That's a hardware problem, not a Vista problem, the file system is munged
and the hard drive cannot be loaded. Often times, this is only resolved by
recreating the system volume and starting from scratch. Boot from the DVD
and try running a chkdsk /r from the recovery environment (choose the
command prompt option), see if it can fix the drive. Otherwise, you may have
to go the long way 'round. Hopefully you backed up your data on a regular
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"Weifert" <Weifert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> I'm using Vista Home Premium...One day I restarted my Acer Aspire 5630 and
> got a black screen with the message:
> Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be
> the cause
> So I run Startup Repair, and it says "Startup Repair cannot repair this
> computer automatically." Under the diagnostic and repair details it says
> root cause is that the system volume on disk is corrupt.
> I booted directly to the DVD with the exact same result.
> This is driving me up a wall and making me hate Vista... so if there is
> anybody out there who can help me on this I would really appreciate it.