every time I restart it hangs after the boot screen with a blank screen my keyboard lights all turn on and everything is unresponsive.
when I restart from there I get the boot selet screen that asks if I want safe mode.
I first instictivly choose last known good settings. - same deal
so then I choose safe mode and restore to an earlier date, doesnt matter what date I choose or what installs I choose to have undone it almost always works correctly after that.

and then next time I restart the same thing happens again

any ideas...

I had this sort of problem recently (not on 64bit OS standard 32bit but maybe that's not relevant here). It was windows update trying to install latest critical patches in the background. So I did the restore thing like you and booted, first thing I did after that was launch IE and selected windows update from the Tools menu and went through a manual update. After that no more problems.

will try.... updates soon...

... edit... seemed to work for now
will keep posted if it turns out to be a fluke
thanks for the advice

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