Quote from thenerdal
Get into safe mode and do a system restore and see if that helps.
That…doesn't work. Can't get in with Safe Mode. I gave a few more details about what happens in Safe Mode a couple of posts back.
Quote from HeavyLobster
Booting from a Live CD is one of the easiest ways to get data off of a computer that won't boot into Windows. All you have to do is:
*If your CD drive doesn't appear, you may have to enable booting from your CD drive from your BIOS setup, but most BIOSs have this on by default.
- Download an ISO for a Live CD (I recommend this one, but there are other choices)
- Burn the ISO to a disc
- Turn your computer on and look for anything like "Boot menu = F8" and press the button
- Put the CD in your computer
- Select your CD drive from the list of bootable devices*
- Wait for your computer to boot from the disc (this could take a while depending on how fast your CD drive is)
- Move all of your data off of your hard drive (e-mail them to yourself, upload them to Dropbox, put them on a USB drive, etc.)
- Shut down the computer
- Take the disc out at the prompt
That isn't a bad idea. It would at least allow me to get the files off of the CPU. Will Linux then be permanently installed on the computer, however? Not sure if Staples would still repair it for next to nothing if I installed a new OS than the one that they sold me…