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Windows XP will not boot


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donatwave

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Hello, I have an old Compaq Pressario 2700T laptop, 40G HD, 512Mgs Ram, Win XP home Edition. PC was updating with MS update. When I got home, it had crashed. Tried to reboot- Nothing.. No Safe Mode, nothing. Tried to REPAIR Windows using recovery console w/original CDs-Nothing! Then tried install and repair. Now I get Windows background without desktop.

Can the HD info be saved? If I press Control-Alt-Delete, I can see task manager with processes running, can't access HD or Start button.
Please HELP!

Thanks,
Don
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Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.
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