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I shut my dell laptop off without shuting it down properly and now it wont come up.i have a message giving me 3 option to click on but when i do it still wont start my windows xp program it just go back to those 3 or 4 option again.why

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Is one of the options to disable auto restart on error? If so, choose that one and you'll be able to see what error is preventing you from starting. Post it back here so we might help.

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