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Published on 08.29.07 by Brent Trahan

Repair Windows Vista

Get your computer running again after receiving an error “Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.” from the boot manager in Windows Vista.


So you turn your computer on and the Windows Vista Boot Manager tells you Windows failed to start and a recent hardware or software change may be the cause. Don’t panic, this can usually be easily fixed if you have your Windows Vista DVD.

This guide shows you how to repair Windows Vista and get it running again.

Repair Windows Vista

  1. Turn your computer on.
  2. When you get an error saying Windows failed to start from the boot manager like the screen shot below, insert your Windows Vista DVD and then press ESC on your keyboard to restart your computer.


  3. Press any key to boot from the DVD if your computer asks.
  4. Choose your language and click Next.


  5. Click Repair your computer.


  6. A System Recovery Options window will appear that tells you it found problems. Click Repair and restart.


  7. Windows Vista should boot right up after it restarts.

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  1. shane says:

    love the info and thx everyone seems to say this rubbish yet THEY DONT GIVE YOU DISKS ANYMORE its all partitions and im having the problem even when i pay 50p a minute i get tech morons saying that then dont know what to do after

  2. Anna says:

    yeah what do you do if you don’t have a dvd??? cause i don’t and i really need to fix this problem on my laptop!

  3. Rayne says:

    After putting in the cd I load the files and my screen turns black and it wont do anything after words. :( plz help

  4. Lisa says:

    Yeah, and after doing all this upon next reboot it repeats the windows failed to start window AGAIN.I have to use the recovery every single reboot.

  5. rodo says:

    Hi. I have the same screen, then I put the recovery dvd into. But after restarting all the stuff, the same page come again with nothing different. Please help because I am going slightly upset with this so far….
    Thanks a lot

  6. Katie says:

    I’ve put the recovery disk in and rebooted my computer and it hasn’t helped. It keeps displaying the same message. Any other options?

  7. Yoah says:

    Did u guys find any solution ….because I have the same problem?

  8. William says:

    Hi can Any body help,computer crashed,message came up: NTLDR is missing. What do I do now?

  9. FGH says:

    If you don’t have the original OS/DVD, just get another one, no matter if it isn’t the original.

  10. esra says:

    I managed to fix it temporarily by trying to restore it to a point. Even though the restore process fails, it still gets opened after a restart.

    But my question is, how can i prevent it from happening again? it reoccurs almost everyday and i don’t understan what is the cause…

    Please advice…

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