If you are trying to fix a boot problem then you will want to choose option 1 to edit your windows installation. After this option you will probably be taken to a dos command which you will want to type:
then type exit to restart your computer.
I hope this helps, you didn't state what happened or what you are trying to recover from. If you need more help, repost.
I did that last night, fixboot wouldn't work. I choose each option, typed in fixboot, and was basically told you can't do that.
Doesn't look promising, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/830084
If you can boot into Windows (or attach the drive to another system with Windows)...I would suggest running chkdsk /r on the drive and then trying your recovery. The reason I say chkdsk...it may be able to ameliorate the registry problem.
Looks like you have nothing to lose.
I would also try to nail down the status of the drive by using a manufacturer's diagnostic on it, hoping that it's not a catastrophic hard drive failure.
I saw that article last night after trying fixboot. Ran chkdsk/r, then my drive manufacturer's diagnostic, and the drive passed all the tests. Still had the problem.
You have probably figured out by now that the references to D: refer to the Recovery Partition on your C: Drive which contains the factory settings and Windows that your PC shipped with.
I had the same problem last week when trying to figure out what command to enter in the D:\miniNT window while attempting to replace just the System Files so will be interested to read any replies.
Good luck with your problem.
My solution to the issue-a couple of days ago, when this issue surfaced, I decided to take the plunge and make recovery disks. This morning, I used those disks and was able to do the destructive recovery.
Rowal, I wish I could give you an easy answer but I never found one. Maybe someone else will have a solution.
I was hoping I could get back and post an update BEFORE anyone replied.
At the time I decided to use the cd disks, there were no replies. I do appreciate the replies, though.
And the reason I wanted to do a recovery:
No big issues-no spyware, viruses, etc.
Computer was running slow, I did the usual clean-up, uninstalled a lot of programs my daughter put on the pc when she was here. Still ran a bit slow, and decided to reinstall. (and at this time, the pc is faster than it's been in a long time)
Basically it was because I can. That and the fact that I'm used to popping in a Windows XP disk on the now dead custom made pc, and this recovery partition is new to me. After being in use since Nov. 2006, I was ready to start over clean and wanted to learn how to use recovery partition. I'm hoping this is a fluke, and not an indication of a bad drive.
Edited by Queen-Evie, 18 April 2008 - 08:06 PM.