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Never ending loop Vista won't start up all the way

I don't have a lot of info of what was done I only know what 'm dealing with now. I start vista it's start's out fine then goes into configuring updates before windows load's. It stage 3 of 3 and although it seems like it's trying to configure the update it stay's at 0% and then restarts and then the loop begin's.

When I start in safe mode it stop's at windows\system32\drivers\crcdisk.sys and then goes into the loop.

I've tried to do a restore but no restrore point's are found. I need to get some item's off of this computer so wiping it isn't an option.Please help. I'm not real literate with dos but if you walk me through it I follow directions well. Thank you

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The safe mode boot failure is a bad thing.

In reply to: Never ending loop Vista won't start up all the way

That tells us the OS has taken some heavy damage and no, while I do have some ideas on how to deal with such the problem is often time consuming and expensive.

For example if the owner does not have or use a full retail version of Windows but one the machine came with, it costs about 100 bucks to get a full version so we can try the install over the top of this Windows to correct the error.

-> WAIT ONE SECOND AS I ADDRESS " I need to get some item's off of this computer so wiping it isn't an option."

Over a decade ago I helped kick up this discussion at and it's only gotten easier to do that. Your files can be copied out with that old or a newer version of a Live CD/DVD.

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I got it fixed. I finally got a system restore to work. Thank you for your help Happy

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Do you know how this was eventually fixed? In having the same problem and don't want to lose my files

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The Fix Above: Try Running System Restore

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Try accessing Safe Mode by pressing F8 immediately after starting the computer, once per second, till a selection screen loads. Once there, use the up/down arrows to select Safe Mode. Log into Safe Mode, then click on the Start button, then select All Programs-Accessories-System Tools-System Restore. At the first System Restore page, select the option to "Restore this computer to an earlier time" and at the next "Calendar" page, choose a date before the time when things when bad. After that follow the prompts to restart the computer and go back to a time when things were good.

If you can't reach Safe Mode, but are able to access the selection screen by using the F8 key method, use the same up/down arrows to select "Last Known Good Configuration", press the "Enter" key, then follow the prompts to restart the computer. This procedure should also run the basic System Restore procedure and take the computer back to the last time the computer worked correctly.

Hope this helps.


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We never have to lose our files.

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There are now dozens of ways to copy out our files when Windows fails to boot. I'll share something I sent out over a decade ago and it's only gotten easier since then.

But don't repair a system that has files you can't lose. Unless you can accept the loss.

Read and fast forward to today where there are newer bootable live CD/USB and more to let is access and copy our files out.

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