I have a Dell Inspiron laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium. It is a 64 bit system and the laptop is three years old. For most of 2014, I noticed I had to wait for a period of blackness (with only the cursor visible) to go away after logging in before my desktop would load. I ran numerous virus and malware scans and found nothing. I tried researching the reason online but couldn't find any solid answers. So I assumed it was just Windows being buggy.
But after logging in yesterday, I never got past the black screen. My desktop did not load, although I could move the cursor and bring up the task manager. I could only get it to shut down by holding down the power button. After waiting, I turned it back on and accessed safe mode with networking and had no issues at all.
When I tried powering up the computer the next time, I was able to get Windows to load! However, I still had to wait through black screens, the Welcome screen briefly froze and a white cursor briefly appeared in the upper left corner of the screen before the blackness went away and the screen loaded as normal. I would like to figure out what's going on and how to fix it. I do have my files backed up but my laptop didn't come with a Windows 7 CD. It looks like I was supposed to create a system recovery disk back when I first got it. Would it be too late for me to make one now? If not should I do it in safe mode or regular Windows?