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I tried booting into safe mode to no avail. I used the Windows CD to boot up the recovery console. I ran checkdsk and it said that there were one or more errors but when I re-ran it with the "/r" option, no errors were found. While there, I rebuilt MBR. No joy.
I found another forum that recommended UBCD 5.0.3, which has some nifty utilities but still, no joy.
The UBCD utilities include a flavor of Linux that allows me to see the windows partition files. They are all there and the partition tool knows that it is bootable NTFS. I just ran their hard drive analysis utilites and they are reporting that the drive is in good condition. I will be using Ubuntu to back them up to another hard drive, assuming I can work out how to connect to one of my networked drives or use a USB drive.
Regardless of all of that, here are the symptoms:
While booting, I can see a "blue screen" flash but it comes and goes so quickly I can't see the problem it is trying to report. I'm thinking that, if I could read it, I might know what is actually wrong so I have a clear direction.
How can I set up the boot so I can see the exception that is being reported? This is so frustrating! I manually install all Windows updates so I don't think one snuck up on me. As I mentioned earlier, I didn't install any new software last night. I also did not add any new hardware.
I was reading another thread here and looked at the Microsoft Support article for rebuilding the registry. That actually looks kinda spooky, especially since this is a second hand laptop and the OS is OEM, although I do have a CD...
Sure would be nice to see what is flying by on that blue screen...
Any guidance/help from this forum would be greatly appreciated. I really don't have the cash for a new laptop right now and reinstalling windows would be a true hardship. Since the disk is readable, I'm thinking that these extreme measures aren't needed.
Edited by marjwyatt, 26 December 2010 - 05:39 AM.