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I was doing a system restore on the kids old hp pavilion when he shut it off. I now have a "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter". we dont have any any of the original disks. I checked the cords and there firmly attached. I tried a vista recovery disk and nothing seemed to happen. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
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  1. You will need to reformat the HDD first before the vista recovery disk will work. Are the vista recovery disk you are trying to use for that computer?
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    Chiisu said:
    You will need to reformat the HDD first before the vista recovery disk will work. Are the vista recovery disk you are trying to use for that computer?


    To add a little bit of explanation to what Chiisu said. By shutting off the computer during the system restore process you were probably left with a half-broken Windows that will not boot or run properly.

    However, I do not recommend that you do a format just yet (as you will lose all your data). Instead you can do a Windows repair as shown here:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/repair-windows-with-windows-startup-repair/

    Follow the steps, and when you get to "Figure 6" asking if you want to do a "System Restore" pick yes or "Restore".
  3. KevinAr18 said:
    Chiisu said:
    You will need to reformat the HDD first before the vista recovery disk will work. Are the vista recovery disk you are trying to use for that computer?


    To add a little bit of explanation to what Chiisu said. By shutting off the computer during the system restore process you were probably left with a half-broken Windows that will not boot or run properly.

    However, I do not recommend that you do a format just yet (as you will lose all your data). Instead you can do a Windows repair as shown here:
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/repair-windows-with-windows-startup-repair/

    Follow the steps, and when you get to "Figure 6" asking if you want to do a "System Restore" pick yes or "Restore".


    I would go with KevinAR18 suggestion, as I was a bit hasty in my suggestion.
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