It's interesting to note I've just had the exact
same problem. Startup and shutdown were going increasingly slowly for about a week beforehand, then on 26th Nov it all buggered up and refused to get past the bootup screen unless I went into safe mode and did a system recovery from a few days previous. (and even that was only a temporary measure - allowed me to reboot/shut down for a day, but the next day the problem came back again)
What hardware do you have in there? I've listed mine on the side - I also have an LG DVD writer which has been making some funny noises lately. I suspected Win Updates to be the cause but aren't entirely sure it's not hardware-related (if we both had a Fatal1ty motherboard that died in the same week it wouldn't surprise me too much).
This is my first attempt at building a system which could very well have a part to play in my bootup problem, but the system had been running fine for 2 months and only had problems this Saturday, so I dunno.
Anyway, I formatted C: and reinstalled Windows and everything's been going fine until I started installing Windows Updates. Then I got stuck on the boot screen, rebooted and hit F8 and selected 'log boot' (or something like that) and then I booted up fine.... but I haven't dared turn the computer off since then - so if anyone has any hasty replies they'd be appreciated!Could anyone out there *without* a nuked C: confirm whether Microsoft released a Windows Update sometime in the last week - probably around the 25th??
Edit: I just noticed it doesn't display my system spec. It's:AMD 64 3200+
Abit Fatal1ty AN8-SLI Motherboard with uGuru panel
NVidia GeForce 7800 GTX
2 Gigs Corsair RAM (which for some unknown reason refuse to run in dual mode)
2x 250 gig Seagate HD's
On-board soundcard (getting a much better, Fatal1ty X-Fi one for Xmas )
and some dust.
Edited by nogoodreason, 28 November 2005 - 10:43 AM.