Turns out the laptop only needs a new battery.
The desktop will start booting and then goes directly to the start in "safe" mode with other options.
It seems now Windows doesn't want to run. Have I lost all my data from that computer? (At least what i haven't backed up?)
Thad, boot it up in safe mode and copy your data off to another drive like an external. If you can't get it to access that drive at all take MLB's suggestion and pull the hard drive out and have some one pull the files off of there.
Then go out and buy your elf a 1TB external and back up your data on a regular basis. After all isn't your data worth more than $150.00?