off topic - vista failure after update RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • After installing automatic updates I received this message


    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the
    cause. . .

    File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is
    missing or corrupt.

    I inserted ny Vista CD and told it to repair.  It said it cannot repair this problem. I cannot access anything on the computer except for startup (F2).  The reason given that it cannot repair is that there is no hard drive.  As I have alot of work I do not want to lose are ther any answers please.

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 10:07 PM

All replies

  • I'm sorry to read of the problem you encountered with an automatic update.

    You're off topic for this forum, which is dedicated to Windows Live OneCare. You may want to try the Microsoft Public newsgroups here: http://support.microsoft.com/newsgroups/Default.aspx

    Or the  Windows Update Solution Center - http://support.microsoft.com/ph/6527




    Friday, March 7, 2008 9:36 PM
  • i have the same problem, did you manage to resolve it?

    would be glad of any info you can give me.


    Monday, August 4, 2008 9:49 AM

    In case anybody else has this problem I solved it by taking out the hard drive, putting it in a caddyand attching it to a PC. I then copied winload into sys32 folder, put it back into the laptop and all is working. I also managed it from the CD when it failed again.  I can't remember exactly how but it can be done by clicking the options -but not the obvious one to repair

    Sorry I can't help more

    Monday, August 4, 2008 10:22 PM