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Published on 09.06.07 by Brent Trahan

Windows Vista Startup Repair Tool

Learn how to fix most startup problems in Windows Vista with the Startup Repair tool.

You turn your Windows Vista computer on and the damn thing won’t boot up. What do you do now?

This guide shows you how to use the Startup Repair tool included on your Windows Vista DVD to fix most boot problems in Windows Vista automatically for you. The Startup Repair tool will look for and replace corrupted system files.

Startup Repair

  1. Insert your Windows Vista DVD and then restart your computer.
  2. Press any key or the appropriate function key (depends on your computer) to boot to the DVD.
  3. When your computer has booted to the DVD select your language and then press Next.


  4. Click Repair your computer on the next screen.


  5. Select the operating system your want to repair. There is usually only one here unless you’re dual booting.


  6. Click Startup Repair on the next screen.


  7. The Startup Repair tool will attempt to fix your computer and get it booting up again.


    You don’t have to do anything from here on. Your computer might reboot a few times and it might be a few minutes before it finishes.

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6 Responses to “Windows Vista Startup Repair Tool”

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  1. sami says:

    is there any freeware/shareware tool that repairs vista’s startup problem? I lost my vista dvd recently.

  2. Brent Trahan says:

    Not that I know of.

  3. Chandru Kalro says:

    Does the use of the startup repair tool format the hard disk. In this case i might lose all my data.

    Please help!

  4. Brent Trahan says:

    No. It attempts to find errors and fixes them.

  5. Ashish Gairola says:

    At step No. 5 above, no operating system shows up and when I press “load drivers’ my hard disk drivers are not found. Consequently start up repair does not work. Any suggestions?


  6. Brent Trahan says:

    I seems like it’s not seeing the hard drive. Are you sure the hard drive is working?

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