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By lord_alphathon_iv ·
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Hi all,
I'm having rather a large problem at the moment - I cannot start windows without getting a BSOD part way through bootup (the error code is 0x0000007e if it helps at all). I can get into safe mode, but safe mode with networking does NOT work, which suggests to me that it is networking related.

I have a hunch that the probelm is caused by "Services for NFS" which I had enabled before turning off my computer beforehand. I cannot disable it either, as when I try to from safe mode it does some config stuff, then asks for a restart. I restart (and force it into safe mode as it still gives the bluescreen) and it says it is configuring updates, do not turn off etc. Once it gets to 100% however, it skips back to 80% and keeps going, then once it gets to 100% again, it says Update is not configured correctly. Reverting update. once that has finished it goes to the login screen, and the "services for NFS" is reenabled.

Also, I cannot do a system restore to get it working again, due to an unrelated problem. (see http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=260315&tag=4-1-1-0-0 also, if you can solve the system restor problem I would be most grateful).

It may be relevent to mention that I did not get a chance to shut down my computer after turning "services for NFS" on. After turning it on I selected restart later, then started playing Crysis. Unfortunatelly, it froze and I was forced to reboot the computer.

It may also be related to my network adapter, as I had a similar problem once before after setting up a network bridge between the wireless built into my mobo and a virtual network connection used by VirtualBox. It also caused blue screens with the same error code and I couldn't get into safe mode with networking. I eventually managed to fix that by uninstalling the host interface in VirtualBox from within safe mode (a solution I obviously can't use for this).

Also before replying with something like use XP or Linux, or reinstall windows, or a link to google or something, dont bother, as I have checked google, and cant find anything, and don't consider changing OS or reinstalling winndows a solution.

I am willing to repair install though, If that is my only option. Does anyone know if doing a repair install uses up on of your windows activations (I believe you can only activate OEM editions 3 times or something)

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit with SP1
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz (Q6600)
RAM: 4GB DDR2 (I am aware that 32-bit OSs cannot utilise it all)
MOBO: Asus P5K-Premium Wi-Fi AP Edition Black Pearl.

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A few things first..

When you said "restore" do you mean, a restore through Windows itself, or through the Windows disk?. You can not do a restore through the normal setup so i suggest a restore through the Windows disk.
Put in the Windows Ultimate disk and when you see "install" look down to the bottom left, you will see "repair", click on this and select a restore point on your hdd, it will take some time but you will have a working computer again within a couple of hours. :)

Please post back if you have anymore problems or questions.

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If your computer will still not start, then you will need this.. :)

http://www.spotmau.com/products/package/full.htm

It is a good piece of software and it has got me out of trouble many a times.
Hope it goes well..

Please post back if you have anymore problems or questions.

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System restore...

by lord_alphathon_iv In reply to A few things first..

When I said system restore I ment reverting to a restore point. I have actually just discovered that I do have 1 restore point from about 3 weeks ago (the only 1 on the list) which windows update somehow managed to create (dispite me not being able to do it automatically or manually, and even the SP1 installer couldn't make one) so I'm trying it now. It may not help but I'm optimistic.

As I said at the bottom of my post I know about repair install but only want to use it as a last resort (I don't want to risk using one of my activations on something which probably has a simple (although probably obscure) solution. I'll look into Spotmau PowerSuite as well if need be.

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Hope all goes well... :)

Please post back if you have anymore problems or questions.

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It worked!

by lord_alphathon_iv In reply to System restore...

OK, the restore point worked. I now have my computer back! Thanks anyway for the help. I'm still confused as to how Windows Update managed to create a restore point, but however it did it, I'm glad, as it has probably saved me a lot of hastle :)

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Urban Myth

by Jacky Howe In reply to System restore...

There is a grace period of 120 days between re-activation. If you neeed to re-activate within this period you will have to call M$.

Having an OEM Version simply means that you can't install it on another PC.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2087792,00.asp

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