From: Computerpilot on 06/28/2002
Well, there are a million different issues that could be occuring. Let start from the top. See if these ideas work, then post back for more...
You do not need to run scandisk. Simply hit enter or click the skip button (depending on the version of Windows you have). Does this work? If you are getting an error message, is it a windows protection error?
When you start your computer and the windows screen starts, hit the F8 key (I like to hit it every couple of seconds to be sure I get it) to get to the optional boot menu. Choose safe mode. Does that get you in? If so, your operating system may support 'restore to last known good...'. You can choose this option in the advanced startup options menu.
Did you recently make a software or hardware change? Perhaps this might be creating a problem.
In some operating systems, you can run repairs on the system files. I would be happy to instruct you on how to do this with a little more information.
One other option is a step-by-step confirmation in the advanced startup menu (F8 at startup). You can choose this and windows will launch every driver and program separately. It will ask for confirmation (hit enter) for each item that loads. If you experience a lockup or restart after you hit enter on one of the items, then you can post back and tell us what it was and we can help you fix the problem.
To get into windows, skip the scan disk at startup and you should get in or at least see an error message. Start there and work with my other suggestions.