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My sister accidentally let my Dell Inspiron 1525's battery run out while windows was installing updates. The laptop shut it self down while installing updates, and now the computer crashes after windows loads. It gets past the window loader, but when it's about to load the login screen, it either just turns off or BSODS. Startup repair and windows recovery were unsuccessful. There is a back/restore program on a separate sector of the hard drive, but I would rather not run that and loose the important files I have on the computer.

I have a Vista disc, but it is not the one that came with this laptop. Will that help me in any way?

I have already contacted Microsoft by email, but maybe you guys will have different ideas. I was thinking of maybe taking the hard drive out, plugging it into my computer to back up files, and then plugging it back into the laptop to reinstall Vista.
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Can you get it in to safe mode and then restore it?
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My sister accidentally let my Dell Inspiron 1525's battery run out while windows was installing updates. The laptop shut it self down while installing updates, and now the computer crashes after windows loads. It gets past the window loader, but when it's about to load the login screen, it either just turns off or BSODS. Startup repair and windows recovery were unsuccessful. There is a back/restore program on a separate sector of the hard drive, but I would rather not run that and loose the important files I have on the computer.

I have a Vista disc, but it is not the one that came with this laptop. Will that help me in any way?

I have already contacted Microsoft by email, but maybe you guys will have different ideas. I was thinking of maybe taking the hard drive out, plugging it into my computer to back up files, and then plugging it back into the laptop to reinstall Vista.

No matter what else you do, what I made bold is exactly what you should do before anything else! thumb.gif

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Safe mode -> system restore prior to windows update.
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Back up files then re-install OS.
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Thanks you guys.

I tried booting into safe mode, but that crashed too. I guess it was in the middle of updating a pretty important file, huh?

So I ended up taking out the hard drive, which was easier than I thought, backing up the files and reinstalling the OS. As a bonus, it feels a bit faster now too.
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