Vista fails to boot

October 4, 2010 at 10:03:02
Specs: Vista Ultimate x64, AMD Phenom x4 2.3GHz
I'm using a custom built rig running Vista x64, which has been working great without any problems since I last formatted 6 months ago. I will include as much detailed info as possible.

I ran Spy Hunter 4 and it prompted me to restart my pc to remove the adware (all really low threat levels, just tracking cookies and such) It also prompted me to disable 2 startup items which were unnecessary. One of them was for AMD Overdrive (which I have installed and left enabled) and the other was for B's recorder gold library general service (I disabled it, later found out it was for a program I have installed, Tmpgenc DVD Author).

So, when my pc rebooted I received the following message:

Booting "Windows Vista"

acpi
Vista Loader 2.1.2

Done!
fallback 1
find --set-root /bootmgr
(hd0,0)
Filesystem type is ntfs, partition type 0x7
chainloader /bootmgr

Error 14: Invalid or unsupported executable format
Booting 'Windows NT/2000/XP'

fallback 2
find --set-root /ntldr

Error 17: File not found
Booting 'Enter Command Line'

Boot failed! Press any key to enter command line.

When I press a key it takes me to a grub CLI.

First off, I have never set this pc to dual-boot or even installed any operating system on here other than Vista Ultimate. I'm not sure why I have grub as I've never installed Linux.

This error occurs before I have access to Windows Safe mode prompt so that's out of the question.

I tried running Windows Repair from my Vista disc and it says:

"This version of system recovery options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of windows."

This is the same disc I used to install Vista Ultimate so I'm not sure what's going on.

I found this exact boot problem on numerous forums (just happened randomly on a reboot, not after running Spy Hunter 4, but no solution was ever found.)

When it comes to problems with booting I'm way out of my element. So if help is given, please don't assume I know it already.

I really don't want to format unless it is absolutely necessary.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Windows XP Pro SP2
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHZ Venice Core
Gigabyte GA-K8N-SLI Motherboard
1GB Geil DDR400 Dual Channel
ATI Radeon X800 GTO Fireblade Edition 256MB DDR PCIE


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#1
October 4, 2010 at 11:49:01
I need to rectify a previous comment regarding the windows repair issue. I realized the disc I was trying to repair Vista x64 with was actually my x86 copy. I don't have my x64 disc at the moment but I'm sure it will turn up. Until then, I can't run the windows repair. Sorry for the confusion.

Windows XP Pro SP2
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHZ Venice Core
Gigabyte GA-K8N-SLI Motherboard
1GB Geil DDR400 Dual Channel
ATI Radeon X800 GTO Fireblade Edition 256MB DDR PCIE


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#2
October 4, 2010 at 15:28:31
... try this (click >>) bootrec.exe /FixBoot ........more here
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Bootsect.exe /NT60 c:

or

Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
Bootrec.exe /ScanOs
Bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd

+

bcdedit.exe /export "C:\Boot\BCDBackup"
bcdedit.exe /import "C:\Boot\BCDBackup" >> restores the store


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#3
October 4, 2010 at 22:10:46
Ok, I just found my x64 Vista disc and performed a system restore and to my surprise my pc is up and running flawlessly again. I don't think I'll be using Spy Hunter 4 anymore, although I used Spy Hunter 3 for quite some time without any problems.

Thank you for the reply. I'll save your post and try it in the future if it ever happens again and the system restore doesn't work.

Windows XP Pro SP2
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHZ Venice Core
Gigabyte GA-K8N-SLI Motherboard
1GB Geil DDR400 Dual Channel
ATI Radeon X800 GTO Fireblade Edition 256MB DDR PCIE


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