Solved Windows Vista won't load - stuck in a recovery screen loop

August 29, 2012 at 11:33:10
Specs: Windows Vista
Is there a way to repair Vista with just the recovery discs without losing data

I don't want to format
I can't use system restore (can't get into windows; windows won't boot; it's stuck on a recovery screen loop)
I don't want to go back to factory settings (that means losing data)
I have only Vista recovery CD's 1 & 2
It's an acer laptop.

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August 29, 2012 at 22:33:04
Which 'recovery screen' do you mean? The 'safe menu', or the one where you can choose 'repair my computer' or 'start as normal'?

I'm guessing that the 'recovery CDs' you have are the ones you create when you first got the laptop? In which case they probably won't help with a repair. They may let you reinstall the machine as it was when you first got it, but it depends on how they wee designed as to whether you get to save a copy of your data.

Do you know anyone else with a Vista machine? You can create a 'rescue disk' using their system which will give basic boot functionality that yours may have lost to allow you to repair the boot files or use system restore.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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August 30, 2012 at 09:43:28
Borrow a vista DVD to use to either use restore point or repair tools.

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August 30, 2012 at 10:18:57
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The second one. The screen on start-up highlights repair; the only other choice was start windows normally. If you click the latter, it goes as if to start up windows with Microsoft and the light thingy underneath then it goes black. If you click repair, it goes for a while then reappear with the same menu.

Found a question similar to mine and it says take out the hard drive and rescue data from it. Did that. Good job too as when we put it back into the original computer it wouldn't work at all, the bios didn't recognise it. Seem like the hdd was dying and now it's dead.

Thanks for your reply nevertheless.

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August 30, 2012 at 10:24:04
Thanks Mortneff.

Made rescue cd's when we got the laptop.

But as in original post the hdd is dead now so nothing can be done unless they hurry up with some new wonder technology that can rescue old hdd!

Wish they would :/

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September 1, 2012 at 10:37:14
Thanks for the report of issue.

There are a few tools that may recover some or all data. Try testdisk and maybe recurva. A live cd can boot the laptop and see if testdisk can get any data.

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September 2, 2012 at 12:35:43
'Try testdisk and maybe recurva. '
I'm sure you meant Recuva?

You would have to physically remove the drive and slave it to another PC to access the files.

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September 3, 2012 at 08:12:58
You should have a bartspe or a vistape for fixing computers.

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