Hello all My aunts four-year-old Dell with Windows XP is having problems booting up. After two days working on it, I'm out of ideas. The computer freezes on a black screen right before you log on. The cursor is still visible, but there isn't anything to click on. It doesn't get stuck every time, but its horribly annoying to have to keep restarting until it decides to work. It even freezes in safe mode! I scanned for viruses and spyware, but it didn't find anything. Then I tried doing a clean boot to remove errors. And I tried doing a selective startup, but it didn't make a difference. My aunt mentioned something about a Windows update failing to install, but I don't imagine that would cause this problem (am I wrong?). I would like to do a system restore, but it won't work. I select a restore point, it gives me some information about the computer taking a moment to collect information and then restarting, but the computer never actually restarts after I hit next. I don't know if this is a separate issue or part of the same problem. And my aunt can't find her CD to reboot Windows. Does anyone have any more things I could try? I'd really appreciate the help.