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    Default Vista Did Not Start, but Repaired

    Hi,

    Recently the computer did not boot, but a startup utility fixed the problem.

    My question is: Is there a log somewhere that I can view to see what the problem was, and the repair?

    Thanks

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    You can check the Event Viewer but it's hard to make sense of them since most of them would be bugcheck codes and ID's. But the Startup repair would just repair the MBR most of the times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt.Jack View Post
    You can check the Event Viewer but it's hard to make sense of them since most of them would be bugcheck codes and ID's. But the Startup repair would just repair the MBR most of the times.
    Thank you for responding

    I have had a look at the Event Viewer.

    I see the Windows Logs Directory and the System Sub Directory, but I am not sure how to proceed.

    Can you advise.

    Best wishes.

    A

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    Ok I did a small research in this matter.

    Startup Repair will try to repair computers that are unbootable because of the following reasons:

    1. Registry corruption
    2. Missing or damaged system and driver files
    3. Disk metadata corruption (MBR, partition table, and boot sector)
    4. File system metadata corruption
    5. Installation of problematic or incompatible drivers
    6. Installation of incompatible Windows service packs and patches
    7. Corrupt boot configuration data
    8. Bad memory and hard disk hardware (detection only)


    The Startup Repair Log can be found at : %WINDIR%\System32\LogFiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt

    More information can be found here: How Windows RE Works

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt.Jack View Post
    Ok I did a small research in this matter.

    Startup Repair will try to repair computers that are unbootable because of the following reasons:

    1. Registry corruption
    2. Missing or damaged system and driver files
    3. Disk metadata corruption (MBR, partition table, and boot sector)
    4. File system metadata corruption
    5. Installation of problematic or incompatible drivers
    6. Installation of incompatible Windows service packs and patches
    7. Corrupt boot configuration data
    8. Bad memory and hard disk hardware (detection only)


    The Startup Repair Log can be found at : %WINDIR%\System32\LogFiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt

    More information can be found here: How Windows RE Works
    Thank you for responding, and for conducting the research - much appreciated.

    I will follow the links.

    I am looking at the SrtTrail.txt file. This file seems to relate to the 'Last successsful boot time', rather than the last unsuccessful boot time!

    Best wishes.

    A

    Ps. Have you come across an easy to understand guide to the Event Viewer?
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