BSOD :: Each Time Click On Start Menu Message Comes Up Saying Critical Error

Aug 17, 2015

Each time I click on the tile for the start menu a message comes up saying critical error and will try to restart going through the same process over and over. I am able to get online using my security password program but cannot use any menu options and cannot get into setting to restore .

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[Code] ....

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