okay so ive been running windows Vista 64-bit
(Core 2 Quad CPU, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD)
on friday i ran all of my antivirus, spyware, and maleware removal programs
after that was done i defraged my HDD Friday Night
when i got up saturday morning optimized my HDD and went to work for 12 hrs
(both of those options is offered by JKDefrag/MyDefrag [i cant remember what its called right now])
when i got home everything was still running, and it was finished
so i shut down my pc
now i cannot get to my password screen for Vista
if i select start windows normally it just keeps cycling over and over again
it will flash a blue screen (no text) then the system will reboot
if i select safe mode it starts to load all of the drivers
(i see a long list scroll by)
and then i see this V
it sits at this driver for a bit, then it restarts
now i have performed a back up a couple of weeks before
but what has me at my wits end is this
i dont want to loose all of my product keys
such as Vista, Office 2010, Octane Renderer ($119), all of my saved files
all of the guides that i have made and saved
and all of my tax info
so what should i do?
should i go and get another HDD and do a fresh install on the new drive
then try to do a restore
and use the back up file that i did
would that even work?
how big of a HDD should i get?
or is there an easier way to fix my pc?
i appreciate any help you guys can give me