My first post - good day to all.
OS - XP Version 2002 Service Pack 2
A 3 part problem that may or may not be related to each other. I went on a little trip with my laptop and it seems like it stayed in "holiday mode" while I came back to reality.
1) I woke up and turned on my laptop sometime this week and I noticed that it was unusually slow in loading windows. What I expected was for windows to put my wallpaper up first before all those lil icons. In this case though, no icons. It now takes windows roughly 7 minutes before my icons show up.
2) That same moment, I noticed that I wasn't able to go online. I was able to connect to the wifi though that they offered in the hotel.
3) I finally got frustrated this evening and started to look around the laptop. I put Task Manager up and sorted the process names. I noticed that I had 7 svchost.exes running so I decided to end one of them to see what would happen. As soon as I pressed "End Process" I got this window:
"This system is shutting down. Please save all work in progress and log off. Any unsaved changes will be lost. This shutdown was initiated by NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Time before shutdown : 00:00:59
Windows must now restart because the DCOM Server PRocess Launcher service terminated unexpectedly"
It also seems like my batt life has gotten from bad to worse over the span of a week - my laptop went from being able to go about 20 minutes without being plugged in to about 2 minutes which is just nuts.
So any advice from our gurus on this site. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
Btw, the laptop is my work laptop - tons of important files that I admit I have not been backing up as regularly as I should.