I left my computer on overnight, like I always do, and I woke up this morning to see it frozen at the "Starting Windows" splash screen. So I restarted it. Now whenever I boot up, my computer restarts at the "Starting Windows" splash.
This has happened to me before about 2-3 months ago and In resolved this problem by inserting the windows disc and running a system restore. However, I lost a lot of data when I did that - most programs didn't even work.
My question to you is: Is there another way? Also, How can I prevent this? What is causing this?
Well, I finally get back to my dorm and much to my surprise, the computer booted properly. All I did was leave it off for a few hours and viola. However, I'm still concerned with the whole restart at splash screen deal since I know that this is not the first time it has occurred.
Also, When I logged in I got the confirmation from the tray icon saying "Updates were successful". Knowing that, the splash screen restart issue occurred while windows updates automatically restarted my machine.
I am not totally sure what the real cause for all this was. Maybe someone else knows?