I have what seems to be a common ish VISTA windows start up problem
I have a very old VISTA PC and now when I try to start it it enters a loop of saying its updating windows stage 3 then restarts itself again and again.
I see there have been various threads on this eg
But I think they seem to mostly assume ownership of an installation Windows VISTA CD/DVD - I don't have one.
I'm afraid I'm not sure what version of VISTA I have either.
Is there anything that can be done - I can't seem to start safe mode either.
I'm ot a big tech but I've heard of things that can be done by pressing F2 or F8 to break out of the start up and get some options.
Are any of these useful ? I did press F8 repeatedly during the reboot and got the options and tried all of them that looks potentially useful without success ie
1) safe rebooting (with DOS prompt) 2) last good configuration 3) disable automatic reboot on system failure 4) Directory Services Restore Mode
but none of these made any difference to the rebooting/upgrade loop.
It is an old PC and not my main one but it'd be good to get it up to check there are no useful files I've not saved elsewhere.
many thanks in advance for any help - sorry to revisit an old chestnut