Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:09 PM
I hope this is the right forum for this problem but currently my computer will not start at all or progress into Windows. As such i can only access F2 and F12 for setup and boot options but I cannot get into F8 safe mode.
I have a Dell Inspiron 530S 64 bit system with Vista home edition installed. Everything was working fine until i encountered a windows explorer crashing and restarting loop due to a thumbnail on a folder located on my desktop. I have experienced this problem before in a sub folder and was able to stop the problem but changing off thumbnails and deleting the problem file. This was the first time i encountered it on the desktop. Consequently when the computer loaded, the folder would load thus initiating the cycle and locking me out from any operations to the point where i could only manually turn off the computer. Thinking i could solve it, i decided to take the hard drive out and install it as a secondary drive to delete the problem folder. I did so on an identical Dell Inspiron 530S 64 bit computer with Vista that i have access to. I was able to delete the folder when when i reinstalled the hard drive Windows wont load as described above. I double checked the the hard drive doesnt have a problem being recognized as a drive with all my info on it but windows wont load when used as a primary drive now.
I hope you can provide some assistance. I do not have any windows vista recovery disks to try but i did run a quick diagnostic from the utility partition and nothing was discovered. I also tried reseating the ram and still nothing. Keep in mind i have access to an identical machine so maybe i could potentially create a recovery disc from that to fix the boot sequence or use a third party source? Maybe another option would be to grab boot info from the other machine maybe?
Thanks in advance