I've got an HP laptop that a friend asked me to look at. She said that starting a couple of months ago, it wouldn't boot into Windows. It's an HP Envy 17t. The behavior that I'm seeing is that when you turn the machine on, it shows the HP splash screen during post, and just has the little circle going around and around. If you try turning it off and on enough, you may see it trying to do an automatic repair, but that always fails.
I've tried going into a command prompt, and trying the various bootrec options, but no luck so far.
I could just back the information up on it, and reformat, but if possible I'd like to avoid that to avoid having to reinstall all of the programs, preferences, etc.Or at least get it up long enough to clone the info to another hdd.
Is it possible to get the thing booting at least long enough to do that?