I apologise if I seem ignorant but I'm not hugely good with computers.
Anyway my problems started this afternoon when I turned my computer on as usual. It hung on the windows 7 welcome screen for quite some time. I was not overly alarmed as my computer has a history of being relatively temperamental (It's and Acer Aspire M1641 if that is of any relevance, purchased new Jan 2009). In the past it has frozen, occasionally for at most ten minutes before returning to normal. Before I upgraded I constantly had to have it in sleep mode due to the fact it would take over an hour to power up each time, thankfully Win 7 helped this.
This time it took closer to twenty minutes, and then when this passed I was greeted by a black screen and just my toolbar. When I move the cursor across it, it would show as busy.
After leaving it for close to an hour and nothing booting up, I tried a number of options suggested online (thank god for the g/f's laptop), I have checked the hard drive is not dirty, I have attempted to restore (and apparently have no restore points).
I once again turned the computer on and left the house, returning after three hours, I found the screen saver active, my hopes were raised. When moving the mouse, this then froze. After five minutes I was greeted by the toolbar ,an acer bar that has always existed but I have never used), and a message saying RealPlayer had an update available. I attempted to close the Real Player window and that froze, although I was able to get into my toolbar. I felt it might be worth running my Driver Detective programme, but on attempting to type it into the search bar, that window also froze.
I eventually tried ctrl+alt+del, which came back telling me there has been a "failure to display security and shutdown options". The screen then went black, then returned to it's frozen state.
In writing this message, the real player update message has finally gone, but a new message telling me about the release of a new version of another programme has sprung up. Finally the clock in the sidebar has shown up too, which is the first time it has done so all day.
I am quite reluctant to turn it off, as it seems to just be working really, REALLY slowly to access the desktop and start windows, given the latest developments.
But I'm just wondering if anyone have any suggestion if 'waiting and seeing' overnight doesn't pan out.
Thanks in advance for any consideration and suggestions.