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    Getting an error "Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause"

    I own a sony vaio VPCEB34EN laptop running windows 7 Home Basic with an Intel Core i3 370M CPU @2.40 GHz and a 320 GB HDD, with 512 MB of RAM. About two months ago,i was watching a movie on my laptop when it suddenly shut down. When i restarted the system,it flashed an error "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause". It gave me two options "Launch Startup repair" and "Start windows Normally" recommending the former option as the course of action.When i chose the first option,a blue screen appeare and nothing happened. I thought my laptop was getting repaired but it stayed that way for over five hours.Can you tell me what could possibly be the reason and how can i fix the same?



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    Support Array
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    Re: Getting an error "Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause"

    It Seems that your laptop was either attacked by a virus,had a drive or device failure or some system file somehow was corrupted.You will have to check for the problem at different stages.If your laptop is working now, download and install a good antivirus software and check your PC for viruses.You should also scan your hard drive for errors and bad sectors.Check if your laptop is overheating above the normal temperature and if your laptop has dusty vents, clean them.You should make sure that your drivers are updated. Pirated software and operating systems can cause irregular behaviour and crashes.They can also cause data loss, so avoid using pirated software. If your laptop is not working properly,try to take a data backup using a live CD utility such as Ubuntu or knoppix. Once you data is safe,use the recovery option to set your laptop back to factory defaults. If the issue persists after you reset the laptop, you would have to get the laptop inspected for hardware issues from the service center.


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    vishal21bhadani Array
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    Re: Getting an error "Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause"

    hi,

    This Problem is cause by hardware.

    >> It is possible that running system can stop working.

    >> Blue Screen is the error of Memory Dump and it will harm your System..

    >> Please format you system and remove the virus and install good antivirus.

    >> After that Scan whole system and remove virus.

    All the Best

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    Re: Getting an error "Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause"

    The problem that you are currently encountering is possibly due to a number of reasons which includes tye following:

    1. Virus infection.
    2. Sudden turn off which caused error of a massive quanta.
    3. Missing drivers or corruption of those programs.
    4. Registry corruption,
    5. Hardware malfunction issue.

    For hardware related issues contact Service Center near you.
    To solve the software related problems, repair the windows using the windows installer DVD , boot from it then select install now , next select repair install and follow the guidence of the installer to repair the windows.

    You may need to Clean Install Windows if required. Backup all files and programs which are essential as they will be lost after recovery or new install.

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    Re: Getting an error "Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause"

    Hi dear friend..............to solve this issue follow the below procedure

    first click the start button and go to control panel


    after that click on system and security option


    now choose Backup and restore option


    then click recover system settings or your computer option


    click, open system restore button


    choose Recommended restore option ( if you have any backup image or Repair disc then choose Different restore option )


    then click on NEXT button.......and finally click on FINISH button

    after the completion of process reboot the PC........and if still the problem persists

    insert the DVD in to the ROM and ...restart the PC

    then select the boot......and after selecting the language option ....click on REPAIR YOUR COMPUTER option

    and follow the onscreen instructions


    ALL THE BEST!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Getting an error "Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause"

    Dear friend,

    Your system has developed some problem and it is possible that it can be recovered simply but not gurateed.

    FOLLOW THESE STEPS.

    1. When the system start start pressing f8 key repeadly until windows advanced logon screen appers.

    2. Select last known good co0nfiguration to start the windows.

    3. If it success then no problem otherwise do the same step and start the windows in the safe mode.

    4. Goto the control panel and then the system restore.

    5.restore your system to a date when it had no problem

    6. This will take sufficient time to restore and keep patience.

    7. If all of this fails then format and reinstall the windows.

    For the further help post to my visitor massage.

    Regards,

    Adityamahan


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    Re: Getting an error "Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause"

    Hi Friend,
    You are receive an error "Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software change might be the cause"


    You can see the error are giving message with answer,

    means you can recently hardware or software changes in our system, this error cause by that changes.

    So ,firsty fo all you can Remove Newly Added hardware or software from System,
    and Restart PC.

    Now,you can not receive again this error.

    Generally this error cause by Installing In-Compatible RAM,Video Drivers OR Hard Drives.

    I hope you will understood.

    All the Best.


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