Alright, so heres the problem:
It seemed to begin after I installed a windows update, but that might not be the source. When I boot up my computer, all I get is a black screen, and one of my (few) programs that should start when logging on. So I go through CTRL ALT DEL and run explorer.exe which works as intended. Despite this however, my theme is then askew and I have to run a troubleshoot under the personalise option when I right click the desktop, which comes up with the notice that the desktop window manager was disabled. This then fixes the problem for me, but my computer runs slower than usual, and certain programs refuse to run altogether.
Following up several google searches, the most popular fix seemed to be regedit and check certain values were correct, such as HKEY LOCAL MACHINE etc. These all were fine for me, and I found a result that suggested that maybe malware had replaced my Explorer.exe and disguised itself as such. I ran hitmanpro, and found a dll. (I think?) file which was disguised and flagged as malware. This was then deleted and several other scans from other programs turned up nothing else.
The problem persisted however, and I found a suggestion to begin in safe mode. This worked perfectly with explorer.exe working perfectly, which leads me to believe that somehow where my laptop is supposed to read the command to run explorer.exe has been damaged, or is not being read properly. This is just an uneducated guess however.
What I’m asking is has anyone else experienced this? Or does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to fix this?