Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:21 PM
OK, I've found this several times on the internet, but no clear and thorough answer. I'm getting desperate. Here's the situation. I was on the internet, and all of a sudden it froze and wouldn't do anything, including bringing up the task manager when I tried to shut down the browser. I had no other option but to do a hard shutdown. When I tried to restart, I got the typical Windows did not shut down properly message, and chose to start windows normally. However, it went to a black screen and never did anything.
I hard booted again, and got a screen stating the computer did not start properly, and I could either run Startup Repair or start Windows normally. Startup Repair eventually took me to the unmountable boot volume error, while tryiing to start normally did nothing. I booted from my Vista disk and went into recovery to repair the system. However, under select an operating system to repair and click next, there is nothing listed. If I just click on the next button, I get the options as normal to run Startup Repair, System Restore, Complete PC Restore, Memory Diagnostic Tool, and Command Prompt.
So. Why is there no operating system to select under the select box? And if I do skip this and click next, which option should I be choosing on the Choose a recovery tool menu? These are the questions that aren't seeming to be clearly answered on other sites. From what I've gathered from researching, damage was done to a boot file when I did the hard shutdown. Please help, I have numerous important files on this computer and would like to attempt any repair options before reinstalling the OS. Thanks in advance.