Basically, when the tray is loading it gets to a certain point and then it starts over again. In Task Manager (I can view this and watch explore.exe appear, then disappear, then reappear... etc.)
I ran the Dell diagnostics and it didn't find much.
I can boot in safe mode, but then whatever is causing the conflict isn't loaded to troubleshoot.
TIA for any advice.
Just in case this was not made clear, I can't do anything -- open folders or launch applications including but not limited to Hijack This.
My next step once [I find the time] is to pull out the HDD and run diagnostics on it with another machine.