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Friday, January 18, 2013

Stop errror 0x000000F4
Your best bet would be to create a system image of the drive onto another hard drive:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup - Windows 7 Forums
After the firmware upgrade, restore the image:
System Image Recovery - Windows 7 Forums
Ese error en Windows 7 se refiere a un fallo en el archivo de paginacion del sistema, prueba con esto:
1.- Inicio - en Buscar Programas y Archivos escribe CMD
2.- En el cuadro de resultados, marcar con el boton derecho del raton y seleccionar Ejecutar como Administrador
3.- En la ventana MS-Dos que se abre, escribir el comando
sc config afs start=disabled  
Check out this KB article [...] 15270&fr=1
It's old (from December of 2007), but it might help you out. It applied to XP but you might be able to still fix your problems.
You might also want to try running an elevated command prompt as administrator and run the following command if you have the Windows Audio File System installed:
sc config afs start= disabled

Read here for more info [...] fdf04cd1a0 

Win 7 missing pagefile sys - general-discussion - windows-7
This might be an issue if the paging file is not setup properly on the computer, follow the steps below to setup the paging file:
1.      Right click on Computer.
2.      Click on Properties.
3.      Click on Advanced System Settings.
4.      Click on settings in Performance under Advanced Tab.
5.      Click on Advanced Tab in Performance Options Window.
6.      Click on Change.
7.      Uncheck “automatically manage Paging File size for all drives”.
8.      Select C:/drive.
9.      Select “System Managed Size”.
10.  Click Set.
11.  Click OK.
12.  Now restart the computer when it prompts for a restart.
If the issue still persists, then you may try Memory test, follow the steps below:
1.      Click Start.
2.      Type in Windows Memory Diagnostic in Start Search.
3.      Click on Restart now and check for problems.
This will fix any memory related issues on the computer, make sure save all the files before you perform this test.
If the issue still persists, then I suggest that you run virus scan on the computer and check.
You may also run online Virus scan from the link:
Swathi B  - Microsoft Support.

We knew it was not a software issue because we have a bunch of identical machines, all with the same software configuration. Hence, we had to make a call to good ol Dell technical support.
Note that recently we had installed a new hard drive into the computer and starting getting these blue screen errors a few days later. While talking with the Dell rep, he had me do all kinds of stuff!
Firstly, I had to un-plug the computer, and pull out the monitor, keyboard and mouse cords.   After that, we removed all the memory, plugged everything back in and rebooted. Same blue screen!
We then took out and replaced other parts of the computer, rebooting and unplugging the computer each time we took something out or put something back in.
Finally, I took out the CMOS battery (the small round battery on your motherboard), rebooted, then re-installed it, and rebooted the machine again. It fixed the problem! So this STOP error is related to either a low CMOS battery or simply having to take it out and put it back in.

Next time you add some new hardware to your computer, you have get this error because the components do not get configured properly during the install. Removing and reinstalling ensures that the device can reconfigure correctly with the new hardware.
Other strange errors I’ve gotten include The location that you specified does not contain stored information relating to the File and Settings Transfer Wizard.
Error STOP : 0X000000F4 SOLVED
I was often receiving the above error code hanging the PC, creating havoc on the FAT and even preventing me from reinstalling Windows XP home edition.
A thorough search of all the posts I could find on the web convinced me to do the following AFTER having disconnected the pc, removed all the cables connected to it and put on surgical gloves (or similar light plastic gloves) in order to avoid short circuiting anything or applying finger prints on anything:
a) remove the graphic card, the memory sticks, the CMOS battery and disconnect the data and power cables of the hard disk(s);
b) with alcohol and cue tips, clean all the electrical contacts of the graphic card, the memory sticks, including both sides of the CMOS battery, plus the data and power contacts of the hard disk(s);
c) with a plastic stick or any non metal thing, pull the the U shape pin of the CMOS receptacle upward so that it subsequently sits at ¼ inch higher than before in order to allow a firm contact with the underside of the CMOS battery;
d) remove all the dust present in the PC;
e) with a volt meter, check the voltage of the cable(s) coming from the power supply and leading to your hard drive(s). Usually, on the power supply, you will find a sticker indicating the voltages you should have. On my power supply, it shows that one of the wires of the connector(s) must indicate +5 volt DC and another +12 volt DC. If the readings of the volt meter are inconsistant with the voltages shown on the power supply sticker, it indicates that you will need to replace your power supply, most probably;
f) check all the cables inside the pc to make sure that they are all solidly connected;
g) reinstall everything inside and out and reboot the pc;
h) since the CMOS battery has been removed for a while, your BIOS will automatically boot the PC to the default settings. Therefore, upon booting, select to immediately have access to the BIOS in order to reselect the configuration settings you had before the whole process;
i) as expected, Windows will boot without any problem.
j) Subsequently, to make sure that your FAT (file allocation table) is updated accordingly, proceed to immediately do a CHECKDISK, followed by a defragmentation of your hard disk;
k) I did all this and now my PC works as good as new and I did’nt even loose any data files or programs I already had on it. Best of all, after eight days of use, I have not seen any error;
l) I wish you all well. As Winston Churchill once said; “excuse me for this long “letter”, I did’nt have time to write a shorter one”.
I had exactly the same blue screen. My computer started to reboot randomly every 1 or 2 days then 1 or 2 times a day until I couldn't boot windows. I didn't make any hardware or software changes for months and didn't believe it could be hardware. First I thought it might be a temperature or overclocking issue but the temperature was always cool since I had 2 fans and verified they worked OK. Also, I had the same overclocked configuration for more than a year I that I use to do some very intensive processing, but never had any problem with this before.
I bought a brand new HD and installed windows from scratch but the same problem came up only a couple hours later.
Trying to fix the problem, I worked on it for almost an entire week using HD tools or chkdsk in vain. After a lot of research I found this page. :) Then, I disabled automatic reboot on system error and saw that blue screen. Eventually, I saw the Windows system event logs and saw a lot NTFS errors accessing a specific drive. Then, I knew it had to be the CMOS or the SATA Cable. I followed these steps:
- Disconnect/Connect CMOS battery and reconfigure BIOS settings again based on defaults
- Replace "ALL" SATA Cables and reconnect all drives
- Run HD Diagnostic tools (Western Digital Data LifeGuard Diagnostics) to fix already corrupted data on HD.
Finally, the 500 GB HD I thought I was going to throw in the garbage is working perfectly and without damaged sectors.

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