Hoping to avoid reformatting my laptop. Last night I ran both a Flash update and an Adobe Acrobat update. While doing the restart for the Adobe update, my laptop didn't boot correctly -- it got stuck on the "starting windows" screen of Windows 7. I ran the startup repair wizard but after 15 hours it was still running and looked like it still hadn't even started (the screen just showed "checking for problems" for hours).
I have tried booting my laptop into safe mode. It gets to the screen where it's loading all the necessary files and drivers but never actually gets into Windows. A friend suggested I need to adjust my BIOS but it's not something I'm familiar with and would appreciate some expert advice.
If possible I'd like to avoid reformatting my laptop. Though I back it up regularly I was in the middle of an important document which I have no complete second copy of. Because of course that's the way it always goes.