G-Daughter did something now Vista won't boot

December 24, 2009 at 11:51:13
Specs: Windows Vista
Bought this unit (used) for my granddaughter, and I don't know how she did it, but it won't boot now. It has one or more corrupted directories, and I can't get it to repair, or do a new clean install (upgrade version). Should I install my old Win2K and upgrade from that?

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#1
December 24, 2009 at 15:21:14
You should not have to but we may need to know more.

What happens with the safe mode boot or repair?

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#2
December 24, 2009 at 17:22:12
I haven't been able to do a safe mode boot; can you do that with Vista?
As for repair, with the CD in the drive, it crunches awhile but comes back with a message that says it can't do it. When I got the command prompt window, I tried to delete some corrupted directories and it won't do that, nor will it let me do a clean or an overwrite install.
I was thinking that if I did a Win 2K install and reformatted the disk, it would then let me do an upgrade.

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#3
December 24, 2009 at 18:17:53
Did it come with vista preinstalled? If so then it may have a
recovery partition. Make & model?

larry


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#4
December 24, 2009 at 18:36:17
No recovery partition; it's an Acer Aspire 5610, about 2 years old.

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#5
December 25, 2009 at 10:19:01
When you boot you may have to press the F8 key kind of fast.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#6
January 5, 2010 at 11:13:47
I finally formatted the C-drive and reinstalled Windows XP (the original OS), and daughter says just leave it there and don't upgrade. Activation went well; now downloading updated drivers for LAN and wireless Internet access.

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#7
January 5, 2010 at 12:32:42
Good...I'm sure you'll both be happier. Be sure to download and install all the updates for XP.

Skip


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#8
January 5, 2010 at 15:32:08
download and install all the updates for XP.

Did that as soon as I got the drivers installed for Internet access. This time, though, granddaughter's going to be a limited user while Mom will be the administrator.


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#9
January 5, 2010 at 16:47:51
That's another little thing that'll make you happier. :)

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