Please help with Vista startup problem

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Hi,
This morning, I went to start my computer, (HP desktop, Vista 32-bit, 4 GB RAM, 1 year old.) Right after the usual HP startup screens, I get a black and white screen saying something like "Windows did not start normally" and asks me to choose between:
-Running startup repair or
-Start windows normally

I choose to run the startup repair, and it begins and continues to "repair the startup" for more than 4 hours. I think that something got messed up, so I shut it down and run it again. This time, it runs for about 8 hours. It was responding fine, the blue bar kept moving back and forth the entire time. Both times, when I went to cancel the repair, nothing happened, so I had to shut it down.

I also tried the other option, starting it normally, but nothing happened, it just looked like it froze, on a solid colored screen.

I actually had this happen before to me, but the startup repair fixed the problem in about an hour, and it worked fine.

I was reading some other forums, but do I have to somehow repair it manually? Like do I need a Vista disc in order to fix it or something to that nature? I have no idea why this is happening. Can somebody please help me?

All help is appreciated!
Thanks!
 
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I believe if you tap F8 after pressing the power button and choose "Repair Your Computer", among the options should be System restore and then choose a date far enough back it should return you to a working state.
 
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