No Boot On An HP Pavilion MachineAug 6, 2009
Got an HP Pavilion with Vista Home Premium on it that suddenly doesn't want
to boot up after being perfectly alright for over a year. Nothing has
changed and I've not installed any new software (unless something has been
set to autoupdate and a new update has been pushed without me noticing).
It POSTs OK, then goes on to the black screen saying "Windows is loading
files" with a white progress bar moving left to right, and then moves on to
a black screen with the "Knightrider-style" progress bar (green bars moving
left to right) and the words "Microsoft Corporation" below it.
It then moves onto a blue screen - and stops. The machine doesn't freeze
because there's a cursor (normal white arrow) there and it can be moved with
the mouse, but no matter how long you leave it, the machine will go no
further. No error messages; no lockups; it just will not continue the boot
process any further.
I've tried booting into Safe Mode and it gets as far as a black screen with
the words "Safe Mode" in each corner of the screen but nothing else; no
icons, no text, nothing at all, no matter how long you leave it.
I've tried booting from the Vista DVD, selecting "Repair Installation" and
allowing the automatic Startup Recovery thing to try and fix it but it just
came back with the message that it could not fix it.