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Hi Folks.

I sold my previous HP Laptop tp a friend and about 8-9 months later there are problems. Everything was running so slowly, I tried virus and spyware scans but to no avail, it was still taking over 5 minutes to open.

Got my nephew to reformat the HD (he works in IT, but has gone back after the weekend now!). We had the original Windows 7 disk, so used that.

All went well last night at first.Then I downloaded MSE, Adobe, and Flash, also Firefox and Superantispyware. All was going well, very fast. Turned on this morning and it wont load!

"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software....(screen disappeared b4 i had chance to take notes)"

Then it loaded Startup Repair, and went through the process. It will go no further even after shutting down and restarting.

Get a message I dont understand:

6.1.7600.16385. unknown, -1, AutoFailer, 2, Corrupt Registry. 6.1.7600. then when I go to advanced, a load of messages I dont understand, and finally, Root cause Registry Corrupt. Get the same thing every time!!!

Could it be the Hard Drive?

After searching the forum here I found similar problems but not after a reformat! Also I noticed the full text of the message mentioned above, and note that 1 option was to put in the Disc and turn on. Havent done that. If that is your advice I will wait till he is home again!

Any ideas or opinions?


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