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Laptop won't boot

My niece's laptop will not boot up. On switching on it goes to the menu with options for safe mode or last known good configuration but neither of these options work. I can get into the BIOS but am unsure where the problem lies. It keeps coming back to this menu as above in a loop.
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I presume this is on Windows XP? There must have been a virus or improper logging out or OS problems with the computer. If you still have the original installation CD for your Windows XP, and it is bootable, you can insert the Boot CD and Press "R" for repair after the BIOS boot is finished. Then just follow repair instructions to restore your OS.

If you dont have a boot CD, you need to have a professional reinstall Windows for you.

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Note: With some computers if you press and hold a key as the computer is booting you will get a stuck key message as the computer is booting. If this occurs instead of pressing and holding the "F8 key" tap the "F8 key" continuously until you get the startup menu.

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Please select an option: Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Debugging Mode
Start Windows Normally
Reboot
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Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.
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