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#11iammaxhailmePosted 8/18/2013 8:28:00 AM
If you have another computer you can use, try putting your laptop's hard drive in an external enclosure to see if you can access it.
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#12cuteboi100Posted 8/18/2013 8:29:16 AM
There's probably nothing wrong with your laptop, just needs as fresh install of OS. So save your files and reinstall.
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#13LordSeiferPosted 8/18/2013 8:30:06 AM
im surprised no one has suggested trying to use the windows DVD and just repair his current installation
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#14SlaynPosted 8/18/2013 8:31:29 AM
It honestly doesn't sound like a corrupt Windows.
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#15keybladesrus(Topic Creator)Posted 8/18/2013 8:32:00 AM
iammaxhailme posted...
If you have another computer you can use, try putting your laptop's hard drive in an external enclosure to see if you can access it.


I don't know what this means.
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#16cuteboi100Posted 8/18/2013 8:34:02 AM
Slayn posted...
It honestly doesn't sound like a corrupt Windows.


You're right, it is a little off. Might as well try though.
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#17keybladesrus(Topic Creator)Posted 8/18/2013 8:35:44 AM
cuteboi100 posted...
There's probably nothing wrong with your laptop, just needs as fresh install of OS. So save your files and reinstall.


How do I do this when I can't get past the Compaq logo screen?

And where do I get a Windows DVD and how would I use it? Again, I can't get past the Compaq logo.
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#18cuteboi100Posted 8/18/2013 8:39:31 AM(edited)
keybladesrus posted...
cuteboi100 posted...
There's probably nothing wrong with your laptop, just needs as fresh install of OS. So save your files and reinstall.


How do I do this when I can't get past the Compaq logo screen?

And where do I get a Windows DVD and how would I use it? Again, I can't get past the Compaq logo.


Just google "how to reinstall windows". If windows came pre-installed on your laptop you might be out of luck. Unless you made a factory reset disc.
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#19keybladesrus(Topic Creator)Posted 8/18/2013 8:48:10 AM
cuteboi100 posted...
keybladesrus posted...
cuteboi100 posted...
There's probably nothing wrong with your laptop, just needs as fresh install of OS. So save your files and reinstall.


How do I do this when I can't get past the Compaq logo screen?

And where do I get a Windows DVD and how would I use it? Again, I can't get past the Compaq logo.


Just google "how to reinstall windows". If windows came pre-installed on your laptop you might be out of luck. Unless you made a factory reset disc.


Windows came installed, and I don't have a factory reset disc. And if I did, I'd like to avoid that because it's my files that I'm the most concerned with.

Also, how do I USE that Unbunto thing? Will I be able to use it despite my pc not getting past the Compaq logo? Or will that let it get past that point?
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#20fallenswordsPosted 8/18/2013 8:56:20 AM
cuteboi100 posted...
keybladesrus posted...
ThePCElitist posted...
Worst case scenario use an Ubuntu boot drive from a USB thumb drive and boot into your PC and see if you can't access your HDD data to back it up.


What is an Ubuntu boot drive, and where can I get one?


Ubuntu is an free operating system and you can put it on a USB drive to run. That makes it so you can access your original HDD as a slave drive.


or you could just use puppy...

http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm
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