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Can' A few days ago, my Acer (Aspire 2920Z) suddenly froze. I was impatient enough to push the power button to turn it off. When I turned it on again, it would not want to load windows. For 5 mins it will keep loading "Microsoft Corporation". Then it will say: "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause." Choosing option 1 does not lead any where, as it says "Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically". And after failing to repair, it turns its


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If you have another computer, and just want to backup the data, you can get a external hard drive enclosure for laptop hard drives, and then take out the hard drive from your laptop. I would recommend doing this before you try the next step. The external enclosure costs about $20 and you can find it in local Staples, Bestbuy etc.

As for the computer itself, it'd help if you can find a Windows XP/Vista DVD/CD, put it in and then restart the computer. Once you see "Press any key to start from the CD/DVD", press any key. This is before you see the windows screen. Then, go through a few steps as if you're going to re-install Windows. There is one step where you can choose "Repair Windows Installation". Try this one first. Your computer will then reboot.

If this didn't solve the problem, you should consider reinstalling windows (not the entire computer). You can do the same thing as above, except install it into C. Windows will protest because it finds an old installation, but just go ahead and create another folder for your new copy of windows (say, c:\\windows_sucks\\). This will take some time, and if you are using Windows 2000 or XP, you might need to install some computer drivers, as well as most programs you had before. BUT, the good thing is, all your stuff will be there. REMEMBER do not format any hard drive. You can find your favorites, My Documents and so on, all under the old installation folder.

If all these fails, I would suggest getting the data out (see first paragraph), then format the hard drive and install a new copy of Windows.

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