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I shutdown my laptop the other night and I came back this morning and turned it on as usual, but I got this screen that said:

Windows Boot Manager  

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 don't have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.   Status: 0xc000000e   Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I am at a complete loss on what to do other than to take it into Geek Squad and having to shell out 70 bucks for them to just put an installation driver on it and reset it themselves.

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Which OS? And do you have access to another computer with a DVD burner. (You can download a ISO -see… - burn it and attempt to recover). – Hennes Feb 1 '13 at 17:35
Windows 7, yes i do have a desktop. – Vonte Feb 1 '13 at 17:37
OK ill try removing and re-inserting the HDD. – Vonte Feb 1 '13 at 17:54
Attempt failed. Thanks for the link though. – Vonte Feb 1 '13 at 18:01

Do you have a WinRE partition? While booting, tap F8 until you get a screen that says Repair your Computer (or something like that) on the top of it. Then use the arrow keys to highlight the one that says Fix startup problems... and press ENTER. Then go through the prompts, and reboot your computer. It may work, depending on what is wrong.


System Restore may help, too.

  • While booting, tap F8 repeatedly
  • Select Repair your Computer and press ENTER
  • Click Next (it may take some time for this to be displayed)
  • Log in
  • Click the System Restore link
  • Go through the steps, and select a restore point that was created before you started noticing problems

Hope this helps!!

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I tried that a few times and it takes me back to that screen telling me windows failed to start. – Vonte Feb 1 '13 at 17:49
Have you tried System Restore? – BenjiWiebe Feb 1 '13 at 17:51
Wouldnt know how to do that without being able to get to my home screen. – Vonte Feb 1 '13 at 17:53
@Vonte See my edit – BenjiWiebe Feb 1 '13 at 18:18
Tried going through f8 but it just takes me back to the windows failed to start page. – Vonte Feb 1 '13 at 18:20

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