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    Hi, I have Windows 7 installed on my laptop. It is a 2 GB RAM and intel core 2 duo proccessor @ 2 GHz.
    I recently faced a problem when the windows did not boot properly and showed the following message

    "wINDOWS FAILED TO START. A RECENT HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE CHANGE MIGHT BE THE CAUSE"

    Status : 0xc000000f
    Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

    I tried running startup repair, but that didnot solve the problem. I also donot have any restores points nor a system image. I think reinstalling windows7 is the only option. But i want to recover some files stored in "My Documents". Is is possible. Please help.

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    Hi crackhead,

    first of you could try this How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

    If this fails you can then make a cd that you start your PC with and this should give you access to your files on the PC. The cd is called the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows and you can get it from UBCD for Windows

    See how you get on with these and let us know how it goes,

    regards

    Steve

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    Thanks Steve for replying, i ran the startup repair yet again and it worked! but only till the next shut down. Restarting the windows generates the same problem and the solution is the same that is run startup twice. Is there a permanent solution for this?

    thanks.

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    Hi crackhead,

    do you have any USB devices attached to your laptop when you are booting it up?

    You may have to do a re-install. Please have a look at Installing and reinstalling Windows 7 and especially the reference to the Upgrade Installation. This will keep all of your files and program intact while re-installing Windows.

    If this does not fix your problem then it is more than likely a problem with some item of hardware on your laptop,

    hope this helps,

    regards

    Steve

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