I've read through a lot of threads regarding this problem and haven't found any workable solution. I'll try to make everything as clear as possible and include any information that may be helpful.
The netbook was running Windows 7 Professional and began having problems after one of those pesky Automatic Updates from Microsoft. There was also a problem with malware infecting every other computer on my network, but that's probably just a conincidence since I never saw the fake "Windows Recovery" on my netbook.
At first, everything would seem to boot normally, but right before you got to the log-in screen, startup recovery would run and restart my netbook repeatedly.
After mucking around with Command Prompt (the most often suggested solution) the netbook now goes into Windows Boot Manager.
At this point, I know that it would be best to simply reinstall or repair using the reinstallation disk/usb, but I don't have it so I need another solution.
In Windows Boot Manager, I get the message that "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause." I'm assuming that this has to do with the Automatic Updating.
The suggested solution is that I use the afforementioned and missing reinstallation disc to run system repair, but I obviously can't do that.
"If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance. File: \Windows\System32\Drivers\dlgeedo.sys Status: 0xc0000098 Info: windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing or corrupt
My options are either to Continue or to Exit. Exit simply leads around in circles.
When I hit continue, I get the choice between:
Choose an operating system to start:
Windows 7 Professional
To specify an advanced option for this choice, press F8.
If I choose to start Windows 7, I get the Windows Error Recovery page. My options being to use the reinstallation disc or to enter Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, Last Known Good Configuration or Start Normally.
All listed options (safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration and start normally) all route back to the Windows Error Recovery page, sending me in circles.
When F8 is selected at the Windows Boot Manager, Advanced Boot Manager shows up.
Safe Mode/Safe Mode with Networking/Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable Low-Resolution Video (640x480)
Last known good configuration
Directory services restore mode
Disable automatic restart on system failure
Disable driver signature enforcement
Start Windows Normally
Again, the options listed above return me to the Windows Boot Manager.
I can access the BIOS Setup Options, Network Boot or Change Boot Device Order when the netbook is first started up. Not that any of those options seem to be of much use.
If there is a way to fix this without installing an operating system, that would be preferable. Any helpful response would be greatly appreciated.