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No emulation my buddy tried to re install windows, messed up his machine. I tried to boot from disc but i get no emulation code and it wont go any further

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To recover your data try to start the computer in safe mode.
If this doesn't work try to mount your hard disk on another computer.
Restart the computer and after Bios loads up and press F8.
Then select Safe Mode and press Enter.
Run a virus scan, assuming that you have an Antivirus program installed.
You can find a good free antivirus program here.
Have you recently installed a new program and/or device?
You should uninstall it from Safe mode if so.
Have you used the System Restore option?
Check out the following documents from Microsoft where you can find detailed information about your problem:

Good Luck
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