why my computer says windows fail to start a

July 24, 2010 at 02:54:59
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why my computer says windows fail to start a recent hardware or software change might be the cause

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July 24, 2010 at 06:54:13

If you haven't changed anything recently, this could be a sign of a hard drive failure.

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July 24, 2010 at 10:10:00

I hav change something that prolly messed up the cd I was making a copy and than cancelled before it got done. I then went to deleting things because. My pc holds 160 hb but it said I only had 10 why did it say that??

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July 24, 2010 at 13:51:01

I'm assuming the subject hard drive has Windows 7 installed on it.
If that's not the case, tell us what operating system it has on it.

"I then went to deleting things...."

What did you delete ?

You don't delete things willy-nilly.

You DO NOT delete what you can Un-install - that often causes problems !!

"My pc holds 160 hb but it said I only had 10 why did it say that??"

Where did you see that ?
Is that the total size of the C partition , or the amount of data on C ??
It certainly could have 10gb of data, and the rest of the capacity has not been used yet.

If that's the total size of the C partition, and if it was larger than that previously...

- make sure the settings in the mboard's bios Setup are correct - all the drive connections should be set to Auto detect drives by the method Auto or LBA. If that was wrong, correct that, Save bios settings.

Windows does not (and most mboard bioses do not) see the total size of a 160gb manufacturer's size hard drive as that (decimal) size - it sees it as a ~149gb (binary) size, in Disk Management. That's the size before it has been software partitioned and formatted .
If the C partition takes up the entire hard drive's space, the size of C will be a little less than 149gb because some space was used up by the software partitioning (e.g. NTFS) and the formatting.
On brand name systems, there is usually a smaller second partition on the original hard drive, so the total size of C will be smaller yet, minus the space the second partition uses up.

- if that doesn't help....

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

"why my computer says windows fail to start a recent hardware or software change might be the cause"

That can be caused by various things, and sometimes that's not an appropriate message, depending on the circumstances.

E.g. if you did not shut down Windows properly the last time you used the computer you can get that message.

The first thing you try is re-booting the computer.

If you still get the message, if you see something on the screen where you can choose booting normally, try that.

If that doesn't help,

- remove any bootable CDs or DVDs you have in drives
- press F8 repeatedly while booting, do not hold down the key, and try choosing
- Safe mode with Networking
or - Last Known Good Configuration
or - Enable low-resolution video

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