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"Windows did not start successfully."


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The other day, my laptop restarted for no apparent reason, and upon reboot faultered then went to a black screen that says:

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your comuter stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows Normally.

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Cammand Promt

Last Known Good Configuration

Start Windows Normally

Which ever is chosen results in the same screen.
Has anyone come across this before?

Edited by psycheana, 28 January 2006 - 10:57 AM.

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all the time.

It is likely some system files are damaged. Do you have a windows xp disc, if so, boot with the windows xp disk and choose REPAIR WITH RECOVERY CONSOLE option (press R)

Once in, type

chkdsk /r
<enter>

take a walk, it will take some time
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Thanks, taking that hike now.
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Recovery took less than a minute, but didn't solve the issue. right back to the same screen. rebooting, trying again.

Edited by psycheana, 28 January 2006 - 11:09 AM.

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No way should that have taken less than a minute. How big is the drive?

Also, is enable VGA mode an option?
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rebooting, trying again.
no clue on the VGA. total novice.
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It shut down right in the middle of the Recovery. Should I try again?
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I'm sorry...shut down in the middle of recovery...I do not know what you mean.

Do you mean it shut down in the middle of chkdsk running, or while the recovery console was loading?

Can you hear fans? I't beginning t sound like either a) heat build up, b) bad power supply, perhaps.
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Yes I mean it shut down in the middle of chkdsk running. Probably heat build up. Have restarted and am running the Recovery Console one more time.
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It shut down again at 52% completion. Heat build-up shouldn't have been an issue as I've raised it up on a mesh platform and placed an extra fan under it. I'm baffled.
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The laptop continues to shut down in the middle of running Recovery Console. Now when I try to run Revocery Console (pressing R on the "Welcome to Setup" page), it gives me this window:

The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality.
Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer
1: C:\WINDOWS
Which Windows installation would you like to log onto <To cancel, press ENTER>


I can't even get it to run the Recovery Console any more. What has happened? What are the next steps I need to take?
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that is the recovery console...did you select 1 (the number)
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You can try the quick fix

Last Known Good Configuration
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Last known didn't work. Had to reinstall XP. Something malicious ate me up. Thanks for all your help though!!

Edited by psycheana, 29 January 2006 - 10:35 PM.

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