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Thread: Windows failed to start. winload.exe corrupt

  1. Windows failed to start. winload.exe corrupt
    #1
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    Been having a few problems with my Equius so decided to boot, do F8, and do a toshiba system restore.

    Started up, and began formatting the disk. All of a sudden it blue screened.

    Trouble is now I cant even boot that far to get the recovery/restore option. I get :-

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the
    cause. . .

    File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    Status:0xc000000f
    Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is
    missing or corrupt.

    Not sure how it all works but I assume the recovery stuff is stored on a separate partition. Trouble is I guess you need to be able to start to load windows before you can even get to this?

    I've downloaded and tried a vista boot recovery disk with no joy, and of course, toshiba dont supply a vista disk. How on earth do I recover from this situation?

  2. Re: Windows failed to start. winload.exe corrupt
    #2
    Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
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    Hi!

    If you are not able to get in the advanced boot menu for HDD recovery you must use a Microsoft Vista disk to reinstall the OS.
    Or you use the Toshiba recovery disk but I think you have forgot it to burn the disk because normally you get a message (recovery reminder) that you should burn the disk.

    However, you can order a Toshiba recovery disk from Toshiba directly:
    https://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx

    Bye

  3. Re: Windows failed to start. winload.exe corrupt
    #3
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    £30 for a DVD. Daylight robbery...

  4. Re: Windows failed to start. winload.exe corrupt
    #4
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    LOL :)

    > and of course, Toshiba donít supply a vista disk. How on earth do I recover from this situation?
    Thatís rightÖ I didnít get a recovery disk too but I read my manual ;) (and the reminder) and there I found a info that itís strongly recommended to create a recovery disk using the Toshiba Recovery disk creator!

    I created a recovery disk and donít need to spend 30E

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