I'm not very good with technical jargon but... When the computer starts up, I type in the boot password, the screen where you can press F8 to go into Safe Mode flashes up, and then the loading bar comes up... After about a second, the loading bar freezes in it's place and however long I leave it it stays there. It doesn't freeze in a set position, just within the first quarter of the bar. Similarly, if I hit F8 repeatedly on startup, it freezes on the screen that asks me what mode I want to boot on... This is a serious problem for me... I can't use my PC! Is there any way to save it WITHOUT saving the files on to an external hard drive and wiping in clean? Thanks, Pete.