|Yeah, a new battery isn't going to fix the problem although a bad one might have caused it if it led to a shutdown when windows was running.|
Suggest you also try 'last known good configuration' from the F8 boot menu.
Edit Your original posting indicated when you booted up you just got the blinking cursor. Are you now saying it's booting into windows but is all screwed up when it gets there?
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