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Cannot Start Windows

By kolbyyum ยท 5 replies
Sep 29, 2008
  1. Hi i attempted to use a backup recovery disc from my desktop computer through norton ghost 2003 on my laptop. The process was completed successfully and said hit enter to restart. This was done and i got a black screen with a flashing underscore in the top left. I restarted the laptop and got a screen saying
    We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

    If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

    If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows

    Safe Mode
    Safe Mode with Networking
    Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked) Start Windows Normally

    Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.

    Seconds until Windows starts: 30

    Now i select last known good configuration and i get the black screen again.
    If i select start windows normally i get the same black screen
    If i select safe mode i get a bunch of writing saying
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system32\Drivers .......etc
    i get a full screen of this writing and i cant do anything.

    Any help would be appreciated

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524


    Now because you obviously don't know. This will not work!
    The reason is because the Motherboard/Cpu chipset is different (like AMD, or Pentium or Celeron) Anyway that's why (plus also all the other Hardware is different, anyway)

    Not only that, but you must have a seperate Windows setup disc (or image) for each computer due to Windows licensing.
  3. kolbyyum

    kolbyyum TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for that.... i thought it was worth a shot lol.

    Ok so now i have a laptop that has nothing on it...
    If i get a copy of windows xp and install it through boot will it restore my system
    obviously it will be wiped.... that was my intention.
    im not so brainy when it comes to computers....
    Spose i could have just reformatted the harddrive?
    anyway a solution would be salubrious!

  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    XP Home Disc;http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116511

    Also, I have done this before though (and it's legal)

    Use your Restore disc (already done)
    Then Repair Windows with the Windows CD (for that computer)
    That way, if you have any programs (etc) on your Restore disc, they won't be lost

    Note: If you Repair Windows, the setup will ask you for a valid Windows key (and it's all the way towards the end of the install)
  5. kolbyyum

    kolbyyum TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Great! thanks alot for your help
    Computer is fixed and running better than ever!
    Thanks again
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    ok, but you didn't say exactly what you did to fix it

    Anyway it's fixed :) , thanks for the update :grinthumb
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