Geekstogo has always had the solutions to my issues.
This is one that I cannot solve on my own, nor have I ever heard of this problem.
Story leading up to the problem:
I had leant my laptop to a friend to use while he was staying at my place, however he had a problem of ALWAYS leaving it on, round the clock. Often times he would fall asleep in the middle of the night and leave it running (including the room light and TV). Few months later when he moved out, I noticed that my laptop is having a VERY hard time booting.
Explanation of issue:
At first, when I try to boot my laptop, it would hang on the splash screen for 5 minutes or so, then login to a temporary profile telling me that the computer could not access the User Logins. As of recently, I have not had this issue, not sure how it fixed itself, but the problem I have now is that whenever I boot, it takes a ridiculously long time (And I've already tried to disable BIOS start ups and Window start ups), then when it finally boots into the desktop, it hangs. Everything LAGS. I open firefox, it goes not responding/crashes/freezes. I open a folder, explorer.exe goes not responding/crashes.
Everything just comes to an absolute snail crawl. The only temporary solution I have found to this is to let it finishing booting completely (Another 10 minutes?) whereas the desktop is stable, then use Task Manager to force quit explorer.exe and restart explorer.exe.
I have found with this refresh of the explorer, everything resumes at normal speed.
Things I have tried:
Using CCleaner to clean out my registry and files, using Spybot to check for Malware, removing unnecessary startup programs via msconfig, and simply deleting old unused programs to clear up HDD space.
Some other notes, sometimes the computer will not boot at all, it will simply restart, sometimes once inside the desktop it will tell me that the HDD has errored, some RAD_KERNEL error comes up (only seen this once).
I can understand if this means my HDD is dying and i need to swap it (which I dont want to do as I don't have the product key for my windows), but what doesnt make sense to me is why does force ending explorer.exe and starting it up again make everything A-Okay?
Geeks! I need you! Please share your thoughts.