i saw a few similar threads, but here is my situation. I noticed that the computer the kids use had an update bubble up...i did nothing with it. then several hours later i heard the computer click off. Not shutdown, just off like a hard boot. After that it would not restart. A few times it went threw the dell splash and looked like windows was loading, but it would just shut off, again no shutdown process just off. So i figure maybe something got loose and i go over all the connections from power cord to reseating all the cards inside. Amazingly it came back on, said it crashed, and resumed normal startup. However it is very slow. I realize it is old, but it worked fine within a few days of now. it has taken me almost 10 mins to type this...i keep typing but the letters show up 1 at a time and are probablly about 10 words behind what i am actually typing.
the task manager now shows at 100% usage, and trying to do anything takes hours. I tried running system tools like defrag and cleanup and it took hours for each one. I tried running cleanup/ fix/ antivirus programs i have used from this site in the past and have found no obvious problems...however as another example of how slow...i ran super antispyware...and after 3 hours it had scanned roughly 300 files.
the kids use this computer for homework, and printing assignments so I like to try and keep it running since it is just used for fairly basic stuff. watching youtube videos is the most computing power they use on this one. that is also why i would rather try to fix as opposed to buy a new one. Its hard to justify the cost. any help
would be greatly appreciated.