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Windows 7 fail to start, no safe mode, no other options with F2, F12 or F8 etc etc

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  • I have a newish Toshiba Pro/P300 laptop that came with Vista but I, perhaps foolishly, had a 'genuine' copy of Windows 7 Home put on it. It worked fine for 2 years then it started crashing for the past month(to save the disk/data supposedly) daily but just recently it finally shut completely and gave the message below. I have attempted EVERYTHING to get into safe mode(cannot!) to get to the 'repair' window(cannot!). Tried F2, F8, F12 but it always comes back to this message and status code. I can get into Set-up screen(BIOS) and have changed the thing to 'Compatability' but it made no difference. Not sure if I can do anything else in set-up. I do have the Toshiba Product Recovery DVD-ROM, Satellite Pro/P300, Microsoft Windows XP Prof - BUT I am desparate to try to get the data back(especially on the desktop) before I try the XP disk, which I understand WILL LIKELY delete ALL data! If it in fact even works! Is this correct? Is there a 'repair' function in the recovery disk which will save my data? What can I try to recover the data? Should I get someone to make cd boot disk or something? Keep in mind I am virtually pc illiterate!!

    Hope someone can help...soon!

    Windows Boot Manager
    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software chance miht be the cause. To fix the problem:
    1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
    2. Choose your language settings and click "Next."
    3. Click "repair your computer."#

    Status: 0xc000000f

    Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

    I rebooted and selected the Repair option but it comes right back to this screen.

    I then booted from the Win7 DVD and selected the repair option, but the automatic attempt failed as well.

    Thursday, December 20, 2012 2:34 PM

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  • Hi,

    From my exprience your problem is pointing to a hard disk failure.

    I would suggest you bring the laptop to your local computer repair shop to see if they can get your important data off and test the hard disk.


    Please bear in mind, that my answer is based on the details given in your post. The more I get the better the answer, Slan go foill, Paul

    Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:25 PM