Image by twinkleboi via FlickrUse the Startup Repair tool if your computer won't start up. Windows Vista has a Startup Repair tool that automatically fixes common problems. The Startup Repair tool scans your computer and attempts to fix it so your computer can start correctly.
When your system detects a startup failure, it automatically fails over to the Startup Repair tool. The Startup Repair tool performs diagnostics to determine the cause of the failure, and then attempts to recover.
The Startup Repair tool can automatically repair incompatible drivers, missing and corrupted startup configuration settings, and corrupted metadata. Afterwards, a log is provided to you about the steps that were taken in the repair, and diagnostic information to make further troubleshooting easier.
If the Startup Repair is unable to repair the startup errors, the system is rolled back to the last known working state.
If you want to start the Startup Repair manually, make sure the disc is enabled as a boot device in the BIOS with a higher priority than the other drives. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc. Restart and follow these steps:
- Watch for the Press any key to boot from CD or DVD prompt.
- After all the files load, click the Next button on the page prompting for Language, currency, and keyboard type.
- When you get to the next page, click the Repair your computer link.
- The Systems Recovery Options dialog box displays. If your system requires special hard drive controller drivers, click the Load Drivers button so your Vista installation can be located. If you see your version of Vista, select it and click the Next button.
- The next dialog box shows your options for recovery and provides different tools based on your set of circumstances.
Startup Repair. Use this option if your system will not start.
System Restore. Use this option to restore back to a a prior restore point. Windows makes restore points automatically to store system state. You will be able to choose a restore point when the system was working properly. It will not alter any of your personal data. It just restores the system state.
Windows Complete PC Restore. This only works if you have done a backup previously. The system looks for valid backups to restore from on your disks and DVDs.
Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool. Performs tests against RAM to see if there are problems. Click the link and you are prompted to restart your computer now and check problems or check for problems the next time you restart.
Command Prompt. This option is for experienced users.