Vista freezing on startup

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Golden123

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Hey, my computer has gone through a string of problems since yesterday. Firstly, it suddenly crashed so I had to turn it off via the power button. Following this, Windows would not boot and only gave me the options for Startup Repair or Start Windows Normally (which would lead to a black screen).

This morning I left it on Startup Repair where it was "attempting repairs" for several hours. When I next checked the screen showed "Configuring Updates 3 of 3 - 100% complete." I also left this for a while and the screen turned a black screen with a Windows Vista logo on it. Nothing was happening so I switched the computer off again via the power button and turned it back on.

So my current predicament is that now although Windows boots successfully (I think its slower than usual), it freezes as soon as the desktop appears. Clicking anywhere will cause it to freeze. Safe mode works usually, though the same problem has also happened there. Even a diagnostic boot with services disabled causes this as soon as I click anything on the screen at the desktop.

I've restsrted the computer so many times already and have no clue how to fix this without losing all my files. So any help is GREATLY appreciated. I have no System Restores that I can use.

As a last resort, would a clean install of Vista work? I have a disc. As I have 2 hard drives on my computer, would only one be formatted for the install? Basically could I backup everything onto the second drive.

Thanks in advance
 
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1. Stop turning it off at the wall, this is bad for your HDD
2. go into safe mode and scan your hdd for errors
3. try using system restore

now windows vista is a bit crap and it is slow so when it takes 3 hours to finish updates that's just how long it takes, HOWEVER this also depends on your system specs, what are your specs?

finaly if you are going to go and reinstall windows think verry seriously about geting win7 because it looks like vista but it works properly.
 
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