Long story short... I found it necessary to use the recovery disks I created for my dell inspiron 5010n, and reset to factory settings.
The recovery seemed to go well... Windows7 booted, and configured for 1st use. (Restarting a few times in the process). Windows then indicated it needed to restart after downloading 1 update.
When it restarted, windows failed to boot... instead the windows boot manager came up with the following msg:
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.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.
So, I tried again, this time letting windows download all updates... same result.
So, I tried again, disabling auto update, and after getting everything working, restarted to the same msg.
I've now recovered again, updates disabled, (using it to type this), but know if I restart, the same issue will occur, and I'll have to recover again.
Does this have something to do with (edit) bcdedit?
Anyone have an idea what's going on, and how to fix this.
FYI... I don't have a windows7 installation disc. F2 options, Windows7 gives the same msg, and the memory test will not run, giving this msg:
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
EDIT: I found memtest.exe under C: Windows/boot/PCAT. When I tried to run it, it indicated that it cannot run in Windows32 mode.
This is a 64 bit OS
Edited by Mediokrates, 01 August 2012 - 06:51 PM.