I started my laptop yesterday and it started booting up, then stopped and re-booted again. After this happened several times, I pressed F8 on the start-up, and then went into safe mode.
I then did a system restore to the last restore date (that I manually did a few days earlier), and re-booted.
The start-up up did take a lot longer, but did manage to boot, and everything seemed fine after that.
I then decided to re-boot just to see if the problem had been rectified, and it went back to starting up and then re-booting over again. Once again I pressed F8 and clicked the option "Last Known Good Configuration". I then went through the troubleshooter for start-up problems, and ran 'msconfig'.
I clicked on 'selective start-up' and it then brought up errors on the re-boot. After more troubleshooting, I identified the problems as these 3 startup systems: wireless configuration, keyhook, and utility tray.
I then had had enough and tried to re-boot in 'normal' mode. However it kept going back to the 'diagnostic mode' rather then the 'normal' mode. I also cannot do a system restore because the date is not highlighted in bold anymore.
So, it seems that I have start-up issues
Please note, I do not have any internet connection on this particular machine as I am in the process of switching to broadband from dial-up. I am accessing the internet and this forum away from my machine at home.