ah alright then. is it easy to do a system repair on windows 7? I hope I don't have to reinstall windows? and by reinstall, does that mean I have to export/import my user settings and files manually, or does it automatically keep everything like i had it?
Normally a Repair Install is all that is needed and will only reset the system files and drivers so all of your programs and settings will remain intact (unless you are also changing other things like adding or removing a HDD which will then require resetting your shortcuts etc. since the drive letter assignments may change. If for some reason the Repair install does not work then a complete reinstall may be needed in which case all of your settings\programs will need to be redone also ! (Not really anyway to be sure if it will be needed or not so Best to make a backup of everything you might need first just in case !!