Laptop wont start up after upgraded to windows 7


Hello all,

I have old Dell laptop XPS M140, and had windows XP as the OS (my laptop has been working fine). Then my husband installed and upgraded the OS to windows worked just fine for a weeklot until in the last few days, I turned on my laptop and it wont start up anymore.

I saw this message 'windows error recovery' failed to start. A recent hardware/software change might be the cause....then there're two options to choose : launch start up repair and start windows normally..I tried both options but the laptop still wont start up.
I also got through system recovery options, then I got result :launch an internal error occurred. The following information might help to resolve the error : the system cannot find the path specified (0x80070003).

Has anyone ever experienced something like this before? How do I fix this problem? Please I need a not an expert in computer, need to use the laptop and have no clue what to do.
I also want to go back to my old XP (is that possible? since I don't have windows XP installation CD).
Thanks a lot for any help/answers in advanced!
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  1. Hi :)

    Mosst Dell lappies have a built in recovery BUT...if when he did the Windows 7 install it formatted the Hard drive, you have lost that option...

    The only option left is assuming you still have the sticker on the bottom of the laptop with the XP key on it (and assuming its still readable) you can borrow an XP disc and install from that...

    BUT...XP will install ok(after deleting win7) but when you get into XP you will have to go to Dell support and get ALL your hardware drivers....THEN all the service packs and updates for windows....

    That little lot will take around 4 to 6 HOURS....

    All the best Brett :)
  2. Thank you for the info Brett :) yes I think I still have that sticker in the bottom, and I will try to look for and borrow the XP cd.
    4-6 That seems pretty hard and long process :) but I will give it a try. Thanks!
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