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
- Turn your computer on.
- 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.
- Press any key to boot from the DVD if your computer asks.
- Choose your language and click Next.
- Click Repair your computer.
- A System Recovery Options window will appear that tells you it found problems. Click Repair and restart.
- Windows Vista should boot right up after it restarts.
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