I am new to the forum and greatly appreciate any help. In my life I have set up dozens of all kind of Windows version but the following has never happened to me before. Ever heard of this thing?
I have a HP 5320m notebook, that came with a normal HDD and W764 Pro. I wanted a SSD and bought the same OCZ Vertex 2, 120G that I use for my desktop. I made a new install with the DVD of the OS that came with the notebook. Everything worked fine until a couple of days ago. When I shut down the computer, the next startup would show the "not shut down properly" screen and the option with safe mode and everything, but booting afterwards is easy. But the crazy thing is that all files or settings are lost, when you have an improper shut-down, directories that I had created on the desktop, had just vanished. The problem does not exist when you do a direct "restart" from the Shut-Down menu.
Well I tried a system restore to an earlier point and I got some strange error about the antivirus program. Anyway the restore worked in Safe-mode and everything was good again. Well, after a few days it appeared again so I suspected it must be an update that I had installed.
I became tired and started a new clean install from DVD. Started Installation from USB-DVD, deleted all drives, combined and formatted it (quick, as supposed for SSD) and installed the Windows 7 again. Worked fine. Then I shut the PC down, and started it up again. Guess what... yes the "not shut down properly" screen came again. I was pissed, but only for 4 seconds. Because after those, I was puzzled. The computer started up to my OLD system. Everything was there, all files, all settings, even the Desktop background, the password for the WLAN. It was like I had never performed a clean install...
Isn't this crazy? Any ideas? In a way I suspect the SSD to be the problem, but still have no explanation to what happened.
Thanks if you have read till the end and you deserve a good laugh... If you have any idea, i appreciate it very much.