Now, whenever I fire up the PC it goes to an error screen stating the computer was improperly shut down blah blah blah, and gives you the options of 'starting windows normally', 'starting from the most recent working settings', and 'booting in safe mode'. With the former two the computer goes to the 'windows loading' screen, then after 20 seconds or so of that, a blue screen with a bunch of text flashes for like a tenth of a second, and the computer reboots back to the original error screen. When selecting the former option, a list of drivers starts scrolling down the screen, but each time freezes at the same spot, and once again the computer reboots to the original error screen.
I tried going into the BIOS, but there doesn't appear to be anything there that can help me(I didn't think there would be). I'd really like to avoid having to reinstall Windows and losing what's on the hard drive(programs, music, etc.). They didn't have Norton Ghost installed or anything similar installed.
The computer is a Compaq running Windows XP. I honestly have no idea if it's SP 1 or 2, though(and they wouldn't either).
Anyone know of a secret button combination that will rectify this(hehe), or any other tips, so I don't have to deal with my brother constantly wanting to use my laptop to check his MySpace page?