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Windows Will Not Start

By HowlingInAgony
May 17, 2008
  1. 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

    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?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    It appears to be your HardDrive (not trying to be silly)

    But I'd start with the Windows CD, and go to the first R prompt and then log into the Administrator account (by pressing 1) and after that by pressing Enter.

    Once in the Recovery console (basically a command prompt screen)
    Type chkdsk *: /r (or chkdsk *: /f) and then press enter.
    That's "chkdsk <space> Asterix Colon <space> ForwardSlash R"
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