Well I know there must be some of you like me, that did some editing in BCDedit.exe in the CMD prompt for driver support. And like me you didnt back it up, and you havent done a system restore.
Your computer wont boot and you cannot get anywhere except safemode and it seems all hope is gone.....or is it?
You follow the instructions to use the setup DVD and repair, but repair finds nothing wrong, and bootrec /fixboot and bootrec /rebuildbcd, dont work for you... Now you know your really done, especially when the DVD doesnt see your windows install to repair it. Now your really done for........ Or are you?
Thats the problem I had, I ran two bad lines of command and drivers that shouldnt be started due to non-compatibility try to start and lockup every startup. I did everything in the book that I could find and nothing helped or would work, but heres what I did to fix it.
Now do this at your own risk, It 'could' make your computer unbootable. But it fixed my issue, when the only other option is a clean install.
1:Boot into safemode w/command prompt as a admin and run these lines of code
2: BCDedit /createstore c:\bcd (c = your install windows drive)
3: BCDedit /import c:\bcd (c = your install windows drive)
4: shutdown /r
5: It will crash on normal boot, let it do that and follow what it says to fix
6: Boot to DVD
7: Repair windows
8: When it tells u it found errors, let it repair them and it will run fine
Your computer will restart and it will crash, with a error that tells you that nothing is in the boot store, which is what you did when you created a blank BCD file and then imported it as the boot.
Now it seems bad, but this is what it does. When you boot off the disk after you restart it after it crashes, it trys to locate the windows install after you select 'repair windows'. But its corrupted, and rebuilds the file with the base BCD file. Thus your computer will boot fine. The only thing ive noticed is that the new windows symbol animation when booting, changes to a XP RC1 style bar.