So I followed your instructions (from your last post) and here are the results:
Restart router when in Safe Mode with Networking:
-did not freeze after I plugged off the router, and did not freeze when I plugged it back on, Internet works
Disable network related programs and services (& all others are enabled), then restart router in Normal Mode:
-did not freeze both ways (after plug off, after plug on), Internet didn't work (of course)
-router & modem lights do not look different
The services I disabled are:
Network Access Protection Agent
Net Driver HPZ12
Network List Service
Network Location Awareness
Network Store Interface Service
All are from Microsoft Corporation, the last 4 currently has the status 'Running' and the first 3 says 'Stopped'. (I'm currently running Normal Mode.)
Enable network related programs and services (& all others are enabled), then restart router in Normal Mode:
-froze both ways (after plug off and after plug on)
-when the laptop froze (got a black screen after trying to bring up Task Manager) after I plugged off the router and modem, I kept those plugged off and manually restarted and Windows did a Disk Check. It said: "One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency." I didn't know if I could find a log of the results after it finished, so I took pictures!
Here they are:
-I then successfully restarted in Safe Mode with Networking, and then I restarted in Normal Mode. The laptop got stuck on the screen after I entered my password. I manually restarted and it started up successfully (which is how I can type this).
Should I just start in Safe Mode with Networking from now on? I've never gotten these black screens and Disk Checks and being stuck on the welcome screen before. Looks like my laptop is taking a turn for the worse.