I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium, which came installed on my laptop, which is a Gateway FX MS2252 I am not the original owner of this computer, it was given to me by a friend that moved to another state, but I'm pretty sure it didn't come with a Vista Installation disk. The problem I am having is that when I power the computer on, it shows the "Gateway" screen, then a black screen, then it has a black screen with a loading bar that has green bars that run across it. It will load normally for a short while, then it will freeze on that screen. I have let it sit there like that for hours, and it doesn't keep going. By using F8, I've tried using the Last Good Configuration, which didn't work, then Safe Mode and Safe Mode with Networking, and both of those work (that's how I'm on here). I tried opening the command prompt and using check disk (which couldn't run), using MSCONFIG to turn off all startup services, using MSCONFIG to set the computer to "Normal Boot", and I've used "sfc/scannow". None of these fixed the issue. The problem just kind of sprung up out of the blue. I hadn't even been on my laptop in a few days (although it was running) and I haven't installed anything new or anything like that. I run Avast and keep it updated, and I use it and Malewarebytes both to scan my computer on a regular basis. When the problem first arose, like I said, I hadn't been on my computer in a few days, and it had been running. I opened it up to find that it was frozen on the screen with the loading bar, like it had installed updates and tried to restart. I turned it off, then turned it back on, and it did the same thing again. I don't want to do anything to lose any of my files. If it comes to that, I'll just trash the laptop and buy a desktop and use a caddy for the hard drive to get all of the files off or else buy a new, bigger hard drive and install Windows 7 on it, getting the files off of this hard drive using a caddy. I have tons of pictures and graphic design projects saved on here, plus all of my music.