Unfortunately I'm having a problem with my PC in that it just freezes during the start-up process on the Windows XP screen. To explain, when I switch the computer on, after a few seconds it reaches the black Windows XP screen with the little 'loading' bar at the bottom, as usual. 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.
The strange thing is that this has happened before, a couple of times if memory serves, and without me being able to do anything to remedy the problem, it mysteriously resolves itself after a few days or just over a week. I really am at a loss as to why this happens, why it seems to cure itself (at least in the past!) and what I can do to stop it happening again! I don't think I had installed anything or changed the system in any way immediately prior to having this problem. This latest episode started about two days ago. If anyone can offer me any advice or help me out at all I would be hugely grateful.