What To Do When Vista Won't Boot After You Install An Application

Posted: Feb 16 2007, 3:00pm CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 1:01am CDT, in News | Other Stuff


What to Do When Vista Won't Boot After You Install an Application
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If you are running one of the versions of Windows Vista you might run into an issue that at first seems very serious. Serious as in your computer stops working! I have had this happen to me twice when I was installing applications that turned out to not be Vista compatible.

One was an image editing program and when it was installing I didn’t get any warnings, yet when the computer went to reboot nothing happened. The system would get all the way to the little Vista logo screen right before the desktop loads and crash.At first you might think when this happens that you are going to have to reformat and reinstall the OS, loosing all your data, to get things working again. However, don’t do that until you try this:

  • Place your original Vista DVD into your computer
  • Reboot your system again
  • Watch for the on screen instructions that say “click any key to boot from CD or DVD” and press a key
  • Once you do that you will see things start to load like you were installing Vista again
  • You will see a notification saying “Windows is Loading files” , then you will get a prompt to click next to install Windows, click next
  • The first thing you see will be a large icon in the center of the screen that says install Windows Now. DO NOT CLICK INSTALL WINDOWS NOW!! If you do all your data will be lost during reformat
  • Look in the lower left corner of your screen for the link that says “Repair Your Computer” and click it
  • Select the OS to repair on the next screen, most users will only have one listing here that says Windows Vista and then click next
  • From the list you see next choose the second item that says “System Restore”
  • Choose a restore point from the list from before your tried to install the application that cause the issue. If you have installed several applications just choose a restore point from when you know your system was working. NO DATA will be lost when running a system restore

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
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