Desperate need of help. Laptop has Fatal Sys Error
Went to start Gateway XP laptop (5 yrs old but was working great till this morning) this morning and black screen came up with scrolling bar with Microsoft Windows words under bar. Desktop would not come up. Rebooted. then got Fatal Sys Erro 0x00000000 (0xC0000221, 0x00100440). The system has been shut down.
Tried to reboot in safe mode by hitting F8. Safe mode started loading windows files....by got hung up. Said "please wait", but nothing else happened.
This is my work computer (I work from home) and looking for some kind of instruction on what to do next. I'm typing this from a very old slow desktop, so at least I have some kind of communication.
PS: No new programs have been installed except WinPatrol 2 weeks ago.
Anyone have advice? Help. Thx