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Checking file system on C test type NTFS freezes at 13%...I do not have the OP system disk and windows will not start normally or last known good config,,,,what do i do????

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I have a Dell machine myself and if I remember rightly I think you press F12 to enter the Advanced Options menu. If you try to access this menu again when you turn on your pc you should see the following option safe mode. Try and get into safe mode if you can and this will load your windows desktop with minimum configuration. If there's absolutely nothing you can do to get into windows using these options then it may be a case of you trying to obtain and emergency boot disk. I don't know how old your machine is but the fact that it's a Dell is good. You should be able to contact Dell customer support and ask them whether they can send out the original disks to you for your system.

I called Dell when I purchased my Dell computer and they sent the disks out to me for free. Then it's a case of trying to reinstall windows using the windows installation disks. I have enclosed the link for Dell support below as follows:

http://support.euro.dell.com/support/index.aspx

What version of windows are you using, xp, vista, windows 7? The reason I ask is, failing the above options you can try to go for an emergency boot disk and the link is provided below. Do you have access to another computer, perhaps a friend whereby you can use the links? The link below provides an emergency boot disk but it only boots operating systems up to xp, there is a small charge but it's worth it if it means that you are able to get yourself out of problems later on. I think the best thing to do at this stage in anycase is to make contact with Dell. Good luck. Andrew

http://www.eddiemaintenance.com/purchase.html

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