This is my girlfriends laptop so i'll try to explain the problems as best as possible.
She uses Vista and its usually fine but the first problem is:
Internet Explorer isn't connecting to the Internet. Firefox connects just fine. But IE8 doesn't connect for some reason!
Second Problem. and more serious problem.
When she turns on the computer It loads and logs in fine. All the icons/background/taskbar/ect are there when the computer logs on. But after a minute or so, there is a few pop windows that say things like "windows explorer not working" "restarting windows explorer" "taskbar not working" "taskbar restarting"
after this happens it will usually go to a fully blank screen without icons/taskbar/ect. But the background is still there. I can't do anything except control/alt/delete.
This happens about 95 percent of the time. Never happened until last week. Not different usage prior. Not new programs installed. She ran some dvds through VLC player but i wouldnt imagine that this problem could be related to that.