Windows won't properly startup
Alright yesterday my computer totally obliterated itself, not sure how. Here's what happened, I was was using CDisplay, had winamp open, and a MSN, and possibly multipe firefox windows open. I was bored so I thought why not play some FlyFF? At this instant, my computer decides to have a seizure and closes all the programs. The weird thing is, it didn't restart right away, it had a countdown of about 30 seconds for me to terminate all programs before restarting. I don't think it was a virus, it looked like it was part of windows and I think it was a memory thing. Anyway after the wait, it restarted, and then it proceeded to a CHDK scan because the computer didn't have a proper shutdown. I let it do it's thing but while it was doing this, it was correcting a ton of index errors, and it also deleted a lot of orphaned files (I have no clue what type of files these are) then recovered them back (not sure if they were the same files because they looked different) and then after the CHDK it continued to load windows but that didn't happen, it just stopped at a black screen with a movable mouse cursor at the centre. Now everytime I turn on my computer it initiates a windows startup because I can see the windows logo and the loading bar marquee back and forth. Now when it starts to go into windows, it hits a black screen again with the movable mouse cursor at the centre. I have no clue how to fix this, anyone got an idea? Also, is there another way besides formatting? I'd really appreciate it thanks.
Re: Windows won't properly startup
goto safe mode and attempt a system restore (so long as you've enabled it). If that dont work you are S.O.L. and you get to backup and re install
Try the system restore Hell mentioned first. If not then try rebooting off the Windows CD and try to repair the OS through the startup menu. Or insert your rescue disk, which I hope you created.....
Looks like a corrupted explorer.exe and/or winlogon.exe and/or logonui.exe
Thanks for the good advice, I've gone into safe mode but the same thing happened. I'll try the booting off safe mode though, thanks. By the way, what does S.O.L. mean?
when you hit f8 and get the menu for windows start up try using the "last known good" option.
Way ahead of you, I've used the option a few times praying it'll work on the forth of fifth try but no luck. Same thing happens, the thing is, if safe mode doesn't even work then something is seriously messed with the current condition of the OS. My friend has the idea that it's my motherboard, and he think's that maybe if I remove the HD and put it as a slave drive on my other computer I can save the files. Anyone think this'll work?
Originally Posted by telex
SOL= Shit Out of Luck
Its a technical term that we use when working on electrical equipment. Kind of like "Shitcanit (Shit-Can-It)" is a technical term to remove and discard an object.
To answer your question, yeah, it might work to copy the entire HD (or just the data) to the one in your other computer. You'll save your data this way. This is assuming that the data can be read though. Personaly, I don't think it will work, but I would try it anyway if I was you.
It sounds to me like your hard disk either has a virus, a corrupted file allocation table (or whatever its called now, index table maybe?), or is just plain failing (which explains all the bad sectors and orphened files. If you haven't tried asking windows to repair itself, via the bootdisk or rescuedisk as previously suggested, then try that (preferably after your data is backed up). If that doesn't work, boot off the disk, and get into a repair concil (command line). From there run the command 'chkdsk /r'. This will scan for bad sectors, and attempt to retrieve and mark the sectors of the HD as bad. If that doesn't help, you may want to try 'chkdsk /f', as that is supposed to fully repair the volume if it is at all possible. I don't know for sure, but I seem to remember that the /f may destroy data in the process though, so you may want to avoid that.
thanks to Silverwmoon!
It's called MFT now I think.
Originally Posted by Volvogga
An NTFS system file on NTFS-formatted volumes that contains information about each file and folder on the volume. The MFT is the first file on an NTFS volume.
Ok I took all your suggestions and nothing worked. I couldn't get into my recovery console because i don't have my admin pw (I forgot it ) so that idea is gone. Anyway I did a repair install and that didn't work, which in my opinion means I'm screwed. Anybody have any comments on this failed repair install? BTW, I had a setup error, it was a COM+ Setup Error, the error code is 0x8007007f, if that helps at all.