When I went to turn on my Gateway laptop this morning, it wouldn't start up. I have Windows 7, and have been running on it fine for about four months. When I turn the computer on, it shows the "Windows is Starting" screen, but then it goes to a black
screen with just the cursor, sits there for a few minutes, then restarts again. Then I tried running in safe mode (going to the boot menu, selecting "safe mode") and ran into the same problem: It would go to a black screen with the cursor, hold there, then
restart again. Is this a virus? Is there any way for me to get to system restore from the boot menu? I can still access the BIOS set-up, but I don't know what I can do from there to help. Thanks!
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You can try some of these in Safe Mode - repeatedly tap F8 as you boot. (Try later if you gain partial
If you do not have a Windows 7 disk you can borrow a friends as they are not copy
protected. Your System maker will also sell the physical DVD cheap since you already
own Windows. Also you can make a repair disk on another computer.
Try Startup Repair - (If at ANY point you gain some but not full access to Windows come
back and try Startup Repair again.)