Boot Error

Dell / DIMENSION 3000
September 7, 2009 at 15:23:00
Specs: Windows Vista, 2.4 ghz / IGB
Hi, I recently was asked by a mate to fix her laptop for her.
Its a Hi-Grade windows vista, she got it free with a mobile broadband dongle but she has really messed it up somehow lol.

When i turn it on, it comes to WINDOWS BOOT MANAGER, saying enter your installation dicsk and restart your computer.
She never got one of these with her laptop.

Under INFO it says; Windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing or corrupt.

It also gives you a status code which is: 0xc000014c.

I have tried booting to safe mode but still comes to boot manager screen.

So I'm thinking i need to do a reinstallation, theirs a problem because her laptop didnt come with a recovery disk.

I know most laptops come with a hidden partition in the hard drive to reinstall windows but i need help accessing it.

Any advice or help please.
Much appreciated


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#1
September 7, 2009 at 15:43:13
My guess would be that you should try almost Vista DVD and try repair before you get too far along.

Also you can use live cd's to recover data, see barts and knoppix cd's.

If the system is a Dell the use the service number to get the OEM documentation to see if there is a hidden partition that stores the OEM data.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#2
September 7, 2009 at 16:09:00
i dont have the disks,
i just need to know how to access the hidden recovery partition

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#3
September 7, 2009 at 16:53:51

I think you need to do a start-up repair ,From a disc , this tutorial from bleeping computers explains how

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...

You may also not have a Full install disk , so this will do .


http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windo...

Nb. you do not need to use a torrent downloader for this disc just
double click on the down loaded link and select the browser of choice .


Some people have reported problems when they have burned this disk with Nero , I have had no problems with Vista's burner or Cdburnerxp ,
just slow the burn speed down a bit ,

If start-up repair does not do it for you try system restore .

A repair from a disc will work when sometimes it does not from a HDD .


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#4
September 7, 2009 at 17:35:28
If the system is a Dell the use the service number to get the OEM documentation to see if there is a hidden partition that stores the OEM data.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#5
September 8, 2009 at 01:49:17
... tap "F8" key @ bootup look for "repair" option

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