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Got error : windows failed to start.  A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.  ...

Info : The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.
0xc000000f

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No disc inserted in laptop on boot up - -
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by:aadih
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Have you a dual-boot up system?

What happens if try to boot up into safe mode?
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by:awawada
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by:Shahnawaz Ahmed
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Try to boot into safe mode then go to run and type Msconfig then go to services tab there and check on HIDE ALL MICROSOFT SERVICES then click on Disable All and restart your mchine into normal mode. Check if it works
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by:gurutc
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Do you have a backup of this system?  I'd start there if possible. How to do this would depend on the hardware/OS config.  Does this sytem have hardware/software disk mirroring in place?

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by:gurutc
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Also, if you boot from the install disk starting the repair mode, do you see the drives?

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by:mvalencia2003
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Pressed F8 - - screen with same error comes back ,

Will using a Windows Vista disc work?
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by:nobus
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i would first look in the BIOS if your disk(s) are seen normally.
then check in the bios the boot priority  - that it's set to the right disk
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by:mvalencia2003
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Tried Windows disc - - disk was checked .. was ok , ,
Now see error :

PININST Failed To Start
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nobus earned 2000 total points
ID: 39827340
it looks like it tries to start a system recovery on a HP :
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-Systems-and-Software/Recovery-Manager-Problem-Recovery-fails/td-p/97667

tell me what you see exactly when starting up - or post a picture of it)

what doe you mean with "Tried Windows disc "  --i assume you tried booting from CD?
and " - - disk was checked "  what disk ??
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by:mvalencia2003
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Windows Vista Home Premium (x64) Disc ... , and laptop HD checkdisk ran .. ,
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by:nobus
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then it did not boot from cd
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by:mvalencia2003
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Thanks , Found out that issue is with laptop getting to hot on the bottom - - If I use a laptop cool pad with dual fans - - all works.  Was able to do recovery from : Recovery CDs

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