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  • Question

  • I apologize if this is not the right forum, but I've not been able to locate a specific TechNet forum for WinRE problems -- and I really need some help!

     

    My problem is that I'm not able to boot into WinRE using the Vista DVD, the Windows Anytime Update DVD, or by pressing F8. I read about installing WinRE to my hard drive, so I downloaded the WAIK and other stuff, built the necessary files on my Vista box, and installed WinRE.  I thought it worked because when I press F8, I get the "Repair your computer" option.

     

    But ... when I select that option, or attempt the same froma DVD boot, instead of getting the the splash screen with the languag selection option, I get a black screen with the following text:

     

    Windows failed to start ...
    1.insert your windows installation disk ...
    2. choose your language ... Next
    3. Click Repair your computer

     

    status 0xc0000000f


    Info: the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible

     

    So, I went through the entire process of downloading the WAIK, burning the DVD, and reinstalling it -- again.

     

    Rebooted the machine, pressed F8 -- same errors as above. Rebooted from the DVDs, same as before.

     

    At this point, I'm unable to boot to the Windows Recovery Environment at all, either using the DVDs, or by pressing F8. So, I'd like to remove the WinRE I installed so that I can restore the ability to do Startup Repair (and other things) from the DVDs.

     

    Is there any way to do that -- remove WinRE??

    Thursday, May 29, 2008 4:44 PM

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    Hi,

     

    First I would like to confirm the following points:

     

    1.    What error message appears when booting into the original WinRE using the Vista DVD?

    2.    Is your computer a OEM one and preinstalled with Windows Vista?

    3.    Could you boot into WinRE before?

    4.    When did the issue begin to occur? Have any changes been made on the computer recently?

     

    I look forward to hearing from you.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

    Monday, June 2, 2008 4:32 AM
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  • 1.    What error message appears when booting into the original WinRE using the Vista DVD?

    Dont' get any error messages.  Those appear when selecting "repair" from the F8 screen.  Only get the aurora background and a mouse cursor; don't even get the language prompt panel.

     

    2.    Is your computer a OEM one and preinstalled with Windows Vista?

    My computer is a multi-boot with other OS's, including XP Pro. Have been installing PCs for over 10 years, so, build all my own machines.  Have used OEM 32-bit Vista Ultimate for this install.  Machine originally had Win XP Pro -- also my own OEM install.

     

    3.    Could you boot into WinRE before?

    Yes, before I "installed" Win RE.

     

    4.    When did the issue begin to occur? Have any changes been made on the computer recently?

     

    After I "installed" WinRE. Have added other OS's recently, but disconnect the "windows" drive when I do this so as not to mess with the MBR or boot info on the "windows" drive.  WinRE problems started long before I installed the other OSs.

    Monday, June 2, 2008 3:49 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Thank you for the reply.

     

    I do not fully understand your situation.

     

    You said you could boot into the original WinRE before installing WinRE, but when booting into the original WinRE, only the aurora background and a mouse cursor appeared. I would like to confirm if you could enter WinRE successfully before or not.

     

    Could you perform a Startup Repair or System Restore in the original WinRE before? Can you boot with the Windows Vista disk to perform a Clean Install of Windows Vista?

     

    I look forward to hearing from you.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Tuesday, June 3, 2008 7:37 AM
    Moderator
  • I would like to confirm if you could enter WinRE successfully before or not.

     

    Yes, I could boot into WinRE and do both startup repair and system restore from the DVD -- before installing winRE. Now, I can not.

     

    That's why I want to find out how to remove WinRE -- so I can go back to using the DVD.

    Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3:11 PM
  • Tim:

     

    You still there?  It's been a week since my last reply and I've heard nothing more.

    Tuesday, June 10, 2008 3:58 PM
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    I too am gettin a message that Windows failed to start.  A recent hardware of sofware change mignht be the cause.  To fix the problem.

    1.  Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.

     

    Therein lies the first problem - it came pre-installed and did not come with an installation disk.

     

    Statusxc0000000f

     

    Info" The boot selection failed becasue a required devixe is inaccessible.

     

    HELP PLEASE

    Monday, August 11, 2008 6:43 PM

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    Get in to WINRE

    ·         Open command prompt

    ·         Enter the following commands to create a Manual System Restore to fix the issue.

    C:

    cd windows\system32\config

    C:\windows\system32\config>ren default default.old

    C:\windows\system32\config>ren sam sam.old

    C:\windows\system32\config>ren security security.old

    C:\windows\system32\config>ren software software.old

    C:\windows\system32\config>ren system system.old

     

    C:\windows\system32\config>cd regback

     

    C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy default c:\windows\system32\config

    C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy sam c:\windows\system32\config

    C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy security c:\windows\system32\config

    C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy software c:\windows\system32\config

    C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy system c:\windows\system32\config

     

    • Proposed as answer by Mike_jane Wednesday, May 20, 2009 5:16 AM
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 5:10 AM
  • Hi Tim.

    There might be a chance that you need to reinstall the driver software.(Mean a Small Data Lose)
    But you can try this out onyour computer.

    Thanks and Regards.
    Arun Kumar
    • Proposed as answer by Mike_jane Wednesday, May 20, 2009 5:50 AM
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 5:12 AM

  • ·
            
    Get in to WINRE

    ·          Open command prompt

    ·          Enter the following commands to create a Manual System Restore to fix the issue.

    C:

    cd windows\system32\config

    C:\windows\system32\config>ren default default.old

    C:\windows\system32\config>ren sam sam.old

    C:\windows\system32\config>ren security security.old

    C:\windows\system32\config>ren software software.old

    C:\windows\system32\config>ren system system.old

     

    C:\windows\system32\config>cd regback

     

    C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy default c:\windows\system32\config

    C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy sam c:\windows\system32\config

    C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy security c:\windows\system32\config

    C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy software c:\windows\system32\config

    C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy system c:\windows\system32\config

     


    But how to get in to WINRE first, please.

    Since nothing boot normally, Vista SP2 update killed my PC
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:05 AM


    1. Turn off the computer and wait at least 2 seconds with the computer in a full off state.
    2. Turn on the computer and press the F8 key repeatedly as the computer starts.

    An "Advanced Boot Options" screen opens.

    1. Select Repair Your Computer and press Enter .
    2. Select a keyboard layout that matches your country/region and click Next .
    3. When the login prompt appears, select the user name with Administrator rights (not Administrator) from the User Name drop down. The user name with Admistrator rights is most likely the first user name that was entered during the initial computer setup.
    4. Type the logon password into the Password field and then click OK .
    5. A System Recovery Options window opens.
    6. Select the “Command prompt” from the list.
    7. Enter the above commands and try to perform a Manual System restore

    Arun
    Thursday, June 4, 2009 5:13 AM