OK, so I've been bad. I bought a new computer about 8 weeks ago and didn't get around to creating a recovery disk. Also I just moved, and didn't get around to shifting my online backup from my old computer to the new one yet.
But what could go wrong, right?
YOUR PC NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED
THE BOOT CONFIGURATION DATA FILE IS MISSING SOME REQUIRED INFORMATION.
ERROR CODE: 0xc0000034
YOU'LL NEED TO USE THE RECOVERY TOOLS ON YOUR INSTALLATION MEDIA. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY INSTALLATION MEDIA (LIKE A DISK OR USB DEVICE) CONTACT YOUR SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR OR PC MANUFACTURER
PRESS ESC FOR UEFI FIRMWARE SETTINGS
So after hours on the phone to Costo and Dell they are sending me something so I can reformat/reinstall windows. Losing several thousand photographs (some I have orders for). That was their best suggustion.
No matter now many times I reboot (pounding F8, or Shift F8) all I get is the above screen.
I can get to a hardware test that runs with no errors found. And I can thumb my way through the bios, and make changes.
But there seems to be no way to get to a safe mode, or repair mode, or a Last Known Good Configuration mode.
I really don't want to write off several thousand pictures. Well, the hassle of reinstalling all the software and plugins sucks too, but I can survive that.
Serves me right for not being on the ball with disaster recovery plans...