Writing this from my desktop so may have some difficulties adding diagnostics from my laptop but here we go.
My laptop won't boot. It worked fine last thursday but gave an error message since friday (my son tried booting it) and this morning (I tried). After the initial 'normal' screens I got a message (that I unfortunately cannot recall).
I then picked up my recovery disks but the only option I got out off that was to bring my laptop int he state it was in when I first got it. I guess that's a bit of a last resort as it will mean I'll lose quite a bit of data (last backup was november last year. Most of my data could be refound via email attatchments but that would cost me a lot of time).
So I refrained from this - for the moment.
After retrying, you never know after all, to boot I was send to the 'windows boot manager' screen.
It tells me that windows failed to start (duh) and asks me to repair everything by inserting my windows installation disk. That's a bit of a problem as I never got one of these when I got the laptop. I was asked to make the aforemenationed recovery disks and I assumed that would do the very same job.
It also tells me there's a problem in the file: \windows\system32\winload.exe
Now the obvious question is:
Could someone help me to restart the laptop, if possible without loss of data. Even if it's only to be able to create one last backup I'll be happy as I can then use said recovery disks.
Thanks in advance, you lot are ace!