Windows 10: Issues on boot up Solved

  1.    16 Oct 2015 #1

    Issues on boot up


    I have a old Lenovo SL500 that I use as a cheap media box. I've got Windows 10 installed on it and it has been running great up until this morning. When I came down it was not responding to RDP requests and it was not listed on Teamviewer. Looking at the machine all there was was a black screen so no aid on whats wrong. I rebooted and all I get after POST is the flashing underscore.

    Since that I have tried:

    * tried f8 to get in to safe mode, no joy

    * Booting into Linux from a pen drive (can see the hard drive but its locked and cannot access it)

    * Booting in to the windows recovery console and tried a repair (failed)

    * Tried a system restore point (failed)

    * Tried CHKDSK /f/R (seems to finish fine with 0 bad sectors but I get the error message "failed to transfer logged messages status 50" - I think thats "normal" when running it from install media)

    * Tried fixing and restore post CHKDSK same issues


    * BOOTREC /SCANOS (says 0 windows installs found!)

    So I am running out of ideas. It seems the Hard drive is fine as CHKDSK is fine but either the boot sector or the OS thats buggered. Before I hose it, is there something I have missed that I can try that is non-destructive that does not involve me re-installing all my programs?

    Its not got too much on it from memory the programs I'd installed were:

    * Bitdefender
    * Firefox
    * Aceviewer media player
    * Sop player
    * VLC
    * Flash (yeah I know)

    Thanks in advance!
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       16 Oct 2015 #2

    Try to boot into recovery console then type: bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
    Then try F8 again to see if it works

    EDIT: BTW, was your Windows installed using UEFI ? or MBR ?
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  3.    16 Oct 2015 #3

    I am not sure how I know. I just installed it as pretty much default on this one from a clean hard drive. Does 10 not use the same tools?
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  4.    16 Oct 2015 #4

    No luck with that
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  5. topgundcp's Avatar
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       16 Oct 2015 #5

    From the Command Console. Type: diskpart then type list disk as shown below:
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    If there's an asterisk under GPT column of your Windows OS disk then your Windows was installed using UEFI else MBR.
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  6.    16 Oct 2015 #6

    It can see 2 partitions, neither have an asterisk next to them
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  7. topgundcp's Avatar
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       16 Oct 2015 #7

    OK. So your Windows 10 is using MBR partition scheme.
    Download Macrium Rescue disk: Rescue6.1.871X64.iso - Google Drive
    Then use: Rufus - Create bootable USB to create a bootable USB.
    Boot up from the USB. On the left Panel, click on: Fix Windows Boot Problem
    Then try to reboot.
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  8.    16 Oct 2015 #8

    Cheers. It 1 am here but I will give that a try tomorrow
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  9.    17 Oct 2015 #9

    That did the trick. Thanks ever so much. I wonder what caused it
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  10.    18 Oct 2015 #10

    I have had the same issue, but when I tried to fix it in the way mentioned, it said that system32/hal.dll is missing or corrupt. and it will restart itself when a key is pressed.
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