Windows failed to start

  civicr 14:15 04 Jan 2010

Hi all and a happy new year,
I turned on my laptop this morn and i got this message. Windows failed to start . A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix prob
1/ insert your windows installation disk and restart pc
2/ choose language
3/ click repair
under this it says , file: \boot\bcd
status : oxc000000f
info: error occured while attempting to read the boot config data
I have a recovery disk but it doesnt have a repair option, it just wants to reinstall vista.
My laptop is a toshiba L30 , vista home.
The only thing I did last night was to uninstall open office using revo uninstaller and putting another version of open office back on.
Any ideas
ps I cant get into safe mode either , didnt work with f8

  woodchip 14:16 04 Jan 2010

Any ideas

Yes Bin REVO

second borrow a vista os disc

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:38 04 Jan 2010

Status: Oxc000000f Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

you need to look at Windows Vista's Repair Your Computer options.

How you access the repair options will depend upon whether you have a Windows Vista installation disk or whether your operating system came pre-installed by your PC manufacturer.
Windows Installation Disk

With the Complete PC Restore Option you must have made a backup of your system, either on your hard drive or on a set of DVDs, in order to use this option. If you don't have a backup then don't use this option

1/ make sure your PC can boot directly from the Vista DVD. Obviously, most modern PCs can. With older machines you may need to check the PC's BIOS

2/ Start the PC

3/ Immediately insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive

4/ A Black screen will appear with the words 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'

5/ Press Any key to start the booting process

6/ A new screen will now appear with a progress bar. The legend say's 'Windows is loading files'

7/ After a few minutes the Microsoft copyright window ill appear and another small progress bar will be visible

8/ You will next see a Blue curtained screen

9/ After a short while the Language option screen will appear

10/ Select your language and keyboard language and the Click the Next button

11/ At the bottom left of the next screen - the Install screen, Click on the Repair Your Computer option

12/ The System recovery options will now search for your Windows Vista installation

13/ Once the Vista installation has been located, Highlight it and then Click the Next button

14/ You are now presented with the following set of recovery options

* Startup repair - This automatically fixes problems that are preventing Windows from starting
* System Restore - This will Restore Windows to an earlier point in time
* Windows Complete PC Restore - This will completely restore your entire PC - programs, system settings and files - from a back up that you have previously created (Available in Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
* Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - This checks your computer's memory hardware for errors
* Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window

15/ Click on the Option you require and follow the onscreen prompts

Pre-Installed Options

If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.

1/ Start your PC

2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again

3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Vista operating system and Press the F8 key

4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear

5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter

6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button

7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK

8/ The recovery options should now appear

  civicr 21:22 04 Jan 2010

Thanks fruit bat , ive done the option for pre installed vista but pressinf f8 just beeps

  woodchip 22:29 04 Jan 2010

try tapping F5

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