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Windows Vista: How to Repair Vista with Startup Repair

By KarlM
Having trouble starting up Windows Vista? Use the automated repairing feature called Windows Startup Repair. The Windows Recovery Environment houses the Startup repair diagnostic tool. Use the Startup Repair feature via the following steps:

Initiate the Windows Recovery Environment system. Boot the computer from the Windows Vista OS DVD. Start the process by inserting the Vista DVD into the computer’s DVD drive. Turn on the computer. When the computer starts, the BIOS will show on-screen. The BIOS displays a list of the computer’s hardware and other pertinent information. Once the displayed information clears, the computer will identify the inserted DVD and show a prompt that states: “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD...”

Press any key on your keyboard to boot from the inserted Windows Vista DVD once the prompt message is displayed. The DVD drive will activate, thus resulting in a black screen that has a white status bar at the bottom part of the screen. The status bar will display the message “Windows is loading files…” The status bar will turn all-white after some time. The environment for Windows Setup will continue loading. Once loading is complete, an “Install Windows” panel requesting the installing language, time and currency format, and input method will pop up.

This screen will ask for the aforementioned options before you can proceed to the next step. Set the options correctly, and press ‘Next’. You will be directed toward the main setup screen for Windows Vista. This is where Vista is usually installed into the computer.

To fix the system, click on ‘Repair your Computer’. You will go to another screen wherein the repair tool will locate all of your computer’s Windows Vista installations. After this, the screen will display the dialog box for System Recovery Options.

Choose the Vista installation to repair. Click the ‘Load Drivers’ button to retrieve the other drivers needed for Vista to be able to access any drives or components. Press ‘Next’ to continue.

The repair process will show a list with the recovery tools if it does not identify any problems in starting Vista. Select the Startup Repair option within the tools list to execute automated repair. If previous problems with starting Windows Vista occurred earlier, then the Startup Repair tool will initiate automatically, as opposed to showing the recovery tools list. The Startup Repair tool will scan the Vista installation. Once it has found any problems, the system will try to fix these issues automatically. Note that the process for automatic repair can take some time. The repair process may cause your system to reboot the computer many times. The System Restore option may also be displayed during this process, by way of a dialog box.

The dialog box will display the query “Do you want to restore your computer using System Restore?” Press the ‘Cancel’ button within this dialog box as there are other recommended options to restore the system within the advanced tools listing. After clicking on ‘Cancel’, the Startup Repair process will continue. It will scan the installation and attempt to find errors, and subsequently fix these problems. If no problems are identified, the repair process will be completed, and the option to send information to Microsoft will be shown.

If you choose to send the information about the problem to Microsoft, you will not receive a response. Instead, the company will employ the information, determine whether a number of users have experienced this glitch, and create an article on fixing the concern. Click ‘Send information about this problem (recommended) if you would like to send the information. If not, choose ‘Don’t send’. The computer will display a summary screen.

You can go to some advanced options through ‘View advanced options for system recovery and support’. You can also click on ‘Finish’ to exit the repairing process and reboot the computer. It is recommended to use advanced tools if your issues could not be fixed by the Startup Repair tool. Note: The advanced tools feature can be accessed at any point during the scan for Startup Repair using the ‘Cancel’ button. This displays an advanced tools overview, along with links to separate tutorials

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