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Hello, I am having problems booting up Vista on my laptop. I used the power switch when my laptop froze (after trying 'shut down') the other day. When it boots, it says 'Press F11 for Emergency… Read More
Charlie23 Avatar
7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
Hello,

I am having problems booting up Vista on my laptop. I used the power switch when my laptop froze (after trying 'shut down') the other day.

When it boots, it says 'Press F11 for Emergency Recovery' for about 3 seconds. I have not tried this as 'restoring to original factory condition' sounds like it will wipe all my files, but more information on that would be appreciated.

It then automatically starts 'Startup Repair'. It then says it 'cannot repair this computer automatically.

I have tried:

Startup Repair - as above, it cannot repair automatically
System restore - 'No restore points have been created on your computer's system disk'
Windows Complete PC Restore - 'No valid backup locations could be found'
Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool
Command Prompt - No idea what to type in

As for the F8 menu, I have tried:
Repair Your Computer
Safe Mode - which just launches 'Startup Repair',
Start Windows Normally - Again, Startup Repair

But nothing else at this point.

Thanks in advance, I will check this post regularly.
Charlie23 Avatar
7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Check to see if there is any CD in the drive. This is often the cause of a failure to boot.

BTW I thought you was Collo when I saw your avatar
http://i41.tinypic.com/dyrb89.jpg
#2
if you have your files on a different partition your files would be safe i think
#3
goto command prompt and type "chkdsk /r" without the quotes of course ;)
#4
there is actually a few ways to save your files

1. copy all data files to an external drive / flash dsik using command prompt and then do factory setting recovery
2. if there no external drive/flash, create a new partition using DOS boot partition tools, copy all files to that partition then do a factory setting recovery
#5
Predikuesi
Check to see if there is any CD in the drive. This is often the cause of a failure to boot.

BTW I thought you was Collo when I saw your avatar
http://i41.tinypic.com/dyrb89.jpg


LOL a friend sent me the picture in an email and liked it so much i put it as my avatar!
#6
Hello,

Thank you for all your replies, Charlie made this post on my behalf, for which I am very grateful, as I am the one with this problem.

Predikuesi, there was/is no CD in the drive, but thank you for your input.

nuabdi, I'm afraid I have no idea what you mean by a 'different partition'! But thanks.

maddogb, I have tried your solution, however the command prompt gave me the following message:
"The type of file system is NTFS.
Cannot lock current drive.
Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected."
I'm not sure if this means there is no way this method can work, but if you can provide any details on this or any other solutions it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to you all the same :thumbsup:

nuabdi (2nd post), could you (or anyone else) provide me with instructions on how to move data files on to an external drive? And put them back on, of course!

Again, thanks to everyone who replied, and to Charlie for your help.
#7
when you boot into the command prompt option the prompt should be. c:\>
if it is not change it to that by typing " c: " (without quotes) and pressing enter, if the original command does not work, try adding /x to the end
remember don't type the quotes i am writing ;)
#8
maddogb
when you boot into the command prompt option the prompt should be. c:\>
if it is not change it to that by typing " c: " (without quotes) and pressing enter, if the original command does not work, try adding /x to the end
remember don't type the quotes i am writing ;)


Hey maddogb,

I did what you said, it was "X:", and I changed it to "C:".

When I typed in the "chkdsk /r" command, it came up with the following:

"The type of the file system is NTFS.
Cannot lock current drive.

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Chkdsk may run if this volume is dismounted first. ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID. Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? "

Any idea what this means? I didn't want to try Y or N as I'm not entirely sure about this.

I then tried "chkdsk /x". It went through a long process, going through 3 stages, but I'm not sure if it has made any difference, as Startup Repair still runs as before.
#9
sounds like it has done it but sometimes you get caught in a loop as the initial startup crash can cause bad sectors which need repairing,
try running it again and then reboot going straight into safe mode, it is generally required to unmount the volume
for the more extensive checks, but so far the only other alternative is too attach the hdd to another system to try and recover the data. so worth a shot no?
#10
I've tried "chkdsk /x" and then rebooted into safe mode like you said, but still no luck. I have also tried "chkdsk /r c:", which goes through a similar process but goes through 5 stages instead of 3. Both seem to have removed bad sectors and such, but Vista still won't boot...

I do happen to have a 1TB Toshiba External Hard Drive, so I could move the data files onto there, could you provide me with instructions on how to do that maddogb? Thank you for all your support so far :thumbsup:
#11
if repeated scans find bad sectors the drive is failing and data on there cannot be trusted so i hope you have backups.
I am not sure how much you know or need to know about command line usage and whilst not particularly complex its a steep learning curve.
the command to copy a file is simply : copy "sourcename" "destinationname"
for folders including subfolders it is : xcopy "sourcename" "destinationname" /e
to move around the folder structure use "cd" "cd.." and "cd\"
to look at the contents of where u are in the folder structure type "dir"
any help?
#12
Is there an sd card in the card slot? (if you have one)
#13
probably a better solution,, if u can get hold of another machine or know some one who can do it for you try obtaining a linux live boot cd that will give you a visual interface to copy your files over
banned#14
restoring to factory MAY or MAY NOT delete your files...

It normally says depending on the laptop what will happen to your files. Sounds like your best option. Did you get a virus or something? Doubt this would happen unless your HDD failed.
#15
Hey,

I've moved my files onto another laptop using command prompt and tried the system recovery (since everything else failed). But STILL not sorted...

Recovery Manager gave me 'Error 1002'. Now when I boot, it stays on the blank "Press F11 for Emergency Recovery" screen, giving me the message:

"BOOTMGR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"

I don't know where to go from here. Looking into "error 1002" and "bootmgr" it seems I need a recovery disc. I'll look into this tommorrow, any information would be appreciated as always :thumbsup:

shanecr, nope, no sd card.

gooddeals9, I have no idea, but a friend who lives down my road has exactly the same problem.

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