I've just spent the last few mins directing expletives at my PC and Windows XP in particular, although I'm hoping the problem I have can be fixed and I don't just have to put up with it. Here's my problem - my wife and myself each have our own profile in Windows XP Home. Whenever I log her off and to go back to my profile to shut down or restart the computer just refuses to restart - it doesn't even get to the Windows XP logo screen, it just hangs on a black screen after the white bios writing comes on.
Gradually I have had to restart more and more times for it to boot up until today when I must have restarted 30+times. What forced me to have to restart was a power cut, at the time ONLY my wife was logged on so it seems her profile/settings or whatever are causing the problems. Am I supposed to leave a bigger gap between attempted restarts? Cos as it is I have been simply turning it off at the back then restarting one time after the other.
This is incredibly frustrating and although I am not that much in the know about XP and technical stuff in general it seems this having seperate user profiles is totally lame. When I install something it seems to make it's own mind up if it installs on my wifes profile aswell. Yesterday I installed 3 or 4 new programs on my profile and only one of them installed on my wife's desktop. I had a pretty basic PC with Windows '98 for four years and I'm not exaggerating when I say I've had 10 times the problems with this much more powerful one in 4 months than I did with that one in 4 years.
I do Spyware scans reguarly(I have Adaware, Spybot S+D, Spysweeper, Spyware Blaster), do virus scans reguarly(I have AVG Anti Virus and do the online housecall scan too) and generally take care to look after this PC the best I can. I have Ashampoo Winoptmizer which I got cos it's very highly rated in keeping your PC in good working order. I use it to get rid of unrequired files in the hard drive and registry. I ditched IE a few months back to use Mozilla Firefox exclusively too.
Sorry I sound so annoyed here but we spent a lot of money on this PC and the amount of problems we have had is massive compared to it's trusty predecessor. BTW we have Service Pack 2. If anyone can help with these problems it would be much appreciated. I apologise for the mammoth post.