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Boot normally -- it hangs on "Starting Windows" animation forever.

Boot safe mode -- it bluescreens.

Boot with a recovery CD (or try Repair Installation directly without a CD) -- it hangs on the green loading bar forever.

I dual-boot Ubuntu and can get into the Ubuntu partition fine so I don't think anything is necessarily wrong with the harddrive, but the Ubuntu partition is tiny and I rarely use it and can't access my Windows files anyway.

Is there anything I can try that'll help repair whatever happened? I just want to run a checkdisk utility or something similar that'll repair whatever got botched.

My laptop:

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Any USB storage devices plugged in? Have seen this casue a very long hang. Almost 15 minutes with a USB DVD-RW once – Dave M Apr 9 '12 at 23:30
No, nothing plugged in – John Smith Apr 9 '12 at 23:37
For that note, nothing plugged in anywhere other than the power cord. – John Smith Apr 9 '12 at 23:54
Test your memory – Moab Apr 10 '12 at 21:28

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