laptop messed up

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  1. ganons
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    ganons GBAtemp Addict

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    My cousins dell inspirion 1545 don't work, its says boot normal or repair and when I try either it loops to the same menu. Its windows 7. Can't recover the files or boot into os
     
  2. kirbymaster101

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    Format and reinstall widnwos? That's what I would do..
     
  3. m3rox

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    There is no option for 'startup repair'?
     
  4. ganons
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    There is and when I do that it, it freezes on a black screen
     
  5. kevan

    kevan Imagination rules the world

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    Same.
     
  6. Jasper07

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    I would get the hdd out and put it in a desktop, then back up all of my files, format the disk, download windows 8 beta and install it, put the hdd back in the laptop and we're all done.
     
  7. kevan

    kevan Imagination rules the world

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    But it's a dev build...
     
  8. Scorpei

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    QFT except for the win 8 bit. It's a developer preview. Install Win 7 instead especially seeing as you probably have a legitimate key for it. Of course installing windows with the hdd in the laptop [​IMG].

    Btw you could try: insert the windows DVD and boot from it. Then it a repair windows option somewhere in the installer. See if that can find the problem for you. Some times, it actually does.
     
  9. FireEmblemGuy

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    Yeah, I'd try doing startup repair from an install DVD before doing anything as drastic as reinstalling Windows.
     
  10. ganons
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    Formatting and reinstalling windows is the last option I waana do as I want salvage any files that he wants

    I dont wanna pop the drive in another laptop as it might screw up the other, migh be bad virus?

    Well the thing my cousin is not good with compters and he got it as a gift so not sure which version of windows it but I think this is a good idea.
     
  11. JoostinOnline

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    I suggest a live CD of Linux. It will help you recover your files in case you can't fix your computer without formatting. You can look at some here:
    http://distrowatch.com/
     
  12. Magsor

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    This is a good and a bad advice. It really depends on what you want. Windows 8 is kind of a a sucessor to windows xp. If you really like windows 7, win 7 is a better choice. And as far as win 8 being a dev build, its as stable as xp can be i think(at least more stable than vista hahaha).
     
  13. ganons
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    Well I tried to repair with 64bit edition it said incorrect so I took the hdd out and loaded up via usb and it showed the hdd as 48gb total when it says 320gb :wtf:

    Anyway I thought Id do a fresh install and now it hangs everytime in the windows splash!!!!
     
  14. Originality

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    48GB? Sounds like the HDD has died/is on it's last legs. Get a new one and try again.
     
  15. ganons
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    Well the hdd at this point is not important I guess but I can't even do a fresh install