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Digital Signature of sfvfs02.sys File

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Having an unbootable Windows computer is no doubt a dreadful situation. You press the power button and nothing seems to happen. There are multitude of reasons why a computer won't boot up and mostly very few clues about the exact issue. Add to this the fact, these situations often necessitate you to Recover Hard Drive using specialized procedures.

To be more specific, let's discuss the further mentioned problem in Windows Vista. A Windows Vista user tries to boot his/her computer but cannot do so and receives the following error message:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."
If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
File: \Windows\System32\drivers\sfvfs02.sys
Status: 0xc000428
Info: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

After the above error message is received, the user loses the ability to boot in Windows and hence, access the data.


The mentioned sfvfs02.sys error is likely to occur under any of the following circumstances:

Your computer is affected from incorrect timing, hardware conflicts, bad memory, or a like issue.

Windows installation is damaged

Note: sfvfs02.sys or StarForce Protection VFS Driver is a device driver that loads automatically once you start Windows.

User Action

The solutions to the given problems are mentioned underneath:

Make sure no incompatible hardware is installed. Try removing all the recently installed hardware. Replace the memory, if bad.

Use Windows repair or install CD to run 'Startup Repair'. This solves most of the startup issues that prevent Windows from starting

If the above two solutions do not make any difference, reformat and reinstall Windows. Restore the deleted data from last available backup

Reformatting deletes all the data that is stored on your hard drive, making it imperative to restore from a backup that is completely updated and healthy. Failing to do so requires a third-party Windows Hard Drive Recovery solution. To Recover Hard Drive data using these software, you just need to install the application and proceed the way that the application prompts.

Stellar Phoenix windows data recovery is a high-end utility that recovers lost and deleted data from hard drives installed on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, or 2000 computer. This Windows Hard Drive Recovery tool supports FAT32, VFAT, NTFS, and NTFS5 file systems and incorporates a range of advanced options.

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