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Windows Vista 64-bit won't start up.

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Toshiba Satellite notebook.  Windows Vista 64-bit won't start up.  Endless restart loop.

I actually get the mouse pointer briefly in both Safe and Normal modes, then the restart.  I put the drive in an adapter and ran CHKDSK on another machine.  Changes were made to the uppercase file (?).  Ran a full CHKDSK /f /r using the Vista DVD on the laptop.  No problems found.

System Restore says no restore points are available. Frustrating, since I suspect the points are there somewhere.

Is there an in-place install like in the good old days of XP?

Any other advice?
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by:tearman
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You can try an "Upgrade Install".  Typically this has to be done within the OS though, which is annoying.

You might try to run a "fixboot" and "fixmbr" to see if that helps at all (I doubt it).

Good luck.
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WBGames earned 500 total points
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These are known bugs from windows vista windows updates , probably one of the service packs.

My suggestion is to restore point.

Dont try to fix , it faster to reinstall , trust me.

And go for Windows 7 or roll back to XP imo.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Here are the steps on during a repair from startup.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html
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by:Lazarus
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DaveWWW, are you able to start in command line mode? if so run: sfc \scannow that may be able to help correct any corrupted files before you try anything else more drastic.
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by:Randy Downs
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I'd just wipe it (format) & start over. I'd put Windows 7 on it if it's supported.

Since you have access to the drive in another machine you can retrieve critical data that way. I'd also grab the drivers if they are on the laptop. Otherwise you can get them at the vendor site.
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by:Jackie Man
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If you can get into safe-mode open a command window, Start>Run>cmd. Once in the command windows type sfc /scanonce and reboot.

Source: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091121074524AAXYRL2
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by:DaveWWW
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Yep, faster to reinstall. :-)  I miss the good ol' XP in-place install.
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