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"Windows failed to start" (no CD drive for recovery)


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#1 Bribo

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:04 PM

I think I might've messed up pretty bad.

 

I wanted to set up a partition to run an Umbuntu OS.  During that process I made my C: drive instead of that other little 100mb or so system drive my primary drive.  Not sure if that was my big mistake also or if it's nothing.

 

I then set up a 16gb or so partition and double clicked the Umbuntu .iso that I DL'd (should've put it on a thumb drive I'm guessing).  It said something about demo-ing the OS before you install and I was like oh, that's safe, go ahead and restart... then I get the message in the title.

 

To make things more difficult I don't have a working CD drive to run my recovery discs on.

 

 

So, I've DL'd the umbuntu ISO again and something from a filesharing site that says it'll boot Windows 7 64 from a thumb drive.

 

The umbuntu iso on the thumbdrive isn't booting at all.

I've run a few checks from the menus available and everything has passed.

 

 

Turns out the Windows 7 thing I DL'd will definintely not work.

 

Screen says Status: 0xc000000f

info:  The boot selection failed because a requried device is inaccessible.


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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:27 PM

You say that Windows isn't booting, but it is implied that the computer is trying to start, so you can get into the BIOS. If you can, set a USB drive to be first in the boot priority list and you should be able to boot from a thumb drive.

 

It is always possible that you have a BIOS that will not recognise  USB drives for booting, in which case you are going to have to get a working CD drive into the computer. It is possible that your BIOS may recognise a USB CD drive where it doesn't recognise a thumb drive, so you could try a CD in an external drive, if you can lay your hands on one.

 

Make and model of computer would be useful next time, or main specs if it is a self built machine.

 

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:34 PM

It's an HP G60

 

I am able to set the USB as the primary boot drive in the BIOS, but I get a "Disk error, press any key to restart" message when trying to boot

 

I found a site that has the official windows 7 iso images, not sure if that's gonna help me at this point though.  Especially since I don't have any documentation (windows came installed)



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:37 PM

When trying to do a system recovery (f11) I also get "Disk error, press any key to restart" message.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 06:53 PM

He has another post here about this same issue: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/526931/tried-to-make-unbuntu-partition-messed-up/#entry3309627




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