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Solved How to start command prompt before OS Windows vista boots?

March 19, 2012 at 19:03:48
Specs: Windows Vista

Hi everyone,

I have to following problem:

My laptop HP 2230s freezes when it gets in to windows, but it does only do this when the AC is plugged in. Battery is almost dead and it does not really charge, well it does but before OS starts...

Now what i would like to achieve is to copy all my files from the HDD to an external HDD (usb connector) or DVD/USB storage device(stick)

When i'm in the BIOS, nothing is wrong, even with the AC connected. Laptop is fast and doesn't freez. So if its posible to start a cmd prompt before Vista boots, i could use the following command to copy my files: xcopy "C:\" E:\backup /A /S (E will be the external HDD in this case.)

Is there any USB/DVD bootable version of MS DOS which enables me to do this? OR is there any a command prompt which is bootable from a USB/DVD which allows me to do this?

Many thanks!


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✔ Best Answer
March 20, 2012 at 15:30:13

As often as not with Live Linux CD's you can use drag and drop to copy your own files onto a flash drive.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks



#1
March 19, 2012 at 19:07:19

Did you try booting to safe mode?

I'd get a live cd. Either barts or a linux version. Both can be booted from usb, cd/dvd and even network.

Could get a www.netboot.me and boot over internet.

A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.


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#2
March 19, 2012 at 19:20:59

Yes safemode didn't work, right from the moment it starts loading files/reading from the HDD it starts to get real slow/freezes some times. Only by unplugging the AC for a sec of 2 it continues untill it freezes again.

Whats up with the live cd? Does it give me the option of booting an MS DOS or a command prompt on it self?

I'll check the Netboot, thanks very much


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#3
March 19, 2012 at 23:13:03

MS-DOS will not support whatever you want, it is 15+ years old, so forget it.

Have you a Windows Vista DVD you can boot from, if so see:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#4
March 20, 2012 at 00:19:08

I'd get a live cd. Either barts or a linux version. Both can be booted from usb, cd/dvd and even network.

Could get a www.netboot.me and boot over internet. 

I burned netboot on a dvd and got it launched, i opened linux core, which ran fluently but as i read it runs on the RAM instead of the HDD. One problem is i'm a complete newbie with linux or ubulu.

I'm also running Memtest86+ which i found @ netboot, thanks!

I will try to use a bootable full version of linux and a usb bootable version of xp to see if these work. Than it might just be a bad instal/file corruption in the Vista OS.


I do not have a Vista DVD but i did download a iso of it which i burned but it doesn't load the setup @ all.. same problem as with booting vista it self.
And i can nowhere see the option to repair the os.

If i just could get into command prompt when windows does its system recovery than i might just be able to do the trick. Anyhow i will try to install the HDD in my computer.

I'll keep you up to date


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#5
March 20, 2012 at 14:04:12

Stupid MS doesn't allow you to easily boot to the vista DVD and access files so you can't use it to recover files. You could try to use repair features but I'd say don't do that just yet.

Either make a bartsPE, VistaPE disk/usb to access it. You can go to distrowatch and get one of the common linux cd/dvd's to access it. Almost all of the top 30 are or have a live cd offered even if they don't say it.

Knoppix used to be the king of live cd's and you might wish to try it. Some live cd's don't work on all systems. You should be able to figure it out to move data to a usb flash drive if the hard drive works.

A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.


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#6
March 20, 2012 at 15:30:13
✔ Best Answer

As often as not with Live Linux CD's you can use drag and drop to copy your own files onto a flash drive.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
March 20, 2012 at 18:46:18

Actually I didn't fully read that. Derek's answer is correct. The network booted Slitaz or whatever they have there should have allowed simple gui type manipulation of files to some usb drive or even a networked share.

A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.


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#8
March 21, 2012 at 05:45:49

Okay, thanks guys! Some how while i was in a live mini core linux os the battery charged for 40 %...

without the AC connected the laptop booted up smoothly. But assoon as i connected the AC it freezed up again. I disconnected it but in max 4 minutes the battery died...

Anyhow i thought of an easier way, i removed the HDD and connected it to my other laptop. There it booted up as well.

Memtest, ran for over 4 hours and completed withour errors.

So i guess it is the AC afterall. Anyhow many thanks for the tips, they came in handy and i learned more about live boot os's which i never used before!

IS there anyway that i can check if the power distribution is healthy?

Than i ran HDtune, which came out healthy and no errors @ all.


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#9
March 21, 2012 at 08:09:07

Not sure if you are saying you get this issue if you plug in the AC while the computer is running or if you get it even if the AC is plugged in before you boot.

The battery can have a regulating effect if it is in reasonable condition. IF you are applying the AC while it is running you could get a surge which causes your freeze. In other words if your battery is dud it could be a bit like having no battery at all.

It all depends on the inbuilt regulation of your computer but what I am saying is that if you switching in and out of AC while the computer is running a new battery "might" just solve this problem.


Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#10
March 21, 2012 at 08:33:43

"Not sure if you are saying you get this issue if you plug in the AC while the computer is running or if you get it even if the AC is plugged in before you boot."

It's either with the AC plugged in before with and without battery installed and as well as when i plug it in after i start it.

I'm going to try and instal HWmonitor

Hope to see any (weird) difference when i boot with battery and the moment when i plug in the AC.

Besides this i'm buying a new AC which i could easily return in 15 days, I'll keep you up to date!


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#11
March 21, 2012 at 09:45:50

Good idea re HWmonitor and last line.

I ought to be happy with you plugging into AC then booting.


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#12
March 21, 2012 at 10:23:35

"Good idea re HWmonitor"

Result isn't that astonishing :(
First screenie is with AC connected
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and this is one is on battery only!
"http://www.2shared.com/photo/D8ucA9ww/Battery_only__screenshot_taken.html">
I'm looking for a other kind of monitor, one which monitors each hardware device, like HDD RAM GPU ect... and monitors the voltage of each of those!

Any suggestions?


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#13
March 21, 2012 at 12:08:23

Most of the programs I know about are either unsuitable for Win 7 or no longer free.

However, I found this although I don't know much about it:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...

This also might be of use:
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-...

As regards temperatures it all depends what sensors (if any) are provided on your motherboard. If they are there you could also get readings from BIOS.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#14
March 24, 2012 at 14:06:37

Problem Solved!

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Hey every one!

I received the AC yesterday and tried it right now: It works!
All problems are gone: Windows boots without interruptions and the batterycharges quite quick!

Thanks alot every one! I learned some new skills following all of yours advice.


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#15
March 24, 2012 at 15:09:52

Good new and thx for popping back to let us know the fix.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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