OsVersionMismatch

#1
Hello all. I tried just about everything I can think of and followed the directions on this site before posting, but I am stumped!. I have a HP Pavillion dv6000 with Windows Vista 32-bit and it decided not to boot up any longer after installing some updates. I booted it up and hit F11 to restore to factory defaults and it hung up at 74% progress. I went to bed and let it run and when I got up 6 hours later it was still at 74% progress. I powered it down and tried to reboot and the boot\bcd file was missing and I could go no farther. I downloaded your vista recovery cd from http://neosmart.net/downloads/miscellania/Windows Vista 32-bit Repair Disc.torrent (thanks by the way) and was able to get into the startup repair which of course Vista could not repair. I ran it 5 times and then decided to follow your "Nuclear Holocaust" method of rebuilding the bootloader. I sucessfully completed the task and rebooted only to find that \windows\system32\winload.exe was "missing or corrupt. I thought maybe that I had the wrong target in rebuilding the bootloader so I used C: and D: and E: and F: in the process and only D: works for the line x:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force
all other drives say that it is not recognized as an internal or external command.

The intresting thing is when startup repair cannot fix itself, under view problem details I get:

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairV2
Problem Signature 01: External Media
Problem Signature 02: 6.0.6000.16386.0.0.0.0
Problem Signature 03: 0
Problem Signature 04: 65537
Problem Signature 05: unknown
Problem Signature 06: OsVersionMiscatch
Problem Signature 07: 0
Problem Signature 08: 0
Problem Signature 09: unknown
Problem Signature 10: 1168
OS Version: 6.0.6000.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

Any ideas? I downloaded Ubuntu and ran it by selecting the option "Try Ubuntu without any changes to your computer" and I can see my harddrive C: and the recovery D: and they all look good, check out fine, in the command prompt of the Vista recovery CD all scan disks check out fine. It seems the only thing I can do from Ubuntu is backup my personal files (pictures, music, etc). Am I ablt to create a bootable copy of my windows vista from Ubuntu? Any suggestions will help. Cheers!
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Perhaps your usage of "C:" in the bcdedit commands was mistaken?
 
#3
I re-entered all the command line script from your "nuclear holocaust" replacing C: with D: and wound up at the same place. I downloaded a copy of G-Parted on another laptop and was able to boot from it on the broken HP. I changed the "boot" partition from the C: drive to the HP_Recovery drive D: and ended up at the same place. Ran all the command line script while the HP_Recovery was the "Boot" drive using C: and D: in the command script to no avail. I'm back where I started. I'm becoming obsessed over this not wanting Vista to beat me! I will win! If you have any more ideas, I'm all ears.
 
#4
Well, I give up! I went with a complete re-install of Windows 7 (forget Vista). I'm sure there was a method to fix it that I was missing, but I'm not willing to waste any more energy wrestling with Vista. Thanks for your feedback.. Cheers!
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#5
Sorry to hear that, Jim.

It's really way too bad that Windows Vista+ don't have a "repair install" feature, esp. given how easy and often Windows installs break....