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Old 19-08-2011
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0xc000014c F8 doesn't work PLEASE help

OK, this problem seems to be quite frequent and I will avoid the lengthy banter

1. I have a Sony Vaio laptop with windows vista

2. The screen's colors were incorrect from being dropped.

3. I plugged in a VGA monitor and got good colors

4. The laptop screen went black, but VGA stayed on. This made me mad so I restarted.

5. Upon restart I got this message:Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. file\boot\bcd status 0xc000014c0xc000014c

6. Tried to restart in safe mode but the F8 key just returns system beeps

7. My keyboard is fine, I have tried a few but do not have a ps2 port

8.My cd-rom drive is busted so using the boot disk is OUT for the moment.

9. The hard drive is active, this is indicated by the HDD indicator light that flashes.

Before I have to go and buy a new cd-rom drive, are there any ideas out there as to what can be done? I don't have a Vista boot disk but I do have an XP boot disk. I'm trying to avoid booting from a flash drive but if that is my last resort, please tell me. Thank you and have a megabyten day!
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Old 19-08-2011
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Re: 0xc000014c F8 doesn't work PLEASE help

You will have to Repair the BCD store by using the Startup Repair option. You can use the Startup Repair option in the Windows Recovery Environment to repair the BCD store. To do this, follow these steps:
  • Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
  • Press a key when you are prompted.
  • Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next.
  • Click Repair your computer.
  • Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
  • In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.
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