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Laptop won't fully load Windows

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Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I have a Toshiba Satellite 17" laptop computer running Win 7 on an AMD processor.
The computer was running fine until one day the user started it up, it got past the POST and BIOS load and up to what usually is right before the login screen.

This is the blue screen with the circular icon, which denotes "loading".  It never goes past this screen.  It just keeps going and you can see the processor light going on and off rhythmically every few seconds.

It fully starts in safe mode.  I tried the last known good configuration - doesn't work.
I tried removing the battery and holding down the power button for 30 seconds and plugging it back in - doesn't work.
The last piece of software installed on it was QuickBooks2009.  But I can't uninstall in safe mode as it won't allow me to run uninstaller in safe mode.  I don't know if this problem occured on the very next startup, as it isn't my computer.

I don't have an Win 7 disk readily available, so I will consider that option my last resort.

Please assist.

Thank you.
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