Posted 02 November 2009 - 10:22 PM
Windows has had corruption issues pretty much its entire existence. It just happens.
As I said, it just feels like a Windows corruption to me. Start by troubleshooting some of your hardware. Check your memory first. See if you have 2 sticks of ram or just 1. If you have 2 sticks of ram installed, remove one of them and boot only on the other one. If Windows still locks up, then swap the memory sticks out and boot off the first one you took out. If everything still freezes when booting off each individual memory dimm, then your problem is most likely not memory.
Next you should physically check your hard drive. You can click START - RUN, and type cmd and press enter. This will take you to the command prompt. Type chkdsk /f at the command prompt. It will tell you the drive is locked and ask if you want to run chkdsk on the next start up. Select yes and then reboot to run chkdsk. You should also check your hard drive for physical defects. You will need to remove your hard drive and determine the manufacturer (Western Digital, Hitachi, Seagate, Fujitsu, or many others). Visit the manufacturers web site and download their hard drive diagnostics software (each drive make has its own diagnostics software). I believe most of them will be downloaded as .iso files and will need to be burned as an image to a CD.
Boot into safe mode and copy all of your important data off the hard drive onto an external hard drive or usb flash drive. After you've backed up your important data, all you need to do is look in the owner's manual for your laptop for system recovery procedures and follow them. Post back any questions and I'll do what I can to answer them.
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