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I have a P4 emachine running XP home. Last Friday it decided to get stuck on the windows screen with the running blue bar. I can get into safe mode, I've tried turning off the CA eTrust anti virus and MS antispyware in MSconfig. This allowed it to boot up on the selected restart on closing MSconfig. However, without changing anything just powered off and on again it gets stuck on the blue bar screen. There is very little disk activity to start with then nothing.
I've tried turning a bunch of other things off in the start up but no change.
I've also tried a restore point but that made no difference either.
Any suggestions on how to diagnose the problem? Safe mode starts every time though sometimes it offers XP home as the operating system to select, whereas other times it just gets on and starts up when safe mode is selected.