Ok, so here's what's happening!
About a few months ago i noticed that when i start up my PC, instead of the usual automatic chkdsk, it would say "Cannot open volume for direct access". I couldn't figure out why and how to fix it so i just ran chkdsk /r in the dos recovery console ... this cleared up some error's and everything seemed to be fine. But to this day it still says 'cannot open volume' at startup!
Moving forward to the other day... i was doing some casual internet browsing and everything froze! I could move the mouse but nothing was clickable... ctrl alt del didnt work either... it seemed like it was loading or just hanging! I waited almost an hour and nothing... i eventually had to switch it off manually. This has happened about 6 times in the last 2 days.
So what i did was do the chkdsk /r in the recovery console again... it cleared up some errors ... then i started up windows and went into the dos console. I did a sfc /scannow and it came up with 3 corrupt files that it could not repair.
I checked the log file and the files are ... Modern.png, Hiddigi.inf, and MSHWCHTR.DLL
The first file is some image file from the clock sidebar i think...the last 2 are SP1 files.
Im running Windows Vista Home 64bit SP1 ... it came pre-installed on my computer so i dont have the installation CD!
Im wondering how i can replace or fix these corrupt files ... should i update to SP2 therefore maybe it will replace the corrupt files or is that a bad idea?
Is the "Cannot open volume for direct access" thing something i should worry about? Maybe its related to whats happening? Any way of fixing this as well?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!