View Full Version : I'm getting a Vista screen when I try to boot with Knoppix

11-18-2009, 11:15 PM
Hi - I am a poor soul who bought a computer from a techie. 1 year later Microsoft shut me down without a warning due to a "registration" problem. How was I to know the tech bootlegged my OS? Well it is what it is. So now hating Microsoft, I went online and found this great free OS.

Loaded it and....absolutely nothing happened. I get my Vista screen from which I am locked out. Please help me so I can retrieve my real estate photos and rent my property! And if you could, talk slowly because I am computer challenged. Thanks!

Harry Kuhman
11-18-2009, 11:23 PM
Please see item #7 in this link (http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/User:Harry_Kuhman), although other links may help you too.

11-19-2009, 01:08 AM
I'm sorry but I didn't see anything that applied to my situation.

11-19-2009, 11:27 AM
I think he was complaining that your choice of subject heading was not helpful!

And I think that your implication that youo stole your version of Windows won't win you many friends either. But to answer your real question, yes the Knoppix CD should enable you to recover the data from your hard disk. If you've downloaded or otherwise got hold of a 'live-CD'of Knoppix. booting that will get you to a pretty desktop with a picture of some Austrian mountain. There should also be some icons on the desktop, one of which will be your hard disk file system. Double click on that and you should see your files in a file-manager window, from which you can copy them to a flash or USB device. If any requests come up to 'mount' the hard disk, agree to this. Good luck!

11-19-2009, 01:00 PM
Thanks Royal - that was very helpful. I did Buy the disk from OS.com as I do Buy whatever I need. I Paid good money for the desktop and had No idea the OS was pirated.

Nothing appears on my screen except the Vista opening screen sowhen I try to boot from the disk I guess I'll have to move on.
Buh bye

11-19-2009, 02:05 PM
dumbblonde, you shouldn't be getting the Vista screen. It may be that the BIOS on your PC is still set to boot first from the hard disk. You'll need to change that so it boots from the CD.

11-19-2009, 05:28 PM
http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Downloading_FAQ#Q:_My_computer_won.27t_boot_from_C D._What_should_I_do.3F
try link above