Computer won’t start? If you’re lucky, it’s just a problem with corrupted system files. Or, maybe you added or removed a hard disk and you need to reconfigure startup settings. Regardless, your first step should be to run Startup Repair. Startup Repair is easy to use and it’ll fix most startup configuration problems. Of course, it can’t fix a busted hard disk… but it’s worth a shot.
To run Startup Repair, follow these steps:
1. Restart the computer from the Windows Vista DVD (the computer must be configured to start from CD/DVD), and start setup.
2. When prompted, click Repair your computer.
3. Startup Repair will automatically detect a problem. When prompted, click Repair and restart, and then restart your computer from the Windows Vista DVD. If Startup Repair does not automatically detect a problem, continue to the next step.
4. When prompted, click Repair Your Computer.
5. Click Startup Repair from the System Recovery Options.
Startup Repair will try to find any corrupted files or startup misconfigurations. When prompted, remove the Windows Vista DVD and restart your computer normally.
If Windows still won’t start, or if Startup Repair doesn’t find your hard disk, troubleshoot the problem as a hardware issue. This can be complicated, but here are some tips:
- Disconnect any USB devices from your computer.
- Remove any recently connected hard disks.
- Unplug the power and other cables from each of your hard disks, and then reconnect them.
If you still can’t start your computer and Windows Vista still fails to see your hard disk, you might have a failed hard disk. It happens, and when it does, it sucks. Hard disks have moving parts, though, so they have a limited lifetime. Hopefully, you’ve got a backup. After replacing your hard disk, follow these instructions to Restore a Complete PC Backup when your computer wonâ€™t start. Next time, be sure to backup your files and backup your whole computer.