I have an Acer Aspire M1641 desktop computer with Windows Vista and I have kept updating all the windows updates and I'm pretty sure I have the SP2 update installed. It's a 32 bit.
F8 key doesn't do anything.
Here is the message I get when I try to start from the hard drive:
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. TO fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
(Unfortunately I didn't get an installation disc as Vista was pre-installed and the Circuit City I got it from went out of business and closed down. The computer is about 2 years old and worked great until now.)
2. Choose your language settings and then click next
3. Click "repair your computer".
info: an error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
If you do not have this disc (I DON'T), contact your system administrater or computer manufacturer for assistance.
The ESC to F12 keys work OK and goes to the list of selectable boot devices
The CTRL-ALT and Delete keys work and takes me to the CMOS setup page (BIOS, chipset, etc) page.
main board ID MCP73
SYSTEM SIN PTSB30X00782104E2D2700
SYSTEM BIOS version 08.00.15
SM BIOS version 2.5
SYSTEM BIOS ID R01-B0
BIOS release date: 04/16/2008
Base memory size: 625K
extended memory size: 1791 MB
total memory size: 1791 MB
I have a 320 gig HD divided into 2 160 Gig partitions.
Should I purchase a Windows Vista operating system with SP 1 and try the repair features from it if nothing else works?
I don't want to lose most of the stuff on the hard drive although I've backed up or put a lot of it on DVD-R or CD discs but there's still quite a bit I haven't backed up yet. I plan to get a click free to back up everything I can asap.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by bostonblackie, 01 April 2010 - 05:07 PM.