Vista booting problems!

jzaiger

New Member
Hello everyone,

I've went up and down through so many threads and I can not find what I need.

I cannot get past the green bar loading screen. I have put in a Vista Recovery Disk and ever a new Vista Ultimate disk. I still don't get past that screen.

Ugh! Please help!!!

Addendum:

And yes, I'm a newb. I'm trying to fix my dad's computer.
 
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mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
You have a buggy MBR. Find yourself a free Linux live CD, and run this command from the command line:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda1 bs=446 count=1

I recommend using the Ubuntu Live CD. After doing that, you should be able to tuse the Windows Restore CD.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Yes. That is correct.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Try this instead:

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda1 bs=446 count=1
 

jzaiger

New Member
I did that, i then rebooted and tried choosing windows recovery, and it just flashes and the recovery doesn't begin

Addendum:

Any other suggestions?
 
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Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
"Command Prompt"
 

jzaiger

New Member
Where do I even get that? I can't get past the green loading bar.

Addendum:

I can't get the "Install Windows" thing to show up.

Addendum:

Dont give up on me! haha
 
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enbrel

New Member
typed the sudo command in ubuntu->terminal , inserted the windows recovery cd and started the laptop.
The starting windows page comes with green bars moving, flashes and enter system recovery options again.
 
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