Tonight, I was playing a game (online) and I logged out. I got the "not responding" error message. I clicked "end now"....nothing happened. Repeatedly. Finally, eveyrhting froze, so I tried control/alt/delete. Nothing happened. Still frozen. So I used the "panic button" to reboot.
When it rebooted, it went to the screen that says Windows did not shut down successfully, do you want to go to Safe Mode (three choices of that), try last known config that worked, or start in regular mode.
I tried ALL combinations, in safe mode, did a system restore, which it said was successful. But, when I tried to boot up, it would just sit and "whir" as it tried to load windows...the little green bar going around and around and around and....
Finally, the screen went completely dark. It whirred some more. And it did boot up. I'm trying as we speak to get some backup disks made of pics and things I don't want to lose.
What should I do to keep this from happening again? And what kind of corrective measures should I make?