I'm running Windows XP Home Edition (SP1 I believe). When i go to log on to either of the screennames on the computer, both admin, one password protected, it hangs for several minutes on "Loading your personal settings..."
It loads eventually, but when it does the hard drive makes an audible grunting sound and the desktop loads up normal except for the taskbar. Most programs work properly (at least through the desktop shortcuts that I have), however Windows Media Player refuses to even load at all, and the only way I can get to my documents is through My Computer, however I am unable to open anything in any folders that aren't .exe files. Pictures, videos, pretty much any media is unresponsive and it seems that only .txt files will open.
I have tried to open windows in safe mode, but the taskbar still doesn't open and it is EXTREMELY slow, with the same side effects as stated before.
Now, i most situations, I would simply borrow a reformat disc from a friend, but I'd rather not lose all of my music and videos.
If possible, I need to get this issue sorted out extremely quickly, as I'm lacking on some fairly important files on that computer. Any other details I can give, just ask and I'll see what I can do. Open to suggestions, pretty much anything logical.