Computer question

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  1. tross87

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    I know this isn't a tech forum or anything but I dont want to register to one just to ask one question anyway if theres any computer savvy guys who can help, here is my problem.

    Almost everytime i turn on my computer I get a message saying -

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

    1: Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer
    2: Choose your language settings and then click Next.
    3. Click Repair your computer

    If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

    file: \Boot\BCD
    status: 0xc000000e

    Info: An error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

    Im using a dell on windows 7 32 bit. Many thanks to anyone who helps!
     
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    The operating system is corrupted somehow.
    do you have the Windows disc that came with your computer? It will say "Windows XP" or "Windows 7" or whatever. If you have it, insert it into the CD drive.
    The operating system will attempt to repair itself, by getting the damaged file off of the CD drive.
    If you don't have it, perhaps you can do a system restore, to an earlier date?
     
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    I would try a system restore before you do the repair utility via your boot disk. Just keep pressing f8 while it boots up.. then choose last know good configuration. See if that works. If that doesn't work run repair utility via boot disk, get in to msdos on there if you can(I forget how, been a while.. should be one of the options though) and run chkdsk /f /r see if that works. If that doesn't work.. you'll have to do a soft reinstallation of windows.
     
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    Yep - Scandisk first with Automatically repair errors checked.
    This will scan the file and directory structure, and make repairs where necessary. After scandisk completes its job, do a Defrag.

    If you do a system restore, you may loose data and updates as it rolls back the registry to a previous state. Overlaying a new windows installation on what is currently there will only complicate things further.
     
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    Alright thanks for all the posts guys. Going to go through all of this when I have time to focus, damn college classes are so demanding.
     
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