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Beginners Guides: Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install

Beginners Guides: Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install - PCSTATS
Abstract: What you need to know to bring a crashed Vista PC system back to life. When Windows Vista fails and won't boot, separate the hardware from the software and get it fixed with the help of PCSTATS.
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Windows Vista Recovery Environment

Once you have booted the computer with the Windows Vista CD, you will be presented with Vista's initial install screen, where you choose language options and time settings. Click 'next'.

Now you want to choose the 'repair your computer' option to the lower left.

The Windows Vista recovery environment will launch and attempt to detect any Vista installations on your hard disks. Assuming your installation of Vista is detected, highlight it and click 'next.' If nothing shows up on this screen, proceed to the 'what if the Vista repair environment does not find my Vista installation?' section a little further on in this Guide.

The Windows Vista startup repair process will begin automatically.

Windows Vista startup repair process

The first Vista recovery program we will explore is Windows Vista's automated startup repair application. This tool will fix a variety of problems that prevent Vista from starting correctly, and is Vista's new swiss army knife version of Windows XP's manual repair install process.

Startup repair can fix boot problems including corrupted boot records, missing system files, driver problems and a plethora of other issues. It can also access system restore automatically if it finds that your system needs to be rolled back to an earlier setting. In our tests, startup repair is very effective at repairing missing system file and boot manager issues, much less effective at repairing damage caused by viruses, and needs quite a bit of user help to deal with partitioning issues like removing the boot partition from a dual-boot Vista/XP system.

In theory, system repair will not delete or alter user data, though this holds true only if your data is stored where Windows Vista expects it to be stored (in the folders under your 'user' folder such as 'documents', 'downloads' etc. or on the desktop). If you store data on the root of the system drive (generally C:) you may lose it during the repair process.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
 Pg 2.  Step 1 - PC Turns On, Does Not Boot Up
 Pg 3.  Step 2 - Options for Recovering Windows Vista
 Pg 4.  — Windows Vista Recovery Environment
 Pg 5.  Vista Startup Repair Con't
 Pg 6.  Vista's System Restore Utility
 Pg 7.  Windows Vista Memory Diagnostic Tool
 Pg 8.  Vista Bootrec Console Tools
 Pg 9.  Recovering Lost Partitions Con't
 Pg 10.  Preventative Maintenance: Make Vista Easy to Recover

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