Got a kid's DELL Inspiron running windows Vista. Booting hangs shortly after the "Microsoft Windows" logo and animated side-to-side scroll bar appears. It sits there for a minute, and the screen goes blank except for the mouse pointer.
Attempted to boot all of the safe modes and they all hang shortly after a message about loading CRCDISK.SYS.
Attempted Startup Repair but that seems to run through its paces and then restarts into the same hang situation as before.
Booted the factory reinstallation dvd looking for some repair functionality and found a "repair your computer" option, but that sent me right into Startup Repair again... I watched it loop on a screen saying "this might take several minutes" for an hour or so before a window pops that says "Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically".
I don't want to reinstall if that can be avoided - kid wants their data back.