I turn my laptop on, and it just comes up with the message "We apologize for the inconvenience, but windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this. If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose last known good configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked. If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the power or reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem start windows normally.." but then it comes up with 5 options..
Safe mode with networking
Safe mode with Command Prompt
Last known good configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
and Start windows normally..
i've tried all of them, and i tried to see if taking the battery out worked. but it didnt. What should i do??
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Try start, run, then type MSCONFIG go to start tab and UNcheck everything, then go to services and at the lower left of the window it says hide microsoft services and check the box then disable all then restart and see if that helps.
You will need to re-install windows, or use the windows recovery solution..
To use the recovery solution:
Insert your windows installation CD
reboot the computer
when prompted, push any button to boot from the CD
When asked if you want to install, or use the recovery console, select " install "
You will be promted again to install or use recovery, use " recovery "
Windows will delete hardware profile information, then continue to install as normal. Once completed, you should be able to use windows normally again, and you should not lose any data on the drive, nor any software installed or settings.
Try an XP repair: Boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your Applications or data; it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
Try pressing the F8 key at start up. This should take you to safe mode, from here you will be able to shut Windows down properly and reboot without the loss on any data except for what you were working on at the time of the power loss. If it won't let you do this and stays in the same loop, it could be that the hard drive crashed and needs replacing. I don't do data recovery from a dead hard drives, so I can't give you an estimate on that, but a hard drive replacement, system reload with drivers and updates will run anywhere from $150 up to $600 depending on what you want.