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Vista wont start, missing Disk driver

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#1 VictoryX


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Posted 26 July 2010 - 11:35 PM

I have Vista on my other laptop and suddenly, during a restart it wont start because it is missing system32\drivers\disk. Is there any way to fix this without formatting my C:\ drive or entire computer? I have alot of valuable data and dont want to have to spend money on an external drive... i have no system restore points and windows will not start with "Run windows with Last known good configuration"


EDIT: I recently installed a Microsoft brand mouse, and old games. (Serious Sam: Second Encounter and Unreal Tournament 1999) Im using 32bit as well. I also believe my computer may have been unplugged by my spouse during a Windows Update.

Edited by VictoryX, 26 July 2010 - 11:38 PM.

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#2 JosiahK


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Posted 06 August 2010 - 09:36 AM

Since you mentioned the possibility of reinstalling, I am going to assume that you can gain access to an install disk. With an install disk of an equal or newer version of Windows Vista you should be able to run a upgrade install. That would not format the drive and would leave your data intact in a folder named Windows.Old. It would however still require you to reinstall any programs that were on the computer.

Even so it would be best to buy or borrow an external hard drive and back up onto it.
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Posted 06 August 2010 - 10:09 AM

hi,,, just to follow on from JosiahK's reply,,, if you have the windows disc or recovery disc then with this disc in the drive try a system file check,,,

1. Click the Windows button>> All Programs>> Accessories.
2. Right click the Command Prompt option and then select "Run as administrator" from the resulting menu.
3. With the Command Prompt window showing, type in: sfc /scannow [Enter]
4. You will now receive a message that states the scan will now begin. If SFC should find any rogue files that need to be replaced, you may be asked to insert your Windows CD. If the SFC scans without finding any problems, you will receive the following message: "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations".
5. Close the command prompt window.

if this fails to find and fix the issue then also with the windows/recovery disc run a startup repair of the os on the pc,,, you will need to boot from said disc for this one,,, full instructions in the link below :huh:

good luck.
Figgis,,,, LUFC

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