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Turned off computer, when I tried to restart it, a message saying "windows failed to start, a recent hardware or software change might be the cause" it gives the option to launch startup repair, or start normally, if start up repair is launched it, after 10 minutes it says application failed, if started normally it says, " a problem has been detected with your computer, and windows has been shut down to prevent damage...etc. I tried safe mode, and eventually using the gateway operating systems disc to re install the operating system (vista) but nothing seems to work, it still says the same messages.

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DID U ADD NEW HARDWARE, IF U DID REMOVE IT, IF THAT DOESN'T WORK REFORMAT THE HARDDRIVE

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