God help me. I come home from a christmas party and my computer is practically destroyed.
One of my relatives was using it to play solitaire and apparently he shut it down in the normal procedure and it wouldn't turn itself off. It was stuck on the screen "Windows is shutting down".
Everytime I use it afterwars, the following happens:
It takes 50 times as long to get from one screen to another...when it searches for the boot devices, testing memory etc and my hardisk is lighting up like a Christmas tree. It then asks for the boot disk.
Have I lost all my data? What's gone wrong with the registry or my operating system? How can I rectify this problem? I cannot access windows!
I'm using Windows XP Home Edition.