Windows Vista startup hangup

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I have a Dell Vostro computer with windows vista.
When not in use I turn it off.

Lately, it is behaving a little strange.
When I turn the power own, it starts to boot, but sometimes hangs up when the moving green lines appear, sometimes befor this lines and other times after the line.

When I restart in safe mode and then restart again in normal mode, it boots up to my desktop and all is OK.

Sometimes it starts with no problem.
If it hangs up, I need to boot into safe mode and then restart in normal mode to get it working.

Anybody have any idea why this is starting to happen. It worked ok before and lately it is starting to act this way.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

its vista...

But in all out honesty have you ran a virus scan?

Once you get the computer to come up try disabling all the start up items on msconfig.

May be a program that is starting up in the background that is giving you some issues.

When you start up in safemode it disables start up items so you wont see the issue.
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After a while, I was not always able to boot in safe mode.
Since the computer was OEM with no OS disks, I searched the net for a vista bootable recovery console which I found.

I used this to try and repair. It had indicated bad MBR and so said it repaired it.
When I tried to boot normally, I got error "cannot load operating system".

I thought maybe the hard disk had gone bad. Knowing it was a Seagate HDD, I download their SeaTools which check the health of the HDD. It indicated it was OK. I was able to put it in Idle and then Spin it up again so I am assuming the HDD is ok. It also did a short DST that completed with no errors.

What worries me now is that I may have corrupted the MBR so that the Vista OS cannot be found and hence not loaded.

Is there a bootable tool that can fix the vista MBR or am i fubared
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there should be a recovery partition usually its f11 or f12. depending who made the computer.
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You are going to need a Vista disk or Windows 7

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

Not sure if you could do it with a Windows 8 disk but you can download a trial and burn it without being called a pirate. You can also download Vista and 7 through various means but they are typically deemed illegal and I don't endorse it.
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Yu can do it with a Windows 8 disk (maybe(.

http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-fix-wi ... ot-record/

Here is a link to a 90 day trial:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcen ... 54510.aspx
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Things are getting strange now.

When I reboot I get the following message:
"CD-ROM ROM Priority...No Medium"
"Error Loading Operating System"

For some reason it cannot see the hard disk.
As stated before I tested the hard disk and it seems to work so why can it not be seen.

As a result I cannot get to recovery partition or any advanced options

If the hard disk is possibly OK, why can't it be accessed?
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Please follow these instructions to repair your MBR
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

That should get you to where you can boot to Windows again.

If you continue to have slow startups before you do anything else you need to check the application and system logs for startup errors. They will help you discover what is causing the hangups.
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I ran bootrec.exe /fixmbr and it said completed successfully.

Also ran bootrec.exe /scanos and it did not find any windows instatllation.

Also tried bootrec.exe / rebuildbcd and it found no windows installation

Also ran bootrec.exe /fixboot and it said element not found.

I tried to reboot again normally but again got Error Loading Operating system.

I do see the Hard Disk operating light flash so it looks like the hard disk is being accessed but cannot find windows vista intalled, I think.

Any further suggestions
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I was able to get to CMOS setup using F2 and under Boot Configuration, I did see the Model of the Hard Disk Drive so it is definitely seen by the computer.

Using F12 I was able to get ot boot menu.
I saw the Hard Disk and tried to boot with it but got Eroor loading operating system
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is this a computer you made or did a manafacture make it. If so who made it?
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It was bought from Dell with everything preinstalled
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Dell Support You will find your cd's there. Its not giving too much info about what button is for the recovery partiton but i do know it should have one.
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My computer is a few years old and so cannot give a service tag or am I missing something here
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My computer is a few years old and so cannot give a service tag or am I missing something here
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the service tag will be on the box/laptop it self its a sticker.
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I ended up putting a number for service tag which it accepted.

I went through the list of downloads but did not really find anything about recovery and repair
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whats your service tag number?
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here try this. Dell recovery image

DO KEEP IN MIND that this may delete all data on the computer.
If dont want to do that download a linux os of your flavor to a usb or cd and boot from it and transfer all your files to a usb/external hard drive/cd....
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OK this is probably going to sound a little odd, but I've fixed three computers this way (2 XP machines and 1 millenium - never tried on vista). Shut down your computer, unplug it, open the case and pull out the CMOS battery for about a minute or two and replace it. Close it back up, plug it in and try to boot. It's a long shot, but it has worked for me and at the moment, you're in a situation where anything short of a clean install of the OS that works would be a good thing.
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I will try your suggestion to remove CMOS Battery

Can you give me an idea in what area to look for the battery and what it looks like as I have never done this before

I always thought that without CMOS battery you could have trouble starting computer even after you put it back
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With respect to the Dell recovery Image, I cannot boot to advanced options, that is F8 does not work only F2 and F12 so I cannot try this
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its a watch battery and its on the motherboard.. the only battery on there...
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I removed the watch battery for a couple of minutes and then put it back but it had no affect.

I did manage to find a windows vista recovery disk that was bootable.

I put it into my CD drive and it started to load window files, showed the moving green bars and then displayed Install windows asking for language, currency and keyboard.

I then hit next. I then had the option to install or repair computer.
I clicked on repair and a System Recovery Options window appeared but it did not show my vista operating system.
I clicked next and then it displayed a window with a bunch of recovery options. The only one that worked was the Command prompt.

I tried using the bootrec command but it did not appear to do anything. I suppose this is because my vista OS was not dected..

I know the hard disk is definitely ok.
It looks like I may have some partition problem, mbr problem or something.

Are there any bootable programs I could use to fix the MBR as it looks like if vista cannot be detected, there is no way to fix it.

If I have to reformat the hard disk, what is the best way to do this. Will I then be able to reinstall vista.

I am new at all this and would appreciate being walked through the steps

Thanks
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im not 100% on fixing the mbr currently i will research it for you but as far as in fomatting the hard drive I would recomend you getting the factory image from Dell. When you go to install it it will format the hard drive for you.

I will look into the mbr.
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I found a bootable program called Boot-Repair-Disk

It did find my Hard Disk and that Vista was installed.

When I looked at the hard disk information I saw the following:

Partition Table: Unrecognized
Partition: unallocated
File System: unallocated

Do you know what this means.

Is my hard disk really fubared
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What is meant by factory image and how do I ask for it
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From what I can see, in order to use the factory image I need to be able to boot into advanced options, F8

At the moment I cannot do this as I can only get into F2 or F12 which are just setup and boot menus
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sorry took me so long. here you go. This should fix the mbr.

Microsoft Support MBR

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