Vista won't boot anymore and I can't repair.
Posted: 04-08-2007, 10:12 AM
weeks. I ran out of space on my Vista partition so I used a live CD of
GParted to shrink one partition and grow my Vista one. Rebooting, Vista
would no longer boot to the desktop. It would show the boot progress bar and
nothing more. Abandoning that, it would give me startup options, including
the various safe modes. These didn't work either. They would load a number
of drivers and then just hang, saying to please wait. As with a normal boot,
waiting didn't improve the situation. So, I went to try using the
installation DVD to run the repair feature. It loaded files, then went to
the progress bar, and eventually a black screen, and ultimately that's it.
No matter what I try, I can't get anything to load right. But some things at
least try to start. I have no idea what's wrong. I don't know if there's a
key file or driver missing, or what it could be, or what to do to get Vista
The Vista partition is exactly the same except larger. It's still got the
same attributes it had before growing it.
I will note something that I don't know how important it is. When I
initially installed Vista, I had a problem getting the installation DVD to
work. I don't know what did the trick, but one I thing I did was I partially
ran XP setup in order to load some harddrive drivers, then abandoned it, then
ran Vista setup and it took. It was sort of vague the whole process because
it was like a plan z attempt and I wasn't paying close attention to the
process. I don't know if this might be useful, but I've a number of
different ways of providing this driver while vista boots or the dvd runs,
and it doesn't help....so I don't even know if it's part of the solution or a
Finally, I have data on the partition that I didn't intend on losing and
isn't backed up. No matter how foolish that was of me, if I can repair the
installation without losing it, I very much want to do so. I'd appreciate
any help you could give me.