windows normaly' 'safe mode(command pront and with networking etc)' and 'last good config'

    the only thing that has changed is my motherboard, i have removed all other components apart from my GPU what i can't due to the fact that there are no VGA ports on the motherboard so i have to keep it in for the moment now from what i can tell from the maufacture website is that it is combatable but i would still like to remove it to test, so if any knows why i can get some sort of adter of something etc

    any idea's would be helpful thanks
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  3. Tritton

    Tritton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 108

    am i at risk of losing any data
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No

    But it did happen once, when I did a Check Disk (This was caused by a faulty HardDrive)

    Repairing Windows, or Check Disk normally (well usually always) never causes data loss

    Please proceed :)
     
  5. Tritton

    Tritton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 108

    thank you i will do this now

    my disk does not let do a repair
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Sometimes the second R command does not show

    In this case download the Ultimate Boot CD
    Then backup all user data

    Then install Windows clean (ie remove the Partition during the initial install)
     
  7. Tritton

    Tritton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 108

    well i might be able to get hold of another disk but that won't be till like monday/tuesday time
    so in the mean time, 'say' that repair doesn't work what would your advise be as a next step, what doesn't invole a clean install
     
  8. Tritton

    Tritton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 108

    I use a corporate disk to install windows with and it defenly doesn't have repair on it
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    continue to go and backup any\all data (as above stated)
    Then install Windows clean (ie remove the partition during Windows setup)
     
  10. Tritton

    Tritton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 108

    this may sound dumb but how to i back up if i can't get into windows
     
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    There are no dumb questions, only dumb answers (hopefully this is not one ;) )

    Download the UBCD (link is in quote above)
    Create the CD
    Boot from it
    Backup using USB Flash drive or even your burner (from running the UBCD all will be clear)
     
  12. Tritton

    Tritton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 108

    ahh thank you

    on the subject of the UBCD what other progrmaes on that do you find really useful
     
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    None

    I created my own boot CD, waaaay better :)
     
  14. Tritton

    Tritton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 108

    good news, sort of
    i have gained a windows CD but
    in the guide you gave me link for it says 'don't press first R ' quote=From this menu press "ENTER" (NOT "R") to begin the repair install.

    but says to press the second one. well i am able to press the first one but not the second one

    so how would i do a repair for the WRC
     
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Why MS made two R prompts is beyond me!
    They should have used a different letter, seeming it does different things.

    Anyway, refer to the above quote if the second "R" prompt doesn't exist
     
  16. Tritton

    Tritton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 108

    at the moment i don't want to do a clean install, i'm hoping to talk to someone who will have a disk that can do the repair.
    but i want to know if it's possable to do the repair thought the main recovery consol
     
  17. Tritton

    Tritton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 108

    i have seen found out that you can't do a normaly windows reapir though the recovery console
     
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