First off, I apologize for the user name but I'm a little angry right now...I have a Toshiba laptop runnning Windows Vista Home Basic,SP2 that is almost 4 years old and the operating system will not start. I get a blue screen that says "Unmountable Boot Volume" then the screen goes blank. I have tried hitting F8 and then: Safe Mode, Safe Mode with command prompt, Boot logging, and Last known Good Configuration, all get the blue screen. When I don't hit F8, I get two options: Windows Repair and Start windows normally. Both options get me the blue screen. Unfortunately, I don't have a boot disk since Windows was installed on the laptop when I bought it. The only change I can think off that have been made recently is 26 Updates from Microsoft that suddenly appeared and were installed about four days ago. I don't know how to tell if the hard drive is failing (or already gone).
Any suggestions to get it going or to recover data would be appreciated.
I have been keeping home PCs running for over 20 years now and I'm really getting tired of it. For the first time I'm looking at Macs...