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Vista - \windows\system32\winload.exe error


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#1 chou21

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 01:05 AM

i downloaded the neosmart vista disk recovery to correct the "Bootgmr is missing" error but now when i bootup i get the following error message - 

File: \windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: \0xc000000f
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 11:43 AM

Using the neosmart Vista disk recovery you should see a window with the following information.

 

This page is for forming responses
 
 
Contents [hide]
1 Why your PC shows Operating System not found
2 Fix Operating System not found or Missing in Windows
2.1 Fix #1: Verify your hard drive status in BIOS
2.2 Fix #2: Rebuild the BCD using bootrec.exe
2.3 Fix #2: Use Easy Recovery Essentials for a guaranteed fix
2.4 Fix #4: Run Automatic Repair
3 Operating System not found on Sony Vaio Laptops
4 More Information
4.1 Support Links
4.2 Applicable Systems
 
You need to use step 2.2 to rebuild the Boot Configuration Data.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:32 PM

I have attached the options that appear using the neosmart recovery disc.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 02:38 PM

Can you boot into Safe Mode?

 

Do you have a Vista installation disc?


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:13 PM

No vista installation disk (which is why I bought the neosmart installation disk) and can't get to safe mode.

If this helps, this is an old gateway desktop.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:50 PM

You can download a ISO image of Windows Vista with SP1 here.

 

The only snag is that if your computer has SP2 you will have to uninstall it.  SP2 is recognizable as KB948465.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:28 PM

Couldn't you just download a winload.exe and shove it in there? Wouldn't it work?


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:41 PM

Couldn't you just download a winload.exe and shove it in there? Wouldn't it work?

 

Short answer, no.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:44 PM

Chou21, try this.

 

Click on Start and type cmd in the Search box.
 
cmd will appear above the Search box under Programs, right click on it and choose Run as administrator.
 
When the Elevated Command Prompt open type in bootrec /rebuildbcd and press Enter.
 
This will take a while, so be patient.  Hopefully you will receive the following message.
 

Successfully scanned Windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 0
The operation completed successfully.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 05:47 PM

Windows won't load when the system boots up I get the missing winload.exe error and can proceed.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 06:01 PM

Download the ISO from the website that I provided the link to and then use Grinler's tutorial to access the command prompt where you will be able to use the command that I provided.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 07:42 PM

Couldn't you just download a winload.exe and shove it in there? Wouldn't it work?


You also pose the risk of getting infected with malware.

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 01:59 AM

DC3,

 

I was able to create the ISO on a disk, thank you.  

 

When i boot up with the disk in the drive, the same error message appears.  Does this mean SP2 is on the computer?  If so how do i uninstall without getting to the windows screen?

 

Also i am not familiar with what is Grinler's tutorial, is this a program that appears after using the ISO disk created?


Edited by chou21, 26 February 2014 - 02:05 AM.


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:38 AM

My apologies, I had meant to provide a link to the tutorial mention in post #11.  Grinler is the Administrator and owner of this website, the link to this tutorial is below.

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/command-prompt-in-windows-recovery-environment/

 

It sounds like you aren't booting from the disc.  Did you change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD/DVD-ROM is the first device in the boot order and the hdd the second device?

 

I had a brain fart and forgot that you would not be able to uninstall the Service Pack 2 (SP2), so what needs to be done now is to slipstream SP2 with the installation disc.  There is a good tutorial for this at Windows Vista Forums.

 

Alternately, you could call your local computer shop and see if the have a copy of the Vista SP2 installation disc and ask if they will burn you a copy.


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