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    HELP NEEDED - Windows VISTA (sorry i'd put XP originally)

    Hi,

    Gave up...going to system restore but need a disk recovery programme if anyone knows of a good one?

    Original Problem...
    Graphics card was broke and got replacement which came today (thanks to paddy o furniture)...installed it and it works. However it now wont load up.

    It says that the file boot/memtest.exe is missing/corrupt. It says to insert disk but it didnt come with one (apparently i had to make one but never got round to doing it).

    Also...i can do complete restore but would lose files which i'd rather not do (mostly pics of kids/music etc.)

    Can anyone help??

    PC i have is an Hewlett Packard A6632UK.

    18 Comments

    Have you tryed putting in your Windows XP disc and doing a repair?

    Original Poster

    Tanchi;7701734

    Have you tryed putting in your Windows XP disc and doing a repair?



    Dont have a Windows XP disk. It didnt come with one and didnt come with recovery disk as i was supposed to make one myself.

    in bios is there a setting to turn off memtest+

    Original Poster

    dontasciime;7701781

    in bios is there a setting to turn off memtest+



    erm...just looking now.

    Answer is no?

    you tried a vista disc in there recently ?

    Original Poster

    dontasciime;7701796

    you tried a vista disc in there recently ?



    Dont have one.

    Tanchi;7701788

    You can download memtest.exe from … You can download memtest.exe from here:http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp



    where did the other bit go

    dontasciime;7701821

    where did the other bit go



    This bit?


    1. Go to the directory where you saved the Windows Memory Diagnostic executable file, mtinst.exe.
    2. Double-click mtinst.exe to start Windows Memory Diagnostic Setup. Depending on your security settings, the File Download dialog box might appear when you run mtinst.exe. If it appears, click Open to start Windows Memory Diagnostic Setup. Other security dialog boxes might also appear. This can happen, for example, if you try to install Windows Memory Diagnostic from a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) shared folder. These dialog boxes are related to your security settings and not to Windows Memory Diagnostic. If you experience problems when you are trying to install Windows Memory Diagnostic, either be sure to run Mtinst.exe from your local computer, or review your security settings and the documentation included in your version of Windows.
    3. Do either of the following:
    * Click Create Startup Disk to install Windows Memory Diagnostic on a floppy disk.
    1. Select the floppy disk drive that you want to use from the list provided.
    2. Insert a formatted floppy disk into this drive and then click Create. When the installation is complete, the Success dialog box will appear.
    * Or, click Save CD Image to Disk if you want to create a CD-ROM that you can use to start your computer.
    1. Select a location where you want to save the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9660 image and then click Save. When the file has been saved, the Success dialog box will appear.
    2. For more information about creating a CD-ROM that you can boot from, see the Note at the end of this section.
    4. Restart your computer with the disk on which you installed Windows Memory Diagnostic (either the floppy or CD-ROM drive).

    Important
    * In the boot sequence, the drive with the Windows Memory Diagnostic disk must precede any other devices on which there is a bootable program, such as a hard disk on which Windows is installed. You can configure the boot sequence in the BIOS settings. On most computers, the default boot sequence includes the floppy drive. For more information about configuring the boot sequence, see the documentation for your motherboard.

    yeah that bit :lol was reading it. I know it's on memtest link but had just closed that page :lol

    you got a memtest boot cd in drive ? take it out ...where abouts does it fail to load Operating system. just after post or after xp logo

    Original Poster

    dontasciime;7701933

    you got a memtest boot cd in drive ? take it out ...where abouts does it … you got a memtest boot cd in drive ? take it out ...where abouts does it fail to load Operating system. just after post or after xp logo



    It stops just before the log in part.

    and i've just realised i put XP, its actually Vista. XP is on the laptop i'm using now. Sorry!

    yeah I kinda thought that before when I asked if you had a vista disc in

    without the disc you're going to struggle

    You could download a vista ISO (a one known to have all versions on dvd) then burn to dvd then use that to repair your system or borrow one

    1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and … 1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer. 2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears. 2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD ...". Appears. 3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next. 3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next. 4. Click Repair your computer. 4. Click Repair your computer. 5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next 5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next 6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on System Restore. 6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on System Restore. 7. Follow the System Restore Wizard instruction as usual and choose the appropriate restore point. 7. Follow the System Restore Wizard instruction as usual and choose the appropriate restore point. 8. Click Finish to restore the system. 8. Click Finish to restore the system.

    Original Poster

    Tried few things now...system restore may be best bet. Anyone know of any good, preferably free, disk recovery programmes so i can try and recover my files afterwards?

    repairing won't wipe your hard drive
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