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December 3, 2013 6:10:59 PM

Hello, I have recently added an old graphic card in my pc and I think that causes to not boot anymore. I removed it and tried to boot again and get this everytime...

"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause..."
Then I have the options to run windows normally or repair...
I tried both multiple times and no result.
I pressed F8 to try a system restore and it caused me an error.
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2013 7:57:27 PM

Windows is corrupt, best to use DBAN to wipe the drive (since repair options wont' work and system restore errors), and do a clean install of Windows. There isn't much more if Window's key files are hosed, it is just the nature of the game.
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December 3, 2013 9:10:29 PM

How come it is a software problem when I only connected another graphic card in my PC? How's my HDD related in all this ?
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2013 9:23:41 PM

A computer works as follows: Code is stored (HDD) then read (RAM) a chunk at a time to be processed (CPU) then handed to the component (GPU, Printer, Network Card, etc.) to do that 'task' with it. Now if you tried to install a new GPU and there was a short / static could damage the components or the 'storage'. Further when you started the computer Windows tried to realize new GPU was in there, then you removed the GPU and Windows is now really confused because it was trying to install the card that is missing, and eventually corrupted (what version of Windows?) Windows itself in the process.

The fact you "I tried both multiple times and no result. I pressed F8 to try a system restore and it caused me an error." tell us Windows is hosed with no recovery (you can't repair and you can't restore and you can't run Windows) so the only step left is to clean install it (run DBAN, wipe drive, install Windows DVD and install clean
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December 3, 2013 9:28:08 PM

Tom Tancredi said:
A computer works as follows: Code is stored (HDD) then read (RAM) a chunk at a time to be processed (CPU) then handed to the component (GPU, Printer, Network Card, etc.) to do that 'task' with it. Now if you tried to install a new GPU and there was a short / static could damage the components or the 'storage'. Further when you started the computer Windows tried to realize new GPU was in there, then you removed the GPU and Windows is now really confused because it was trying to install the card that is missing, and eventually corrupted (what version of Windows?) Windows itself in the process.

The fact you "I tried both multiple times and no result. I pressed F8 to try a system restore and it caused me an error." tell us Windows is hosed with no recovery (you can't repair and you can't restore and you can't run Windows) so the only step left is to clean install it (run DBAN, wipe drive, install Windows DVD and install clean


Ahh ok I see...Thank you, any way to recover my HDD files ?

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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2013 9:59:09 PM

Get a SATA to USB connector, plug the drive with the connector into a secondary computer, and dig down to Users\your account name\ then the My documents, videos, etc. NO you can't recover the programs, games or Windows this way. IF the drive isn't damaged that is (corrupted). If it is then you will need a new HDD as well.
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