A few days ago, I had turned on my PC, and it suddenly deviated from the original load-up, heading instead for a screen that said: 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, choose Start Windows Normally. Safe Mode Safe Mode with Networking Safe Mode with Command Prompt Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked) Start Windows Normally Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice. Seconds until Windows starts: 30 I had seen a post like this on the site earlier, but when I tried following what people said, nothing would work. I tried all four options above (Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, etc.) and nothing would work. I can't get the Desktop to load whatsoever, so going to "My Computer" is out of the option. I have the CD-ROM, but when I try to start recovery, the disk won't fully load, even after a few hours of letting it sit there. It just shows the computer brand (eMachine) and a message saying "Please Wait..." and it never loads. What appears to be the problem?