vista wont boot/last know config

November 19, 2009 at 02:04:12
Specs: Windows XP, Quad Core G0 @ 2.4Gh
Hi all

I am having problems with my gf win vista on her laptop, it keeps going to the screen asking for last good known config or the screen that says "select an operating system" or a dark blue screen with just the cursor. which neither seem to work (just reboots and back to the same screen) i have sent her a win7 disc to stick in thinking it would boot before this error screen (i.e once shes in the win7 setup to format the harddrive and install 7). the cd/dvdrom is set to default as she has sent me a pic of the BIOS. so my question is why isnt it booting the win7 disc (it does work - as i have tried it here) and why is it constantly looping? I have also sent her the vista recovery disc but that doesnt do anything either. any ideas?

oh ps shes in America and im in UK so physically doing stuff is out of the question :(

thanks,

chris


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#1
November 19, 2009 at 04:23:08
1. Get into BIOS (input F2, F10 or DEL button on boot-up).
2. Go to Advanced BIOS features.
3. Find an option "First boot device"
4. Select it and press ENTER
5. Find "CDROM', select it and press enter
6. Press F10 to save CMOS settings...
7. Insert Win 7 cd and wait for the message "Press any key to boot from CD"
8. Press any key and install Windows 7...

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#2
November 19, 2009 at 07:11:13
... why make it worse messing around with win7?

... I suggest she try fixing the bootup problem

... try tapping <F8> key @ bootup and end up selecting command prompt >> Figure 5. System Recovery Options << click and scroll down.

... once @ command prompt (type)

... bcdedit /enum [press enter]

... then post back anything listed as "unknown" under its relevant {heading}


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#3
November 19, 2009 at 07:21:08
i want to install win7 because its alot faster, secure, less probmatic and this is the 3rd time it has done this, last time she used the recovery disc to correct the fault, but that doesnt work this time. I think it would alot simpler just to boot it to win7 installation, format the hdd, install it and hopefully thats the end of the problems.

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#4
November 19, 2009 at 07:46:43
... as easy as booting to the command prompt and typing(?):


bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:
bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=c:

... [press enter] after each line

... the above fix is for vista on partition C:


.............................. and might help someone!

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#5
November 19, 2009 at 08:16:15
The OP is looking for an excuse to install Win 7.

Let him go.

We were the unwilling, led by the unqualified, to do the unnecessary, for the ungrateful.

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#6
November 19, 2009 at 08:22:28
... and I am trying to save his relationship with his fiancée!

... thank you very much "seawatch1"


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#7
November 19, 2009 at 08:30:11
Sorry. Didn't know Doctor Phil was in the house. :)

We were the unwilling, led by the unqualified, to do the unnecessary, for the ungrateful.

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#8
November 19, 2009 at 10:49:48
... well "ellis1884" does go on a bit about his "us" bird

... he's doing all this for her... so

... I'm sure I can hear wedding bells

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