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Hello Experts,

I've been trying to get arround this error for a long time, normally what i always do
is to boot from a repair windows CD/DVD but i have never get to fix this problem...
so i always end up formating and re-installing Windows Vista again...

I always try to follow the Windows Vista instrucction on how to fix this problem,
but never worked for me, so i was wondering if there is another way to get arround
this problem or issue.

Here is the complete description of the error:

Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start, A recent hardware or software change might be the
cause. To fix he problem:

1.
2.
3.

etc.

Windows failed to start. File: \windows\system32\winload.exe. Status: 0xc000000f

Anyway, following microsoft instructions do not fix this problem.

Thanks in advance

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by:edbedb
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You didn't supply the link to the possible solutions you tried so I will just take a stab at it.

Did you try running fixboot from a command prompt?
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by:C0ding
ID: 34892102

Thanks for replying edbedb,
too bad i could not wait and had to re-install windows from scrach again :-(
but let me tell you whats the only thing that i do everytime i get this error msg:
i boot from a system recovery cd/dvd provided from microsoft ot either way
the windows vista os and go to the repair section, then if i could not fix it this
way, i just give up and i don't do anything else.

Now, if i get into this situation again, what was your suggestion? would be nice
if you could tell me so i save that info and have it for future failure.

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by:edbedb
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I believe my suggestion will fix it but I didn't know if you had already tried it.
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by:C0ding
ID: 34892796

Okay... but atleast could you provide me with that info?
Thanks
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edbedb earned 2000 total points
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Just boot the computer to a command prompt. Usually the repair console.Then enter the command:
fixboot c:
Assuming that drive c: is the system drive.
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by:C0ding
ID: 34892951

Okay, that will be...

1.) Starting the computer to commant prompt.
2.) Then type: fixboot c:
3.) Then just wait, and thats it?

anything else that i need to know from that point on?

Thanks
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by:edbedb
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That's it. You don't have to wait long it just takes a couple of seconds. Then restart the computer.
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by:C0ding
ID: 34893123

Ok, thanks, i will now accept this question as the solution for this problem,
and next time i get into this kind of situation, i'll just hope this is what i need.
Thank you
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by:edbedb
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If it doesn't work open a new question and give it a little time before re-installing Windows.
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by:C0ding
ID: 34893175

Well, i don't know how long i have to wait till this happend again,
but is ok... you already put in doubt.
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