I'm unfortunately having a big problem with my computer, one that has happened all of a sudden. Just a few days ago, I switched the computer on as usual and after a few seconds it reached the black Windows XP screen with the little 'loading' bar at the bottom. Of course normally it would almost immediately go past this to the blue 'welcome' screen before allowing me to type my log-in password and access my user account. But for some reason now it just stays frozen on the Windows XP screen with the little bar scrolling across at the bottom. It would stay on that screen all day if I let it.
I pressed the reset button and that brought up the black screen with text about how Windows had not started up properly, with several options on how to proceed. I chose 'Start using last known good settings' but unfortunately the computer once again got stuck on the Windows XP screen. Luckily I can use the computer in 'Safe mode with networking' allowing me to access my files and use the internet, but obviously a lot of the computer's functionality is disabled in Safe Mode.
I'm just wondering if anyone can shed any light on why this problem has occurred. I don't think I had installed anything or changed the system in any way immediately prior to having this problem. If anyone can offer me any advice or help me out at all I would be hugely grateful.