Sony Vaio wont start past unsafe restart screen

  risingdream 15:14 24 May 2009

I have a problem with my laptop and Im looking for some help. Im running Windows

Xp media Centre Edition on a Sony Vaio. I'm not sure which version exactly but I

have downloaded every Windows update as of last week. After downloading a file my

antivirus software identified problems leading to me doing a sweep. When complete I

had to restart, but doing so has left my laptop unable to boot up past the 'windows

did not start properly' screen....

This is what appears when I switch it on:

'We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start successfully. A

recent software or hardware change may have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically

shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Configuration to

revert to the most recent settings that have worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the

Power or Restart button was pressed, or if you arent sure what caused the problem,

choose start Windows normally.

Safe Mode

Safe Mode with Networking

Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)

Start Windows Normally

use the Up and Down arrows to move the highlight to your choice..

Seconds until windows starts: '

This screen is familiar as the one which appears after an unexpected reset, and so

i didnt expect any problems.

However it goes to the Windows XP loading screen for a fraction of a second, gives

me a half second Blue Screen of Death, and then restarts the cycle all over again.

I have tried all of the available options in the list above and each gives this

result. Ive also tried all the advanced options available by pressing the

appropriate F key.

I dont have a recovery disc or a Windows XP disc of any kind, although I have a

legitimate copy of windows and bought my laptop new from a trade retailer.

Pausing a video of the half second blue Screen of death gives this technical

information at the bottom of the screen:

*** STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC00000025_0x000043CA... (periods added by me, its hard to

make out the rest but i can try again if it is important!).

Any ideas or help? I have another year or two left in this laptop and cant really

afford to replace it at the moment.

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