Hi guys. I'm trying to re install Windows on my friends laptop after he DBANed it, deleting his restore partition (!), and he hadn't made any restore disks (!!). The COA sticker says Windows Vista Home Premium so I figured I'd just use my disk to reinstall and use his licence to activate. However, during install after the first reboot I get the black "Windows Boot Manager" screen with the following message
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
Info: Windows failed to load because kernel is missing or corrupt."
I've tried startup repair to no avail and I was able to boot from an Ubuntu live CD to verify the presence of this file and it is definitely there. I've also tried a few different DVDs and also a Windows 7 RC disk, but I get the same issue each time.
Searching the net hasn't turned up anything conclusive, but it's starting to look like this might be a firmware issue. Some threads I've looked at suggest a faulty motherboard can throw up this particular error.
I'd appreciate your thoughts my fellow geeks!
P.S. Forgot to mention, I've installed under both AHCI & compatibility mode but still no good.