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Disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter

I have a windows vista computer. Its been working fine for eight or so years now but all of the sudden for some unknown reason, whenever I try to boot it, I get this error. When I hit the power button, I see a blue HP invent with keys to access the boot menu setup and system recovery options, then it goes to a black screen and displays this error. I've seen that Ctrl alt delete helps some people get past this but it doesn't work for me. Any help is appreciated.

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Check the BIOS settings

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See if you have the correct drive set as boot drive. If it is and you still get this message, means there's a problem with the hard drive or access to it. Has the drive been making any odd noises lately?

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WAG here

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Since the menu appears, that suggest you have a non-bootable HD. In some fashion it has ebcome corrupted or broken. You did offer it was 8yrs+. old so that seems to be it.

Do you have a "backup"? If yes and its the HD at fault, replace and reload your backup. If not, then you have 2 problems if the HD is bad. Reloading the OS, since the old HD probably contained the "recovery media" as a hidden partition on the old HD. You also, if broken HD and no backup, more than likely can't save data. Now some data recovery service is you deem data vauable to pay for that. Next, Vista being an old OS, getting an installable OS. Checkout this link and any other similar service:

You could select a better OS as in Win7. More than likely can install to HP as a retail/upgrade with key# version.

Now, if corrupted, try hitting the F8 key during boot, it should be allowed to enter the safe mode selection from menu. -OR- select the networking option which allows using correcting s/w to fix a corrupted HD. You can also if Vista OS disc is available to attempt a "repair" which savages the boot sector and hopefully corrects the problem if NOT a bad broken HD. Some vendors offer a "repair disc" which does the same service, but NOT install the OS. So, do you have the Vista install discs? The install disc provide the repair option as well.

tada -----Willy Happy

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