Dell Inspiron N5010 Laptop
OEM OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Hard drive was recently wiped clean with Killdisk
Then attempted to reinstall Win7 from System Restore Disks made when computer was new (2011). Installation completes successfully, and will restart to bring up the Widows Setup and Desktop, but upon a subsequent reboot the following error message comes up:
WINDOWS FAILED TO START. A RECENT HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE CHANGE MIGHT BE THE CAUSE
INSERT WINDOWS INSTALLATION DISK & RESTART COMPUTER
CHOOSE LANGUAGE SETTINGS & CLICK NEXT
INFO: THE BOOT SELECTION FAILED BECAUSE A REQUIRED DEVICE IS INACCESSIBLE
Of course I do not have a Windows7 Retail Installation Disk since the OS is OEM, so there is no way to access the Recovery Environment to attempt a Repair of Windows, and ISO's for Windows 7 do not appear to be available from legitimate sources. Computer is out of warranty so no help from Dell.
I have a System Repair Disk that I created in 2012 but attempting to use it gives error 0x4001100200001012. I have also have a new System Repair Disk that I created immediately after the recent fresh install (from the System Restore Disks), but it also gives error 0x4001100200001012
This appears to be a known issue with Dell and involves the MBR. I have also attempted to repair the MBR using Linux Mint, but no joy.
In short, I can restore the laptop to factory settings (using the System Restore Disks) an infinite number of times, but cannot reboot without generating the above error message and cannot access the Recovery Environment.
Anyone have any ideas how to get Win7 reinstalled on this system?
Edited by joshuals, 21 May 2016 - 09:04 PM.