Sounds like what you might be experiencing is known as the Click Of Death
from the hard drive.
This means the hard drive is failing.
How old is the laptop and is there a warranty on it still?
Being this could be possible I would highly recommend while it is running now that you backup all important data like documents, videos, music and movies.
Once that is done the I suggest testing the hard drive using the instructions below. But please backup your data before doing this as you may not be able to boot the system later
As for the actual error message you reference I'm including a explanation.
(Click to consult the online MSDN article.)
One of the many processes or threads crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated. As a result, the system can no longer function. Specific causes are many, and often best resolved by a careful history of the problem and the circumstances of the error message. One user, who experienced this on return from Standby mode on Win XP SP2, found the cause was that Windows was installed on a slave drive;
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
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.Thanks to Broni for the instructions