Hello, Last night I turned my PC off before I should of because it said that it was configuring updates despite not downloading or installing any, I have set it up so that I decide whether or not to download and install updates rather than have it do it completely automatically as it recommends. Anyway, it was doing something and I didn't quite catch what it was doing exactly cause I didn't care to read it but I'd say it probably told me not to switch off the computer, I did. So this morning I tried to start it up as usual and went to make some coffee which is plenty of time for it to boot up fully. When I got back to the screen it was a black screen with the mouse pointer there, I could move it about press Caps Lock etc so it wasn't frozen. I noticed the hard drive LED was flashing intermittently but it became much less frequent until it virtually stopped flashing altogether. I thought nothing of it and restarted the PC but same thing. I noticed that after the Windows 7 loading Logo progressed to the black screen with the mouse pointer I mentioned before. This time the hard drive LED was flashing pretty much constantly so I thought OK it's just loading up and it will progress towards the Desktop any moment, it didn't. Now I was starting to become concerned. I then pressed F8 to get the boot menu up and tried Sake Mode and 'Last known good configuration', neither worked. I then tried the "Repair Your Computer" option in order to get the System Restore options, I have 5 restore points and one goes back over a month and the others go back from yesterday to around 2 weeks ago. The 3 or 4 I tried all failed. I also tried the "Startup Repair" option twice which didn't work stating something along the lines of 'No problems detected', then the last time I tried it it did do something and appeared to be repairing some problems. Regardless of that it still wouldn't get past this black screen with the mouse pointer. So I have pretty much ran out of options apart from a Clean Install but I don't want to do that because I have one Hard Drive and it has a lot of stuff on it I don't want to lose including a lot of games (and saved games) that I have installed over the last year or so and all my programs and utilities. I also don't want to lose my Bookmarks and Firefox settings and addons which took me some time to get just the way I want it. I have been told there is a "Repair Install" and according to him this will allow me to install Windows 7 but keep my installed programs, is this the case? Or will I end up with Windows 7 installed but while my programs and files will still be on the Hard Drive will they just sit there in Program Files and not be "installed"? I am running out of time here so a prompt reply would be highly appreciated. Thank you Regards Sol.