Vista will not boot. System files integrity check and repair failed Error Code = 0x2 HELP PLEASE!!!

Asus PC, Windows Vist Home premium, all updates.

Out of the blue, it will not boot.  Get to the scrolling boot screen (the one just before login) and it just shuts off.

I ran the Vista check utility twice.  The first time i selected to do system restore to previous state.  Rebooted.  Still shuts off.  The second time it took much longer and from what I can see.  ALL TESTS PASS except one:

Repair Action: System Files Integrety Check and Repair

Result: Failed. Error code=0x2

Time Taken: 6206818ms

I get no blue screen, I cant even get to any screen! 

I'm triying to repar this because I have several expensive software titles that link the keycode for authorization to a hardware and software key at the time of install.  I'm not sure I could re-install them if I get a different software generated (random?) code.

I also don't know about all the i-tunes and other downloaded content my wife has such as MP3's and audiobooks.

Thanks for any help!


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Last updated April 5, 2019 Views 9,671 Applies to:

The test that's failing (SFC) checks for corruption in your system files.  If it can't even complete, it suggests the entire Vista system needs to be re-installed - but you've already done that and you still have the problem.

It does indeed sound like a hardware problem.  Here are some hardware troubleshooting guidelines that may help (but probably not for this issue as what you really need is a replacment to test it):  Frankly, I believe it's time to take the system to a reputable computer repair shop for service (or send it back to the manufacturer for service - check costs, timing, warranties, and make a decision).  I'm not sure what hardware component. 

If you can, try to backup your data before bringing it it as they will probably wipe the drive clean during the process. You can use Knoppix with a good ISO copier like: along with a blank CD (perhaps made on a different computer).  This should give you enough access to the system (if you can't get in any other way) to backup your important data.  If not, try slaving the drive to another system and accessing the data that way.

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

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