Laptop fails to go past starting windows


Aug 17, 2011
my emachines laptop was working fin yestrday but went to turn it on and it says starting windows but wont do anything after that and if you press the power button while it does that it shuts off in a half of second please help
Hello fmcovino;

It might be that your HDD is having problems or the Win OS is having a problem.
What version of Windows? Can you get into Windows using Safe Mode?

Try booting up with a different OS that doesn't need a HDD to run.
UBuntu Desktop It's Linux, not Windows, but you can run it from your CD/DVD drive (or USB thumb drive).

A successful run should point at a bad HDD and you might even have a chance to use Ubuntu file manage to rescue any files still visible on the HDD.