Wow, you stayed with me till the bitter end. This is the last part of the "Vista Startup Repair Can Not Repair This Computer Automatically" problem. My Vista laptop got fixed exactly along these lines. What about yours? Read on...
If your Windows Vista is booting into Vista System Recovery and your Startup Repair Tool fails with the message "Startup Repair Can Not Repair This Computer Automatically", then you will find a treat here by reading on. You'll find several possibilities to restore your Vista system and recover your Hard Drive Data. One of them just might work for you!
After two (2) of the Blue Screen of Death
crashes, my Vista will not boot properly. My laptop consistently refuses to boot Vista and goes
into Vista System Recovery mode. This is preventing me from recovering my hard drive data or using Vista in general.
I tried all possible options there
and found out that the hard drive seems in good shape and the laptop
memory seems in good shape. But the Vista Startup Repair Tool which is an option
in Vista Startup Recovery mode failed to fix the Vista system and therefore my laptop will not boot to Vista.
I looked into the details of the Startup Repair log I found after I got
the "Startup Repair Can Not Repair This Computer Automatically" message. The Startup Repair log
reported that "Boot critical file
c:\windows\system32\drivers\euqvfx.sys is corrupt" and that the
attempted file repair failed.
Curiously, I did find an article at
http://ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.aspx?a=1372 . This looked like some
great and simple advice on how to fix driver files manually after
Startup Repair failed with the dreaded "Startup Repair Can Not Repair
This Computer Automatically" message!
Following ocmodshop.com advice I changed directory from X:\windows to c:\windows
searched for OTHER (spare?) copies of euqvfx.sys in ALL subdirectories
with the option "/d". If you follow this step, you need to replace
euqvfx.sys with the system file that your scan found corrupt.
dir euqvfx.sys /d
surprise! dir command finished but NO other copies were found, and the
single euqvfx.sys in c:\windows\system32\drivers\ had size 0 (ZERO).
I searched the X: disk as well, nothing, no euqvfx.sys found!
Hmm, how important can this file be for boot if it has no spare copies? And is not present at all on the Recovery Partition X:?
I decided bravely to simply delete the file:
And guess what, after a
reboot, sfc /scannnow ran to completion successfully and I was later
also able to boot into Vista proper. My files are ALL restored back in places
where I left them, and I have normal access to everything! Even now,
after three days (probably many more as you read this), typing this on the same laptop, I see NO problems
whatsoever with my system. My problem solved! My hard drive data recovered!
To summarize Part 1 to Part 4, You have seen that when Vista computer crashes with several Blue Screens of Death it does cause trouble with system boot and Vista in general. You've seen that the system might repeatedly boot into Vista System Recovery. You've seen that checking the disk and memory might show nothing is wrong. You have seen two ways of using Vista Startup Repair Tool, automatic and manual. Even if automatic Startup Repair fails, you still have a chance. In case of a corrupt file, you can replace that file, or, like I did, remove it (take a deep breath before you to that!)!
My problem solved. Maybe this will help you too?
me know what are the symptoms of the problem you have. Did you find the
solution above helpful? Mind you, if you repeat what I did or do
something similar, you are on your own. I can not accept any
responsibility for the potential damage.... But since you can not start
Vista anyways, how much damage can there be....? Well, before doing any
deletions and such, I suggest to at least copy the data you need from
the C: drive and the D: drive to the DVD or CD drive in your laptop.
You should have no problem doing that if you know how to work the
command line tool.
The above solution may not help you. Still,
realize, going into vista System Recovery options screen is not the end
of the world. A good computer repair shop in your town can very likely
help you recover hard disk data first before fixing or reinstalling the
Windows system. Professional help will, however, cost quite some money.
But it may save you a lot of time and frustration.
Let me know in the comment if you had any of the symptoms I described
here and in the previous 3 posts. Also please let me know whether any of the possible solutions were helpful to you.
Just leave me a comment, will you?